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7.12.2012

Getting Our Bearings

Hey everyone. So as you have surmised, I was asked (politely) to make Wednesday my last day of work at the Advertiser. Nobody should be upset with the Advertiser; they are keeping to their word and sending me on my way with what they agreed to give me. No hard feelings.

I am hopeful that Brian Woodham, who recently left a part-time gig with ITAT to take a full-time job as a copy editor at the Advertiser, will be given an opportunity to take my old job. Brian would be a great addition. I'll let you know if I hear anything about that.

As I explained on Facebook, we will have a board at AuburnSports.com with a stricter standard when it comes to cussing and any off-putting shenanigans. Personally, I'm good with the Bunker and have read it for a long time. They get a little upset when things don't go well, which is understandable, but I feel like that board's reputation for savage commentary far exceeds reality.

With that said, we will have a HABOTN-esque board over there for people whose tolerance for cussing is at zero. Just want to make that clear.

I'll be starting at AuburnSports.com on Monday.

Take care, errybody. Thanks as always for your support!

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Blogger Jimmy said...

If Panthers win Super Bowl 50, are they greatest team of all time?

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/if-panthers-win-super-bowl-50--are-they-greatest-team-of-all-time--031151240.html

11:13 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

whoops

11:13 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, they're certainly better than any cheating team from Massachusetts

11:20 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Our plans to sign every talented WR just went down the toilet....

11:21 a.m. -- Four-star receiver Ahmmon Richards commits to Miami over Alabama and Auburn

11:25 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Missed on the Grad transfer OL guy. The O-line is going to be a major concern in next years class. Hope it's a good year for OL.

11:59 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Why is Norm such a slacker? That's the second page flip in, like, a week he's totally whiffed on.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I guess TC was more interested in being on the field at ISU than on the bench at any SEC school.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Welcome aboard, JayVaughn. I guess the offer wasn't pulled 2 hours ago.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bubbs, cut Norm some slack. He's been working tirelessly for the past ten months to provide us with unparalleled recruiting news. Now that NSD is here, he's earned a well-deserved rest. That doesn't mean he's still not a slacker.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Whow, whow
The Catelina Wine Mixer is still on.


@Tony_Catalina
This is not accurate. Tyler has not made his final decision yet and is still reviewing all options.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It all comes down to the confidence he has in his ability to play SEC football. If he thinks he can, ISU can kiss him good-bye. He has at least 3 SEC offers doesn't he? Of course, he could make a middle of the road choice and sign with Penn State ;-)

12:37 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I wonder if he's related to the dressing.

12:44 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

If he doesn't own the car, he really should. Has the Bagman promised such? Surely, he's thought to do so.

Is it time for us to look for a new Bagman, by the way? I feel like he really peaked in 2010.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

great idea, bubbs. Where does one find a top-notch bagman? Is that something you'll find on LinkedIn, or CraigsList? We aren't going to have to pay our current bagman millions of dollars over the next 4 years, are we?

Typical bammer-controlled recruiting services... Jayvaughn Myers lost a star the moment he signed with AU.

12:57 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Little known fact: Darren Bates and Cam Newton came into AU as 2*s.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I've seen better flips from pancakes than from David Marshall.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

How about this news that Amazon is going to open 400 brick & mortar stores, seems like a lot.

1:39 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Maybe they can take over all those Walmart stores that just shut down.

1:47 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I just looked at some videos of Prince Salmon. He looks like more of a DE or TE to me than an OT. Interesting that they want to put him on the o line.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm curious if either of our Princes will gain enough football maturity to become king on either side of the line. I sure hope so.

Amazon opening brick & mortar? That defies all logic. The only reason people buy from Amazon now is because they hate going to a brick and mortar place. Bricks and mortar are expensive. Maybe they could just use a bunch of reclaimed Quonset huts.

2:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

i bet some of the stores are actually cinderblock. Maybe even a few stucco stores.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Booooommmm!!!!1

2:12 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

how did we do that?!

2:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

of course, his NLI is not yet in Auburn's hands. He's not related to Koujisandoaidfsldifaysd is he?

2:15 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

@MJT It is interesting that they know they want to move him to that side of the ball. He's pretty green too. Played only 2 years(?). We'll see if the project pays off.

2:30 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Just watched Derrick Brown's highlight video... and wow he looks explosive.

I'm going to go out on a limb here, risking my reputation as a Football Expert, but I'm going to go against the flow here and predict that Derrick Brown will be good at college football.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i.e. he's not another Adams, or Hart, or that DL we always used to talk about that had to go to JUCO first and then never did squat at AU. Actually, I'm leaving off quite a few names of 5* failures.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

oops, I didn't mean to wrap Adams into that last statement.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yet.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I didn't get to watch, but LB told me that the folks behind Derrick Brown looked pretty depressed when he announced. Where's that NLI?

2:55 PM  
Blogger michael said...

That Lord Byron sure can be a worrier sometimes.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well... I'd feel a little better if AU would acknowledge DB as a signee.

3:15 PM  
Blogger michael said...

He tweeted "War Eagle" or something a few minutes ago. I think that's legally binding.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

so is this:
http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/16-nsd-bio-brown.html

3:25 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I mean, that helps, but mainly the tweets are what matters.

3:36 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

What about Facebook? Did he put anything on Facebook? Because that would be like having two forms of identification. That's some official stuff right there.

4:16 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Not sure... we're not facebook friends... yet.

Here's something you can facebook as you celebrate yet another top 10 recruiting finish: we just finished 4th place in the SEC West.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Among the endless list of things that annoy me, driving behind a Prius is usually pretty high on the list.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Tops on the list is missing a BEASLEY!!! post.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!BEASLEY!!!
BEASLEY!!!

4:41 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Oh, this is not where we need to be ... no question about it. Per Rivals:

2016 8th - 3rd in SEC/SECW
2015 7th - 4th in SEC/2nd SECW
2014 9th - 7th in SEC/4th SECW
2013 9th - 5th in SEC/3rd SECW
2012 10th - 3rd in SEC/2nd SECW

What was that stat thrown around on Twitter the other day? The last half dozen national champions have had a top 5 class within 2 years of their natty.

I just went and checked that stat out. Spurious, I say. It doesn't work for 2010 nor would it have worked in 2013 (had we won the game we shoulda won).

At any rate, I'd feel a lot better if we were cracking the top 5 most years.

4:44 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Close call, THT. The BEASLEY!!! Fan Club still has you on probation.

4:46 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Found this the other day and thought it was pretty neat/helpful: http://247sports.com/Season/2015-Football/CollegeTeamTalentComposite

4:51 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Hey, remember back at national signing day 2011, when Gene Chizik had as many national titles at Auburn as Nick Saban had at bama, and Auburn was bringing in a top 5 class, and it was clear to all that both bama and Auburn would be perennial top 5 contenders? That was a cool time.

4:56 PM  
Blogger michael said...

That was a helpful link, bubbs. you know, in my mind earlier today, I was giving Nick Saban and his staff credit for developing players and stuff. Sure, they are always at the top of the recruiting heap, but I kind of felt like the separation between their program and everyone else was bigger than their separation in recruiting, if that makes sense. Like they not only recruit the best, but they also get the most out of them.

That table suggests to me that the talent gap is so big that even a well trained monkey could coach those players to natties. So now I am back to giving Saban zero coaching credit and saying he is just a really amazing recruiter.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Interestingly, I do in fact know a Chad Simmons. You can find him among my followers/followed lists on the twitterverse. He lives here in college town.

So, how about this recruiting stuff huh? Amirite?

5:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

That was indeed a cool time, mjt. Sigh.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bubbs, I don't know what happened since you looked, but Rivals now shows for 2016

Auburn 9th - 4th in SEC/SECW

https://n.rivals.com/team_rankings/2016

7:44 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I see Tubbs is doing his thing, getting 2 & 3 stars then coach em up
https://cincinnati.n.rivals.com/commitments/football

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

Only 363 days until NSD!

