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12.29.2009

Freestyling from The Bay

Hey everyone. So I'm still stuck in this hotel room. It's nice to have a view of Tampa Bay and all, but it's really just me and the computer. Still.

Why not write more?

I'll take a few minutes each afternoon (pre-Outback Bowl) to pontificate on some Auburn topic. It'll be freestyle, stream-of-consciousness stuff.

So on that note...


Walt McFadden is underappreciated.

Sure, he's an all-conference cornerback. Sure, he was the most reliable element of a defense that was unstable for most of the season. Sure, he used free time to groom some of the Tigers' young defensive backs and share the lessons taught to him by his predecessors.

What you may not know is how valuable McFadden has been in other ways.

Talking with reporters isn't easy. Questions sometimes get difficult, answers become confusing. A balance exists between what players want to say and what they should say. Identifying that balance and manipulating it comfortably turns a normal player into a ambassador.

And that's exactly what McFadden became: An ambassador.

The senior on Tuesday was awarded the inaugural "Good Guy Award" from writers who cover Auburn on a daily basis. After years of watching players duck interviews in the craziest ways -- Kodi Burns has nothing on David Copperfield when it comes to escaping a closed elevator -- we wanted to reward the guys who take the time to stand up when it's not easy.

McFadden did it time and again. When Auburn was askew during the 2008 season, he strolled in for his weekly powwows with the same enthusiasm he exhibits these days. If stories about the Tigers' defense were out of style, McFadden adapted by discussing anyone on the team.

He is a social guy. He pays attention. The comments he provided about teammates were insightful, thoughtful and often novel.

All this from a guy who was a sullen mess during his first season at Auburn.

He has our respect. He deserves your as well.

473 Comments:

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Blogger Kathy said...

Yea for Walt!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

holla!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Whut?

6:01 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

as in "holler".

6:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

for crying out loud. Why am I worried about that old thread?

6:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

a sullen mess? I'd hate to have to clean that up.



wow. Temple has been nothing but one disaster after another the 2nd half.

6:30 PM  
Blogger IV said...

THT,

What I want to know is why are you using J-Z's picture as your avatar?

6:42 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU basketball tips off in 15 minutes. Can you feel the heat?

6:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

um, no.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Okay, I have an opinion or theory. Shocking I know.

Newton's dad is apparently a preacher. That makes me think that he has some poetic sense of loyalty, while at the same time possesed by the idea of seeing his son in the NFL. Neither of those things is bad. Mullen was his coach and that pacifies the loyalty idea. MSU needs a bigtime QB and that guarantees spotlight. Here's the problem. Cam wants to go to AU. Father and son at odds about son's future. Go figure. Cam says," Okay, at least just watch them play. I want you to see why I think this school and this offense is right for me." Dad loves son and gives in. Again, go figure. Dad calls MSU, because he feels like he owes them an explanation due to the aforementioned relationship and breaks the news. "I'm still trying to convince him.".


Final synopsis: AU wins big and blows the doors off on offense in exciting fashion - Cam comes to AU. AU sucks it up - we probably lose him.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Or I could be wrong and he's just indecisive as hell.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

sounds reasonable to me, Phred.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Kentucky vs Hartford High School on TV!?!?

7:15 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Good theory and fun reading it.
I think it is simple.
1 Dad wants cam to go where he will be happy
2 Cam knows where that is
3 Cam is playing the spot light as faras he can.
4 You don't get many chances to have your 15 mainutes of limelight before you are thrown in with everybody else.

7:18 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Because we got in on CN late I understand his Dad hasn't even been able to visit because of dead days. The delay could be a result of his Dad wanting to get a chance to evaluate Auburn. If so, understandable.

7:20 PM  
Blogger ExKnightMike said...

I agree with Phred as far as "Dad wants MSU, Cam wants Auburn, thus stalemate."
Don't know if us doing great in the bowl game will swing it or not.

Dad didn't come to Auburn on Cam's official visit. Maybe Dad was busy, maybe Dad is sold on MSU and won't entertain the thought of other options.
I don't think MSU would even be in the mix if not for a Dad-Mullen friendship that must have started in Gainesville.

