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Auburn football going indoors

Hey everyone. News is breaking this afternoon about Auburn's decade-long quest for a proper indoor practice facility.

Short summary: It's happening.

The Board of Trustees on Friday approved plans to build a 100-yard, enclosed facility on the current practice grounds. Athletic director Jay Jacobs said the department needs to raise $16 million privately to cover construction costs.

He's hoping the facility, which also can provide training space for other sports, will be completed before the 2011 season begins.

``This is a huge step forward for our football facilities," coach Gene Chizik said.

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Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Friday night substance!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Monsieur Cup de World - you owe us nothing, including apologies.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I wonder if any school has an indoor practice facility that is punter friendly.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Results from my MRI are in: Disc herniation has been causing my leg issues.

Bad news: Herniated disc.

Good news: I know what's going on and what I'm facing.

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

I'm sorry to hear that, JGT. Been there done that.

Would it be safe to assume your dad has told you to avoid surgery unless your muscles are going sour?

Is it a biggie? (I'm speaking about the disc)

6:01 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's L5-S1.

I don't consider it a biggie.

Pain isn't a huge problem at this point, so I'm hoping to settle this without a knife fight.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Good idea. Another one of the LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE is this:

Back surgery begets back surgery.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sorry to hear of you back issues, Jay. Until someone has had them, they can't really understand how disabling they can be.

Twice in my life I have woken up and not been able to get out of bed. I am talking about it hurting to get out of bed. I am saying that if the house was on fire I wouldn't have been able to get up.

Until you have dealt with sever back issues, it is very hard to understand.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

that's going to be some awfully fast construction. You want even have to use time-lapsed photography to see it go up.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

^let's trade a want for a won't my previous posts.

These grammatical errors are a clear sign of ice cream deficiency. I must go take my medicine now.

6:21 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

So we need to raise $16 million?

Could we ask Tubs for that five mil back?

6:30 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

120 yards, really.

JGT, are you going on the 15 day DL or 60? Or will you play through the pain?

6:30 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Great story about Watts Dantzler from ESPN.

His dad, Danny Dantzler, passed away in February from Lou Gehrig's disease. Danny Dantzler's blog is very moving.

My prayers and best wishes to the future Tiger or Dawg and his family.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Playin' through the pain, Wells! Oh yea.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

In the words of the Chiz, JGT is 'day by day'.

7:01 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Sorry to hear the bad back news JGT. I have had lwer back problems for years but nothing like what you are talking about. Now that you know what is happening take care an do the right things.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

What I Learned From This So Far: Hire someone else to lay sod for you.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

or rake, or move furniture.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

DL having a bit of trouble keeping track of his boys?

7:06 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

JGT, you're a shoe in for the All-Effort team. I put you on my ballot, I just hope it gets to Selig.

7:08 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

You will learn about a lot of things to not try. Take care and don't push it.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Indoor substance! I'm still dealing with the effects of a herniated disc 5 years ago. It sux. Hope all goes well with u.

Lmao at "day to day".

7:10 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

JGT, should have called us. We lay it all day long.

7:26 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Jay! I just got home from a Theraputic Massage at Hands on Healing! You should go there and see what they have to say. My back has been killing me and I have disc issues also. Give them a call or go to the website.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Homer - I herniated discs in my neck about 10 years ago. Actually, on 7/2 will be 10 years ago when symptoms got bad enough to realize it was something fishy. I did what I was supposed to do for about 6 months before they finally ruptured. Long story short, I have titanium in my neck and false discs replacing C4 & C5. Do whatever they tell you to do. The pain of a rupture is unlike anything you can imagine. Coincidentally, I remember an interview on WSFA with a woman who also had ruptured those same discs and she said it was a pain way worse than childbirth.

So, be careful.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Why on earth did I ever use iTunes AAC file format?

8:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

One of the interesting things about growing older is it is a learning process. You are always learning things you can't do no more, usually by trying to do them.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I had minor back issues that were helped enormously by getting a sleep number bed. It seems I was sleeping on much too hard a mattress and it was pushing my spine out of line.

Strengthening it helped as well.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

40lbs ago, I could dunk. Now I can barely touch the bottom of the net. (With arms stretched out, I think that requires my feet to be almost 8 full inches off the ground)

8:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I do more now than when I was 20 and I don't intend to stop.