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

a little morning levity

7:18 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I need to become a fan of a different sport ... Maybe Birmingham will get a hockey team again. I could really get into going to some hockey games.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

You could be a Birmingham Hammer, their site says they are holding open tryouts. So you go that going for you too.

http://www.birminghamhammers.com/

10:16 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yuck

10:20 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Bubbs have you looked into your local detectorist society?

10:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Two talents I wish I had:
1. play the piano like Billy Powell or Roy Bittan
2. metal detectorist

The few times I've tried the latter were complete fails. I couldn't even "find" the coin I could see.

10:56 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Maybe you were hallucinating the coin?

11:02 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

let's visit the unlikely scenario that we finish 5th, 6th, or 7th (again) in SEC West this year. Will Gus be our coach for 2017?

Making an assumption that we are looking for a HC next year (or the year after), who's the magician that could take the talent left behind by Gus and win us another state championship?

11:16 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

A dectectorist! That's brilliant!

There's a guy(?) in Moody. That's just over the bridge from Leeds! This is perfect.

http://metaldetectingforum.com/group.php?do=discuss&discussionid=487&pp=20&page=3

11:23 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

I'd watch out for Sandi B in Florala, AL. I seam to remember she was secretly part of the rival detectorist society, and my cause problems with the wife.

11:41 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Being a detectorist in Alabama probably isn't as cool as Europe, the Middle East, or even Mexico or South America. Alabama was in the Stone Age until the 1800s. I guess you can find some civil war bullets somewhere or something.

11:43 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I once heard Tatorbug say, "Eufaula, I-faula, we all-faula the beep of the metal detector."

11:46 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

@MJT Keep this under your hat, but it's a little known fact that Alabama was one of the pre-Columbus landing sites by the Vikings. They made it a good way into the mainland at that. We dectorists keep it on the down low, but there are some nice finds to be had around these parts.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm still waiting for season 2, bubbs :(

12:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Maybe Jimmy can start an "Adventures of bubbs, Alabama Detectorist Extraordinaire" tv series. It could be filmed on the 40 Acres in Culver City. Or maybe Cullman has 40 acres they could spare.

12:14 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I feel like Cullman might be a little bammercentric even for a detectorist show. But I'll defer to Jimmy's knowledge on what he thinks would be best for the series.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Another suggestion, Glenwood. I bet it's almost a ghost town. With all the iron ore that went through there during the last century, your detector should be singing, unless you ruin the show by using a VLF discriminator.

12:31 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

How 'bout it, Jimmy? Where we making this thing?

12:37 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Shouldn't these students have been in class at the time?

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/02/gus_malzahn_thinks_ahead_calls_50_juniors.html

12:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bubbs, they're football players.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Dag gummit looks like NatGeo already has a show.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/diggers/

4:30 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

We just gotta come at it from a different angle, Jimmy.

4:52 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Maybe we should set this whole thing in Eurasia. That would open up a plethora of additional avenues the show could explore.

4:55 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Things could get bloody if you find my buried Robot Brigade and accidentally activate them. It would make for good TV, though.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

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9:22 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Campfiyah is hoppin!!!

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

I just doused the embers

Jimmy, can we use the theme song from The Rat Patrol?

11:48 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Interesting theme song choice, THT. I've heard the Brits didn't like that show, because we "showed up late" to that front. Which makes me like the choice even more.

Sounds like we should actively look for that Robot Brigade, MJT. Is there a story as to why they were buried?

9:01 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

AU gets 33/1 odds for the natty this year.

Pay no attention to who wrote the article. This gives a peak at what next year's recruiting class could look like: http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/02/early_took_at_auburn_recruiting_2017_national_signing_day.html

9:02 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hey, THT. Looks like you can find some (all?) of The Rat Patrol episodes on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxcmDCo9LLI

9:10 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Yeah bubbs, there's a story to the Robot Brigade. Did I not tell you guys about the time I outlawed tacos?

