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6.03.2010

Getting to know your Auburn regional opponents

Hey everyone. Bag was generous enough to crank out some capsules designed to give you, the HOTTIES, a better understanding of the teams Auburn will or may play this weekend.

Please enjoy. And ... thanks, Color Me Bagg.

AUBURN

Record: 40-19

Opponent: vs. Jacksonville State, 6 p.m.

Opening starting pitcher: LHP Cory Luckie (6-4; 5.68)

Key players: 1B Hunter Morris (.392, 21 HRs, 70 RBIs), 3B Dan Gamache (.387, 49 runs, 34 RBIs); LF Brian Fletcher (.359, 20 HRs, 70 RBIs); CF Trent Mummey (.371, 15 HRs, 47 RBIs)

Notes: This is Auburn’s first home regional appearance since 2003 … Auburn went 13-13 against the NCAA field this season …Auburn is 15th in the latest RPI rankings, just ahead of second-seed Clemson, which is 18th … The Tigers ended the year as the SEC leaders in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.585), on-base percentage (.424), runs (538), hits (750), home runs (117) and total bases (1,260) … Head coach John Pawlowski played at Clemson and later was the pitching coach there for five seasons in the 1990s.



CLEMSON

Record:
38-21

Opponent: vs. Southern Miss, 2 p.m.

Opening starting pitcher: RHP Scott Weismann (6-2, 5.47)

Key players: SS Brad Miller (.373, 7 HRs, 37 RBIs); RF Kyle Parker (.364, 19 HRs, 57 RBIs); LF Jeff Schaus (.311, 15 HRs, 75 RBIs); 3B John Hinson (.324, 12 HRs, 62 RBIs)

Notes: Clemson is making its 35th trip to an NCAA regional – the sixth most in the country … The Tigers are 7-8 against top-25 competition this season … Both the Clemson baseball and football teams won the ACC Atlantic Division this academic year and Kyle Parker played a pivotal role in both titles. Parker was the starting QB and threw 20 TDs and racked up 2,526 passing yards. He’s also one of the best hitters on the baseball team, leading the Tigers in slugging and on-base percentage … The Tigers played 27 games (out of 59) this season against teams currently in the NCAA Tournament. They managed a 14-13 record in those games.



SOUTHERN MISS

Record: 35-22

Opponent: vs. Clemson, 2 p.m.

Opening starting pitcher:
RHP Scott Copeland (11-0, 3.38)

Key players: 2B Taylor Walker (.365, 7 HRs, 53 RBIs); SS B.A. Vollmuth (.383, 15 HRs, 63 RBIs); DH Adam Doleac (.362, 6 HRs, 53 RBIs); 1B Mark Ellis (.318, 7 HRs, 40 RBIs)

Notes: After winning the C-USA tournament, the Golden Eagles are making their eighth consecutive trip to an NCAA regional … Senior right-hander Scott Copeland is 11-0 this season and Southern Miss is 13-1 in games he’s started …Shortstop B.A. Vollmuth has hit 10 home runs in USM’s last 11 games … The Southern Miss infield has turned an NCAA-leading 80 double plays this season, including four games with four double plays and one game with five … USM alum Bret Favre told the Golden Eagles last month that if they make it to the College World Series, he’ll return for another season in the NFL.



JACKSONVILLE STATE

Record: 32-24

Opponent:
vs. Auburn, 6 p.m.

Opening starting pitcher: RHP Austin Lucas (6-0, 4.97)

Key players: 2B Bert Smith (.372, 55 runs, 39 RBIs); LF Todd Cunnigham (.352, 59 runs, 10 HRs); CF Daniel Adamson (.348, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs); C Andrew Edge (.330, 11 HRs, 62 RBIs)

Notes: This is the third regional appearance for Jacksonville State and will be the Gamecocks’ first tournament since 2006 … JSU third baseman Sam Eberle was suspended earlier in the week for violating undisclosed team rules. He was leading the team in home runs (16) and had 60 RBIs … The Gamecocks have won six straight games and eight of their last nine. The only loss in that stretch came against Auburn (9-7) two weeks ago … JSU’s two top pitchers – senior Austin Lucas and sophomore Tanner Freshour – are a combined 12-1 this season. Lucas has a 4.97 ERA and Freshour’s is at 5.62.

142 Comments:

Blogger ehyou said...

