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5.21.2010

The West has been won

Hey everyone. We have a new Western Division champion.

It is the Auburn Tigers.

John Pawlowski's team earned an 18-4 win at Ole Miss this evening, which caps a really impressive run through the conference portion of the schedule.

Ryan Jenkins led the way with a pair of homers. Auburn hit five in all.

Auburn now is 38-17 overall and 19-10 in the league. It enters the SEC Tournament next week as the No. 2 seed. A trip to the NCAA Tournament is all but assured and the possibility of playing host to an NCAA regional is very real.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

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

90 Comments:

Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Paws for President!

10:44 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

...or at least SEC Coach of the Year.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Jet, The Smezmerizer said...

Ding Dong!

Ring the bells in Samford Hall.

Rename the dorm Paws Hall!

10:46 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Dongs are flying!!

Later folks ..gotta go try to convince Ms Hoopie to play hooky from her DDA meeting and go to that game.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Toomers...glad to see the three students who are on campus holding things down.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I will settle for nothing less than a shutout of the Rebs tomorrow... I want a 20-0 win for the sweep tomorrow.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Good luck Hoopie. It'll be worth it.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

War Eagle!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Lowcountry Tiger said...

I know it's "just" baseball, but how nice is it to be talking about the postseason! War Eagle!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Lots of dongs this evening.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Miller,

I want a win (that'd get us to .667 in the conference!), but everyone doesn't need to see 8 at bats tomorrow. Save some strength for Tuesday (unless your plan is for the walkons to come in with a 10-0 lead and double it).

10:51 PM  
Blogger Jet, The Smezmerizer said...

I'm headin' to bed with Patsy Cline singing "Sweet Dreams of Hew ..ver."

10:52 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

5 ding dongs in one night is a lot for Ole Miss to swallow.

10:52 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Thanks for all of the updates tonight. I was down stairs laying carpet. Nice to get the play by play.

Hoopie, good luck on going to a game. Let me know if you manage to make it happen. Maybe I can go check it out with you.

PF, watching a show on different species of animals being found where they do not belong. They were showing some pythons in FL. Those suckers are huge and one even ate a 6ft gayda. You ever seen one?

10:53 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

wells, I think you just made the HABOTN R rated.

10:55 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Oops. I suppose that could've taken the dong jokes a little too far.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

CH=B,

Not alive. Saw one in the 8 foot range with it's head cut off laying outside of a boat ramp near the Micossukkee reservation.

The wildlife folks reported a huge dieoff during the extreme cold snap we had this year, but the locals that run the hunting camps and air boats say that it wasn't anything that would devestate the population. They have only seen small ones dead, and the older ones that are the master reproducers are all alive and well.

10:58 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Swallowing ding dongs and big snakes, I think it is time I retired from this conversation. :) Sweet dreams of an AU sweep!

11:08 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Congrats to the Tigers!!! They turned out better than I would have ever guessed.

11:08 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Turn your TV to Discovery they are talking about all kinds of species invading FL.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Cincy, I don't think anyone said anything about snakes. That's just your dirty mind!

11:10 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Isn't a python a snake?

11:10 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

PF was talking about seeing an 8 foot one with its head cut off. That sounds like a big snake to me!

11:11 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Re: Tropic Thunder

Forgot about Tom Cruise. I was definitely rolling on the theatre floor from his character...Hoopie, Ben Stiller may indeed be one of the weakeast parts, but he had some good moments.

11:16 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

From what I understand, this is the first outright west title we have won since 1995. Man, that is a long time.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Where would this program be if Paws had been hired the first time he interviewed?

11:18 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Interesting that Aycock was the third highest rated player in our recruiting class that season, behind only Rollison and FAH. Yea, we have lost two of the top 3 in that class recently. Lets hope that the attrition ends there.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning Hotties. Rise and shine. War Eagle and congratulations. I do love me some baseball, especially post-season play.

I'm off for a run followed by meeting the family for breakfast where I'll eat like a pig and then hopefully the fields won't be too wet and we'll have F4* last T-ball game of this season. Those are right entertaining.

Keep Hate Alive.

5:37 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Morning Norm and the rest of you sleepy head Hotties. Off to walk the hill! Then to an afternoon wedding in Montgomery, so I will miss the ballgame this afternoon. But, we are SEC Western Division Champs!!!

5:41 AM  
Blogger AllenD said...

Dismissed or not?

Which ones the real story with a former player to remain unnamed?

6:28 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

JGT

Any update on Brice Browns trip to Auburn?

6:30 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

War Eagle, baby!!!!! Thank you Coach Paws for doing what you said you'd do.