I hope Dad relents or Son decides to do what he thinks is best. This guy could probably help us a great deal next season. I really don't see any of our other QB's leading a team to 10+ wins, but Newton might be able to do that.

7:25 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Thanks for dropping the Walk knowledge on us Jay G.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JAYGT - so how many Northwestern spies are filming AU's practices from those skyscrapers?

7:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, our orange spray paint is still messed up bad. It looks like some kind of bad eczema before it even dries. We're going to run get some acrylic paint if we can get there before the store closes in ~20 minutes.

7:36 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU up 29-26 with 4:44 to go in the half. We are 2-11 from 3 pt range.

7:39 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU 5-9 on free throws.

7:40 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Walt sounds like a a great guy. I hope he has success on Sundays.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Anyone watching the Citrus Bowl Lite?

7:42 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Sean-The guy that did the block inthe back on the KO return shoul dbe on the bus right now.

7:43 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Cam will come or not. Overall, I think he would be a plus but we'll do ok without him.

7:44 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

for those that did not see it, dude was lined up on the 45 (like a blocker) on the opening KO. He ran all the way back to where the returner caughtthe KO (while the ball was in the air) and the returner handed it off to the dude in a reverse and he went 95 yards for a TD. however, some knucklehead blocked some one in the back on the 6 yard line just as the dude was about to cross the goal line.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I agree wtc. What a stupid and unnecessary push in the back.

7:46 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU 31
CSU 31
2:11 left in the half.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

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7:49 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

Cannot believe he was not inviited to the Senior Bowl. More of a shot in the pros than Arenas IMO.

7:52 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU 36
CSU 33
halftime

AU Stats
6-11 free throws
2-13 3pt range
14-33 from the field
15 rebounds to 14 for CSU
5 turnovers

7:53 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Who is Auburn playing in basketball...some scrub Mid Major who has no business playing with Auburn?

7:53 PM  
Blogger CousinHumpers=Bammers said...

Did anyone see this? It's pretty AUsome. It's long but the 1st part is worth watching. http://www.vimeo.com/8212552

7:53 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Wisky is getting that TE, 84, off the play-fake up the sideline with great success.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I could see them doing that all day against our defense...I'm glad we aren't playing them and their battering ram of a RB.

7:58 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Yep Sean....

Northwestern doesn't match up as well against AU as Wisconsin did, IMO.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Welcome, FSJ, I thought Mike Leach might have locked you in the closet or something.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Wisky, 3 yards and a cloud of dust...boring yet effective.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Miami is getting dominated up front on both sides.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

AU Bball update, anyone?

8:16 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

au 50
csu 41
15:50 in the half

8:18 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

That's more like it.

8:20 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I have enjoyed McFadden's comments a lot. The kid seems very mature and yet able to be pretty light hearted.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

So, Hottie poll:

Should Seanzie and Wife go to Sea World on Jan 2nd?

I'll hang up and listen.

8:26 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

By the way, Mike Leach has won the HC position on my dream coaching staff. He joins OC Tony Franklin and DC Joe Kines.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I think Chiz summed up Walt best when he referenced the Auburn Creed. Sometimes as fans we get down on these guys when they screw up either on or off the field often doing so without the knowledge of the sacrificies they make nor how they help out others behind the scenes. I am not naive enough to think that there aren't some guys that come to the plains not for the Auburn experience or the quality education but instead to get straight to the NFL (Karlos Dansby always gives his high school name when the Cards play on MNF); but I do know that the ones like Walt Mcfadden make me proud to be an Auburn Tiger.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Where's Woody Hayes on your list FC?

8:28 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU 60
CSU 49
11:43 left

8:29 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

What about George O'Leary? I hear he killed a guy.

8:30 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Man, Woody Hayes would be a good choice, but I think he is past his prime.

I do what to thank Miami for those uniforms. At first I thought there was something wrong with my TV or glasses.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Those unis are gross. Looks like a bunch of michelin men out there.