Mucho substancio

4:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I can't keep up.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I thought AU was in a regional in 2005.

4:21 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Color Me Bagg with their hit single 'All 4 Love of habotn'.

4:22 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

color me bagg was a jammin' group ehyou. don't forget their hit single 'i want to DONG u up'. wait, what?

4:23 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I'm predicting now... AU v. SoMiss in the winners bracket side. Clemson will knock out Jax St.
I also predict (hope) Mercer will ve playing Elon in the Insect Regional winners bracket. I will be sporting my black and orange this weekend in support of the Bears. I hope you will join me.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I altered Auburn's box. They made a regional appearance in 2005 at Florida State ... true.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Scottie B. bringin' the early 90s substancio.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thank you, sir. My hate for UA-T was boiling over. Somehow, I can blame them for anything.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Hate said...

Color Me Badd was non-substantive. Or perhaps it was red, oily substance.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Homer - That's some pretty good substance right there. Thanks.

Wait! Did you contribute this or did Moon? Am I supposed to love this stuff or hate it? Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.

4:33 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

dude, the early 90's and me....good times. well, they are now. didn't seem so at the time.

4:35 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

90's were good to me also part high school and start of college not bad years

4:37 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Thanks Bag.

And for those of you interesting congress is waying in on the baseball almost no hitter. Politicians never seem to take the opportunity to shut up.

4:38 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I remember the 90s. Most of them, anyways.

4:42 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

Dazed & Confused SFC?

4:42 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

uh oh. Starting to get ugly here in the BuyMore. Most of the check out clerks and shelf restockers left and customers are all over the place. Y'all play nice.

4:43 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

just call in 'Jeff-Ster' THT. that'll clear the place out.

4:44 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

The early 90s were my bar hoping partying years. 5 days of week working. 2 days of week partying and recovering.

4:45 PM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

my prime partying was 99-00. feels like forever ago.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

SFC - Just to set the record straight, it was an almost perfect game (one out and a blown call away), rather than an almost no-hitter. That's a pretty important distinction I think.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

SFC, was "bar hoping" your style for picking up the ladies?

4:57 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Well, it really depended up how much they had to drink.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I did a little partying in 1991.

I was partied out by '92, though.

5:31 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Partied out is a good way to describe it. I got sick of missing Sundays because I was recovering from Friday and Saturday nights.

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

Love Auburn
Like old maps
Don't like parties
HATE UA-T

5:48 PM  
Blogger Josh_Moon said...

All-in-one response post

You've had questions and comments. I'll take a minute to respond to most of them.

Hoopie: You can't rank all 12 coaches in the top five. And yes, I put a good deal of emphasis on won-loss record. I also tend to judge my financial adviser on a money made-money lost basis. Silly me.

War Eagle Girl: Don't know what to tell you. You want to read it, read it. You don't, don't. But the whining is silly.

Jet: I don't think of Chizik as a 5-19 coach. I think of Chizik the way Auburn has asked me to think of Chizik -- as a middle-of-the-pack coach in charge of a great staff. That's the perception they've created. Until the team does something great a couple of times under his leadership, he'll remain there. Remember, Dubose won an SEC title and seemed poised to make a good run after a great recruiting class. And then it all fell apart. Holding it together for several seasons is what makes a top-level coach. Chizik will have his opportunity to do that. If he can maintain a staff anywhere close to this one over the next few years -- and the on-the-field results are there -- there won't be any choice but to rank him high.

Michael: You should post more.

SFC: You're very wise, in my opinion.

5:53 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

The offended Hotties now have the floor.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

As an ignorer, I deserved to be ignored.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Speaking of people who should post more.... *cough*MOON*cough*

6:27 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

SFC - once again just to set the record straight; you absolutely, positively CANNOT believe what Josh Moon says.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

"I think of Chizik the way Auburn has asked me to think of Chizik -- as a middle-of-the-pack coach"

Was that request made via email, certified mail, or by some undocumented method?
Did it come from Jay Jacobs? The faculty senate?

6:55 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Hate said...

My issue is not where Chizik was ranked, but with the DuBose comparison. I don't think Auburn has asked anyone to think of Chizik as a middle-of-the-pack coach with a great staff. I think Auburn is asking you to view Chizik as secure enough in what he's doing to allow his assistants to get some of the spotlight, too.

