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All we have are the embers

In this spot earlier today was a TWO HOUR Video Campfire®.

We discussed Auburn's 2010 signing class, broke that down fully, discussed the 2008 class, broke that down fully, talked about baseball, basketball, Clete Thomas, Auburn baseball never making the SEC Tournament, old media passes.

I'm not able to track UStream viewers like I can here, but special kudos to our top contributors: THT, Scottie, Cincy, Scott C., Sean, E-Bro, Luv, bigdaddy334, chipchip, clayburn, ckeenan, missinit, AWK, Freep, bellefay.

Thanks for participating!


Blogger ehyou said...

now this is my kind of party!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Pug substance pending

3:04 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I can't believe I'm not paying $4.99 per minute for this substance.

3:06 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

And now my company has decided ustream is no longer business appropriate. CRAP!!!!!

3:09 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

As usual I can't remember my password!

3:14 PM  
Blogger API said...

Ok, how do I log onto the Ustream site for real time comments ?

3:20 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

I'll just have to listen so I can't remember!

3:23 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...


3:32 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Real time comments don't work here. Boo!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

no real time comment functionality here either. stupid interweb nazi's.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Connecting ...
Connecting ...
Connecting ...
Connecting ...
Connecting ...
There was an error connecting to the chat server, please try again later

That's all I get in the Comments section. Dagnabit.

4:36 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Norm, that's just me. I continue to make the "connecting" comment. Jay is ignoring it, though.

4:37 PM  
Blogger michael said...

You know, we should get THT to continually check the comments section and relay our thoughts to Jay. He is a kindly sort.

Hey THT, tell Jay that I said "Poopoo diarrhea!"

4:39 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

THT, help a brutha out.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I've had lots of funny comments. Homer would've loved it.

4:42 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Wow, he just disappeared!

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

also a slow sort

4:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i like embers

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missed it!

Dang it!

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did I hear it was to snow in Auburn?

4:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks to all for participating.

We had 600+ people watch, which is WAY above my goal of 200. That's awesome!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

it was a lot of fun, JGT.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Up to three inches, AU1.

Schools closed. I know; it's laughable.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

btw, I'm going to have to talk to AU athl dept about sending me one of those true media guides this year. The official 2009 media guide was a travesty.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Not laughable, sensible in a usually snow free area. Three inches in Alabama is probably the equivalent of a 6-8 inch storm here and you usually get rain first which means ice.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey NoVa is Fed gov't closed tomorrow do you know?

5:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

THT, they'll be hard to get. Mine was a special order.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NoVa - It does still kind of makes me chuckle though.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thankfully, I still have the 2008 media guide somewhere around here. Probably in LGGB's room

5:06 PM  
Blogger michael said...

What was wrong with the 2009 version, THT? If the 2008 version was the bomb, then there is clearly a negative correlation between a good media guide and on field success.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I figure it would be closed since Metro still isn't back up all the way. Could you imagine putting a couple hundred thousand more people on the already stressed roads? I wonder about Metro's competence a lot more than road clearing.

I still need to get into the lab for a while and make sure everything is OK. Fortunately that last snow drifted behind my car and left the front mostly clear.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

MJT - all media guides were ''the bomb" until 2009. This past year, they turned it into a picture album. They got rid of almost all of those wonderful records and statistics that made it a media guide.

5:29 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i would like to criticize jgt for my lack of productivity this afternoon. the campfire was much more fun than any other options available.

5:30 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

you need to start going head to head with PF two or three days a week.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Bring it....

5:32 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

you will scan the entire media guide document and post it for all hotties to download. your people command it!!! you know, when you have a week and nothing to do...

5:33 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

the one time i didn't use one of his other monickers such as slimebag, pondscum, f-wad...

5:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I finished that project, chip chip

5:35 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

slimebaum wouldn't stand a chance if both of you teamed up against him on the air!

5:35 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It was a comprehensive analysis of recruiting.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

AU1, OPM page isn't updated. Channel 4 news said there should be a decision soon.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NoVa - Thank you sir!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ok, this really stinks. old (early 1800s) scanned newspaper web site server is down. This really stinks a WHOLE lot.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Dude. They've been around for 200 years and you still haven't read them yet. You can wait another day.