8:35 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

au 68
csu 54
7:40 left

8:38 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

By the way, although his tenure was short, Joe Kines is my favorite Alabama Head Coach, beating out Mike Dubose in a close vote.

8:40 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

If you want to watch the bball game:

http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-auburn.html

8:41 PM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Observations ...

1. For those who want to screw with uniforms, take a look at Miami's uniforms. That's why we don't, and that why they're not "The U" anymore. For the love of Luther Campbell, Howard Schnellenberger and Michael Irvin, someone needs to put a stop to that.

2. Charleston Southern is not a mid-major. In its wildest dreams, it wants to be a mid-major.

3. Woody Hayes was cooler than the other side of the pillow.

8:47 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Au 74
CSU 60
3:43 left

8:48 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

thats like the last thing I want to do watch an AU b-ball game. It's like the team, fans, and coaches are waiting for something. It could be the new arena but I think there is something else....

8:49 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

1. I concur
2. I thought that's how it was. Just Checking.
3. Word.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

What about this uniform>>>

8:52 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Hmmm not a fan of navy on navy.

8:53 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

There are things more pointless than watching Auburn basketball. Of course, I don't see any fishing shows on at the moment.

8:53 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I like the white shoes for the bowl game.

8:55 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

That uniform is blaspheme, Turfman. If you want radical changes to the Auburn uniform, I can put up with changes in facemask color, but that is about it.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

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8:56 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Are you sure you don't work for Nike, Turfman?

8:57 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

how bout the white>>>>>

8:57 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

By the way, I must admit to liking Wisconsin, just not when they play Auburn.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

no i'm a turf genius...

8:58 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU wins

8:59 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Later everyone
Jet good luck with the grill.

8:59 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Changing the uniforms is just one of the reasons that Terry Bowden is my least favorite Auburn coach during my lifetime. Yes, that list includes Barfield.

9:00 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Florida still gets my vote for the worst uniform change. Those unis in the SECCG looked terrible.

9:01 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Did some scouting on Georgia Southern - Auburn's Saturday bball opponent. They beat Troy (uh oh). But they lost to Florida so they can't be too good.

9:04 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

FWIW - I think our current black socks and black shoes are ugly.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Sean, Everyone should do Sea World at least once. We waited until our child was old enough to enjoy (8-10 yrs old).

I like Busch Gardens better than Disney, Universal or Sea World. BG has a nice variety of rides, attractions and animals without all the unecessary hype present at Disney. Disney is my least fav but, thanks to my wife/daughter ...most attended.

9:05 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I would like to give Miami extra credit for ugly pants.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I have free tix, so unfortunately, there's not much of an option. I do enjoy Busch Gardens, myself. The only thing I liked about UF's new Unis was the helmet.

9:07 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Things keep going like this and somebody better get Miami some extra QBs. That was an entertaining hit.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

It is to Nike/Under Armor's advantage to effect a uniform change. Secondary sales will be huge.

Very few uni changes ever look good and psychologically it looks like a plea for attention. Va Tech and Miami have each reached the hideous uni stage.

9:10 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I had a concussion and my room was totally blacked out. Light was painful, so it was a good thing.

I tend to believe that TTech wants to fire Leach and avoid the $800K bonus, for whatever reason.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Sean ...free tix ...then absolutely go.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Dansby is not dissing AU when he lists his highschool. He's been asked about that before. His answer was something like "Everybody knows I went to AU. I'm trying to inspire the kids from my hometown and my highschool."

I don't have a problem with that.

9:13 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I love this color analyst. I have to agree that Wisconsin will be in trouble if they fumble the ball close to their own goal line. Now, that is some insightful analysis. I would also venture to guess that if we fumble the ball regularly close to our own goal line, it could hurt our chances against Northwestern. I don't want to go out on a limb, but that is my opinion.

9:14 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Phred, I think I owe you $20. Please contact me on facebook.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

This Leach thingy seemed like BS from minute one. CJames is a self-absorbed media type ...oh ....and he has been called a little league-helicopter dad.

Leach is too off-beat for the AU PTB and Alumni, but I'm sure a bunch of places would love to have him as their coach.