I did finally admit that I'm no good at repairing cars though.

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

I've got to get motivated to do something. Ok, I'm ready. I'm going to bed. I'm flying solo tomorrow in the BuyMore and we're open 19 hours in anticipation of huge crowds for no apparent reason.

good night, Hotties.

9:05 PM  
Blogger missinit said...


Sorry to hear about your back.

My 33 year old son Daniel screwed his back up when he was in the minor leagues about ten years ago. About a year and a half ago he had a terrible bout and a MRI showed a L5 bulging herniated disc. I swear I think a sneeze finally did him in. He put off surgery until he had no choice. Anyway he has lived in some serious pain since then.

In March of this year he went to Pittsburgh to the Jho Institute at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Jho does a minimally invasive procedure with teeny tiny tools and Daniel's incision is about 1-1 1/2 inches wide.

He flew up on a Tuesday afternoon, met with Dr. Jho on Wednesday for pre-op, had surgery on Thursday and spent the night in the hospital, released on Friday at 8:00am, went back to the hotel for Friday night and flew home on Saturday night.

He is virtually pain free. He is a primary school physical education teacher so he just took it very slow for about 4 weeks.

He had to go to his primary physician after a week or two to let him check incision. Dr Jho glues his incisions. The only other thing he had to do is get a MRI and have it sent to Dr. Jho.

Truly amazing how minor this major surgery seemed

Sorry...I'm a woman...I can't make it short and sweet....has to be long an drawn out!!!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

I'm going to echo some of the things missinit just said. My brother-in-law had a ruptured disc and tried to avoid surgery. Finally 4 weeks ago he had the same type surgery, 3/4 inch incision, immediate pain relief. He is back at work and doing great. Turned out a part of the disc that had ruptured was pressing against a nerve. When they removed it, viola! no more pain.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks, peeps, for relaying your experiences and suggestions.

I'm going to be fine either way. Viva La HABOTN!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Also: It's great to hear some success stories. The interwebs are full of people who had surgery and turned into toads. Or the Keebler elf. Or something equally bad.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

That's why my bil was so opposed to surgery, he had heard all the horror stories. Then this doctor recommended this minimally invasive surgery. He could tell an immediate difference when he woke up in the recovery room. I'd get advice from several different doctors.

9:47 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

JayG-Just to let you knw I had back surgery about 24 years ago. I ruptured during a powerlifting meet. Was squatting something @ 625lbs and got a little twisted. cracked two ribs and ruptured a disc. Got a referral from a UAt grad (Preston Gothard) to see Larry Lemak in B'ham. Had surgery and no problems since. Never went back to competing in weightlifting meets agian, but did get my squats back up over 500lbs. so if you need help increasing your squat, call me. I will say it can bother me every once in a while if I do something dumb, but it only hurts for a day or so and then all is fine.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I have no idea what this show is I'm watching on USA, but the guest star is The Big Show. I saw him once on Leno and he is hilarious. I can imagine him needing back surgery one day.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Commish of Old Pimps said...

120 yard facility.... but who's counting?

10:47 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

now jay has an excuse to get some medicinal marijuana. party's at the advertiser!!

seriously, i hope whatever treatment you choos works and you make a full recovery. i think i have laid three pallets of sod in my lifetime and that is three too many.

10:50 PM  
Blogger API said...

I am truly feeling blessed to not be having any back issues.

On the two outdoor fields, they don't look like they are the same dimensions? One looks very long and narrow; too narrow to play on.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Commish of Old Pimps said...

I tore a nail squatting but only because I added an extra 1800 lbs to my usual weight. Hurt like a bitch

10:53 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I laid a pallet or two of sod. MrsTHT laid about 20 times that amount.

Royal Pain was the show I just watched, with guest star The Big Show. I'd never seen that show before and don't anticipate seeing it again. But I do like The Big Show.

ok, this time I best really go to bed. Goodnight Hotties

10:59 PM  
Blogger 禎峰 said...

Where did you purchase this product?.............................................................

1:32 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

at the BuyMore!

5:40 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Ok, I've watched Clark Howard. Time to head to the BuyMore for 19 hours of pain. Hopefully I'll gt to check in on HABOTN from time to time.

and guess what?