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

btw, Jet, that was a Vincent "Bo" Jackson, CEO and Philanthropist post.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Hate said...

Yes, it was, THT. Yes, it was.

7:07 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Packing to go to Auburn! One of Tylerson's friends has been gracious enough to agree to go to the Coliseum at 8 am to try and get us tickets for tomorrow night. Fingers crossed! I guess if we don't get them we will be atop the parking garage.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Mike DuBose. Somewhere a joke is missing this punchline.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Chizik is just what Bag says he is. We think of him based on perceived potential, Bag is looking at results. Nothing wrong with either approach, it's just a matter of perspective.

7:36 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Comparing coaches is a tough task. Win/Loss record obviously comes into play, but the number of wins that mean success is different for every school. If you could always win half your games at Vandy, you would likely keep you job for a long time. Do that at Auburn, Alabama, .... and a resume update is called for.

Also, people skills and management skills are much more important than coaching ability. Chizik should get credit for the staff he puts together and how he is able to manage them.

An example of a bad manager? Well, a prime example was when you would see Mike "F'n" Shula on the sideline with his eyes bulging out of his head looking like someone just kicked his dog. When the players look to the head coach and wonder if he has a load in his shorts, it's a bad thing.

While I thought Auburn was foolish to get rid of Tuberville, he had some obvious bad decisions and he answered for them. Getting rid of Borges was a bad idea. Not allowing CTF to do his own thing with the offense was another bad idea. Hiring and offensive coordinator that could not get along with the offensive staff was a big time bonehead move. Firing CTF in the middle of the season was another bonehead move. And above all, not developing a good relationship with the administration is simply idiotic. That is all managerial stuff, not X's and O's coaching.

7:41 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

As for Chizik, the jury is still out. He gets an A so far, but it is very likely Malzahn will be gone after this season, along with several other staff members. We kept the staff intact once, but I doubt it happens again.

7:42 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Good read and thank you both for this excellent information.
Always enjoy reading substace filled post.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the good news? My BuyMore double doody is on a non-hockey night.

the bad news? at most, there are only 4 hockey nights remaining until the dreaded summer drought between hockey and two-a-days.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

digger- in that case, please ignore my posts.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Bags ..Try to keep up and quit deflecting away from my points. My comments stand. You ranked 'em based on W-L and didn't bother to do any research into how or why they should be doing. As usual, you spent more time preparing quips and attempting to make your points though spin rather than gather substance to back up your points.

Imma bettin' you don't treat your financial analyst to that type of comments. Not if you don't want him to spit in your money. Based on your statements and recent market performance, I'm guessing you've got to look pretty far away to find an analyst you haven't fired already. Maybe doing your own financial analysis would be better ..oh wait ..that would require something other than spin.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Is the PAC 10 really gonna swipe 6 teams from the Big 12 and form the PAC 16? This could get dicey for the teams/conferences that are left out.

This will blow up traditional (unofficial)bowl alignments and the BCS formulas.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

PAC16? No way.

8:19 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I don't think it is likely the PAC-10 could get all of those teams, but it is possible. I am sure the SEC has already had some preliminary discussions with some of those schools. All of this talk could end up meaning the end of the Big12. It could happen. I do find it hard seeing Nebraska in a different conference than Oklahoma, but we shall see. If this re-alignment happens, it will happen suddenly when none of us expect it.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

THT, isn't the hockey off-season only like 3 weeks?

8:21 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

not knowing which teams you're talking about, I'll just offer hypothetical.

Washington State and Baylor go undefeated in regular season. Instead of BOTH having a great shot at playing in BCSNCG, only the one winning Big Pac championship game would go. That's what I call eliminating the competition. I'm all for it as long as SEC doesn't do something that stupid.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Miller - the Penguins is longer. :-(

8:23 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

ESPN has an internet article that states the OK St AD mentioned that there have been "talks".

Rumors are that Tx, aTm, Ok, Ok St. Colorado and TT would go to the PAC 10.

The Big 12 cancelled their news conference today.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

THT ...I don't want super conferences either, but there are financial advantages for doing such and money talks much more than we wish it to.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Here's the link to the article. The dude goes through a lot of possible scenarios based on rumors, but also has some comments from ADs for fuel.


http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1090747

9:08 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Hoopie, great 7:57 post.