5:46 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Jay G, James Spann says 3-5" in your neck o' the woods. 2-4" up here. I think we need to call out the National Guard!

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I look forward to reading the panic!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

but when will be the next time I actually remember to read them? That may be another 200 years!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THT - What's the site?

5:53 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

AU1N04, I'm surprised the Bham area schools aren't closed yet!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

AU1N04 - (the log in page and anything requiring one to be logged in is offline - the useless home page and search functions work, you just can't accesss the results)

I have virtually no interest in genealogy, but being able to search old newspapers by keywords is a great help for map research

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting....on both fronts.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

nerdy, too!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

AU1, Feds are 2 hr delayed arrival or unscheduled leave. It's going to be messy. I hope they get the yellow line open across the river for me.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...



I don't get it.

ps: The Metro is down? Seriously?

6:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Metro above ground has been mostly closed since Friday. They got most of it open Tuesday then had to close again Tuesday night.

They run below ground on a very reduced schedule.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yuck. Which line are you on?

6:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yellow or Blue from Pentagon or Pentagon City. Both go above ground before going into DC. If the right buses are running, I can get to the Orange line which tunnels under the river.

Now the Metro server is down so I can't check the status.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

We always stay out at the end of blue ... and that whole stretch to the Pentagon is above-ground. What a huge mess.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I think this 2nd storm was handled better and the actual storm was worse.

But over a certain level 8" I think, the trains stop.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived off of the blue line in '03during that storm....I will never forget a Senator's Aide going out in his Jetta for the Sen. meds. That didn't work out so well for him.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Level 5 Panic is approved.

All eggs, bread and milk should be purchased immediately.

No state offices will be open tomorrow ... Presidents' Day is Monday.

4 day weekend!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4 day weekend? Better get your beer before the the section is stripped bare!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I knew there had to be a reason.

Monday was going to be an off day! Of course!

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kids here have been off for the entire week and don't go back until has been challenge.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yay! The Yellow line is open across the Potomac. It may be crowded and slow, but it will be better than facing the roads.

6:52 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

AU women not doing too well. Down 34-46 with 15 minutes to go in 2nd half.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

how 'bout now, Cincy?

7:30 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Getting worse - it is now 50-65 with just under 4 minutes to play.

7:31 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I don't get it - Arkansas has only won one SEC game.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ugh - you can refrain from further updates

7:37 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Final update, we lost 58-73. Ugh is right!

What's something more pleasant we can talk about?

7:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

There's only 40 days until Spring practice. That's better.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

State offices closed in the Gump tomorrow... I officially have a 4 day weekend. No work until Tuesday (afternoon). Actually, that's when I'll be travelling to N. AL for a conference. So, other than making sure the conference runs smoothly, no work for me all next week. I won't be in the office for 10 days.

Sorry I missed the campfire this afternoon. I had planned on squeezing it into the schedule, but tragedy struck at the office and I had to work a little overtime just to get out at a decent hour.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

cincy - ME!

8:13 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

OK, Norm, exactly what would you like to discuss about you?

8:18 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Take your pick. You asked for something more pleasant and I really can't think of anything more pleasant than me. Everything about me. I exude and exemplify pleasantness.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Norm... I think your sarcasm machine is broken... it's layin it on just a little too thick now

8:27 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Just saw the mail ...

Stewardess gets her first college recruiting letter. Now, that's making me sad.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Norm ...

A scholar
A musician
A charming rogue
A deep thinker
A man for all seasons

8:29 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

He's the most interesting Norm in the world... Stay Thirsty Norm

8:30 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

You timed your return to work perfectly to coincide with a snow threat and a holiday, didn't you Jet?

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Hey, I was in meetings over the weekend. I will gladly accept the Governor's generosity by sleeping an extra two hours tomorrow.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Miller, are you saying I'm not pleasant? Next time I see you for lunch, I'm gonna treat you to a whoopin'.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I will be enjoying the extra sleep myself...

I wish it weren't so dang cold... I'd like to take advantage of my trip to the Shoals next week by playing a round of golf at the RTJ course up there where I'm staying.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I look forward to that pleasantry, Norm.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

by the way.... how's the eye doing?

8:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

it's time for...

8:53 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


8:54 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

This spot reserved for a shout out to Kennesaw

9:02 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I look forward to the pleasantry too. I hope I can make it again soon.

The eye is making slow improvements. I'm told it's a long process. Thanks for asking.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

You people are dead tonight... I thought Thursday nights were supposed to be more lively than this? I also figured the anticipation of snow in the gump would have everyone too excited to sleep.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i'm too depressed about airfares to be a "lively poster"

9:19 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

DMIller ...

I'm too busy watching Rich Thomas on the Fox 9 p.m. news to get the latest.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I agree with Miller. You people bore me. I'm going to bed. Peace out.

9:25 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Anybody seen any snow yet?

9:45 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I saw snow... fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, right?

It's been a couple years... but I definitely saw it once.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

It might have been in 97?

9:49 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

wasn't '98

9:49 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

we partied in '99

9:49 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Mid page BOOM! Bring on the snow!

9:50 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

ok, now that I got that out my system... I'm tired, and obviously delirious... I'm off to bed.

9:50 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Night, hotties. I hope we all have snow to play in tomorrow!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Just returned from my tour taking HS scores.

Still no snow. Oh well.

10:55 PM  
Blogger michael said...


12:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I go away for a week and look at what happens. Campfires break out.

2:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go to bed at midnight and Meridian,Ms has a 5"-7" snow forecast. I wake up at 5am and the forecast for Meridian is now 1"-2".

I'm betting that except for a few isolated examples, the weather folks have over-forecast again.

This would make 4 snow over-forecasts for our location this year. We did have 1/4" of snow one day.

At least our schools didn't over-react and cancel this time.

Here's wishing safe travels to those in the southern snow.

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TV interviews one of the Clayton County, Ga. workers and tapes the following quote:

"We's only got 2 plows and that ain't gonna get it did. We gonna need some heyelp."

4:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Clayton County jewel: Security cameras capture a dude at Walmart busting $22,000 in TVs with a baseball bat.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...


can we get a story on Dontae Aycock, seems he is lookin like the one...

5:06 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Snow Nazi to Bham: NO SNOW FOR YOU!

Good Friday Morning, Hotties! Why do the weeks seem to be getting longer and the weekends shorter?

I enjoyed the video chat yesterday afternoon. Since I don't study film or scour internet sites for info. on recruits, it was great getting Jay G's perspective on things (although, since I didn't take notes, I won't remember any of it with my memory - or lack thereof!). Thanks, Jay G!

5:23 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I think I've said this before, but the meteorologists around here need to stick to severe thunderstorm forecasting. They just need to tell us what the NWS is saying and that if it doesn't pan out, blame them. Like Hoopie, said, they haven't gotten on snowfall forecast right this season.

5:27 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...


6:02 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Made it to work despite the blizzard. I saw at least 2 dozen flakes. It was crazy.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Snow Day!...Just remember, if you get into a snow ball fight, never throw a snow ball at a quarterback. Ben Leard made me pay dearly in 96 when we had snow at the dorms.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning Hotties, last day of training for me. 16 people plus an instructor in this class and only 4 of us are local to the area and won't be impacted by ATL canceling flights for the massive snow coming to town around mid-morning. Sucks to be them, or really anyone hosed up like that.

6:38 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

ehyou, at least you saw something. I haven't seen one flake of snow this season. The last big snowstorm we were supposed to get, I saw a few ice pellets, but that was it.

6:39 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Although, according to the radar, I may see some snowflakes soon!

6:46 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

"We's only got 2 plows and that ain't gonna get it did. We gonna need some heyelp."

That's just awful.

6:49 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

no snow in Auburn yet boo

7:48 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Morning all you winter weather survivors, I hope your stocks of bread and milk are plentiful. I made it to work this morning in the frigid 36 degree air, and almost saw a snowflake, although it could have been a cigarette someone tossed, too.

However, according to the wether channel radar there's stuff going on in Alabama from Birmingham - south. You guys and gals seeing anything yet?

7:51 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Eddie, it all depends on which QB you're throwing snowballs at. I would have felt comfortable tossing one at Leard. I never would have thought he could actually hit me if he threw back.