SEVENTY-SEVEN days til kickoff!!!

Go Tigers!!!


5:42 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Yo, yo, yo. Off to run, breakfast with the family then whatever it is we'll do. Have fun peeps.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Jay, Fellow back sufferer here. Just curious if the doc suggested ab work when the pain calms down?
I started doing p90x torture sessions and as I got stronger, there was some pain relief. (Supposedly stronger abs help help protect the back muscles).
Of course you'll have other injuries that pop up (mainly to your pride) from it, but the point is, your other muscles will hurt so much, it mutes the back pain.

8:05 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Thankfully Damon Duval isn't on the team anymore, the top of the indoor practice field doesn't seem high enough for his fake punt passes.

8:28 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Morning hotties. My best widhes for the Homer.
The ref in the USA game may have to sit out the rest of the games. Just great, like closing the corral gate long after the horse disappeared over the mountain.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Nice RK.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Baldy said...

The last thing from that "Duval" game that I remember is him flashing the peace sign as he exited the field. Every obscenity I knew at the time immediately rushed forth trying to get to the front of the line for boisterous utterance. I lost consciousness shortly thereafter. I think he redeemed himself later in his career though, thankfully.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

FIFA is reassessing the ref that made the horrible call against the US yesterday.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This time next week I'll be on vacation. By the time I get back back, it will be within 4 weeks of practice. Football substance will here without much more waiting.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

awfully slow here today, but still ahead of the midseason pace from 2007.

Yes, y'all remember the Wes Byrum FG vs the Gators that year? A total of 14 posts before, during, and after the game! One was JGT's prediction: UF 31 AU 17

12:09 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

^ by "here", I meant HABTONville. It sure ain't slow in the BuyMore. 6 hours down, 13 to go.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

hot diggity! Simple math is so confounding. Only 11 hours to go!

12:14 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Well back in my day, we used to practice football in a gravelly, poison ivy ridden old Cambodian mine field in 118 degree weather. And we liked it! We loved it! Kids nowadays are sissies.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Bull Honkey!

1:54 PM  
Blogger AllenD said...

Black Helicopter observation: the strategic location of the new structure will mostly hide one of the outdoor peeking from the roadside allowed.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

highest recorded temperature in Phnom Penh?
104 degrees. You practiced in 118 degrees? Maybe if that mine field was riddled with astroturf.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I only sensed it was Bull Honkey but THT researched it and proved my senses were correct.

3:16 PM  
Blogger michael said...

118 Kelvin I should say. It was freezing!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Manute Bol has passed away. He was only 47 years old.

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

The world hasn't lost much basketball talent, but has lost a truly great person.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Good luk with the long day at the BuyMore THT. Happy 77 King Dunlap Day! Watching the US Open with mrs scotties family. Hungry. Need a barrel of cheesy poofs.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks, ScottieB. Finally have my head above water and hope to keep it there for the duration. FingersXd

Also, Happy Frank D'Agostino Day!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Frank D. Solid!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Teen Wolf is on VH1. AUsome.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

no luck. I'm drowning.

7:32 PM  
Blogger CHB said...

Tiger Woods made a huge charge today. He looked like his old self.

This new practice facility is a huge step for Auburn and it's pursuit of being a true big dog.

On another note my neighbors had a party today and they had a huge slip and slide. I forgot how much fun that was. Once all the adults got involved things got dangerous. We ended up making a ramp and jumping from one yard to the other into an inflatable pool. I will feel it tomorrow.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

World Cup action in the morning and afternoon and the US Open at night. I must be living the good life right now :)!

Tiger's charge was much impressive, especially after dropping 2 shots right off the bat.

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

he's still gross.

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

I'm very quickly running out of steam. Can't wait to get a few hours sleep to recharge for the Raleigh Coin Show tomorrow and then an afternoon of map research. It's a shame there's no living to be made doing that.

Did I ever tell y'all I hate Ua-t more than you do? Well, I do.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Tonight at Five Guys, the number of my order was 88 ... a good omen by my standard.

9:15 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'll be living the good life if the US beats Algeria on Wednesday.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

a very good omen, Jet. But for what?

9:21 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

THT ...