9:13 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Still waiting on the taco story, MJT. But you imply it has something to do with your Robot Brigade ... I think we all know where this is going.

9:25 AM  
Blogger michael said...

As always, our favorite writer just has no idea how English works:

"Auburn landed another top 10 recruiting class in 2016 but it's never too early to look ahead to what the Tigers will need next year."
Run-on sentence. You need a comma in there. He gets it wrong at least once in every article.

"Following the 2016 season, Auburn will lose 16 scholarship seniors, with a few juniors, including Carl Lawson, also likely to considering leaving early."
Carl Lawson sure is likely to considering leaving early.

"Having Franklin, a presumptive second-year starter, and White as his backup is a good foundation and Auburn has another true dual-threat quarterback on the roster, in Woody Barrett."
Another run on. I will buy him some commas if he needs some. This is embarrassing.

"Auburn could target backs out of both the JUCO and high school ranks in 2017 and already has four-star prospect Alaric Williams, a 6-foot, 195-pound athlete, committed but it's unclear what position he'll wind up at."
run-on, needs comma

"Only Jason Smith is scheduled to be a senior in 2018 so the Tigers will clearly be relying heavily on second and third-year players at that point."
Needs a comma. Also, Jason Smith won't be a senior in 2018. He'll be gone.

I think that's enough for now.

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

I can forgive his grammatical ignorance since he provides such profound insight:
"By far the personnel group Auburn is lacking at most is linebacker"

9:58 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That reminds me. We still have a couple slots open for this class. What are the chances we grab a JUCO LB this year?

10:17 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

in keeping with theory of string concatenation...
4BEASLEY!!!6

are any of ua-t's LBs eligible for graduate transfer? ;-)

10:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

4BEASLEY!!!SULLIVAN

or course, next up is...

10:56 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

4BEASLEY!!!8
or
48BEASLEY!!!
or
4BEASLEY!!!littlebeasley!
or
4littlebeasley!BEASLEY!!!

sadly, I was in school with the single 8, not the double 8

10:56 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hearing something about us looking at a grad transfer LB or two. Would like to find someone that has more than one year left.

2:33 PM  
Blogger michael said...

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2:47 PM  
Blogger michael said...

THT, glad to see you finally accepted that wonderful way of recording BEASLEY!!!!s

I'm hearing we are looking at a grad transfer LB or two. The guy I heard it from also commented that he would like to find someone with more than one year left.

2:47 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Double verified rumor. Consider it fact.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

this page
http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14625959/michigan-wolverines-texas-aggies-lead-way-impact-transfers-2016-college-football-season
lists only a few LBs, but they've already committed elsewhere.

If we could have gotten that Nebraska linebacker, it would have been like total nirvana

LB Cecil Cherry, Texas to USF
LB John Kenny, Iowa to Arizona
LB Courtney Love, Nebraska to Kentucky
LB E.J. Levenberry, Florida State to UConn

3:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I don't know about y'all, but I certainly earned my keep today. Y'all have a great weekend.

4:48 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I was lucky today. The company didn't require much of me, but I used my time to be productive (on my own projects).

See you guys on Monday.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Wow, you guys are right about that LB


http://auburn.247sports.com/Bolt/Could-Illinois-linebacker-be-Auburn-bound-43532203

11:56 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

if we're going for an Illinois LB, I'd rather it be Butkus.

11:03 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

To me, the big problem is that it's of very minor help. We fill some of the need but only for one year. We didn't do much with the current class, so the problem persists through the season after.

I suppose it's better than not doing anything at all.

8:45 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

So. MJT. Can I assume correctly that your Eurasia's production wing had something to do with that "puppy, monkey, baby" ... thing?

Please tell me Jimmy wasn't involved.

8:55 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I refuse to answer that question bubbs, and I now am walking away from the podium.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

that was one creepy commercial.

