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2.10.2010

Aairon Savage speaks

Hey everyone. Defensive back Aairon Savage, who has missed the past two seasons because of two disparate injuries, spent some time talking with the media today.

He recently was granted a (rare) sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA.

Savage is in a good mood.

I'll have quotes up in a bit. Until then, here is the basic theme.

  • He feels blessed to have this final chance to play.

  • He speaks often with Jerraud Powers and Willis McGahee, who have provided steadfast encouragement. McGahee? Former Auburn lineman Ben Grubbs thought McGahee could provide some insight, so he got McGahee in contact with Savage.

  • He claims to be 100 percent healthy. "I can do everything."

  • He said his position remains in question. Savage is fine with cornerback or safety.

  • He will participate fully in spring drills.

  • He was recruited by Gene Chizik out of high school ... when Chizik was Auburn's defensive coordinator.

  • He tore his Achilles last summer. Less than a week before, the topic in his kinesiology class was Achilles injuries.

  • On gaining perspective: ``Losing two seasons, that's hard too. Very frustrating. I don't know why everything happens, but everything happens for a reason. I've learned a lot about myself, a lot about the people that I've had around me. I had a very strong support system from (my girlfriend) Shannon, my mom, my family, the guys here, just everybody. Community, it's a very good support system."

  • On his mental approach: ``I just took it one day at a time, try not to look too far ahead. I had a lot of long nights, a lot of long nights. I tried not to think it was over. It's kind of hard to let it go. Just one day at a time, one night at a time. And here we are now."

  • On how some teammates are significantly younger now: ``That's the beauty about it. It's kind of like music. It's something that can bring anybody together and it's something that everybody enjoys. It's just a love and a passion that won't go away."

  • On what Willis McGahee said: ``We were doing some of the same things that McGahee was doing already. We incorporated a few more things. He just told me to keep working at it because it will come back. Don’t give up."

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

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

84 Comments:

Blogger Seanzie said...

Boom.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Savage Substance.

2:53 PM  
Blogger bharris007 said...

Bada..

2:54 PM  
Blogger Scoats said...

Glad to have the added depth at DB

2:56 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Cinco! Slow day on the ole HABOTN.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Sullivan013 said...

Typo alert - 'Speaks'

2:57 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

First.....NOT!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks, Sullivan!

2:58 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Good day peeps.

Quiet day here in Baltimore. Entire state of Maryland is under a blizzard warning. Currently have 20" of snow on the ground, on top of the 28 we got on Saturday.

I can honestly say I have never seen so much.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I hope Savage has a phenomenal season. He deserves it.

2:59 PM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

nice work. been a strange day. hope the hotties are ok.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

AU1 ... been peepin' those pics on Facebook. That's an incredible supply of snow. Wow.

3:00 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

JGT - It is officially nuts!

3:01 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Pretty sure about 4" is the most snow I've experienced.

3:02 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I think Aairon should not take any classes this year that have any type of injuries available as a topic of discussion.

3:05 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

JGT - Nice work as well by the way.

3:06 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Kathy, I concur!

AU1N04, I am SO jealous! I just got off the phone with my mom, who lives in Lancaster County, PA. She's been watching it snow all day. She said she thinks they've gotten about as much this time as they did on Saturday. I want pics, but my dad has their camera and he's in FL! :-(

3:08 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Never forget that McGahee injury. Gnarly.

3:08 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Hopefully he is fully healed and good to go.

3:08 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Luv - Hold a minute.

3:09 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Check the profile pic....I will say, that was about 3 hrs ago...it is worse.

3:11 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Luv - and Lancaster Cty is getting pounded.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

AU1, that is crazy. Stay warm and safe. And please keep it up there. There is a reason I live in the South! Give me hot, humid days!!!

3:14 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

The wife, who is from Decatur, AL, is flustered, I will say that.

3:15 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I've been watching the radar. Lancaster isn't getting as much as the southwest suburbs of Philly. I'm chatting with a college on FB and she said the the Turnpike and the Schkukyll Expressway are closed and they are under a blizzard warning.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

My daughter and I went to the John Mayer concert last night in B'ham. That dude can play a mean guitar. He was entertaining, and I enjoyed the precious time with my youngest.

3:17 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Females going to John Mayer is cool. For a male, that's instant emasculation.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Kathy, I seriously hope the arena was 100% female.

Any male at a John Mayer concert better have a clear-cut reason.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I actually have sunshine coming through my window right now!!! I need to find the sunglasses. My eyes aren't use to the glare.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

JGT, there were A LOT of males there last night. I was surprised as well.

3:24 PM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

i've taken mrs. scottie to see John Mayer several times.

take that how you will.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

I'm afraid we'll have to call you "Skirtie B" for at least a week.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

scottie, there were a lot of couples there last night. If I hadn't gone with my daughter, my husband was going to take her.

3:31 PM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

i made it to 8 AU games last season. sometimes you've just gotta do what ya gotta do. i came out on the better end.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Great compromise scottie.

