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11.18.2009

The latest from practice

Hey everyone. I have finished transcribing some interviews, including an epic chat with Walt McFadden, and my story for tomorrow.

So let's see what we learned today.

  • I saw LB Eltoro Freeman walking in a boot. Gene Chizik, as expected, had no comment on Freeman's prognosis or availability.

  • You'll love this. How about OT Lee Ziemba talking about penalties: ``They’re killing us. We’ve got to stop committing those errors. It’s all about the fundamentals. If you do the fundamentals right you’re not going to commit those penalties."

  • Walt McFadden on problems he had early in his career: ``(David Gibbs) told me I was going to the NFL. Most coaches tell you that cornerbacks have to tackle. He still had that NFL mentality. He said: 'You don't get paid to tackle.You guard guys.' When I started guarding guys, Coach Tub jumped on me for not tackling. I didn't know who to listen to. It kinda got to me. Coach Tub said I wasn't going to play until I started tackling. Gibbs was telling me I didn't have to tackle. I was doing what my coach told me. It set me back."

  • TB Onterio McCalebb said he felt "real good" at practice today. He's been dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

  • QB Chris Todd on today's emphasis at practice: ``The big thing is looking at all the details, fixing the little mistakes that kind of hurt ourselves on. And we made that a point today, and we’ll continue to do that, just not making mistakes and putting ourselves in bad situations.

  • Gus Malzahn on the effect of (players) taking two days off: ``I think it helps a lot -- we have not had any off time at all to get our guys to mentally refresh. We had some tired guys, there’s no doubt, physically and mentally. As far as coaches, probably the same way. Anytime you’re playing a very good opponent the more time you have to prepare -- that will definitely help."

  • McFadden told reporters last week that he thought A.J. Green and Julio Jones were the two best receivers in the league ... but that he liked one more than the other. Now he's coming clean: ``I like A.J. Green. He reminds me of a Randy Moss-type of receiver. Randy Moss -- I'm a big fan of his. I compare those two as receivers, so I kind of have to slide toward A.J. Green."


Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

239 Comments:

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Blogger j-z said...

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9:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Welcome.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

FAH feeling good, Ronnie Brown not so much.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It would be curious to see data on how many false starts Ziemba and McCain have had compared to other tackles in college football.

McFadden dissin Hulio Hones in favor of AJ Green. Ben Tate saying he's the best RB in the state. When are they going to learn what not to say?

9:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I can't tell how many penalties those guys have drawn. The records are "incomplete."

9:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

a defensive player doesn't have to tackle? What on earth was Gibbs smoking?

9:14 PM  
Blogger Prowler said...

Jay, do you have any reason to believe that the unidentified players are still on the team?

9:15 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Ziemba, Ziemba, Ziemba,

was he on drugs?!

Thanks Jay, good reporting to break up the day of Eric Smith.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Dr. Habotn said...

I may not be a medical doctor, but as HABOTN team physician, I'm thinking a boot is for foot problems, not a concussion. Doesn't sound good for Eltoro. Maybe like in '72 we'll have to play a TE at LB.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Dr. Habotn said...

or maybe we can put Eric Smith at LB and he can go all decari on UA-T's RB.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I'd rather Eric line up at TB and go all Decari on his brother....oh, wait, his brother is buried on one of those mysterious things called a depth chart.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Writer Tate- please have a safe drive home. Thanks so much for this report.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

#23 Ronnie B. is out for the season with a foot injury :-(

9:29 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Thanks Jay for the great work of reporting as best you can as to what is going on with our Auburn Tigers. Keep up the good work.

9:31 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Jay G with the first post!

9:34 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Hey, Dr Habotn is back! So many alter egos, that one.

Was I stupid to assume that McFadden didn't reveal who he thought was better last week because he didn't want to give Georgia bulletin board material? Why keep it a secret that you respect your opponent? I mean, people say stuff like that even when they don't mean it just to not give bulletin board material.

9:36 PM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

late nite HATE.

carry on.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

early night, late night, ALL NIGHT HATE!!!

9:46 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Cherchez la femme.