88 happened to be the number of a famous former Auburn player (69-71 varsity)that I idolized as a child -- so much that we named the family dog for him.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ah, yes, Jimmy Phillips!

ok, so I'm off a few years. Still a great story. And a great 88!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

I'm bored. Waiting on son to get here from Huntsville and sister & her family to get here from Charlotte. I already watched the Braves win with a walk-off homerun! Now, there is nothing on and I am sleepy :(

Where is everyone?

10:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm at work, Cincy.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

Are you bored or busy, THT?

I've been on the baby sites shopping - which could get very dangerous.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

been tres busy, Cincy. Won't be leaving at midnight as I had hoped. Waaayyyy to many customers at the BuyMore SuperCenter today.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

All my company is safely here. My walk at 5:30 am will be a tough one with so little sleep, so I am off to bed.

THT, hope you can get your customers through the line quickly and get home.

See you hotties in the morning.

12:32 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

just got home, Cincy. Yippeee!

12:39 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

There's no way I can sleep

12:39 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

when we're this close to...

12:39 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


Good night, Hotties!

12:40 AM  
Blogger CHB said...

THT, I've never asked but what do you do?

Cincy, I warned you on the last thread......don't buy too much until you know what the baby is and how big he/she is. Of course with your kind of money who

Tiger charge was mucho impressivo. I dont' speak Spanish so I'm sure that was way wrong. Plus I am very tired at this hour.

1:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


Good morning, Hotties! Rise and Shine!

76 days til kickoff!!!



5:22 AM  
Blogger Honey said...

How are you so cheerful at this hour of the morning?! I'm barely awake.

You misunderstood shopping for purchasing :) I am following your advice of not buying, but I am looking!

Off to walk.

5:26 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

morning den of hotttness!

how was the walk Cincy? i hope it was a great start to your #76 HAPPY TIM DUCKWORTH DAY!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Happy Father's Day to Los Calientes.

If you traced my love for Auburn to one source, it would lead to Dad.

If you traced my disdain for UAT to one source (of course, I watered and fertilized it into full grown hate), it would lead to Dad.

From the 1969 game vs. the Infidels (the first game he took me to) to the 2007 game vs. Florida (the last one we watched together on TV), whether in the stadium, huddled by a radio or in front of a TV, we shared scores of Auburn memories.

He believed in Auburn and loved it.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning Hotties - Jet I wish I had such a memory. My AU love was all on my own since my folks weren't fans of sports. My F4* will one day be able to make such a statement. That is, if I don't drop dead of an early death brought about by some action of his.

Happy Father's Day to my fellow Hottie dads.

8:12 AM  
Blogger CHB said...

Happy Fathers Day.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Happy Father's Day to all the Hottie Dads!

JGT, sorry to hear about your back.

Cincy, I was stopped at a redlight on the corner of Slaughter and Hwy 20 yesterday afternoon and saw Tyler. Now you say he is in Auburn. That boy gets around!

I think I'm a minority of 1 on the HABOTN, but I am an avid Laker fan and very happy my team pulled it out in the 4th quarter. It's the only thing my Bammer husband and I agree on!

9:08 AM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! I am being dined at La Fiesta in Hoover, AL tonight. Jose Guervo, you are a friend of mine.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jet - I was uanware, but we apparently are twin sons of different fathers.

Cincy - How could I not be in a good mood. There was a quart of B&R chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer to supplement my breakfast.

btw - Italians need to put on swim trunks and get on the platform. They have missed their true calling... Diving.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

wait, that didn't come out right. Different sons of twin fathers? Whatever. It was like you were writing about my father.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Honey said...

Happy Father's Day, hotties!! Hope you all have a wonderful day.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Despite a 4 - 0 lead in the first, Kawakami shows in the third why he'll not be on the Braves roster too much longer.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

I know I am probably in the minority, but if I were the manager of the Braves, I would trade Escobar.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

If I were manager of the Braves, I'd get Felipe Alou back.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Father's Day

1. Church
2. Shrimp bowl at Street Cafe'
3. Nap
4. Brazil kickin' the Kaka out of Coat-da-Vwah
5. U.S. Open

Nice day.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

MrsTHT is going to fry shrimp (outdoors) for my supper. Yummmmmmieeeeeee!!! And of course, I'll top it off with what's left of my quart of B&R Chocolate Chip!