9:14 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Big round thing made of cheese said...

Did I ever mention that I hate LAL?

9:17 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Big round thing made of cheese said...

Who is on here from Dothan?

9:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I will defend WEG to the death on here. I've never seen any whining!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

spoken, or typed, like a true HABOTN gentleman.

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

I had no idea the Big Ten Network was that big of a financial success.

From the URL provided above by Hoopie...

"The Big Ten has shown the conference network model works. According to published reports, the TV revenue paid out to Big Ten schools jumped from $14 million for the fiscal year 2006-07 to $22 million for the fiscal year 2007-08."

9:31 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The SEC payouts will be revealed tomorrow and they will be ENORMOUS.

$11 million last year.

The official HABOTN projection for 2010 is ... $16.75 million.

9:37 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

That is some serious cheese.

9:39 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I think I have an email from Jacobs that says AU hired Chizik because we are looking for a middle-of-the-pack coach in charge of a great staff.

I may be looking at AU through my Au glasses, but maybe you are looking at Au through your UAt colored glasses. Did you get this view form the capstone report? Sounds a lot like Shane from Centerpoint gave you the Tide talking points on AU.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

it's a shame that's not the official HABOTN payout projection.

9:40 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I have no issue with where Chizik is ranked, but you would be better served to just have a column, 1-12, and a name beside each one and leave it at that.

It is best to keep quiet and let someone think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

9:41 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Hey, we can buy some top notch recruits with that kind of money. JayG, has Joe Whitt been spotted?

9:43 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

CHB...
I beez the one from Dothan.

9:43 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Scattered thunderstorms predicted for Auburn tomorrow afternoon and evening. Sure hope it doesn't put the damper on our festivities.

9:44 PM  
Blogger J. Kev said...

Bag is an angry, bitter man.

Not too bad as a sometimes radio guest, though.

Jay G: Bag called the Hotties "ingrates." That was mean.

Talk to you tomorrow @ 9:05

Biff

www.supersport930.com

9:46 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

A lot of that extra money has been going into the assistant coaches' bank accounts.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Hate said...

Cheeeeeese. Yum.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Bag has his own relationship with the HOTTIES ... and I'm not going to get in the way of that.

I believe in my heart that he likes this place and (almost) all the people who make it special.

9:49 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Here is an ESPN article where they actually talked to Jacobs to get his intentions when he hired Chizik.

I can't find the middle of the pack quote, but I will read it again. i am sure I missed it.

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/22757/auburns-jacobs-were-as-unified-as-ever

9:50 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Bags called Steve 'very wise'.

Hunh.

9:51 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

JKev in the house!!!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Hate said...

Steve is wise. The FC is short for "Frankincense."

9:53 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Big round thing made of cheese said...

Cool ehyou. I from that area.

It's one thing for moon to be a walmartian when he is writing his articles. It's another thing to come on an Auburn site and do the same. I for one will be glad when his time is over as an Auburn writer. I don't think you have to be a sunshine pumper like Goldberg (who I like) but you can't clearly be against the school you are covering. That's why G is one of the best. He shoots it straight..good or bad.

9:53 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Big round thing made of cheese said...

I=I'm

9:54 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I'll be stuck in prison tomorrow afternoon... Will anyone be providing updates of the AU and ATL Regional games?

9:54 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Big round thing made of cheese said...

WTC brining the pain tonight. I like it and I'm with you. What an idiotic comment to say that Auburn wants you to say that Chizick is a middle of the road coach.

9:58 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Is prison slang for something else?

9:59 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Miller-you are not going to be at the game Friday?

10:00 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I got a whole 'bag' of pain I could toss his way. I am holding a lot back.

10:06 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

It's GOT to mess with the ol' internal clock to travel out west and start a game 3 hrs late.

Bravos're looking good anyway.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Prison = work...

I am referring to the 2 o'clock matchups between SoMiss/Clemson and UAT/Elon...

I think having gametracker pulled up at work might be frowned upon... or just not allowed alltogether.

10:45 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am sure bags meant ingrate in the nicest form of the word.

I find a lot of irony that people who bashed the Chizik hire would also defend him as one of the better coaches in the SEC. Where is the Bubba from the airport? Bubba, oh Bubba, get that boy over here.

11:58 PM  
Blogger Josh_Moon said...