9:48 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

Today's player quotes reinforce my belief that they say absolutely nothing that makes any sense. Also, the art of conversation is lost on today's youth. So maybe they don't know how to answer questions honestly in an interview. Give them a BlackBerry to text on or a Facebook Wall and they'd be WAY more straighforward and candid.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

in the unlikely event that there is even one other Hottie as ignorant as I am, and who was equally confused by a literal translation of Coosa's remark, here's the scoop

9:53 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm guessing Coosa was referring to the Eric Smith situation and not to tonight's practice report. Just a hunch.

9:54 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

Come on guys, you know you were all hovering 'round the HABOTN waiting on my comment(s).

9:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yep, shesaid, no doubt about it... we were all cherchez la femme

9:58 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

HABOTN Fun Fact: I will be spending my Iron Bowl weekend in the Lexington Hotel. Yes, THAT hotel where Eric Smith gave that dude a knot on his head the size of a tennis ball and left him in a pool of blood. I sure hope that bar in the hotel is as fun as it was when it was "Benji's" back in the day.

10:03 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Not to stir up the Tuberville fans, but shouldn't the DC and HC meet and, you know, maybe discuss what is being asked of the defensive players?

10:06 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

Yay, I killed the thread. I've always wanted to do that!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the thread lives, but vital signs are definitely not optimal.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Dr. Habotn said...

someone start a dopamine drip!

10:08 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

Maybe it was the new ep of Top Chef. That's what I was doing the previous hour of my life.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

AUFan - I don't think there's anybody to stir right now.

Shesaid - you'll have to do CPR or just go ahead and kill it. I'm calling it a night.

WARRRRRRRRRR EAGLE!!!
GO TIGERS!!!

10:11 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Excellent detective work, THT! I haven't been around lately, so sorry my comment was so out of place.

But why hasn't anyone asked the obvious question - who is the woman involved in the Eric Smith case? You know she is there, you know that's where the real story will be found.

Its been a very tiring week; I'll check back with ya'll tomorrow.

Cherchez la femme dans la nuit.

10:13 PM  
Blogger michael said...

shesaid, that wasn't even close to killing the thread. The real thread killers can cause silence for up to an hour on HABOTN in the middle of the day.

10:13 PM  
Blogger michael said...

You know, if someone made a literal pool of blood, I wonder if it would be easier or harder to swim in than water. Probably pretty similar since the experts say blood is mostly water. But as you all know, I don't really believe in that nonsense.

10:14 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

Michael, you can just charge me with attempted thread murder. Maybe a threadslaughter charge? I'll beat the rap either way.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

shesaid left the thread in a pool of blood. Certainly JGT can sue for punitive damages?

10:17 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Michael, they say blood is thicker than water, so I think it would be harder to swim... but possibly easier to float.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Quick, someone go find a Family Law attorney...we's gonna sue!!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Bro. Jet, The Minister of Hate said...

THT ...

A friendly correction ... the TE to LB swap was in 1970 ... Ronnie Ross moved to defense.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

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10:32 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Is it too late for Little Smith to change his commitment back to Auburn?

10:34 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Did any reporters do a laughing cough when Ziemba said that?

11:00 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

That Tubbs versus Gibbs thing is scary. I can't imagine being a player and having to deal with that.

11:17 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I am not really what to make of Ziemba's comments, but I believe it has something to do with a river in Egypt.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Craig Miller said...

Jesus H. Christ. Dumbest Team in America. Our OT talks about penalties when he's the one causing alot of the penalties. Our corners are calling out the 1a or 1b best receiver in the league if not the country. Just keep your mouth shut when you've lost 4 games (one of which was Kentucky) Just keep quiet and COVER and TACKLE... DO BOTH WELL... what a great idea that would be.

11:23 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Ok. here is something novel. How about a CB tackling AND guarding. Geez...we now know Gibbs was not a good fit on a college defense.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I thought we figured that out at the end of 05?

11:47 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

One of my old roommates worked with the team in 2005 and he said Gibbs was just weird and crazy in general.

12:03 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Jay any predictions for the game this early?

12:31 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jet - thanks for setting the record straight. I knew it was a game we won!

Today is Long Commute Day. See y'all later.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

oh, I forgot to say, "Good morning, Hotties!"


