Nike has tackled the Tecmo Bo meme.
The shoe giant’s recently released tribute to his 1989 digital counterpart makes Bo Jackson, God’s gift to God, the first person ever awesome enough to have their 20-year-old video game character awesome enough to have his own line of shoes.
Repeat: There are Tecmo Bo shoes.
If Real Bo ever put these on, God help us all…
Kate O’Neil’s phone has been ringing off the hook all morning with calls from Alabama area-codes, all for naught.
O’Neil is the producer for Authentic Films… just not the Authentic Films that recently partnered with the Auburn ISP Sports Network to produce “Hard Knocks: Auburn” “Auburn Football: Every Day…,” a documentary series about, that’s right, Auburn football.
So likely did any Auburn fans who checked out the Cleveland-based group’s website: the creative forces behind documentaries of people running across America and mockumentaries on film school culture could surely have crafted the stretch Hummer of football reality television – Auburn’s latest headline-hungry move in Recruiting 2.0.
Not that the Authentic Films that is on the clock can’t, it’s just that no one – O’Neil included – seems to know anything about them: the only result of a Google search for “Authentic Films” + the names of the men Auburn lists as the company’s founders is the press release from the university.
“I have no ideal who they are,” O’Neil says. “If you find out, tell me, so I can pass along the messages.”
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First off, today’s random Glomerata image comes from 1967, page 169. War Eagle!
Random News Roundup
In a Sporting News interview, free agent running back Shaun Alexander tows the company line regarding 6 losses in a row (“We were on probation! waaaah! waaaaaaaah!”):
Q: I sit next to an Auburn guy. You’re an Alabama guy. Is there anything nice you can say to him?
Alexander: Umm … yeah. Congratulations on beating us six years in a row. It would take us to be on probation for you to win a couple of them in a row. But congratulations. You did it while we were on probation. Cool. But man, you haven’t scored in like two years against us. I don’t know what’s wrong with y’all.
Chris Low at ESPN has Auburn ranked #10 out of 12 teams in the SEC in his power rankings:
10. Auburn: It seems like everybody in the SEC (with the exception of Florida and Ole Miss) has some sort of issue at quarterback. The Tigers are sort of like the Vols. The same guys are back that struggled mightily last season. Plus, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is putting in a new spread offense. It’s going to take some time, and first-year coach Gene Chizik has said himself that he doesn’t want people to have “illusions of grandeur.” The defense will be good enough, though, that the Tigers will still be a tough out.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a look at billboards by Auburn and Tennessee invading the Atlanta metro area (I had no idea there were 20 of them!):
Auburn also has encroached on Georgia and Georgia Tech’s turf, renting out more than 20 billboards that promote the school and football team in metro Atlanta.
The signs feature a Tigers helmet, the school’s familiar Tiger eyes and two messages — “Fearless and True,” from the school fight song, and “Choose Auburn.”
RocketDigest.com asks Toledo Rockets head coach Tim Beckman about how to look at a football schedule, Pat Dye style!
Q: … [Y]ou also mentioned during the spring that you were going through and playing one game at a time with an opponent for each practice and then playing against that team. It’s probably too early for that, but I assume the same thing is going to happen here …
Beckman: No, first meeting we went over that schedule right up there (pointing at a giant schedule poster on the wall). We talked about my first year in coaching with Pat Dye down at Auburn. We ended up third of fourth in the country; we had a great, great football team. I think we got beat in the Sugar Bowl. He taught me that you need to teach your players how to attack that schedule. That schedules up there for a reason. That’s everybody’s ambition. We want to be at that last date up there on that schedule board (MAC Championship Game), so we talked about that with the whole team in here and where we need to be in each one of these situations. Later on in camp here we’re going to get back here to Purdue, they’re the first opponent.
The Montgomery Advertiser says, “AU’s Freeman goes full speed full time”
The Dothan Eagle gushes, “Eltoro Freeman standing out among Auburn linebackers”
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer exclaims, “Auburn’s Freeman bringing energy to linebacker position”
Be his MySpace friend?
Hopefully, this fall, the solid gold hits from “The Bull” will keep coming!
There’s a game after the game in the NFL—former quarterback Bernie Kosar used to call it the fifth quarter—in which the starting QB is supposed to send an upbeat signal to the press and the public. Watching Campbell work the crowd at Redskins Park, you’d think he’d majored in Fifth Quarter at Auburn.