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Hey everyone. Birmingham sportscaster Mike Raita, a friend and a HOTTIE, announced today that he'll be off the air for a few months to undergo surgery and chemotherapy.

He recently was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor.

Please join me in sending your celestial well wishes of choice toward Mike and his family.

Here is a story from the Birmingham News about the situation.


Blogger Dear Leader said...

Prayer substance

6:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Raita's a good dude. Huge fan.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Prayers and best wishes for Raita...

6:44 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Prayers sent for Mike and all those others battling cancer.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

He will be in my prayers. Stay positive.

6:49 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Thoughts and prayers for Raita.

7:01 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Hope all goes well for Raita.

7:09 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

From previous thread:
AU has 104 homers.
LSU set the SEC and NCAA record in 1997 with 188.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's a lot of DING DONGS.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

188!? Who was on that team?

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughts for Mr. Raita

And JGT......Happy Belated Birthday!!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers sent for Mr. Raita.

Opinions on AU press:

Woodberry just "reports" most of the time. Every once in a while he slips in some weird spin and tries to create an issue out of nothing. That being said: Woodberry doesn't hold a candle to Josh Moon. Woodberry wanders into an issue. Moon imparts spin just to introduce and create an issue.

JGTATE = well written objective clarity and no spin zone.

I enjoyed PMarsh when he was in Huntsville and he was indeed biased for AU. PMarsh obviously had major access to the xCTT camp.

7:34 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Brandon Larson had 40 & 118 RBI.

Hunter Morris has 19 & 63 RBI.

7:36 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Here is a link to the season stat page for that 1997 team. Someone can clean it up and repost.

7:37 PM  
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7:45 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

The 97 Yellow Tigers were bad people with one mission: ruin your day by giving you lots of DING DONG. Plenty of pitchers found out just how deadly multiple huge ding dongs can be. We're talking Big Head Barry bonds with an aluminum stick scary.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Barnhart jumped all over the NCAA investigation of USC today.

It's a good summary of the possible penalties.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Cancer sucks. I've seen it since I was a little kid and it took my favorite grandparent (miss you Granddaddy!), but was always too young to understand the impact. This year, it took someone special from me that I'll never get over. I hope one day we have a cure, but until then, my thoughts are with those battling the terrible monstor. Fight hard, fight long, and never give up!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Raita and his family get my prayers. So we don't know what cancer he has, not that it matters, it's all awful. Awful for the person directly affected and on their families. Cancer has taken no less than 5 people in my family during my lifetime including each of my parents who died almost a year apart from each other 11/15/03 and 11/17/04. Then, there're my friends who've been hit by it. I've lost 1 and 3 are still around. It sucks. I hate it.

7:57 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Prayers out to Raita, I've always enjoyed his work when I would hear him on Finebaum and other places.

Cancer is an evil thing.

8:12 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

Adding my prayers as well.

8:15 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I heard that tonight for the first time as he signed off. My prayers will go out to him and his family.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Add me to the list of those who have sent prayers.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Prayers to Raita and his family.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Had a very nice lunch today with Cincy & Son. She sends her regards. She doesn't have internet access until tomorrow when she goes home.

8:43 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Battled the big C these past few months with my thyroid. Still don't have my voice back and they tell me I probably won't either. But given the choice I'd rather sound like Marge Simpson than have cancer.

My prayers go out to Raita and to anyone with cancer. It is a scary confusing thing that really works on your mind, even when the prognosis is great

8:57 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Didn't realize you still didn't have your voice missinit. Prayers to you for your battle and recovery.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norm, I too lost both parents to cancer. If I remember correctly there are other Hotties that have a similar history.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Hoopie, I am an unfortunate member of the same club.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cancer researcher and patient both here. I work on Kidney cancer have had a basal cell (mild skin cancer) and several melanomas (early stage, no spread) removed. I'm checked every 3 months for melanoma. Caught early most cancers are very curable. Don't delay if you suspect something. is NCI's website and is an excellent resource for information on many cancers and available treatments. There's also a database on current research protocols for experimental therapies.