Final round

THT: Pony express -- they went old school.

Jet: You're reading way too much into the Dubose comparison. I meant it just like I said in the column: Great staff, good recruiting class, no results yet. That's it. I'm not predicting he'll be Dubose and fondle a secretary or comparing where they are in their careers. But when you look back at Dubose, you remember him coming off a good season, having a good staff and recruiting class and sitting on large expectations.

Seanzie: It's more opinion than perspective. I have one. Everyone else has one. It's cool that we disagree. I'm aight discussing those disagreements -- that's basically why I write the columns. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be an option for those who take this way too seriously.

SFC: I don't think I can blame Tubs for the turmoil. The strife was there before Jetgate and after. Some of those guys just didn't like him and no amount of hatchet burying was gonna change that.

Hoopie: None of your points make sense, that's why I'm deflecting them. Yes, my rankings placed a good deal of emphasis on wins and losses, which is life as a coach. But they weren't entirely based on W/L record, as you're now claiming, otherwise Petrino wouldn't be third and Johnson wouldn't be wherever I had him. And stop using words like "spin." It's stupid. We're talking about an opinion piece, and I have given you the reasons for which I hold the stated opinion. That's not spin, no matter what Fox tells you.

wtc and CH=B: Not everyone is a "Bammer" or a "Barner." Some people form opinions about AU athletics without a bias one way or the other. You might not agree with those opinions, and those opinions might sometimes reflect poorly upon your beloved Tigers. However, crafting rebuttals that are only relevant if I'm a "Bammer" is stupid and a waste of everyone's time.

Biff: Racist.

12:30 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Should the Pac10 or Big10 create a Big16 conference, and the SEC follow suite, it would make sense to change the name to something that is not so regional. I nominate the name "Sweet16" for the SEC super conference.

12:32 AM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Actually, Sir Moon, I believe that Biff is George Costanza.

2:22 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Moon.

Don't write stupid stuff and people won't call you stupid. Pretty simple, isn't it?

When you write, you expose yourself and are open to criticism. If you can't handle criticism, don't write. Get another job. Grow a skin and quit calling every critic a whiner. That's PATHETIC.

What the HELL kind of article was that 'A Southern Cal loss may not be Auburn's gain'. Were you drunk? puking when you wrote that? Were you completely moonbat that day? That was one of the worst piece of writing I've ever seen. (and I've read a page of twilight!)

I think it's a misconception among you guys to think that you are doing us a HUGE FAVOR by writing, or blogging. Instead of expecting readers to be thankful for your turdilicious opinion, YOU should be thankful to the readers, for giving you, and the BS you write / utter enough credence.

There are tons of free sources, and most of them are better than you. Quit thinking that you are doing any of us a huge favor by slinging whatever it is that you sling.

EOM.

5:24 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ah, snap! Moon's done did it now. He's brought Aero out of retirement (good to have you back bud) to defend the honor of his fellow Hotties.

Who would've thought?

5:41 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Is the game on tv at all tonight?

6:08 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning Hotties - here's hoping Delta and the weather in ATL do not conspire against me and I can come home today. You may feel differently, but that's my opinion. You're entitled to yours no matter how wrong it may be.

Keep Hate Alive.

6:10 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

A good mornin' to you and yours.

6:19 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I wonder how Aero really feels.

6:21 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm guessing that a lot of the Hotties taking exception with what Moon wrote means that he did his job pretty well this week. He expressed an opinion, it was polarizing to some, and I guess it got its fair share of feedback.

Isn't that what his job as a columnist is all about, regardless of how uninformed or opinionated it is?

6:28 AM  
Blogger CH=B=Big round thing made of cheese said...

Good morning All

I think his job is to cover Auburn, but it is obvious that he can't do it objectively. He is blinded by the poop colored glasses. Aero and WTC have said all that needs to be said.

A very simple way to put an end to this it to not read anything he writes. Maybe the MA will get someone who wants to cover Auburn and do it without bias. I'm sure there is plenty of space left under $aban's desk.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

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7:20 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

The fact is that if you want a good opinion piece on Auburn or Alabama, you are not going to get it from someone in this state. They have formed opinions, whether they admit it or not, and agendas to push. The only value that the opinion pieces have in this state is to serve as backup to toilet paper. If Moon expects anyone on this blog to believe his opinion is unbiased, then he obviously has been blinded by his bias. Bamer or not, Agendas are being pushed. Have been and always will be, and I don't need a Bill Clinton speech to try and convince me otherwise.