I only made it til the end of the 2nd qtr. I had zero interest in half-time, and had gone on to better use of time thereafter. Since y'all haven't been considerate enough to inform me, I'll now go to yahoo sports to see what the final score was.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ugh, doesn't look like I missed much.

10:01 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

How about this?

"Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 8m8 minutes ago
Outgoing WR Ricardo Louis, on Periscope, says JF3 is going to be good, but "I think Jeremy (Johnson) is going to start though.""

I have to hope that's a pal giving another pal some props. Or that Ricardo would make a terrible coach, and Gus wont heed his inkling.

Can you imagine the fans, if they trot JJ out there when we open against Clemson? I think the stands might start emptying right then and there.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I will have driven too far to leave during AU's first offensive series. Who starts at qb won't influence my departure. Team performance will. I have hope that the JJ who started against Arkansas in 2014 will suit up for 2016.

1:34 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

2014 JJ is a myth, THT. Don't be fooled into believing otherwise. There were shiny mirrors, hats with rabbits, and lots of trap doors involved.

1:59 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I just can't imagine any scenario where JJ starts, even if he looks 6 times beter than the other QBs in practice.

"You cain't get fooled again."
-Thomas Jefferson

2:15 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

just heard about an auction coming up later this year. The family called some local auction company (with farm equipment on their web site) about a bunch of books. Turned out to be thousands of books crammed into cardboard boxes randomly, as many as would fit. One small 1672 book that will probably bring $100,000 or more was in a box with 20th century children's books. Another 1672 book probably worth $10,000-$15,000 was in a box with late 20th century how to practice buddhism books. The sellers are absurdly rich and were only interested in getting the books out of their parents house. That's not a lifestyle with which I'm familiar.

2:29 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

You wouldn't like it, THT. I'm constantly shoving stacks of bills in odd places just because they keep getting in the way. I'm, like, "will someone please get all this green paper outta my face?" So yeah. I'll occasionally sell something on craigslist to get it out of the way. If there happens to be lots of money stashed in the said item .... so be it.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

All aboard the JJ Express!!!

3:49 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Do we have another player prospect with the initials "JJ"? Crazy.

4:38 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Got a good walk-on deep snapper coming in named Jerry Jaroshamadu.

5:22 PM  
Blogger michael said...

And a really solid holder named Jim Jobamanu.

Not sure which train Tar Heel Tiger is on, though.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the 3:10 to Yuma

6:40 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Holly smokes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkuxmBv4scM&feature=youtu.be

9:32 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Holly should probably give up smoking, Jimmy. Let her know I said as much.


I keep thinking, "Why didn't that guy pull the cat into the pool with him? Or just jump in on his own to get away?"

10:11 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

What does Holly smoke? Can't youtube in prison.


Penguins, once 14th in the East, are for the moment the 6th seed. However, they are only 3 points in the standings from being out of the playoffs. Gotta keep winning.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

@DPRK_News: Flatulent rhetoric by simpering fat man Chris Christie compared to woeful bleats of an overfed goat.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

@DPRK_News: US deputy president Hillary Clinton compared to an overcooked kettle of fish-heads: tasteless, rubbery, and wretched.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Go Pens, They are in the wild card now right?
Kings playing well and the Ducks have a good streak going.

11:29 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Still snowing over here in the Bham, boss. Nothing sticking around, but it's nice to look at.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Feels like summer here, I wish I had some snow out my window

12:15 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I wish we had this weather 9 months out of the year instead of the 9 months of summer I suffer through every year.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Fish heads, eat them up yum.

Pens currently 3rd seed in their division.

QUIT HOGGING ALL THE SNOW, bubbs. Yesterday it was low 40s and intermittent pouring rain. I still liked it better than summer.

1:18 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Ah. Fish heads. Thanks, THT. That brought back a lot of memories.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I don't want your thanks, bubbs. I want your snow!