9:25 PM  
Blogger friedrice said...

best wishes

9:31 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

prayers sent homes.

10:06 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Wife lost both parents to it. I lost a dad and grandmother.
My mom lost her oldest sister to a car accident 2 weeks ago and lost her next oldest sister to cancer last Saturday. It was diagnosed the after the 1st sister's funeral.

10:19 PM  
Blogger AlanforAU said...

My Wife passed away in Apil of 2001 after fighting Melonoma for 5 years. When I drop to my knee tonight, Mike will be in my prayers. I was shocked last night, watching the Zone to hear it was gonna be off for a while. Totally enjoyed it every Sunday night. I look forward to seeing Mike and the show back in August!

10:24 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

missinit, my dad had thyroid cancer when I was about 6-7 years old. I'm fortunate to still have him with me after 15 years.

He still takes medicine every day for it, if he goes more than two days his voice is nonexistent. Almost funny, at least the laughter in the way that everyone uses to forget about the big C.

Best wishes and prayers to Raita, and anyone else you hotties know battling it.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I lost an Aunt when I was young, but have been fortunate not to lose anyone close to me. I have had people close to me come out the other side.

Prayers are sent Raita's way.

3:46 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Good morning Hotties. After reading all the sombre posts, have to say it's a great day to be alive.

Eddie and I have been fortunate for the most part with those close around us being touched by this most evil of diseases. Our Mom has been stricken by it a couple of times and she lost her right eye to it eight years ago, but she's a tough one, the pride of the family, and she's still going strong today.

5:49 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Thoughts and prayers going to Mike Raita and all of those that have to deal with this really bad stuff.

6:20 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

On another note, PF noted something about "deadly multiple huge ding dongs".

Not sure why that's not on the front page. But in that same thought, I can understand why it wouldn't.

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


7:00 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Is it August yet?

7:44 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

I'm not familiar with Mike, but if Jay says he's a great guy, he must be. He is in my prayers. He is in a good place to get excellent treatment.

missinit, I hope you continue to improve.

I am in the group that lost a parent to cancer.

But it is a great day to be alive and we should be thankful for it.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Now on the front page. I agree ... very nicely done.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Stay strong, Alan.

Can't imagine my life sans Wifey.

On another note, I'm heading over to meet with Tony Barbee this morning. I'll update Le Blog afterward.

7:51 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

We got a point guard today.
Kid from GA. A lefty. 3* player, but I think will be a BIG upgrade from what we have left after graduation and will be BIG upgrade from what we had. Chris Denson is his name.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

From "suburban" Columbus, Ga.

I'll post it at some point ...

Gotta get up to Auburn.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

sweet, some hoops/Barbee substance on a tuesday morning. i like it.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Is Josh Moon subliminally trying out for ESPN to be Jim Rome's replacement?

8:21 AM  
Blogger API said...

I lost my irreplaceable best friend of 45 years or so to the terrible disease in late 2008. In addition to his pain, my friend was also suffering from one of the worst football seasons in recent memory, and we had allot of memories. Though he is never far from my thoughts, I always think of him when the eagle flies.

Prayers sent.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Hey Hotties,

Keeping it together while reading this thread is difficult. Almost as much so as driving with tears in my eyes and posting on the HABOTN.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Unfortunately, at my tender young age, I have had two of fraternity brothers in the last year diagnosed with testicular cancer...and it absolutely blew me away. I think I felt vulnerable for the first time upon hearing this news.

This is a terrible disease and it won't find a cure soon enough.

8:34 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

As I stated earlier, cancer is an evil thing.

Today my dad goes back to the doctor to get results on his latest run of tests in his fight with the disease.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand how Jim Rome amplifies situations just so he can throw out his staccato quips. Don't get me wrong ..he's good at it. I especially hate how in the rush to imitate him, the sports commentary bar has been lowered.