WARRRRRRRRRR EAGLE!!!

GO TIGERS!!!

Hate UA-T!!!

6:03 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm surprised that Gibbs talked to McFadden at all. I mean the guy seemed to like to avoid important conversations when the pressure was on him.

6:03 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Mark,

I'll give you one.

Prediction? Pain.

6:22 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Good Morning Hotties.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

This is a drive-by Hottie Hooooo! Off to another busy day at work. Keep hate alive.

Here's a thought, maybe McFadden is trying to divert attention away from Thorpe! Maybe he is trying to get the match up on his side so the opposing team can quit running right by Neiko!

War Eagle!!!

6:42 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Have I told you lately how much I HATE UAT?

6:46 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Excellent thinking, Kathy!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Bro. Jet, The Minister of Hate said...

The local rag -- Gumpitizer -- has in its entertainment section that the O'Jays will be performing in town.

I'm looking for a few HOTTIES to help me storm the stage and take the microphones to sing our version of their hit.

"People all over the world, join in! Join in! Join the HATE Train! HATE Train!"

6:53 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Morning, Hotties!

Luv, how's the neck?

7:02 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

HATE!!!

That's all.

7:07 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Mornin' all, what a great day to hate UAT with all of your heart, soul and fiber of your body. Go UT Chatt. win one for the good guys.

Warrrr Eagle!!!!!

Love Auburn.

7:35 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Any predictions on where we play in a bowl game and who the likely opponent might be?

7:37 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Well in the Iron Bowl, we'll play Alabama.

Beyond that, it's hard to guess. Probably the Music City bowl.

7:55 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Music City vs Clemson.

7:59 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

and that is not a good match up for AU. Spiller is a very good back.

7:59 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

a curse on the cousin humpers!!

8:00 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

i wouldn't mind Nashville. only a 3 hr drive for me.

8:09 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

better than the 5.5 it takes me to get to AU every weekend.

:)

8:09 AM  
Blogger IV said...

I too am guessing the Music City Bowl is our destination but am not quite sure about who I think the opponent might be. At this point, Clemson is as good a guess as any.

8:11 AM  
Blogger IV said...

I am just glad that we are going to a bowl so they get extra practice time for the younger players. They can use it.

8:13 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

i'd rather not play Clemson again. however, beating a former Bama player turned head coach would be nice.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

North Carolina is on the board for Nashville, too.

8:18 AM  
Blogger IV said...

I am very sorry that Eric Smith made those bad decisions on that fateful night. However, I don't think that he should be the target for a bunch of Bamas trying to get their jollies off thinking that they have something to smear Auburn with. He would not be in the middle of all of this had he just used his head and I sure wished he had. I don't think that this is anything to get excited about. At least he wasn't caught selling dope on campus.

8:20 AM  
Blogger IV said...

I would take North Carolina as an opponent in a bowl game.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

This time last year, we'd have gladly taken just about ANY opponent in ANY bowl game. Right? I'm just glad they're going somewhere, I'm still pleased with the improvement of the team with the hand they were dealt. Unless they play in the Chik-fil-A Bowl there's not much chance of me making it to the bowl game. So...I'm personally happy with just about whoever and whatever they get.

Keep Hate Alive.

9:02 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Agreed Norm. How is the eye doing?

9:16 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I could have sworn I predicted a Music City Bowl appearance about 6 weeks ago when many Hotties were getting all excited about the Capital One Bowl or other high ranking bowl. But I find no evidence of such a prediction via google.

However, that incomparable Hottie Sage, Norm, on August 7th predicted a 7 win season and Music City Bowl trip.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Too bad for Norm that we are in the middle of an 8 win season.

9:26 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

THT, are you believing everything you read online again? tsk-tsk.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

just heard Cowherd say the Silverdome was sold yesterday for around $500,000. Built for $55MM not too long ago. Crazy!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

We should have pooled our money together and bought it. We could throw some crazy parties there.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, I'm not believing any of that crap spewed forth by decari's lawyer.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Michigan has absolutely nothing I want to buy.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Ronnie Brown is done for the year.

mash here

Auburn's about to get shellacked. Titans are in the tank. Ronnie is down. Caddy is on a bad team.