3:14 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I am the worlds #1 dad. I have the t-shirt to prove it.

That is one primo lineup jet. Well done.

3:28 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

The Bravos are almost too good to be true. This is a lot of fun.

3:38 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I'll be glad when Jerjens comes back so Kawakami can go somewhere besides the Braves roster.

3:51 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Over an hour with no posts for me to ridicule?

Bite my shiny metal hiney.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Ehyou- Nasty. Ok not touching it. Kamakazi needs to go bye bye fast.

US open is going to be a classic.

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

don't know if anyone linked this earlier, but good article about Zac Etheridge by OA sportswriter, Andrew Gribble.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dantzler has chosen Georgia over Auburn. I can't really blame the kid. His father was a star at Georgia and has passed away.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Excellent article about Etheridge. I didn't realize he wanted to be a coach. I consider him to be crucial to the secondary this season and it does sound like he will play.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

at least Dantzler put on a cool cap. It has an outline map of Georgia on it.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Nobody wants to win this open. His has not really been that good IMO.

7:21 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Street Cafe.......mmmmm..mmm...mmm.......

7:50 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Irishman wins US Open.
Americans look like Sunday only duffers.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

That's what the US Open is ... a brutal obstacle course ... a high risk/very little reward event.

I enjoyed it, but it's not near as enjoyable as the Masters where birdies and eagles are available as are bogeys and double bogeys.

Par 3s with dried greens stretched to more than 220 aren't reasonable. If only 10 percent of the players hit the green, that's just punishment.

The winner finished at even par ... a dream scenario for the USGA ... McDowell seems like a cool guy, so I'm OK with it. But Pebble Beach is too beautiful to trick up into a horror house.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jet ...Pebble Beach and Spyglass aren't outrageously tough if on a normal setup and the wind is calm. Of course looking at the scenery too much will make definitely raise the score. I played Pebble Beach first and got lost in the scenery. Did much better on Spyglass. This was in September and the wind was calm. If you hit into the Iceplant ..take a drop. It is impossible to hit out of.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh point was that I agree with you that the setup was too tough and the opportunity for good golf suffered.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Do the greens there normally look like that? i guess I'm just accustomed to the plush greens you see week to week on the tour, but those greens were discolored and looked patchy to me. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact they cut them so low to make them fast.

9:07 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

The greens are poa anna [a weed in the east] and bent grass. Thus the different shades of color. I am told they much better in person and that tv makes them look bad.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hotties, I'm still wiped out from yesterday. Lights out early tonight for me. Time to dream up some more of that healthy hate!

Sweet UA-T hatin' dreams, Hotties!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Interesting. I was beginning to think I had something wrong with my high def. What a picturesque place that would be to play though. Much like Hoopie's experience, I imagine I would be too distracted by the scenery to focus on my golf game.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

I am right behind you. Well, headed to my own bed, but you know what I mean.

WIth our out of town company here this afternoon and 12 for dinner, I didn't get my Sunday afternoon nap. I am bushed.

But, not too tired to hate bama! Sweet dreams, Hotties! And one more Happy Father's Day to our resident dads.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Baldy - I would be too distracted by the poverty state I'd find myself in after paying the green fees. They are close to 500/round at Pebble Beach, though I'm sure there are deals available where it would be "only" about $300.

I remember the good ol' days when I paid 25 GBP ($40 USD at the exchange rate that week) to play a round on the Old Course in St. Andrews

9:47 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

$500??! I'll take the $40-50 green fees at Marietta City Club. Yeah, it ain't paradise, but heck, I won't have to mortgage the house for a game of golf. Plus, the kids would even be able to eat, which would make them happy too.

9:56 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Hope all you Hot(tie) Dads had a great Father's Day!

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I played there way back in 1989 and it was around $150 to play Spyglass and $250 to play PB. The Japanese owned the place at the time.

The greens nearer the water are almost entirely Poa Anna. The folks out there said that the salt prohibited much else from growing. The discoloration is deceiving. The greens are fast and almost feel slimy to the touch. It is solid grass with weird colorations.

Down at Torrey Pines (another seaside course near San Diego), the greens are bent. I guess the wind doesn't blow salt spray as much there.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

The U.S. Open sucked, no one played well on sunday, no good story lines, just boring to watch.