The last time I listened to Jim Rome(many years ago), he didn't spin a sports commentary just to introduce some social issue that he wanted to get off his chest. Can't say the same about Moon.

8:36 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


I think a lot of my jaded commentary on sports at times that you love so well is influenced by my few years of working in talk radio and knowing that slanting things in a certain way with a sarcastic tone usually got the most callers.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Polarize your audience and the calls will come. It's the field of dreams but for the radio.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

yall see where Bryan Matthews ditched & joined Auburn Undercover? i just got an email about it.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Cool article on Jack Lupton, a great leader/businessman from Chattanooga. Must read material for those that live in the 'Noog.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

This is a special young man:

8:47 AM  
Blogger API said...

Scottie, saw that on the PMARSH site. JayG had mentioned some time ago that there were multiple moves underway. Where is Neil McReady these days anyway?

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RK ..Hope your dad's tests go well.

Re: your 8:39 post: ha. That sounds too much like Finebaum.

Jaded sports commentary to attract ratings is at the least understandable to me. Jaded commentary against the team that one follows is tuff for me to accept. Fairly worded negative observations, although boring are cool with me...and at times necessary.

These comments were courtesy of the square, boring guy.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

1. I can't wait to see Real Sports interview with Kiffen. I thought he was funny, but am changing my opinion to immature jerk. (Pot and kettle?Maybe)

2. Was reading Roy Firestone's book Up Close last night. There's a chapter towards the end titled "Silent Heros." I posted about my hero yesterday, and that chapter really meant a lot to me. Read it if you didn't when it was written a decade ago.

3. Front page, huh? I have now joineda club that includes Tuberville and some dude who showed up and yelled at Harrison, then vanished.

4. Hope everyone has a good day.Auburn baseball tonight.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Seanzie- Thanks for the link. I had the opportunity to know Jack Lupton personally as I was a caddy at the Honors Course and had the opportunity to caddy for him on multiple occasions. He is a very good guy who did great things for Chattanooga and did a lot of things without trying to draw attention to it. He will be missed in Chattanooga, no doubt.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Also, for those of you who love ridiculous comedy and haven't indulged, I highly recommend you add Tropic Thunder to your Netflix queue/Blockbuster shopping list.

IMO it is one of the 5 best movies to come out recently.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Warning label on container truck I just passed was hauling: Super Heavy.

Very descriptive.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Seanzie, define recently.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

umm since 2008 or so.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I've seen a lot of terrible movies in the last 2-3 years. This one was definitely not one of those.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I agree. Laughed my butt off.Ben Stiller is a great idiot.

9:08 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Good link Sean. Eddie said that all that's needed to be said, and he knew him much, much better than I, but was sad to hear about his passing yesterday. Big loss for our fine city.

Here's a quick story about Mr. Lupton that Eddie may be too modest to tell, but it's a good one giving you a small measure of the man.

Every Monday, the Honors Course is closed and the caddies and maintenance guys get to play it for free.

Well, Eddie use to caddy for Mr. Lupton frequently, and as Eddie does, got to talking the course. Well, at some point, the topic of caddies playing the course on Monday's came up, and Eddie either suggested or simply expressed the thought that it would be kind of neat if one Monday a year (sometime in the summer), the caddies and maintenance guys could bring a guest of their choosing to come play the course with them.

Not long thereafter, Mr. Lupton took hold of the initiative put forth by this 17, 18 year old kid (Eddie) and designated Caddie-Guest day, once a year.

I know this story may soundlike it's meant to boost Eddie's ego and is fairly inconsequential, but I thought it was a pretty good representation of the simple greatness of Mr. Lupton. Always happy to listen to ideas that he thinks would be beneficial to others.

9:12 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Robert Downey, Jr., makes that movie, IMO.