Another off-beat coach ..June Jones has got SMU into a bowl game in his 2nd year.

9:16 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am not sure what to think of the Leach thing. I do remember reading at one point that he doesn't get along with his AD.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Well they didn't want to re-sign him for whatever reason last year and they had a knock-down dragout last year.

9:19 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Sometimes I think I should open a color analyst school. It would be adjacent to my you can single like a Bee Gee school.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

AU fans that live in the state of Alabama live with second-hand treatment from the Bama-centered media. That is just not the case in the rest of the nation. I've lived in Fla, Ohio and Arizona and Auburn is placed on the same pedestal as Bama and the other top SEC schools outside the state of Alabama. The CFB fans in Arizona were slightly in awe of all SEC football fans.

I'm sure Dansby saw that recognition and decided to give his HS props because AU didn't need anymore.

9:25 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I like this Wisconsin running game. They came to play.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Turfman said...

I feel bad for Leach. That is like the worst place to coach and he has done a nice job there but his offense and personality are cold as ice so he cant get out. He was practically begging for the AU job last year.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Hoopie, having lived in Florida and Tennessee, I know 100 percent what you're talking about.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

My post from last night on the Leach issue still stands:


Hoopie said...
I don't have a problem based on what the press says that Leach has done.

If there is more to it and extenuating, heinous details are released, I will change my mind.

11:40 PM

9:28 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

If they wanted to keep him, the'd find a reason to sweep this under the rug. But since Craig James is on ESPN and the AD hates Leach...it's a fireable offense.

9:30 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Leach is a great offensive mind, but I wouldn't want him as a HC. I prefer the more reserved coaches like Chizik.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

If Leach's poorly spoken attorney is correct in his assertions, Leach will take TTU to the cleaners in court.

Leach will, however need to get a different attorney.

I wonder if the TTU fans are in an uproar? I would be if AU did the same.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Tough break for Wisconsin.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Steve ...agreed on the preferred coach personality. Most AU folks would also agree with us.

I didn't like Holtzth @ Ark, Minn, ND or USCe.

9:35 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Hoopie, I am of the opinion that TT has handled this terribly. They should have let him coach the bowl game and then dealt with the situation in the off season. They are getting a lot of bad hype and if Leach isn't fired, they have hurt themselves.

9:36 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Excellent analysis by the color guy. Miami going down by 3 scores would hurt their chances. Man, I wish I thought of that one. Brilliant.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Steve, they really need to convert this third down.

9:39 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Sean, you should be a color analyst:)

9:40 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Yeah ...this could begin to resemble a more public version of the CTT sit @ AU. At some point, when enough of the PTB want the coach out, a series of "mysterious events" are created that eventually make the situation untenable. Since the PTB aren't going to leave, the coach has to go .....usually to the chagrin of most of the fans.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Is Bob "Capt Obvious" Davies training all of these ESPN color guys?

9:45 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

gnite all

9:45 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am of the opinion that CTTs departure was inevitable. I think he had become disgruntled with the situation. Yes, he was loyal to Auburn, but didn't like the situation. I get this from what I gleaned from player comments. It is pure speculation and I hope the environment is different for Chizik.

9:45 PM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Wisconsin is Wisconsining Miami the way Wisconsin Wisconsined us in 2005.

9:49 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Shocking analysis from the color guy. If Miami gets a score, they have a better chance of winning!!!

9:55 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Man, I want my job as a color analyst. I predict if Auburn scores more points than Northwestern, they will have a very good chance of winning.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

My favorite line of all time: X team will need to outscore Y team in order to win the game.

10:01 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Sean, back in the 80s I actually heard a coach on ESPN say that if they scored more points, they would have a great chance of winning. My response? If we score more points and loose the game, our head coach should be fired.

10:06 PM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

You morons! You don't know how to analyze a game. If you can't delve into the issues that decide championships, then you're not fit to be on TV.

So, tell me ... What's Britney doing with her life?

10:06 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

You got to admire the use of the yellow pin to illustrate the number of time outs. Now, that's informative.