Anyways, it was the least I could do before heading off to my parole hearing. And the least I can do is usually my choice.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

hey bubbs, we had 1,693 snowflakes this afternoon, four of which were obviously fake*. Thanks for being so generous, bubbs.

Jimmy, I sent 29 snowflakes to you via one of Michael's stewed pigeons.




*June 2, 2009, 5:46 pm CDT
michael said...
nanoseconds aren't real, THT. I don't believe in a time unit that I can't count in.
I also don't believe in number I haven't counted to. Thus, I deem all numbers above 1,689 to be fake.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

We've been at this for that many years?!?!?!

I have no recollection of the first BEASLEY!!! post.

However, I do recall the next one...

7:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

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7:17 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Time flies. You know, I haven't been to an Auburn game since homecoming 2010 (I also got to watch the LSU game that year with THT thanks to his generosity. You da man, THT!)

That's right bubbs. I met THT and his wife, and we ate nachos together and watched Ontario McIrishman run 70 yards for a touchdown. JEALOUS!?!?!

9:59 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Yeah. Well. THT is gonna take me on a trip to Alaska with him. JEALOUS!?!?!?

8:38 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yep, and it's so convenient to get there. We'll just hit I-40 a mile from my house and head west to Exit 100.

8:57 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Should be a nice drive.

Hey, THT. You wont believe what I heard on twitter yesterday. Norm is dating Art's MIL!

9:11 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I thought we established that you were Art's MIL, bubbs. Now I'm just confused.

9:30 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Art was making spurious claims. I've never even been to Linden, AL so how could I be his MIL?

But Norm was actually hitting on Art's MIL right there on twitter for all to see.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm sure with GMB's blessing, no doubt. Anything to get him out of the house.

9:37 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

My theory is that GMB knows that this will end in a gun fight, so she upped Norm's life insurance and is letting him proceed.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Penguins have been doing great lately in their games not televised for the whole world. I finally will get to watch them tonight on the telly. Odds are very high that they'll stink.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

As I finish my lunch, I am reminded of the unequivocal fact that MrsTHT and 2.0 can each make the very best poundcake in the entire universe.

10:30 AM  
Blogger michael said...

They should call it Tavarreus Poundscake.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

THT: Ooo playing the Rangers on NBCSN I'll tune in.
Have you watched Jack Eichel play yet, exciting young player, I hope he doesn't languish in Buff for years.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jimmy, I'm too cheap to pay for NHL CenterIce, so Buffalo isn't on my TV... unless they play the Hurricanes but then I don't follow the 'canes that closely to know who/when they are playing.

Short answer: no.

11:04 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Dear Leader languished in the buff for years.

11:34 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

But, really, is there any other way to go about being in the buff for any extended period?

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

Penguins play in Raleigh on Friday night, but we'll be in Charlotte for a funeral. 2.0 is not pleased.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I can't speak from personal experience, but I've not heard nudist colony members complain about languishing. They seem a generally happy collection of oddballs.

Speaking of balls, I liked the T-mobile commercial with Steve Harvey.

11:54 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That was a pretty good commercial. Like I always say: best to embrace your mistakes and make money out of them. I mean, just think, the movie Titanic would never have been made with out that guy hitting an iceberg.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I actually did not dislike Harbaugh before, but he's making it very easy to do so.
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2016/02/10/devin-bush-michigan-football/80182750/

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2016/02/09/michigan-football-jim-harbaugh-sec/80067514/

1:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

best to embrace your mistakes and make money out of them.

I fail to see how hugging one's ex could be profitable.

1:14 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Seems pretty clear to me, THT. Because that hug prompts your ex to fund your Murder of Crows business plan.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I don't have a Murder of Crows. Or a Trip of Goats. And I still don't have an ex. Count me among the destitute.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

My multiyear thin & crispy Pizza Hut pizza privation will end tonight. MrsTHT makes the very best homemade pizza from scratch, but we'll give her a break tonight. After all, she did forget to take the poundcake to her family last weekend and I reaped the benefits.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Penguins officially stink. I'm guessing their recent success has been against fellow bottom dwellers. Crosby doesn't even have a shot on goal through 2 periods. I'm going to bed.