Yep, football is pretty much done for me this year.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Oh, and Jason Campbell's career is running on fumes too.

9:32 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

Sensi, you're just a barrel of fun this morning.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Lunchbox Russell got benched by the Raiders.

Can't say I'm surprised.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!

9:34 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

KENNESAW, GEORGIA!!!!!!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

IV - it's healing and vision is clearing slowly. Too slowly for my preference. It's still pretty useless to me so I tend to keep it patched while at work. Supposedly, in January I'll get evaluated for a contact or glasses for it so I can see again.

THT - thanks for the research, I thought I might have made such a prediction.

I'd be pleased beyond belief as I'm sure the rest of us would if we wind up with an 8 win season. As you know, I do hate that team AU plays in the final game.

Keep Hate Alive.

9:34 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

bought time Russell got benched. i thought he was the worst #1 pick ever at the time and i still stand by that. kid can throw it to the moon, though. well, he could throw it past it anyways. doubt he could hit it.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Bowl seatings will depend on how other teams fare moreso than how we do against the tahd.

We could end up in any of the Weedeater, Liberty, Music City or Chicken Sandwich Bowls.

Shreveport ...ewwww! The other cities have something to offer.

9:36 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

i've never been to the Liberty bowl. i wouldn't mind that.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

there have been some seriously bonehead #1 draft picks. Not sure Russell is the worst. I remember the Falcons wasting a #1 on a Citrus Bowl MVP.

9:39 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

i'm going to pretend you didn't type that THT.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Ratliff is having a great year Sensi, and Heath Evans is on a great team. There are still plenty of Auburn men having good NFL seasons, just not the high profile RB's and QB

9:42 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Scottie - Liberty Bowl?

Just look at Legion Field.

That's what the Liberty Bowl will look like in 20 years if things don't change.

9:44 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sensi,

I wouldn't say the Titans are in the tank. They had an awful start, but their schedule sets up favorably for them to save their season.

Maybe not the playoffs, but a lot of momentum to build for next year.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Memphis is a cool town though. Great food.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

I hope so, RK. I'm proud of the way Vince has played. What else can be said about Chris Johnson? Awesome.

I just can't watch Penis Manning work towards another Super Bowl.

I

HATE

THAT

GUY

9:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I hated Peyton Manning in college, living here in TN it was unbearable how they worshiped him. I bet every other kid born in TN between 1994-2000 was named Peyton.

However, I like the guy. He's a good guy, he's never in trouble and he's a great player.

9:47 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Liberty Bowl Stadium is dump.

I went in 1991 to see Bama play Memphis.

9:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Vince Young being a threat to run has opened up the game for Chris Johnson and he's shown why the combine rated him so highly coming out of ECU.

9:49 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Anybody think I can beat $175 a ticket for three Bama/AU tickets?

Should I gamble on a scalper or go ahead an pull the trigger on those?

9:49 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

if they're in or close to Section 12 FSJ....keep looking.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Peyton is a nice guy.

I hate him on the football field.

9:50 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I assume you are sitting in section 12?

It will just be me and two of my buddies.. :-P

9:50 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Wish I had known, FSJ. I could have got you two for $200.

9:51 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Darn Sensi.

Sorry for not saying anything sooner. If you hear of more let me know.

9:52 AM  
Blogger API said...

Scottie - I get the Beasley post, but Kennesaw GA? Can you splain that ?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

stay home, bammer!

9:56 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

#89....DARVIN ADAMS

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA.

i lived there for a while API and my aunt/uncle live there now. got mad luv for DA. :)

9:57 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Nope Peter...

I will be there in all my bammer glory.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

API, our current #89 is from Kennesaw, GA

9:58 AM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Saw Scottie sporting the 89 jersey last weekend. Possibly the only on that exists outside of the ones Under Armour makes for the games.

10:00 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

yup, i customized my own #89 jersey. it's pimp if i do say so myself.

how's that HABOTN cap working out for you PF?

10:04 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

In honor of Coosa's brilliant observation re:the Eric Smith caper, I have changed my avatar.

