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Furlough Day Seven: Saturday

I am on a mandated and unpaid furlough as required by the Advertiser's parent company, Gannett. As such, I am not permitted to participate in blog-related activities for one week.

So we have these pre-loaded entries. That's all.

The upside? I'll be back TOMORROW. That's good news, right?

Have a nice day.


Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

First with Furlough substance

10:49 AM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

I am second.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Secretary Miller said...

I have missed this place... all the friendly avatars and sarcasm. Just warms my heart.

10:58 AM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

WTH.......where is Tate?

11:00 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...


11:00 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Where you been Miller?

11:01 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Had a conference in Florence this week. crappy cell service, so couldn't check in on my phone and didn't have internet hookup in the conference center...

11:06 AM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

Tate's on furlough, unable to update the blog and forfeiting a week's pay for the pleasure.

I think he's have a great time with it, Edwin.

I'm sure he loves putting four years into the HABOTN, creating inertia, then he has to have the rally killed by his organization.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

I like this description:

An object’s inertia causes it to continue moving the way it is moving unless it is acted upon by an (unbalanced) force to change its motion.

11:10 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

We need to get ready for the return of Jay. Someone needs to sweep up. Who left all those puppet parts laying all over the place?

11:10 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Maybe Jay can dig in to the Lebo situation (recruiting stuff) when he comes back.
I spoke with someone today about it and I don't have to check with three others, and maybe this was mentioned, but I think Lebo has been banned form talking with the AAU guy at all. Even though the NCAA sanction thing ran out in 2006, I am told he can not work with him on recruiting kids. The guy is also an AU fan so that makes it worse for us fans. Also, AU has the deal with Under Armour and they don't run any bball camps. Nike runs most of them, so those kids get steered to teams that use Nike.

11:28 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I said it before, but I think Lebo gets at least 1 and probably 2 more years. Next years team will be better than this years team. Au has no point guard (Reed is a 2 guard with a bad attitude) (6 tech fouls this year). Hargrove, when focused is OK, but the next day it looks like he needs ridalin (no offense to those that take it). he just doesn't stay focused. The guys on the bench are getting playing time and will be OK next year. If Lebo is let go, It will take Au bball 4-5 more years of looking bad before the next coach can turn it around.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

The HABOTN inertia will never die

11:53 AM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

PS I didn't type that last statement. I simply screamed it from the top of my lungs and it appeared on The page. Pretty cool.

11:54 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

jhag headed to the beach..ta ta

12:01 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Mark it down soccer hotties. Man United ain't winning any trophies this year. Well, they might (might) win one next weekend, but that'll be it. Seanzie's Arsenal may even pip them to second in the league.

Embarassed by Everton today. For shame for shame.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

The biggest thing we disagree on, WTC, is that's next year's team will be better with Lebo. The guys on the bench are not getting meaningful minutes, and we still won't have a PG next year or any size, nor will they hit free throws and they still won't have an offensive identity beyond looking discombobulated. Defense has gotten worse this year, because I don't think Lebo has control over his players. There is no discipline and everytime I see Lebo on the sidelines, he has this 'i don't care' look.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

wtc - that was a mighty fine pace for the distance. I couldn't keep that up for more than a few miles (back when I was able to run regularly).

12:41 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

wtc, I can't really see us being improved in terms of men's basketball next season. We graduate 4 starters. To keep Lebo around for one more year would be foolish. If you are going to keep him for one more, you may as well give him two, because next year will not likely be an improvement. Either cut bate now or wait two years, but don't waste next season on a team that is very unlikely to improve enough to justify keeping Lebo.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Prattville is UAT country

12:59 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

#5 in particular

1:00 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

She is cute Norm

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

wtc - if Hargrove needs "ridalin" then we should get Reed some ridahim.

Tomorrow will be a GREAT day for The HABOTN.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

baseball then basketball today......hope baseball found some pitching overnight and well I'm just going to basketball because my parents want real hope there

1:30 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

too lazy to link. marquis daniels' golden head.,220898

maybe marquis will loan it to AU to let recruits try on. we can promise every recruit a rhinestone one.

1:55 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Happy to se JGT show up on auto control. I thought he turned it off and went out into the desert to hunt rattle snakes.
Lebo has had almost 6 years and for what ever reason and there are many he hasn't got it done. It is time to move on.

1:56 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

So, what should Jay's first return blog be about? How about something snappy like "The Neil Caudle Story: Life as Number Two".

2:10 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Anyone watching the ski jumping?

I can't figure out why they have judges scores. It seems like who ever goes the farthest wins, why do we need scores?

2:15 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I'd like to see "The Jeff Lebo Story: How to be Less than Mediocre"

2:17 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Because form counts for something...

2:18 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

That dude just out jumped the other jumpers by 15 meters... or more... holy cow!

2:27 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I can't fill the blog with why AU will be better next year, but:
1. The senior starters we have are not good. Maybe Waller can play for another D1 school in this state.
2. Getting rid of them may help our play.
3. Au has a very good Juco point guard coming in next year.
4. We are short on height but will make up for it by players that will hustle and want to play. this group is just mailing it in.
5. Despite the lack of talent, AU has lost 9 games by 5 or fewer points.
6. Lebo has been hamstrung by the things the athletic department has put on him from a recruiting standpoint.