6:43 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Good morning all. The think with Aycock's story is that he can tell it all he wants yet Auburn can't/won't be able to refute it. If it was a failed drug test as many are speculating I don't think Auburn is allowed to even mention it. I also don't buy it that Chizik would dismiss him for wanting to transfer. Things just don't add up.

6:44 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

think=thing FAUWG was up early this morning, but I think I'm still asleep.

6:45 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Congratulations to the Auburn Baseball Team and Coaches. job well done and wishes for future success.
I am not a true College Baseball fan but I will jump on a bandwagon.
I intend to ride this one west to Omaha and cheer like a true fan,
Go Tigers!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

OK. I have nothing to offer about Bryce Brown. Recruiting in May? DL, you know me!

As for Aycock, as I told some assembled HOTTIES yesterday, he's a guy I never considered a behavioral or academic risk. I'm super surprised that he violated a team rule seriously enough to be jettisoned by the team ... but do you really know anybody?

8:17 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Please stand and sing:

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood....

War Eagle, Baseball Tigers!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Aycock definitely got ringing endorsements from the folks in Tampa that knew him in HS. Even the best kids sometime go to school and "experiment". There's no way to get to the whole story so I say we move on for now.

I'm totally for tight discipline, but would hate to see too tight of discipline chasing kids away. At this point, it's only something to keep in mind.

SFC makes a good point. Attrition of high rated recruits does not need to continue. That's the primary reason for our current lack of depth.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Transfer...dismissal...it's all the same in the end. He ain't on the team.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

underground substance

fantabulous news, Homer. I can tell the homer in you is thrilled.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Bryce Brown has too much baggage and I've seen nothing to make me think he has shed it.

He's still dancing with UT and Kansas. Sure seems to me that this kid has a major self-centered problem that is the root of all of these actions. If he were a team guy, he would stay at UT. If family was his issue, then he would already be back in Kansas. It smells ...don't get near him.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Anyone on the blog watching Season 4 of Friday Night Lights?

9:35 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

could this be the start of 90s braves-type run for the tigers? let's hope so.

bryce brown = a trainwreck full of dumpster fires crashing into a tire fire

9:54 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I'll never understand how these look-at-me types think they're advancing their odds of making the NFL by all their immature shenanigans. You look at a guy like Spencer Region who is more concerned with what at this point is nothing more than a remote possibility and Bryce Brown, the no. 1 rated high school player a year ago not enrolled anywhere and basically becoming an "avoid at all costs" player. Seems like some of these kids need some humility. Tell them to shut up and play ball and put in the hard work and good things will follow.

9:58 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

maybe he told chiz he didn't want to play h-back and insisted he be moved to tb in a less than mannerly way when told he was staying/"needed" at h-back. smith and lutz would seem to have that position locked down. who knows... the mike dyer show definitely begins this fall.

9:58 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

many times its the people around the kids trying to influence the situation to their own benefit that make the most trouble and in the kid's name. when they have a handler, run, don't walk away. i don't care how good they are.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

chip,
i think if we manage to keep fletcher and mummey we might just make that run. Although, i'm sure there are some back-ups that have some legit bats as well. But I'm just gonna savor this championship right now and hope 8 days from now I'm savoring an SEC Championship

10:03 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

region lives in mullettown. the word on the street is there has been tremendous pressure on him and his family since his AU commit. as in: you'll never be able to live here again, your family won't be able to find jobs, AU will not "take care of you" after your football career, your uncle will suddenly get rich if you go to bammer etc... its just a function of the area in which he lives. if we have a great year and can be the spread power run team gus preaches, i think we still have a shot with him at the end.

10:04 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

maybe when AU has 3 linemen drafted next year he will realize AU may have been the best choice while he is running scout team bammer. dude would definitely have a chance to come in start with the losses after 2010.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

well hotties i'm going to be in the middle of nowhere starting today, so i will be back on thursday

10:09 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I am sure the Auburn coaches told Region to go where his heart is and good luck.
We do not need players if their heart isn't totally in Auburn. I don't care how great they are or think they are.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Well said, Digger.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

These are the top headlines in the Auburn section of al.com:

Sports Sound Off: What's the truth on Spencer Region's recruitment?

• Former coaches: RB Dontae Aycock says he requested transfer prior to dismissal

• Auburn redshirt freshman RB Dontae Aycock dismissed from team

• Auburn dismisses running back Dontae Aycock

• Six Tide players, three Tigers make first team on Phil Steele's preseason All-SEC

10:38 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

While the attrition concerns me, so far the incoming recruiting class hasn't had all the academic casualties we have become accustomed to. Also, it isn't fair to judge Chizik's first class too much. While Rollison and Aycock seem to be Chizik recruits, rather than Tuberville holdovers, he still didn't have much time to throw the class together. Chiz shouldn't be judged by his first class.