Eminem's new cd does not suck. His best in years, possibly his best ever.

10:36 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

I talked to my dad about it, he played SpyGlass and walked around PB for a while (wanted to save the $300 greens fee) back in '03.

He said the grass is great in the salty air and that it grows so fast, that the course rating changes from a 14 in the morning tee times to barely a 12 by the 3:00 pm starters.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Tweet from TZac: "AU football pool party this Friday June 25th copper beach starting at 4pm Free food and drinks...come show us some love"

Didn't someone mention that the new football players would be reporting by the 28th? It's getting closer!!!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Well, it's Monday again dangit.

Keep Hate Alive.

6:30 AM  
Blogger CHB said...

Good morning all. I won't be around much (if at all) this week. We are installing new computer systems at work and I have to help train the less than intelligent portion of our workforce. I will also have to clean up all the screw ups. should be a fun week. If you can't tell I am excited.

Keep hate alive!!!

6:43 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

greetings from BuyMore, Hotties.

75 days til kickoff.



6:56 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

I concur about the relative ease of the "normal" setup of Pebble Beach. Those I know who have played the course have played well.

As a frame of reference for setup ... McDowell wins the Open at even for 72 holes. Dustin Johnson won the AT&T Pebble Beach at 16-under.

Of the 69 players who finished the tournament, 63 broke par. Only two finished over par.

7:03 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Watching a 16 under is OK I guess.

Watching a pro mark an 8 in his score-book, now that's entertainment....once a year anyway.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Morning, Hotties!

It is certainly a hot day in Alabama's capital city. We resident hotties should be in our element.

I hope all the Hottie Fathers had a good weekend.

War Eagle!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I think there was a T. Boone Pickens link here last week, too lazy to look. I found this quote from him about TAMU flirting with the SEC.

"The SEC? Playing there's tougher than being stuck in the back end of a shooting gallery," jokes T. Boone Pickens, the colorful business tycoon and avid Oklahoma State booster.

in an ESPN article by Johnette Howard.

The shooting gallery analogy seems to be one of TBP's favorites.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...


8:06 AM  
Blogger stupup74 said...


I hope the back issues can be cured by not going under the knife.

Best wishes, and I hope you get to feeling better.

Also, is it just me, or is it awesome the new practice facility is 10 yards bigger than the Walmartian's facility. Heh, heh, heh.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JG ...Surgery should be the last option. Look into a combination of deep tissue massages (from a registered NMT), core strength training, yoga, inversion tables and chiropractic. Some combination of those will work for most anyone as long as your discs aren't too far gone.

Good luck bro.

8:54 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I don't like tricked up golf coarses. If you have to do that don't play the US Open there. It ruins the overall play and makes you think you are watching carpet golf not the real thing.
I was happy for McDowell he seems to be a very good guy. But the golf was not that much fun to watch.

9:14 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Federer is in real trouble...on opening day. Come on man!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Baldy said...

I'd like to see the look on Nadal's face right now. Federer won't likely go down quietly.

In unrelated news, sounds like the ref that botched the call in the U.S. game is done with World Cup play.

9:52 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Looks like Fed is back in control. Up a break in the fifth set. Thought I was looking at something totally wrong when I saw he was down 2 sets to love in the first round of Wimbledon.

Surely you jest, I thought.

10:17 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm pretty sure he beat this same player 6-1, 6-2 in Germany on grass just two weeks ago.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


10:23 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

I don't follow tennis but at least I've played it, am largely familiar with the rules and concept. If I chose to watch it, I'd understand what's going on. This condition is completely unlike soccer where I only understand if a goal has been scored.

10:37 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

And Peter scares me away from HABOTN with one word.


10:42 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Jet's morning notes ...

1. Been dealing with a tweaked back for a couple weeks, too. Tried to play golf at Sandestin on Friday. It was as good of an idea as faking a punt and throwing the ball very high.