3:32 PM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

i'm cool with John Meyer. he can plan a mean guitar. my wife listens to much worse so i can't complain with him.

3:34 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I can't believe that Eric Clapton invites that guy to be on the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

I've seen Mayer play guitar and he's good, but his song writing is awful and he never really writes a song to show off any guitar playing at all.

He has two of the worst songs ever with "Daughters" and "Your Body Is A Wonderland".

3:36 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

That being said Michael Franti and Spearhead has been his opening act and they are a lot of fun.

I saw them in Knoxville last year.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Several quotes now added to main page.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Wifey occasionally listens to Celine Dion ...

3:39 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I went to John Mayer back in...2004. I went with 4 women and they bought me dinner...and drove. Good enough for me.

3:40 PM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

like when she's in your car JG?

3:40 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Celine Dion

*snort*

3:41 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I can see Jay G walking out of a Celine Dion concert with a baby pink tour tee-shirt draped over a shoulder and crying missus on his arm. Much like Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Only when I'm in her truck.

My car is a Celine-free zone.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have gone to some great lengths to placate Wifey, lengths I wouldn't discuss among even my closest friends.

Celine Dion is over that line.

3:48 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Working on eastern time and living in central is sweet at quitting time....sux in the mornings.

Later

4:04 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Sounds like y'all are good romantics on V-day!

4:04 PM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

so....wifey drives the truck!

it's all becoming so clear now. ;)

4:04 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

AU1, you beat me by about a foot. We had blizzard conditions from about 10:30 until about an hour ago. Pretty much stopped now although there's still a good bit of wind. This should be an all time record winter for DC.

Luv, if you want a picture, get a white piece of paper. That was pretty much the view during the height of the storm. My avatar picture is from Saturday. I didn't take any this time.

4:12 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

On the previous thread the dates were posted for AU's spring practice and the A Day game. When did it get changed to Apr 24? The AU Tigers website still has it listed for April 17. Anyone got a link to the change?

4:13 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

wam

4:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I lived in Silver Spring, Md., during the blizzard in 1979 or 1980. The snow banks were taller than my head.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

1979 February 19 The Presidents' Day Storm

Chiefly affected the Middle Atlantic States, with record snowfall in many areas; Washington, DC, 18.7" in 18.5 hours at the airport with a total depth of 23"; Baltimore, MD, airport had 20".

4:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

We made a "bobsled run" down the hill in my back yard. We slid down in garbage bags. It was righteous.

The 1979 storm looks like child's play next to this current situation, though.

4:20 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

burrrrrr it was 65 here today

4:25 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Yeah,the south Florida sunshine was weak. I almost wore a jacket or a light sweater today....

4:29 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Almost got stuck having to take Mrs. Jet to a figure skating extravaganza in Birmingham years ago featuring Nancy Kerrigan and some of the other stars of the ice.

Asserted my manhood, Skirtie B.

4:30 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Drove through 20 inches of snow and a temporarily closed down I-70 to get to Vail last year.

It was awesome.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Vail, where the police cruisers are Saabs. Or they were in 1988.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

SCHEDULE UPDATE:

I will be doing a live blog or chat (depending on bandwidth issues) tonight beginning around 7:30 p.m. CST.

I'm also aiming for a Video Campfire® tomorrow afternoon at a time to be determined. What is best? I usually shoot for 3 p.m. CST.

4:40 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The Saabs were 4 wheel drives right? Colorado snow is much lighter and doesn't pack. They're also prepared much better for it. The region is paralyzed and the Federal government has been closed for 3 straight days and will most likely be closed tomorrow.

Kids are loving it. Lot's of impromptu toboggan runs like you described JG.

Another inch or 2 is in the forecast for Sunday night. Normally that would be a cause for some excitement. Now not so much.

4:41 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Yeah, they're usually on their game with snow in Colorado.

I drove through 10-15 inches of snow to get to work more than once.

Still, every now and then a snow storm will kind of come out of nowhere and wreak havoc. This drive to Vail was one of them. Once they opened back up I-70, it was only clear for a little while before roads became messy.

Going up and over Vail Pass that day was not the most fun I've ever had.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I've spent about 20 minutes catching up and this thread is still stuck on 63?

5:04 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JGT - re: link, you are welcome. I know a few of the Hotties are almostas lazy as I am, so I was just trying to make it easy for them.


E-Bro - live and learn. When the BEASLEY!!! post is imminent, one doesn't waste posts with small talk ;-)

Did someone answer Cincy's ? and I missed it? A-Day is now April 24? Is that true? That would stink big time :-(

5:08 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

THT...I totally misplayed it. I thought the coast was clear and was gonna lay down the 87th post and then come right back with Beasley.

I am ashamed.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

E-Bro - even professionals like myself (hee hee) have made such egregious errors.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JAGR!!!


where is everyone?

5:19 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Yes, I would love it if someone could answer my question. We have been invited to an Induction Ceremony for some of the athletes who will have stars installed downtown and we were told it was the 16th, the day before the A Day game. And daughter and son-in-law are trying to schedule time off to come.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

in 79-80 I was in Chicago..
Also remember the 76 (I think) storm in Chicago... Big snow all year..