Oh, btw, Jimmy, Penguins and Sabres on NBC on Sunday 21 Feb.

8:46 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hmm. I wonder if there's something about your fandom, THT ... Would you mind becoming a bammer fan for a season so we can see if they tank?

9:12 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yes I would. I'd rather be waterboarded and subjected to anything else The Donald dreams up.

10:04 AM  
Blogger michael said...

What if the Donald dreamed up giving you a tattoo of the Bear on one arm and Saban on the other?

10:36 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'd re-tattoo them being eaten by an Auburn Tiger.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

with blood and entrails everywhere.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

with the remnants being waterboarded.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

And Toomer's Corner oaks (live ones) being rolled tattooed on my back.

10:50 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

The Donald has really turned you into a gangster, THT.

10:55 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That guy is really making America great again.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

He's the John Scott of the presidential campaign.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Did I ever tell y'all how much I hate Windows? Only 3 complete reboots required at work today so far.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I guess I shouldn't complain. At least I'm not using TrapDoors, the Official Eurasian OS.

1:02 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

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2:19 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That probably jacked up your screen. Lemme try that again.

2:19 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

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2:20 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

What are you watching on Netflix these days, THT?

3:01 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

1) I ain't datin nobody's MIL and I don't care what the Twitter Machine has to say about it.
2) We do have lots of guns in the house and vehicles. And we did recently up my Life Insurance benefits. You may be onto something there.
3) I've been fortunate enough to have met 3/4 of the THT clan. So I've got that goin for me, which is nice.
4) This is the time of year I start to watch hockey sometimes. Then when the Playoffs and Finals happen, I'm pretty well tuned in to it. I have no team allegiance, who should be my team Doc?

3:56 PM  
Blogger THT said...

bubbs, I don't generally do Netflix, though I made an exception for The Dectorists. The rest of the family does that.

Norm, is it safe to assume you want a winner? Go with the Blackhawks.

8:51 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Norm is a AU fan. It's probably better to assume that he wants an emotional roller-coaster.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

How do you do? Uh-huh.

10:02 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hey, MJT. Has the water cooler talk been filled with gravitational waves the past few days? I bet some of your old NASA buddies are going nuts.

10:04 AM  
Blogger michael said...

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10:19 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I actually haven't talked with anyone with regards to gravitational waves... I don't work NASA these days, and there is less gee-wiz isn't this neat sort of attitude here. Gravity waves have zero practical consequence for the engineer at this time, so it's more the science nerd reddit crowd that would follow the story. I mostly hang with practical doers (though I myself tend to be more in the science nerd crowd probably).

But I'm hanging with some old college chums at lunch today. They all do NASA type stuff. I'll report back if they bring it up.

10:20 AM  
Blogger michael said...

A story to illustrate the engineering mindset: so my focus in grad school was orbital mechanics, which was all about dat gravity. The professor for all the orbital mechanics classes was smart and awesome and stuff, but one day I asked him, "What's the speed of gravity?" He looked at me like I was crazy. I was like, if the sun suddenly appeared, how long would it take for something X miles away to feel it's gravitational pull? I couldn't really get him to understand my question though. He was an engineer through and through, so that sort of question was kind of useless as far as he was concerned. He was just like, "This is what gravity does. What the heck are you asking?"

And I guess this gravity wave stuff now proves that it moves the speed of light (which is what the internet said 10 years ago, so maybe that was already proven... i dunno)

10:26 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Yeah, I remembered that you weren't NASA anymore. Figured you might have communications with those types still, though.

My understanding is that 1. Your question about the sun popping in/out of existence has been a common theoretical one. B. The speed of gravity has always been a theory to this point. (Did Albert assert the speed or just that waves existed? I dunno).

I'm fascinated by all this stuff, even though much of it is far above my head. And it often gets freaky re: relativity.

10:39 AM  
Blogger THT said...