10:10 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Folks, we have ourselves a football game.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Wisconsin's got it.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Miami is folding like wet paper with any kind of pass rush.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Jacory Harris is not very good. Not near as good as ESPN wanted him to be.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, I'm pooped. The HABOTN.COM placards were an inexplicable nightmare compared to the HOTTIE HO! placards of 2 days earlier. I thought we'd never get them done. They aren't as pretty as the HOTTIE HO!, but I'm giving up on it. After all that headache, we'll probably forget to pack them!

Time for bed. 18 hour work day starts in just over 7 hours.

Sweet dreams, Hotties!!!

10:27 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Lots of blame on Childress coming from folks for the recent skid...didn't something similar happen with the Jets last year with Favre at the helm...could it maybe be the GoldenBoy of the NFL? Just sayin'.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I'm expecting Jhag shortly.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Rumors flying around that CM was in AU today and at the BBall game tonight. Also rumored to be attending the bowl game. These rumors have ZERO crdibility at this point. Anybody see anything?

Putting out an APB to all active Hotties in attendance at the Steak bowl. Confirmed sightings should be reported to central headquarters. Discreet phone pics preferred as confirmation.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Who is CM?

11:29 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

nice call Sir Sean!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Good morning, Hotties!

WARRRRRRRRRR EAGLE!!!

GO TIGERS!!!

5:40 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Good mornin' THT and any other Hotties up at this hour. Just about 24 hours to go before heading out to Atlanta and Tampa. The IV Auburn Outback Bowl Express is loading on track 4.

6:21 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

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6:33 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Good morning, Hotties! Barring any unforseen circumstances, we should be in the air tomorrow at this time.

Safe travels to everyone headed to Tampa or wherever you may be ringing in the new year, Happy New Year and WAR EAGLE!!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Be safe to all the Hotties Traveling to Tampa.

As for Cam Newton, lots of rumors suggesting he was in Auburn and heading to Bowl Game. Only rumors at this point. If true, that has to be good news for us.

Mike Leach- What he did as far as the action alone was not bad, but what he did in trying to discipline a guy who deserved or didn't deserve it is not ok. If the guy had a concussion, you do not do this, especially in this time of head injuries concern. You do not shame a kid for being hurt. I think if all that has been said is true, then Leach should be fired with cause. You just cannot do this stuff. I also was under the opinion that Nall should be fired with cause also for the way he treated Chaz Ramsey if the allegations were true. Those actions cross the line, especially when medical conditions are in play. I have no problem with a coach getting into the face of the players, getting after them, cussing them, etc...but when coaches make it personal, they cross the line and should not retain their job. I worked for a bastard of a coach in Trickett as far as him dogging players out, but he never once made it personal in far as trying to humiliate or offend the player he was getting after.

Just my two cents on that.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Turf- Those Jersey's are hideous and I would cry if I saw them worn by Auburn in any game.

6:51 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Heard Mike Leach's attorney last night - I think Leach may be in trouble, if that's how his attorney is conveying the message. Then again maybe he was walking through the airport preparing to be strip searched.

6:58 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Sean - my wife would tell you that it is imperative to go to Sea World, and if you do we'll see you there.

6:59 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Eduardo ...

Your two cents are priceless and spot on.

7:17 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Good Morning Hotties....or something like that.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Sorry. CN

7:19 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

A sack of bacon & hoop cheese biscuits in the breakroom. Good day ahead.

7:42 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

mytommyd - I think you are right. After hearing that, I am dissapointed in myself that I did not follow through on attending Law School.

Sheesh! What a maroon!

7:53 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Yeah, AU. It was kinda like Cousin Vinny in front of the judge for the first time... except with a Texas accent... and not as smart.

8:04 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

You would think he would have someone well versed since he is making $2.5m/yr.

How crazy is it that if each of us went to work tomorrow as normal, we would make $800k for showing up on Dec 31.

8:10 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I would have to make the trip to Tampa a little bit later than expected for that kind of bonus. Who am I kidding, I'd be later for 1/10th of that.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Man, I go to sleep being Sean the Idiot and this morning I look and find that Jhag went off and knighted me, Sir Sean was it?