I fondly remember a VAST network of tunnels my brother and I dug. We could get to all the neighbors houses. and it had off shoot rooms to play.... it even had a bathroom.. much to my mothers dismay...

I Ahhh life when you are only 3-4 feet tall....not much has changed on that front..

5:44 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

I saw snow once by the age of 20 - but I did live through some hurricanes

5:56 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Wassup from st charles in new orleans, hotties. Anyone else in NOLA tonight?? Goin to tipatina's after the parade,be there or be oblong or something.

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

if JGT does a live blog tonight and nobody is there, is it really live?


WHERE ARE THE HOTTIES???


Cincy - I'm sticking with April 17 cause that works for me.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/aub-m-footbl-sched.html

List A-Day as 4/17.

6:42 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

The only really big snow I remember was the HUGE snow storm that hit Auburn big time in February of 1973.

I got in the car early that Friday morn and almost made it to Phenix City trying to get to east Georgia. I got turned around by the state troopers. Thank goodness cause I would have been stranded in the middle of nowhere Georgia. Instead I raised tee total hell in Auburn. By the time it was over we had over two feet.

It was the best of times and some of the best memories at Auburn.

We got huge appliance boxes from the stores and 'sledded' down every incline we could find in Auburn! Made bonfires in all the apartment complex parking lots and drank hot buttered rum till we...well, till we ran out!

Any Hotties there during that time???

The snow of 1973 to the streaking of 1974...those were the days!!!!

6:50 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

So this on another blog.

My husband went to a luncheon today and listened to Jason Caldwell from Auburn Scout. The SR thing was explained by Jason like this:

There were an estimated 200 bammers all dressed in red and white at the press conference. SR called to speak with the sabear about committing and sabear became frustrated with SR and gave the phone to a position coach and said "here, talk to this f!@#%*& kid. Well SR heard him say this. At 11:30 am the day of the press conference SR called the Auburn coaches to tell him that he was going to Alabama. Our coaches told him that if he ever needed anything to not hesitate to call them and that they loved him and wishes him the very best. SR immediately replied "coach, I'm coming to Auburn". And that is exactly what this boy did. In front of 200 bammers he told them that he was committing to their rival team. That took balls my friends! This kid knew in his heart that he didn't want to be a part of the bama team. It's different when you're on the outside looking in, but when you get inside and see how things really are in can change in an instant. That is exactly what happened with SR. Here he was committing to the bammers and the head coach curses him and he was informing the AU coaches that he wasn't coming and they were treating him with more respect and dignity. I'm not surprised at all, but to a kid that grew up a bama fan it was. He knew right then where he belonged! AUBURN!

7:03 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

We got a pretty good snow storm sometime around 2001 when I was at Auburn. It was a great time. Except for the fact that I worked for one for a realty company and we had a bunch of pipes burst and I had to help dig some of them up.

7:06 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

CH=B,
My dentist, who is a huge AU supporter, told me basically the same thing today.

He was also very impressed that I kept up with recruiting :) I invited him to our blog. He already knew of Jay's reporting and liked it. Maybe we will see him on here sometime.

7:20 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The only snow I remember in Alabama was in Mobile in 71 or 72. We got 4 inches, actually about 2 inches of snow on 2 inches of ice. There were no plows or salt in the city at all. There was a cold spell so it didn't melt and we were out of school for a a week.

That was a record snow for Mobile at the time and I think it still stands.

7:21 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I hope recruits will finally start to see through $aban. He may be a great coach, but there is something to be said for being a great person.

7:22 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Has anyone heard about the sports anchor in Huntsville(FOX54) that made a remark suggesting Auburn cheated to get Spencer Region? He pretty much said that Auburn paid him and followed it up by saying "Yep, I said it". After the commercial break he said some more about it. On another blog the stations email address was posted so I sent Dear Eric:

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for watching our FOX 54 Nine O’ Clock News, we value our viewer comments; whether they are positive or negative in nature regarding any story or issue that has aired on our stations. We state Fair, Local, Balanced because we mean it, they are not just words.

Your email regarding the comment from our Sports Anchor, Roland Glembine on the newscast that aired on Monday February 8, 2010 is very important to us. Please rest assured that we have addressed your complaint and it has been discussed.

Please note this was done tongue-in-cheek and apologized for mere moments after it was said. In fact, it was also looked upon from some Alabama fans with disfavor as well. That being said, we apologize for offending. That is never our intention. We place great importance on the conduct of our staff and your complaint will give us the opportunity to improve our local newscast each and every day.

Best Regards,


Charlene M Brueggeman an email stating my displeasure with such "Fair and balanced" reporting. I actually got a reply. What's funny is that I don't even live in nor watch Huntsville news.

7:46 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Sorry that post is FUBAR!!!! Maybe you can make heads or tails our of it.

7:47 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Not that it matters since I am talking to myself.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Live chat is UPZ.

7:48 PM  

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