7:31 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Is it Bags job to cover Auburn? I thought that was Tate's job.

If Moon is an opinion writer then he's doing exactly what he should. If he is an Auburn beat reporter then he is way out of line.

I can't find staffer job titles on the MA website so your guess is as good as mine.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Bags is the MA's "what can be written to upset AU fans" writer. It sells, apparently.

I don't read his stuff (except his HABOTN posts). Every once in a while I accidentally stumble on one of his articles via tigerland.com. I immediately hit the "back" button.

I'm sure he's a great guy; JGT has told us so, and I trust JGT. And I'm sure I'd enjoy his acquaintance. But I still won't read his articles.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

SOCCER

Kick Ass Nike World Cup Commercial

8:01 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

My apoogies to Mr. Moon. He had the "Connie Frederick" post, which has not yet garnered any particular claim to fame. He did not misfire on the "BEASLEY!!!" post as I had mistakenly implied in a now deleted comment. ...And simple math is supposed to be one of my strong suits. Aarrgghhh!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Speaking of math...

Ron Stallworth says it's 92 days til kickoff!

When do two-a-days start?

8:08 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Mornin' Hot Ones!!
Y'all play nice now

8:08 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

THT - I used to live across the street from Ron Stallworth, they were excellent neighbors. My first spring in that house; I'm out in my yard and he's in his each of us doing some form of yardwork or another (as I recall, we were the only homeowners anywhere near who did our own yards), I hear this noise across the street and stop what I'm doing to see he's stopped what he's doing and is making silly baby noises to his daughter through the window. That just struck me as really funny/ironic at the time thinking here's this guy who used to flatten dudes and now look at him, he's just like I am.

That's one of the handful of things I miss about Montgomery, in my last two houses there I had some very good neighbors. Here, none.

8:09 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Norm,
You must move back to Alabama. We're good neighbors here!

8:15 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

HAPPY RON STALLWORTH DAY THT! oh, and a happy DeMarco McNeil too.

8:15 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Waiting, not so patiently, to see if Tylerson's friend was able to get us tickets for tonight.

8:15 AM  
Blogger API said...

I love me some Connie Frederick. Was that the last time we blew the bamers out? I'm ready for the next one.

8:16 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

wait, there's a Connie Frederick post now too? AUsome!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

cincy - that's absolutely, 100% Hot Wife's plan that we'll move back to AL. Troy in particular. This time I find myself actually considering it, I can keep the same job and live just about anywhere.

8:19 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Norm...
So if Stallworth is just like you, are you calling him a ninny?

8:20 AM  
Blogger Styles said...

Moon is a columnist. He was charged with covering AU baseball while Tate is in Destin. I would think the readers would be glad the baseball team was being covered in Tate's absence. Moon posted quotes on here, no opinions, just quotes. He was beat up because of a column he wrote the day before, then offered opinion to back his column. If you actually listen to/read Moon, you will see he does not seem to be bias towards any team. Heck, he had Saban ranked 5th in last years poll of SEC coaches. Like his columns or not, I don't see how that affects his ability to copy quotes on a blog.

8:21 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Dothan is an awesome place to live. Just sayin'.

8:21 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

Dothan = home of Gabe Gross.

Gabe had another top defensive play on the MLB Network last nite. that's 2 in one week. keep it up GG!

8:24 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

ehyou and Styles have covered this, but it is JayG's job to cover Auburn and Moon's to stir up opinion. Both get the job done. And Moon has done a fine job of covering baseball in JayG's absence.

I don't agree with much of anything he writes as a columnist, but that probably goes for a lot of columnist, and when in doubt, try the THT method and just do not read.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

API - yes, it was. And I'm ready, too! Been ready for 40 years, actually.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - #1, shut up. #2, Troy is her hometown and where her aging parents (dad's in poor health) live. She has family throughout the area all the way down to Dothan so it wouldn't surprise me if in a few years I were living somewhere in the vicinity.

8:28 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

speaking of Moon, here is his AU baseball article for today.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Norm - if you find housing too costly or the population density too great in that metropolis known as Troy, you can always find a nice quiet place in the not-to-distant suburb of Glenwood. They have their very own artesian well.