2. Noticed Bag's gratuitous "you won't build it for Tubs, but you will for the 8-5 coach" shot in today's column.

3. I am stunned that no one (at least as far as I've seen in print or online) has noticed the timing of this: a certain someone is not on the listed of the indicted in a certain bank scandal, then a few days later the BOT votes to raise $16 million for a new indoor practice facility. I'd say he's seemingly forgotten, but far from gone.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

1. Highfalutin Patrician. Get some!

2. He's so predictable.

3. Crook!...but I like what his money has done.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Jet several were willing to fall on the sword, they'll be rewarded later. Looks like the "lying low" is over with and to some degree we will return to business as usual. If that's so, it'll take about 2 years for the negative effects to surface.

I sure hope these football coaches will dutifully report to the "Ego That Be" and pretend to follow instructions so they don't get on his bad side. Even tho it is wrong for that to be necessary, it is still better than what happens to the AU Family when the "Ego" decides to crank up the dis-information machine to turn AU fans against the coach.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

US Open champ went to college at UAB? Interesting.

11:15 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

As the first Ulsterman to win the US Open, might we say that he's a bit of a trail BLAZER?

Ha! Get it? He's a Blazer because he went to UAB. Man, I'm funny.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

As an Ulsterman, he wears Orange, which goes well with Navy Blue.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Attention all 'noogans present and past:

I need the name of your finest hotel, and a suggestion for 2 or 3 of your finest dining establishments. I am researching for the boss.

11:36 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Yes. Yes it does.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Motel 6 and Krystal.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

...and there's a good BBQ joint in a trailer down by the train tracks. It was 15 years ago when I ate there, but I'm sure it's still there.

11:38 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Hard for me to say on the hotel front since I, uh, live in Chattanooga, but I think The Chattanoogan is universally accepted as just about the finest or one of the finest hotels in the city.

As for the fine dining, how long you got? And define "fine". You mean good food or high class eating?

11:40 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Back from vacation. Did I miss anything?

Jet, Bluff View Inn is nice, if he doesn't need a large hotel. I'll leave restaurant suggestions to current 'noogans.

11:42 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

For a hole in the wall little Italian place with decent Italian and really good pizza (the best in town in my opinion), consider Mom's Italian Villa.

For some really good authentic Italian and the best Carbonara, try the Pastaria on Signal Mountain, just a fifteen minute drive or from downtown.

Looking for more good Italian? Try Tony's. It's located along the Bluff View Art District as are some other good dining options.

Looking for the best BBQ in town? Well, that would be my Dad's, but I'm not sure we're open for business yet.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

By the way, for all you heat sufferers, I was in snow 3 times last week. Of course, that makes it feel that much hotter now that I'm back.

11:53 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Jet....ditto on 2 & 3...I did notice.

Chattanooga -
How 'bout the Catfish House out on "Deliverance" road? You would definitely get the TN atmosphere!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

As Michael's newly appointed press secretary, let me just say that we're are all a bunch of idiots.

Wait...Y'all...that's supposed to be y'all.

1:05 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

St. John's Restaurant is nice. It was a little uppity for my taste but the food was good and would probably be in line with what you're looking for.

1:05 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

212 Market Street is another good place to eat in the Noog.

A hidden gem with good meat and vegetable plates is Zarzour's off of Main Street. A good hole in the wall lunch spot.

1:19 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Trying to pump some life into HABOTN...

Any Dylan fans out there? If so, favorite song?

"Idiot Wind" is a song I could play over and over again. Absolutely pitch perfect and wrought with bitter, raw emotion.

1:44 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

The puppet tartare at Café Eurasia is exquisite if you're ever there entertaining dignitaries.

1:47 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I love to hear other people sing songs that Dylan wrote, does that count?

1:50 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Gove Scrivenor and John Prine did a bang up job on Girl From the North Country. That's probably my favorite.

1:51 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Since it's slow today...

Here's Gove if you're interested. If not, that's OK too.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

NOT a Dylan fan.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Jane's Addiction also has a song that might be appropriate as well called "Idiots Rule". Not appropriate, however, if entertaining dignitaries.

2:09 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Norm...was an Caps Lock really called for to highlight your "not"?


2:20 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Since it's slow, and since my part of this concall doesn't come up for a few minutes, I'll tell you a story. Some neighbors have a 5 y/o boy and they gave us his old bike last Thursday. Their future dancer is a bit on the small side and my 3 y/o F4* is on the large side so it looked like it would be a sweet deal. It's probably the smallest bike (not used by clowns) made and the seat's not adjustable so I figured F4* couldn't use it for too long but he'd have some fun with it. And fun he did have. I've been parking the family truckster outside of the garage so we can play different stuff but that's another story. Hot Wife parked outside the garage over the weekend too doubling our play area and F4* had been enjoying his new bike in the garage.