It's pretty solid on its own, but I think he takes it to a whole nother level.


9:14 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

It's more of a comedy-drama than a straight up comedy, but I thought Adventureland (came out early last year) was pretty awesome.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Adventureland was pretty good. Although Kristen Stewart and her "I can only play one character" schtick got kind of old.

9:19 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm sure that's true, but I've never seen her in anything else except Panic Room (when she was like ten years old), so it worked for me in Adventureland.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

And then Eduardo dropped a Baby Ruth in the pool, and that was the end of that.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I've actually been pretty disappointed with all the movies that have come out this year.

The only one I've left somewhat satisfied was Hot Tub Time Machine and that's probably because my expectations were non-existent.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Biff just reffered to Josh Moon as Jeremiah Wright.....hahahahhahaha.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

From twitter:

@AUPPL: First Regional Projections of the week. @sebaseball has #auburn hosting Charlotte, Arizona, and Southern Miss


9:46 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Way cool.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Auburn baseball is back!

9:48 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

If you missed this from EDSBS yesterday, it's pretty friggin' funny.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

We've five huge games (the series with Ole Miss and the first two games in the SEC tournament) ahead of us.

We're in solid shape to make the NCAA field, and it's nice to be talked about as a regional host, but we've got a long way to go yet.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Jet, how dare you come in here talking all pragmatic and sensible?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

I'm all for enthusiasm and optimism.

In this situation, with all the teams bunched up, it's like a horse race or a NASCAR race, one bad move and you can find yourself at the back of the pack.

9:56 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

It's just cool that somebody thinks we're in the hunt to host a regional.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


We're a virtual lock for the NcAA. There's a good chance that everyone in the SEC tourney will make the NCAA field, and I don't think Auburn's rpi could drop low enough not to...."Hosting" is a different issue, and you're right, but we're in as good of a position to take it as we can be at this point. (In quotes because it will not be in Auburn)

10:03 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jet is taking the glass half empty of urine approach on this fine Tuesday.

10:06 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Kristen Stewart ruined Adventureland for me.

How can someone's whole acting gimmick be that they take a dramatic pause after every word?

10:06 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...


10:07 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Agreed, RK.

10:08 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Sucks for you, RK. Nothing ruined that movie for me.

10:08 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said... sucks for RK and Sean. Oh well. To each his own, right?

10:10 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Not that it ruined it, but that's her "method."

10:10 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Yes, E-bro, when in Rome.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm tired of Ben Stiller playing the slightly creepy buffoon that supposedly doesn't deserve all the misfortune that happens to him. Most all of his comedy is built around a "reluctance to admit a problem".

I agree with Ebro ...Downey made that movie and added several layers to the story.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PF ...I see Biff agrees with me regarding Moon. No

10:17 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Tropic Thunder was entertaining.

Zombieland > Adventureland

10:17 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Hoopie, I think you just ruined Ben Stiller for me.

Not really, but I see where you're coming from.

10:22 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Talk is heating up on the big10+1 expansion.
My question is can you really ever get 11 yankees to agree on anything.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

I recall being mildly entertained by Tropic Thunder but it's been awhile and maybe I don't remember it as well as I should. I definitely recall being completely underwhelmed by Adventureland. Haven't seen Zombieland but I will.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

PF ...

I'm enjoying the baseball ride, but I'm suspicious, too.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Zombieland was bad ass!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Just finished with Barbee.

Will post some comments soon.

10:53 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Adventureland and Zombieland are two very different movies (haven't seen Zombieland, but want to), but message received.

I'm very much in the minority with regard to Adventureland. So it goes.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Understood, Jet. The pitching won't win the CWS or anything, but a #1 seed and advancement to Super Regionals is not that far fetched..The biggest question I have :Is Cole Nelson Joba Chamberlin?

11:05 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks for that timely new thread, JGT. This one had gotten waaayyyy off topic

9:35 PM  

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