I feel like it's going to be a good day.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I think I'll make it official.

8:36 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Ehyou ...

That's ... awesome. Almost as awesome as my Howard Schnellenberger bobblehead doll.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

In mother Russia car drive you!

8:59 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Morning, HOTTIEs, just catching up on the cornucopia of thready goodness provided by our bloggin' benefactor over the past coupla days. JGT: he's good at his trade.

The TTU deal sounds to me like Leach doubted that James' condition required him to wear sunglasses to practice, which I assume is against team policy. I figure Leach took it as a cocky kid trying to break the rules, and sent him to the dark room to make a point to the rest of the team. I agree that if that's all it was, then it reflects more poorly on James (and the TTU admins) for blowing it out of proportion. But now that they have, they should go ahead and relieve Leach of his duties. The smart thing to do would be to go ahead and pay him the $800K bonus due him on 12/31 first. If they dispute that, it comes off exactly like they were more interested in saving money than resolving the situation justly.

On more important matters: by all means, those HOTTIEs in town for the OB should check out The Colonnade. If its anything like it was when I lived in Tampa in '83, it's well worth the drive. Classic, old-school Florida seafood restaurant, and if they bring out a basket of what look like hush puppies, prepare yourself for an unexpected treat.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

My take on TTU: Go ahead and part ways, but do it quietly. If you didn't want Leach or pay him 800k, you should have looked elsewhere.

This whole thing just sounds like an excuse.

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Hotties will like this one ...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=4779039

9:19 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Nice link, Jet.

I'll activate it for the lazy folks.

Cadillac Story

9:24 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

The wife and I will be leaving late afternoon for Tampa to meet the rest of the family at the Grand Hyatt. We will be sitting in sec. 133.I will look for the hottie placards.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

So what's the deal with the QB situation...?

9:42 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

So this is news?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4781264

9:46 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

placards will be in Sec 232, accompanied by some Hotties.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ugh...

weather forecast Tampa on Jan 1 Showers High 64°F

Precip 60%

Wind: From NW at 18 mph

9:52 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

everybody got their ponchos packed?

9:52 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Sir Sean - What situation?

Rollison? Newton?

Todd is the starter Friday morning....seems pretty simple and all that matters for '09.

Easier said then done though.

9:53 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

THT - Wah!! We will be in the low 30's with wintry mix. I could handle 64 and possibility of rain.

9:56 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Good morning hotties.
Good read JET, fortunately I watched Cadillac grow up playing at Etowah High School. He was always a kid with a smile and very outgoing. Loved to play the game and give it all he had even in high school.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Yeah Baltimore guy, sorry not being mean but that's how I remember you, I was kidding around about the QB situation. It has been brought up and many a conversation, spirited or otherwise has ensued.

9:59 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Sean - That's funny.

I have heard many things...Rollison coming back, not coming back....Newton waiting for his Dad to check it out...not sure....either way. It's nice to have these conversations rather than worry about where xCTT was going hunting next week.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

y'all just reminded me... Who do y'all think will be the starting qb next year? I would be interested in hearing opinions on pros and cons of each candidate... again.

10:04 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

My opinion - If he came would be Newton.

The reason would be due to his experience both briefly in the SEC and what he learned in JUCO....the issue would be whether he could learn the offense well enough. If he did earn it, I would think some would transfer that are in line.

10:10 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Video of the "shed" and "electrical closet" referenced in the Mike Leach situation.

http://www.kcbd.com/global/Category.asp?C=151146&clipId=&topVideoCatNo=108431&topVideoCatNoB=108535&topVideoCatNoC=111448&topVideoCatNoD=108536&topVideoCatNoE=111449&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=4421239&flvUri=&partnerclipid

10:12 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I think next year's starter is Caudle. Newton to MSU and Todd barely beat out Caudle this year.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

The Infamous Shed

10:16 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Liggett - "Look, the shed had a fan and running water. There is no issues.

Why didn't they put him in the training room? Not sure, this was closer and he could get some ice."