It was fun while it lasted. Entering the garage from the house this morning I notice that Hot Wife parked inside the garage last night when she came home and I noticed the bike laying on the garage floor beside her car. I said to myself, I said "self, that looks like a near miss." Upon further inspection, there was no near miss. She nailed it rendering it no longer able to be ridden. Sure, I could replace the training wheels and the rear wheel and the seat but once I do all that and spend the time being aggravated while doing it, I could just as easily and more quickly replace it with a new one from Wally World.

As soon as I get to the office, I email her with a few generic items since they're still asleep when I leave the house. My last generic item emailed was to inform her of her mishap. It's puzzled me ever since how she was able to do this supposedly without knowing it since she didn't mention it last night and since judging by the looks of my garage floor, I'd guess she drug the bike across the floor about a foot. Strangely, she's avoided my calls today.

So, it looks like we'll be making a family trip to Wally World this evening. Women...can't live with 'em, can't trust 'em with cars or bikes. Hot Wife, yeah I guess I'll still keep her around. But you'd better believe she'll be hearing about this one for some time to come.

Keep Hate Alive!

2:24 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Idiot Wind is an excellent song.

My favorite Dylan songs are:

Tangled Up In Blue
Blind Willie McTell
Masters Of War
Brownsville Girl

2:28 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Great story Norm. But if you'll allow me, an editor's note for the following:

Women...can't live without 'em, and they can't pee standing up.

2:28 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

My senior quote in high school came from Masters of War.

"Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Did it buy you forgiveness
Did you think that it could
I think that you'll find
when your death takes its toll
all the money you made
Will never buy back your soul"

2:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

...or as Norm Peterson said "Women, can't live with them, pass the beer nuts."

2:30 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

RK...I hear you on Tangled Up in Blue, but I guess as a general rule, anything on "Blood on the Tracks" is excellent.

A couple more of my favs:

With God on Our Side(this song haunts me)
Man In Me (for pure Big Lebowski notalgia)

2:31 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


We usually have people at the Chattanooga or the Read House. Both of them are downtown.

As far as dining, it really depends on what part of town they are planning on staying.

Tony's Pasta in the art district is always really good.

2:33 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Kid ends up with a new bike and it's not even a birthday. Pretty sweet deal.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Hey, Norm, where you goin' with that gun in yo hand?

2:34 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I love some Dylan. With God On Our Side is excellent.

More recently "Not Dark Yet" coming off of his mid 90's heart scare is great as well.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

E-Bro, I can tell you are trying to pretend that soccer isn't being played right now.

2:40 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Don't ruin the illusion for me, Count Chocula.

I want no part of Spain-Honduras score or the Portugal-Dear Leader's People score.

2:45 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If ever there was an American writer that could be our Shakespeare, it would either be Bob Dylan or Biz Markie.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Don't worry, E-Bro. No score posting will come from me. Btw, I like Dylan, but I'm watching soccer.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...


j/k. ha.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

E-Bro - I could listen to Tangled Up in Blue all day... and have. I still want to go to Delacroix one day.
Girl from the North Country (is that correct title?)
and that classic, Man Gave Names to All the Animals

But my favorite Dylan line is the last from Postively 4th Street

3:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

wow, I wonder if a team has ever had a 6 goal lead in the first half of a WC match.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

How dare there be a discussion of lyrics without the inclusion of pure poetry from the collective pen of B. White, C.C. Lemonhead, Jay Ski and Michael Phillips, who wrote "Michelle, Tamika and Tanya want to ride this train."

3:25 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Woo Woo

3:41 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

instead of commuting home, I have the distinct pleasure of working through Puppet Hour today. Let's hope the work is as uneventful as I suspect Puppet Hour will be.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Lyrics? You wanna talk lyrics? It doesn't get any better than this

3:57 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

We are now in the first minute of Puppet Hour.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

We are now in the 2nd minute of Puppet Hour.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

We are now in the 3rd minute of Puppet Hour.

4:02 PM  
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