7:53 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

mrtommyd, none of that reaching the ground here in Pelham. :(

8:00 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

That's pretty funny right there, D. Miller!

8:03 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

In honr of the snowshowers in the deep south, and to celebrate the snow NoVa and others have had to deal with, I'm changing my avatar for the weekend.

8:05 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

That's incorrect Luv, according to the weather channel radar, you are now under a light snow, and should have atleast 16 inches (or maybe a lot less) falling on you right now.

8:07 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

mrtommy, what you are seeing is not reaching the ground. Plus, I just looked out the window and I saw nary a flake.

8:11 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I'd love to believe you Luv, but this is supposed to be a snow storm the likes we haven't seen since... well for a long time. So someone must have put out a picture in front of your window showing no snow falling or something like that.

I can't believe they're getting this wrong AGAIN

8:15 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

yes, you can, mrtommyd.

8:16 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...


8:18 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

They're closing the office today @ noon. Why? Beacause there could be up to half an inch through 2 P.M.. Ridiculous.

8:19 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I was very disappointed when I got up this morning and up until about an hour and a half ago; but I'm over it now. I'm done listening to the forecast for snow. I'm going back to "I'll believe it when I see it."

8:21 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Nary a flake. I like it. Good use of the seldomly used "nary".
Nary a flake here at my house either. According to radar though, we should have at least a foot on the ground by now.

Is it snowing in the Gump?

8:26 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Where's Jet? Have they lost power from all the snow that's being dumped on the Gump?

8:27 AM  
Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

very nice snow here in the Gump. Starting to stick to bushes and pinestraw

8:29 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Leard is a greatly underrated QB. He was awful in 1998, but so was almost everything about that season.

8:31 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

We had a huge snow here in the Noog a couple of weeks ago. I'm just glad it's all south of us now.

8:32 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

mrtommyd, we have a courtyard right by the radiology dept. I just walked outside. I stood and stared and then squinted for awhile because I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. Still nothing.

8:34 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Beautiful pictures of the snowfall in TX

8:37 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

It's been snowing heavy for over an hour here near Abbeville. Ground is way too wet for any stickage.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Muddy snow, just as bad as yellow snow.

Don't try to eat either.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Luv, what radiology dept do you work in?

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to, the Troy-Enterprise area is getting heavy snow.

8:48 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Yeah Hoopie, and according to I should be seeing a "wintery mix" with light snow. Tried Luv's squinting technique. Nope nothin.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Is your squinter broken? Maybe that's it.
I tried squinting... Nothing

8:53 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

D. Miller, the one about 5-10 mins. from your house.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

we've still got a smidgen of snow in shady places from 2 weeks ago, but I'm not going to share. I want MORE!!! SE NC may get a couple of inches tonight. We aren't going to get diddly squat.

8:54 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

You may have something there D. Miller. Perhaps I need to go to the doctor and have my squinter checked.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jay G,

Can the girls wear UGGs today?

8:57 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

just returned from the ortho doc. To my untrained eye, the xray of my clavicle doesn't look like it's healing all that well, although it feels much better. I still think something is messed up in my shoulder joint but the doc wants to give it another 2 months to see if it will get better. I really don't like being around doctors.

8:57 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Did you have your squinter checked while you were there THT?

8:58 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Tar Heel, are you going to physical therapy?

8:59 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Luv, I was supposed to have an MRI done there on Monday. But they just called to cancel and said my insurance wouldn't approve it.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

The ol' squinter is fine; it can spot a flake at a 100 yards.

Luv - not yet, but ortho dude gave me Rx for PT

9:04 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Well, according to the radar, Abbeville should be getting rain, but according to ehyou, it's been snowing there. So, I guess the only foolproof method is to go outside and look.

9:04 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

D. Miller, that sucks. Have you had any other tests?

9:05 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

We got flakes in Auburn/opelika

9:06 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

9:07 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

there is rain in mobile. exactly zero snow for all the school closures etc. i was supposed to be in dothan today but they cancelled on me yesterday due to the anticipated snow. it all worked out for the best because the sniffles that have been lingering with me all week have finally manifested into a full blown cold. there was sleet at 2 PM yesterday, but nothing since.

9:20 AM  

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