10:20 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Everyday I am more thankful for Chizik!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

that "electrical closet" is nicer than many "man caves".

10:22 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

By the way, love the giant Leg Lamp.

I was doing some Christmas light cruising this year and the wife yelled STOP! So I say what's the problem and she goes look...and there it was in the window. "The soft glow of electric sex."

10:25 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I think there has to be more to this Coach Leach thing. Surely TT wouldn't be stupid enough to call all this attention to the school if there weren't more to it.

But, I too, am more and more thankful for Chizik everyday.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Remember when everyone was super pissed about the hiring of Gene Chizik?

By the way, I was one of the wait and see crowd.

10:30 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Sean - It is the funniest thing and not to far from it is a 15' Miller Lite bottle Christmas tree. My wife wanted to take the picture and I complained.

I finally did and it is a great photo.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I think TxTech has a sissy on their football team.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Methinks you're right, THT.

10:48 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Can someone name a coach that has fallen from Hero to Goat in a matter of less than a year?

10:49 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

THT ...

I'm all for discipline ... but the kid had been diagnosed with a concussion. It proves nothing except that "I'm the coach. I'll show you." Yank his scholarship after the season if you think he's weak. Whatever. But isolating someone in a room twice shows poor judgment.

I think Mike Leach is an idiot, and if Texas Tech wants to have $800k and run his stupid 244 out on a rail before tomorrow, I'd say that's a pretty good bidness decision.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

is that a trick question AU1?

10:52 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Fulmer got a big extension after the 2007 SEC championship berth.

He was fired the next year.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I think the kid is probably a pansy and has a bad work ethic.

We know Mike Leach is an eccentric dude who comes from the same school of thought as Mangino etc...

Basically, I agree with Jet.

10:54 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

THT - Ha, I was even wondering if Tubs fell that fast but I guess he did considering everyone was thinking we would win the West last yr.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Oh no, someone brought up a former AU coach and more specifically, Tuberville!

Hide the women and children.

10:57 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Tuberville would have sent Adam James to ... get ready ... are you sure you are ready? ... I think you are ...

A DUCK BLIND.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

LOL!!! That's funny, Jet.

11:00 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.

11:01 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

The people bashing the Chizik hire weren't very prevalent here. Some where disappointed, but I didn't see anyone really attacking Chiz, although some bashed Jacobs.

I was and am still a wait and see on Chizik. He has done very well starting out, but the real test comes in a few years.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I'd like to think Chizik has done a great job so far. Look at Michigan, they had a much smoother transition from xCLC to CRR and they've had back to back losing seasons.

Chizik came into a disaster of a season and with limited players was able to salvage a pretty solid season.

11:06 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

By the way, I have seen where the Gator Bowl made it clear they invited FSU because it will be Bowden's final game. I am of the opinion that they didn't do him a favor and the West Virginia will truck FSU. Feel free to discuss.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

FSU has looked good at times and then looked horrific at times. You give college kids terrific motivation and get their energy up and they're liable to play very well.

I think West Virginia would win under normal circumstances but I'm not sure in this situation.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Get Norm up in the bullpen!

11:10 AM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

It's an easy discussion. I agree that FSU will get trounced.

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

We want Norm! We want Norm.

(I wonder if we should start playing "Enter Sandman" when Norm saunters in from the pen)

11:11 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Why should Norm get to have all the fun? I say we flip it.

11:12 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

Guys, I'm not so sure.

Remember, it's Bill on the other sideline. Bill Parker? No! Not that motherscratcher.

Bill Stewart.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

What do y'all think?

11:12 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

I think we should do it.

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Most Interesting Jet in the World said...

This could get ugly.

11:13 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Sir Sean,
I think we should

11:14 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

Let's do it.

11:14 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Get ready...

11:14 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Without the turnovers and ill-sdvised play calls (shovel passes) I think WVa would have probably beaten Auburn. I think they are very under-rated and will have their way with FSU.

11:14 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Get set...

11:14 AM  
Blogger Sir Sean said...

It's about that time...

11:14 AM  
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