2:52 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I am not going to plead for Lebo to stay. I am just saying that despite how many feel on here. he will be the coach next year. He still needs to sell the program to the students, and probably won't, which is an issue JJ must address.

I would bet that if he does win early next year the students and others will start coming out to watch. There are ALOT of fair weather bball fans. I hate they are losing as much as anyone, but I still go to many games. I will be there tonight.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

But why would form count for anything. It seems to me the best form is the one that makes you go the farthest.

I've competed (poorly) in water ski jumping, which is pretty similar, and there are no style points.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I agree, wake. Who cares about form. The purpose of ski jumping is simple.. fly farther than the others.

Does this mean we should expect them to start judging the downhill race and avg "style points" with the skiers' times? Please say no.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I want to see that guy jump 130 meters backward like they said he could.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

AU football coaches pay hikes

3:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

AU men in virtual dead heat with UF heading into tonight's final events. Other than 1650 freestyle final currently in progress (3 separate heats), the finals start at 6 pm tonight:

#32 Women 200 Back Finals
#33 Men 200 Back Finals
#34 Women 100 Free Finals
#35 Men 100 Free Finals
#36 Women 200 Breast Finals
#37 Men 200 Breast Finals
#38 Women 200 Fly Finals
#39 Men 200 Fly Finals
#40 Women Platform Diving Finals
#41 Women 400 Free Relay
#42 Men 400 Free Relay

live video link found at, but resolution is too poor to make it worthwhile. However, live stats can be followed tonight at:
this linkie

3:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

^^^ 6 pm EST

3:52 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I agree with WTC on this one. Auburn will be better next year. The incoming class has some talent and there is talent on the bench. Lebo has finally started to play some of the bench in meaningful situations.

WTC you are also correct on the AAU thing. That is severely hurting recruiting. Most of the bb talent plays AAU ball and not being able to talk to them makes it almost impossible to recruit.

Lebo is a good coach. Don't under estimate the power of the new arena on recruiting and watch what Lebo can do with talent.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Jet Jacobs said...

It would be hard for this team to be worse. There will be some energy with the arena ... regardless of the coach. WTC may very well be right regarding Lebo.

I think he's a better coach than he's given credit for, but I think he's lost this team. I would prefer to change.

Even so, I wholeheartedly agree with WTC regarding the fair-weather fans. Auburn fans support football no matter what. Auburn fans turn their backs on basketball at the first sign of a problem. I bear a part of the blame ... I've been once this season.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I never played organized Bball and can't discuss X's and O's, but the lack of discipline, consistently poor foul shooting and inconsistent defensive effort seem like stuff that should be blamed on the coach. Maybe not for one season, but when the problem is every season, I think so.

Coach Lebo has had some terrible luck, but 6 years is a lot of time to overcome bad luck.

If this year's subs aren't good enough to best out some weak seniors, then how can they be good enough to field a team with good players next year. If the youngsters had beat out the seniors and got full game experience this year, then maybe the argument for next year would hold more water.

I hate the what have you done for me lately, but in this case nothing has been done ..much less lately.

Is the AAU thing in basketball like the baseball travel-ball ...or the East Cobb League? AU recruits for baseball in the East Cobb league. I realize the past issues, but if errybody else is doin' it....

5:07 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

The team lost a ton last year with Barber, Barrett, Quartez.

Knox and Lett have not developed at all.

However, Gabriel was starting to get some PT. Ross and Armstrong are projects, but developing. Malone has all the physical tools, but he as been a bit of a disappointment. He has to work on the jumper.

The offense will run through Sullivan next year. That has to be an improvement over Reed.

If the Salter kid is as good as the users on Rivals rate him, and if Kemp has some semblence of an offensive game the future could be bright.

Waller and Hargrove are going to missed. Losing Reed will be addition by subtraction.

6:21 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Tay Waller has been my favorite player to watch these last two years.

His injury really hurt this team early on.

I love to watch him shoot.

6:22 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Kenny Gabriel was counted on to do more than he has this year. I think he has some talent.

He, Sullivan, Malone were all rivals 150 guys when they were recruited.

Kemp is the first 150 big guy we have gotten since Barber.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

this is frustrating. The game is on my tv, which means I have to watch. I'd rather be watching the olympics or a movie....

GO AUBURN!!!!!!!!

7:18 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

Who won the baseball game with SEMO?

7:30 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Wake.... I think the style points are to be used in tiebreakers... in case someone jumps identical distances. But, Amman was 15 meters out in front of anybody else.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Edwin... AU won it in 10.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Jet Jacobs said...

Peppertree filets, baked potatoes, salad.

Get some.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Hearing that Dismukes visit to AU went very well this weekend.
Also, Region is now planning to graduate in December and enroll on the Plains in January. Dismukes may try to do the same, if he chooses to come to AU.

7:39 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

Thanks, Miller. PLEASE make the SEC Tourney this year.

7:40 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

Thanks, Miller. PLEASE make the SEC Tourney this year.