As for Aycock wanting to transfer so he was kicked off the team, I consider that laughable. I don't buy it. I believe we heard he was going to fill a roll similar to Fannin last season, which makes sense. Him playing some wide receiver and some h-back would make sense. He would be a different type of h-back than Smith or Plutz.

The drug thing makes sense to me because even a good kid can think, hey, what's the harm and get involved in something they shouldn't, especially with marijuana. There are people with the attitude that it is no worse than alcohol, which is true in some respects, although there is a big difference between what's legal and what's not.

As for Chizik justifying what he did, bull hockey. He doesn't have to justify it and if Aycock and company feel he has been treated unfairly, take it to court. In Chizik I trust.

As for Region, I think he has already shown his immaturity as has been mentioned. You can't blame a kid for being immature. That is what kids are suppose to be. It is time for him to just shut up and take the time he needs to figure out what is best for him. People have the opportunity to shut up, but not everyone has the wisdom to do so.

As for Bryce Brown, I don't know enough of the story. I have read he may be headed to Kansas State. I didn't think too much of him and the way he handled recruiting. I don't really care for a player that would desert his team. Good luck to him, but he is no star. He had an okay first season at UT, nothing more. I will take a Ben Tate over a Bryce Brown any day.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Steve, great insight. I agree with you on the Aycock situation, no one gets dismissed over requesting a transfer.

10:56 AM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Aycocks a gonner

11:56 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Congrats to the Fungumpry Pink Eagles U8 Soccer team for winning the City Champeenship!!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Jet, The Smezmerizer said...

I am more saddened that Jhag's goner.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

It's always sad when your Aycock is gone....

12:31 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Miller - I don't leave home without it.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I'm sort of attached to mine as well, norm...

1:27 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Auburn Women's softball on ESPN 2

1:41 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Or maybe its regular ESPN, y'all check if you need

1:47 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Miller and Norm, TMI.

Just speculating, but it's possible that Aycock knew he was caught and was trying to request transfer ahead of dismissal.

I hate to see a kid make a mistake, but I assume he ran up against something with a zero tolerance policy.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Lady Tigers up 4-0 in the 3rd...

2:27 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Auburn Softball up 5-0 and threatening for more in the top of the 5th inning.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Auburn up 8-0 bottom 5...


Jax St. just scored it's 1st run, to avoid being run-ruled.

8-1 AU now.

3:26 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I do wish Aycock hadn't screwed up, but with these athletes character matters as much as or more than athletic ability.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Lady Tigers opened it up in the 7th. Up 15-1. Have to play Ga Tech after this one.

3:56 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The ding-dongs continue. Auburn men up 2-0 in th top of the 1st on a homer by Mummey.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

My iPhone has gone absolutely bezerk.... It's in recovery mode and will not recover. I'm in panic mode.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I don't think it is fair to the girl for GT... they already get (mostly unfairly) labeled a certain way, but for the poor girl to be named Dike... that's just wrong.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Could there be multiple huge ding dongs?

5:17 PM  
Blogger Jet, The Smezmerizer said...

Auburn posts a TD (Byrum with the extra point) in the top of the 3rd ... no dongs .. but leads 9-1.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Tigers using small ball today...
They just put up 7 in the 3rd, on 7 hits and 2 errors. Not a single Dong in the bunch.

Up 9-1 heading to the bottom of the 3rd.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I love the versatility of this offense.... they can beat you with small ball or with the long dong!

5:23 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I hereby declare this "The Year of the Ding Dong".

5:24 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I heard a rumor that it was being added to the Chinese calendar.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

This is the "Year of the Tiger" according to the Chinese Calendar...

5:31 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

MSU beat LSU today... and $pUAT beat UT... So, that means $pUAT is the 7 seed in the SEC tourney and AUBURN will play the turds at 9:30 Wednesday morning.

6:23 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I look for a lot of ding-dongs Wednesday morning.

6:36 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Dmiller-Does Dhart commit soon to AU?

6:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Auburn-Ala on Wednesday!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

6:50 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

i see we're close so i'm gonna give it the old THT try!

6:56 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

SULLIVAN....

6:56 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

DROPS BACK....THROWS DEEP TO.....

6:57 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

TERRY BEASLEY!!!!!!!

6:57 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

ok, i'm good.

#89, you my boy homes.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well done, Scottie B.

Peter Frankenschmidt said...
Paws for President!


He'll be impeached before he ever gets elected.

9:19 PM  

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