As is so often the case, it also coincides with the phrase I so often associate with Auburn University in general, and the football program in particular:

"We have met the enemy, and he is us."

10:06 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Oop - NOW I've changed my avatar.

10:07 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Anyone see the first post and can tell why it was deleted. Adams is great and will go get the ball as well as anyone I've seen in college football. I think #81 T- Zack is also great at going for the ball. Would like to see Todd lookh is way when Adams is double teamed.

10:09 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Personally, I'd love to see us end up in Nashville against F$U.

That would be pretty interesting.

10:11 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Freep,

I love Nashville. One of my favorite cities in the South.

10:15 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

digger, i have been most impressed with Adams/Zachary's ability/desire to go up in traffic & fight for the football this year. i haven't seen that in a while in an AU receiver.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Bro. Jet, The Minister of Hate said...

I'm focused on one bowl now. The Bowl of HATE.

10:19 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

I AGREE that's the only one to focus on. Go Big Blue!

10:21 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Faker, I traveled to Nashville a few times back in the early '90s - really cool place, back then anyway.

I also spent some time in Memphis around that same period - right after they fixed up Beale St. I enjoyed that as well, although I was also exposed to the grittier, more poverty-stricken areas, which appeared far larger (and worse) than in Music City.

I've never cared for Knoxville.

10:24 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I've never cared for Knoxville either. (Sorry scottie).

I've been to Beale Street and that was fine, but the Liberty Bowl is a dump.

Nashville is very cool. I lived there from 2000-2002.

10:27 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

i suddenly feel so sad inside.

10:29 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Scottie it is great to have two such players but TZack was not thrown to enough in my opinion, Todd seemed to have a fixation on Adams. But I have never been there under pressure so I can't say why it worked out that way.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Bro. Jet, The Minister of Hate said...

Scottie ...

Knoxville has Ye Olde Steak House, so it has a warm spot in my heart.

10:33 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

scottie,

I think my hate for UT clouds my judgement on Knoxville though.

10:33 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

me either digger.

my illustrious high school career consisted of 1 reception and 2 block in the back penalties. :)

but man, that 7 yard out route was a thing of beauty!

10:34 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

FSJ, since the Great Pumpkin is gone has that lessened the hate, or has "The Mouth" sent it higher.

10:35 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Oh it has lessened.

Kiffin cracks me up. I think he's very funny.

10:37 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

i like this city, but i've had my fill of UT fans. i've enjoyed them sucking and our current dominance over them, though.

10:38 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Friends don't let friends go to Bama!

11:07 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Scottie,

That better not have been me you blocked in the back.

11:33 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

only if you played in Mobile the fall of 1995 RK. it was more of a light push than a block anyways. ha.

11:38 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Oh ok, so you didn't go to HS in Knoxville.

11:57 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Anyone see anyone else lying in pools of blood today?

11:58 AM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

nope, born at Mobile Infirmary and attended Mary G. Montgomery HS. the mighty Vikings.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Bro. Jet, The Minister of Hate said...

Ask not what your country can do for you, but how you can HATE UAT better.

12:02 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Just making sure Scottie.

I got blocked in the back against Knox Central and it caused me to ram my knee into the helmet of another player and I can warn everyone when it's going to rain since that day.

12:05 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Alabama-UTC...who y'all got?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Jet - I've thought about it and for the life of me I can't imagine how it could be possible for me to hate UAT more than I already do.

I'm certainly open to suggestions.

Keep Hate Alive

12:11 PM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

ah, gotcha RK. bummer.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Michael - I did not. I often imagine it, but do not typically see such. Who did you leave lying in a pool of blood?

12:11 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

E-bro,

45-10 will be the final score, I'm just not saying who will win.

12:14 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

RK...cryptic. I like it.

12:18 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I saw the bartender in a pool of blood. Miss Patty Valentine and Bello were there too.

12:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Michael,

Is a Hurricane blowing in?

12:23 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

10 is too high

12:24 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Yep. The one the authorities came to blame.

12:24 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

For something that he never done.

12:25 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Even the newspapers went along for the ride.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I suppose I could google it, but I have no idea what you boys are talking about.