7:40 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Last year, that rebound (on the Ark. putback) was cleared by Vot and Auburn would be off and running.

This team is a doughnut, nothing in the middle.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i think the ref threw away his "travel whistle" on that drive by Reed. Sure looked like he dragged his foot halfway down the lane.

8:01 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

When Frankie gets the keys to the O next year, this team will be better.

8:03 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

If all else fails, Auburn can swim, 14 SEC titles in a row.

8:04 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...


8:06 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Jet... I prefer "Bring me some!"

8:11 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Nice win tonight.

Don't look now, but the schedule is not exactly murder's row: MSU and LSU at home, and fading Ole Miss and Bama teams on the road.

8:13 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

gettin rowdy tonight see ya in the am

8:20 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks for that news, stu

here are final standings:
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 42

1. Auburn 784
2. Florida 765
3. Georgia 587
4. Tennessee 417.5
5. Alabama 340
6. Kentucky 320
7. LSU 263.5
8. SC 183

8:27 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I just THOUGHT there wasn't crap I wanted to watch on tv last night. Tonight, I'm watching an incredibly boring movie with Hot Wife. I'd rather watch my fingernails grow.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Jet Jacobs said...

DMiller ... I have to say ... it was beyond fabulous ... Norm shares my love for Peppertree ... with good reason.

8:46 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

If I read correctly, Auburn won a men's basketball game. Lebo's pursuit of the unfeated season has to wait.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm not sure I'm too keen on our athletes being less than 400 miles from Iran for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Good reason indeed. I'll have to make that a stop whenever I next pass through the gump. In the 5 years I've been N of ATL, I haven't found anything remotely close to Peppertree anywhere around here.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

This movie isn't just boring, it's excruciating.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Styles said...

Marquis Daniels is my hero.

10:04 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Good day for Auburn. Men's basketball wins, baseball wins, men's swimming takes SEC championship.

10:14 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Hope next weekend is as good when I am there to see them in person.

10:15 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Lebo may be a nice guy but I'm not sure about him being a good coach. Talent aside, the team doesn't look like they've been taught how to play, certainly not how to play as a team. Their ball handling is poor and they can't do something as fundamental as hit free throws.

I don't mind them losing, it's how bad they look doing it.

10:16 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Auburn and Florida are so far ahead of the others in swimming it's ridiculous. Anyone know how we're looking for the NCAA this year?

10:19 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Exciting game to watch tonight at the Beav. I was most leased to see Reed be put on the bench early on. I think that helped this team a lot. Several of the young guys got playing time. AU will be counting on Kemp to fill post man role next year, but I think he can do it. As mentioned earlier, Sullivan will be the man next year. I think he is ready to handle it. He hustles all night while on the court.

10:29 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Nova-Free throw shooting is something that a player has to want to practice on. Look at Shaq. He is paid millions and still can't hit them.

I will say Lebo is one of the better X and O guys out there in the SEC. He isn't the best, but I think he is very good. Talent just isn't there to run the offense the way it should be run.

(When Reed was benched tonight, several fans in my section were (lowly) applauding. They thought it was a good move.

10:33 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

BTW- Trooper Taylor had a half tie presentation for the Miracle League ball field in Opelika. he mentioned todya was his birthday (for those that want to stalk him). He is 40 years old.

10:35 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I like that Sullivan has not slacked of on his FT shooting. This is something from ESPN:

Sullivan - 70/81=86.4%
Team w/o Sullivan - 381/583=65.4% Team with Sullivan - 451/664=67.9%

Best FT shooter in the league and the worse FT shooting team in the league.

10:42 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

The Autauga Grand Jury Sweep was a riot.

Didn't really realize these sweeps existed, yet can't believe I've never been involved in one.

11:04 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

We Be Takin Over

11:12 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

glad to see someone took the time to properly link the marquis daniels' golden head story.

i thought it was pretty stupid at first, but anything that gets a rating of five mugsy bouges' has gotta be cool.

11:27 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Congrats to all Auburn sports today.

And credit where credit is due with Auburn basketball. A lot of times this team gets (fairly) disparaged by many on here (including me), but I was impressed with them tonight.

As the second half wore on, I thought to myself, "I've seen this film before. Play well in the first half and lose the plot in the second half."

But they really played some (dare I say) sound basketball down the stretch to win this one. Inspired even. Made some free throws tonight as well. Don't think we're about turn the corner or anything, but tonight, they deserve praise for playing some good basketball.

1:02 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I wish I would have watched the game tonight. Sounds like it was a good one.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Well its 6 and I'm still not asleep, guess It's time to just get up and moving for the day.

5:07 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Free throw shooting can be taught. The emphasis on practice has to come from the coach. I've seen too many games where the bball team doesn't even look like it's trying.

Lebo's had six years. These are his players. This is what he can do. I don't think that a new arena and a new class are suddenly going to change that.

I'm don't think I'm asking for much, just a team that looks like it knows what it is doing on the court and can occasionally make the NCAA.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Papa comes home today

9:08 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Papa is home!

New thread UPZ.

9:18 AM  

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