8:31 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Just heard from Tyler's friend and she scored me 4 tickets for tonight's game!! Now, if the rain will just hold off.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I don't see Bags as much of a Bammer as I see him as someone that uses contrived, conjectured, sarcastic phrases(I tried to be tactful and use the word spin) to prop up his otherwise unfounded opinions.

Bags ...at least get on the internet and read info regarding all the other SEC coaches before trying to rank them. I understand that the MA can't pay you to travel and personally visit/investigate, but there is plenty of free info on the back stories and situations of each coach out there.



Try this:
Joker Phillips ...Has inherited a running, oiled machine that is producing well for Ky. So far he is continuing the momentum in place. Will he make it better, worse or continue status quo? Dunno ..so we'll withhold ranking for now.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Steve ...Bags has done a great job assembling stats and taking a few interviews in JG's absence. Bags needs to stay away from voicing opinions until he commits himself to truly gathering data/info to back his opinion.

At least he stays on topic when writing. Sometimes on the radio, he will twist the conversation towards some topic (I guess spin is too broad a term for Bags) just so he can start ranting on some social issue.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Norm ...if you are scheduled to get back into ATL this afternoon ...you might wanna have some backup plans ready. There calling for t-storms starting around noon.

8:42 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

we sure are a picky crew with our free info aren't we? we're still pickin' on Bag?

8:45 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

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8:48 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

As for Moon's stuff, it really doesn't' matter. I read it sometimes just to get the other sides' point of view. You know the adage, keep your friends close but your enemies closer. It is just good to see what others write/say so you can be ready for it when the rabid fan brings it up.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I missed this yesterday, but former Tennessee SID Haywood Harris died on Tuesday. He was 80. He retired 10 years ago.

Still, he was a good dude and a staple at SEC events until a few years ago.

Chris Low wrote about Harris' passing and it's worth reading.

Harris:Tennessee=David Housel:Auburn

8:52 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

my mother-in-law has some family ties to Haywood Harris. heard nothing but good stuff about him.

8:54 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I will say that he did a poor job of backing up his comparison of CHizik with DuBose. Dubose didn't play a single season with less than 70 scholly players. Going 8-5 was a remarkable accomplishment with that few players. Sure they lost some they should have won, but being in the game with any of them with that much lack of depth deserves very high marks.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Can't argue with Goshen. But do they have an artesian well in the center of town?
I didn't think so.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Ring of Fire people like Hoopie pretty much have free rein here -- and I'm not rescinding that -- but I'd strongly encourage everyone to ease up on tagging Bag for a bit.

He doesn't mind. I'm not doing this for his sake.

I'm doing it for the blog's sake. You all didn't like the Dubose-Chizik comparison. OK. I get that. You've voiced your disdain, he responded, you had a chance to say stuff about his response.

Can we let it go and move on?

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

that was a very clever and considerate post shuffle, Tate Daddy.

8:58 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I'll try that again without all the typos:

Norm-Goshen, AL also has a small town feel to it. Oh wait, it is a small town. Just sayin'.

Petrey, AL is in that same area too. However, the do have 1 fairly good size business there, so it might be too metropolis for you.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Congrats, Cincy! Turn on the shields to deflect the storms and have a great time!

9:02 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

if you're going Cincy don't you leave without a VICTORY!

9:03 AM  
Blogger scottie b carmichael said...

as the 10 year old kid who always yelled when i went to games at Plainsman Park...

"LEEEETTTTT'SSS GOOOOO AAAUUUUU-BBBUUUUUURRRRNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!"

9:08 AM  
Blogger Lowcountry Tiger said...

Wow... I guess I picked a bad night to go politicking instead of HABOTNing. Looks like I missed some excitement. Although the SC governor's race is becoming almost as sordid.

So... seeing as how I live down here in S.C., I'd prefer Clemson to just go 2 and out so I don't have to deal with them. Alternatively, any AU win would be fine.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

it's Friday, so why is "Manic Monday" stuck in my head? Bangles & Prince. What a combination.

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

ok, opened the iTunes and turned up some Sloop John B. We're good now.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

So Get Him to the Greek comes out today. This is the one movie I've really been looking forward to seeing this summer. Hopefully it will not disappoint.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New (minor) thread UPZ.

9:44 AM  

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