Gravity ain't so fast. I blew by it in my 4 cylinder Subaru yesterday.

I'm off to Charlotte and from there to Marion SC tomorrow morning before returning to work the Great BuyMore All-Day Sunday Valentine's Sale.

Tar Heel Tiger wanted me to wish y'all a great weekend.

10:59 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Glad the two of you are back on speaking terms. Tell him we wish him a good weekend as well.

11:07 AM  
Blogger michael said...

This guy is awesome:

http://www.gq.com/story/cleveland-teen-becomes-rec-league-legend

I too was a co-ed rec league soccer trouble maker in high school, though he definitely has outdone me. My list is much shorter and not as funny(though I'm particularly proud of the last one)

- after the goalie punted from the other team, the ball came to me. I made a fair catch signal and caught it (though I may have ripped this off of a friend of mine... can't remember who did it first)
- I took pictures while playing (with an old fashioned cheap film camera of course)
- We were losing about 6-0 in my last game senior year. I played defense. They had just passed the ball near our goal, our goalie was out of position, and a guy kicked it in the air toward our goal. It was about to go in, so I jumped over and snagged it with my hands to keep them from scoring a goal. I then ran with the ball to the fence and threw it over, and then I took my shirt off and started running around yelling. I was kicked out of the game... but then I went back in a few minutes later, and the ref didn't say anything, so I kept playing.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

35 degrees and 15 mph NW winds for the graveyard service tomorrow. I feel like General Joseph Johnston behind my keyboard.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

wow. That dumpster fire on the plains just keeps smoldering and intermittently erupting into giant flames. Can't somebody please extinguish it.

In better news, Holmes (CC – MS): Defensive backs coach Chris Shelling is expected to be promoted to defensive coordinator source tells FootballScoop.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I LOVE snow. I'd love snow more if it waited until the BuyMore closes. I don't mind driving in it, but I hate wasting 20 minutes "de-snowing" the car so I can actually drive. The snow is piling up quickly out there.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

No snow here but baseball tryouts scheduled for tonight are likely to be impacted by rain. Maybe the rain will also dampen certain dumpster fires.

8:18 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Eh. I would say all this off season stuff with AU is circumstantial evidence of a dumpster fire. If Gus pulls a rabbit out of his hat and turns things around, all will be forgotten. He'll be an offensive genius once again.

Unfortunately, I tend to think a dumpster fire is the more likely scenario.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

And if a frog had wings...

8:43 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I, for one, would welcome our flying, amphibious overlords.

9:26 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hmm. Kodi back at AU.

Welp, that about wraps up Gus's tenure at Auburn.

KB might be able to coach what we got, but I have a hard time believing he's anywhere close to the recruiter that DC is.

Gus is circling wagons. He's surrounding himself with his proteges. I don't see how this ends well.

11:27 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Interesting.

11:35 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I think you misspelled "depressing," MJT.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

TGWoS

11:38 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Yeah, it's a bummer man. I think it's bad for Gus in the long run. I don't think it affects the upcoming season, though.

I don't really buy the "DC is leaving the sinking ship" line of thinking. I think he was being marginalized, so he's gonna give it a go elsewhere.

Honestly, when I separate emotion from the equation, the Kodi Burns hire might be more troubling than the DC departure.

1:01 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

For sure. That's why my first post this morning was very "meh" in tone vs. my post on Kodi.

Losing DC hurts, but I don't know that it really says anything about the state of the program in and of itself. The Kodi hire does say something.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Yeah. It says Gus is assembling a crew of "yes men".

1:35 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

DANG IT!

Leeds just lost its football coach. We were churning out state championships too!

What the hell am I supposed to do now?

5:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

How 'bout that AU softball team. Maybe I have season tickets for the wrong sport.

5:48 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Leads!

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

We didn't want him anyway

7:40 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

How about Equestrian?

8:25 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Or Gymnastics? They had a big win recently right? However it is they calculate such.

8:25 AM  
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