12:26 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Google Earth - coolest time-killer ever.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Mark Ingram: "I’ll let my game talk for me when I’m on the field.”

Click Here

12:30 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Just some Dylan lyrics, Norm. It's what I think of when I hear "pool of blood". Except that time, people being shot and all, I imagine it made a little more sense to use the "pool of blood" line than if, say, someone got punched a few times.

12:31 PM  
Blogger michael said...

A bammer taking the high road over arrogant Auburn comments. What the heck is this world coming too?!!?!

12:32 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

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12:36 PM  
Blogger API said...

Scottie - Got it. I'm not far from Kennesaw. I think Darvin went to Harrison HS which is just a few miles from me. Thanks.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

michael michael motorcycle scratch my back with a hacksaw. Gotta love the Hurricane reference!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I love Ben Tate and he's a great Auburn man. I'd draft the other fellow.

12:38 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Mark Ingram, Sensi.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - try www.placespotting.com

12:43 PM  
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12:43 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ingram's a true sophomore right? I'm drafting Tate b/c I legally can.

Lawyered.

12:43 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

ingram will not be eligible until 2011 draft correct? he is a true soph.

gimmie 22 over 44 if i have a choice.
22 can make the corner and maintain balance in traffic.

12:44 PM  
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12:44 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

that last guy gets tate's ankle 97% of the time and he's down.

12:45 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

ingram breaks 2-3 tackles and keeps going. think caddy or ronnie.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

and sometimes it's the first guy

12:46 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Irrelevant, won't be in the same draft.

12:46 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Why don't you just go ahead and ask who everyone thinks the better RB is?

12:47 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i think ingram gets infinitely better run blocking in the second level than tate does.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

if assume in the same draft, I'll take OJ or Sweetness or Barry or Bo and several dozen others before I got to Ingram.

12:48 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

how many times has tate tripped over or run into a wr or oline downfield?

12:49 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I like how Tate was pretty much quiet all year long, then talked a little smack before the UGA game then followed it up with his worst game this year.

12:49 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Cincy, as long as I don't spend too much time in front of the computer, I'm ok!

12:49 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

RK...still has had a great year, though.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hi Luv - I'm sorry, but the statute of limitations has expired on Cincy's question. Your answer is not admissible in a court of law.

Just kiddin'!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Bro. Jet, The Minister of Hate said...

Chip ...

Translated, UAT receivers don't get called for holding the way AU receivers do.

HATE UAT!

12:53 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Tate is too tentative in his running style.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

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12:54 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

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12:54 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

some don't hate cause they're ignorant, some don't hate as much, but ain't nobody hate UA-T like I hate UA-T...well, 'cept for MrsTHT and THTjr

12:55 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Finebaum interview is up on Wendy Crew's webwsite. Does your attorney have a dedicated part of their website titled "links to media interviews?"

12:55 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Whew...pretty good lunch.

I need a nap.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I don't see either one endangering any NFL rushing records, even team records. I don't see Tate as an NFL starter. I hope he proves me very wrong.

12:57 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

If anyone would like to provide me with a pair of entry passes for the UAT and AU assembly in Jordan-Hare on Nov. 27 I would greatly appreciate it.

Shoot me an email if you have spares or know of any. Gracias amigos!

12:58 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Norm...
Many thanks dude. That site is awesome. I foresee an afternoon of minimal productivity.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

every now and then I get a little bit lonely...

1:02 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Sensi...the dude abides.

I'll say Ingram, but like THT said, neither was is truly special (yet) in an historical context.

I think Tate is more valuable to his team in that I think Bama could hand it to Richardson 20-25 times a game and be almost as effective.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

a time to love, a time to hate

1:03 PM  
Blogger scottie supports eric! said...

turn around....

1:03 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I'm dedicated, yes I'm a forgiver

1:05 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Tate will make an NFL team. He is one of the 10 best backs in college right now. Mad respect to him. But I think his slowness to the hole will put a pretty low ceiling on his NFL career, where holes close faster than you can say tonyfranklin.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Norm's time to shine!

1:06 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

My lunch barely put a dent in my hunger. Now, what can I find laying around the office to eat?

Pooh.... Oatmeal.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

BOOM!

1:06 PM  
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