Monthly Archives: July 2008

30 days…

[by J. Mcdonald]

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That ain’t right.

Lots of hoopla, as it were, over Nike’s new ad campaign…

… which made me think of this recent tribute to Knowshon Moreno sent from Japan’s Chris Shelling Jr…

… which made me think of this already well-documented, possibly Canadian, and just ???? Bammer slam-campaign… [h/t/y/h/g/h/y/The Auburner]

(…. says Shelling Jr. “gosh bama fans are lame… i would never make a website using a pun to show that he is in fact not better than the only pretty good running back alabama has ever had.”…. and, yeah, Georgia fans should be thankful for that there is a difference, otherwise Knowshon might be wearing clothes designed by Blayne from Project Runway like S. Alexander is, which kinda brings this whole girlicious post sorta full-circle…)

… which led me to come up with my own punpaign weighing very past players from one team against current players from another (teams that, you know, aren’t even huge, huge rivals, I mean they are, but you know)… and this one actually works…

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Loveliest Village de la Llano Estacado

It’s a big deal for me. Got a real job. Moving to Texas. West Texas. Intense.

Just as intense is what I’m having to sacrifice for that job. Not only my home, my Auburn throne, but media credentials. A press pass. Every Auburn home game. Don’t ask how. True story. Finally happened. In the box. Free food. Scarbinsky. Rubbing elbows. High fives with Housel. On the sidelines. Sweaty stares from Yoxall.

In fact, I could be at Media Days right now if I wanted, name tag and everything, Diet Cokes, blogging between-the-line prognostications of what shall unfold (I’m telling you, God love Burns, God love Todd, Tristan, Tray, Coleman, Ziemba, Byrum, Tate, Lester, God love’em all — but the secret, season-hinging ninja of 2008 will be Mario Fannin, just watch, just feel, he can’t run up the middle much because of the shoulders, but spread him out and feed him a mushroom), and blogging about all the bloggers and then heading over to Diamond Jims, that place still there?

But just as I achieve almost-tucked-in respectability, just as I catch my breath, just as I right myself in order to take in the finish-line view atop this Everest of (detrimental? genius?) Auburn obsession, the Lord, with a gust of His mighty wind, whisks me to the treeless board game of Red Raider land.

“mike leach. mike leeeeeeeeeachhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. the bell ringer. pirates. sharks. mike leach.”

ESPN’s Mack Schlabach actually predicted T. Tech to meet in the Sugar Bowl, which will be hard because we’ll be in the Orange Bowl. We’ll still beat them though.

This will be a strange, new world for me, not just geographically, but in the heart. Discounting away games, I’ve never been a fan on foreign shores, I’ve never lived more than two hours away from the front (what’s it like, y’all?). I’ve been in echo distance of Jordan-Hare for the past 11 years of my life — I basically walk to the games from my house — and soon it’ll be more than 1,000 miles, a fact which will be rendered utterly, utterly poignant by season’s end, as I’m sure we’ll win it all (four years from ’04, feels right).

Hopefully, The War Eagle Reader can keep things happening. Maybe my new circumstances will give birth to an actual, sustainable theme to this blog; let’s not kid ourselves, it’s been a schizoid first year… if I had it to do over again, I’d really try to craft my natural, this-guy’s-got-problems-but-I-like-it embed persona, the place you’d come not for the stats and stuff, but the Tristan Davis sightings, the smells of Haley Center, the tailgate romance, the Kroger aisle electricity, the 30 mph twilight Bragg Ave. boob flashings from the back of pickups after we’ve beaten LSU. Looking back, that kinda seems like what I was going for in my bizarre first real, real post, after last year’s Kansas State game:

The frat houses and dorms soak not with the anticipated musk of conquest, but rather the quiet mocha of relief. The kids wake up with tender smiles and cuddle. Swig not the Budweiser dregs for breakfast this Sunday, my friends, rather brunch together with wholesome grains and warm cheeses, share with one another and laugh nervously, but proudly, and press on in the faith, for next week will likely be more of the same, and we need our strength. We need each other.

Yes, thank you, Lord, for Auburn football.

Maybe J.M. will continue to rock the Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers category the way it was supposed to be rocked, and rock other things… maybe I’ll still post random pictures from Auburn’s 1970s… maybe I can finally convince Chris Shelling Jr. to recap the games, recap them with purity and wisdom, all the way from the Empire of the Sun. Maybe I can monetize this sucker and buy my family back to God’s country. I don’t see why it all can’t happen — such is the power and beauty of the internet: Toomer’s Corner web cams, the blAUgosphere, 2008.

But it could stop, I guess. Schedules and stuff. We’ll see what happens. Until then, War Eagle, War Eagle forever.

Wait, I almost forgot. There is the matter of The Pants. Who is going to take up the slacks, as it were, in my stead? Jerry, if you’re still coming down, it might totally have to be you – that would totally prove the sorta southern dedication to the game you’ve been claiming to those Michigan “football” fan friends of yours.

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38 Days…

Tim Tebow just said that something, anything, could have gotten him a win again Auburn last year. Anything! Something! Do anything! Ahhgg!

Q. Coach Meyer talked a little bit about the struggling with two minutes to go last year. I’m sure you replayed the games against Auburn, LSU, Michigan in your mind. If so, what would you do differently?

TIM TEBOW: Hopefully finish those games out better and score and win. But, you know, I think that just goes down to winning in the fourth quarter and finishing out games. It’s a toughness factor, maturity, experience in big games, who wants it more, who is going to step up and make the big play. So many things go into those last seconds of games. If David Tyree doesn’t make that catch for New York, then everybody is talking about the undefeated season for the Patriots and nobody looks at the Giants any more. It could be the smallest thing. Those are the things we have to get better at. We always talk about the six inches, like in Any Given Sunday. It is the little things that change the game. Little things versus LSU when we beat LSU, you know, anything versus Auburn, we beat Auburn. The little things in those games. Those things will come with hard work, discipline, maturity, just an overall better work ethic and experience from those situations, someone stepping up and making a big play.

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Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 7.22.08

By J.M. Comer

The War Eagle Reader offers a roundup of interesting news stories, questionable opinions and great comments from other team’s fans about the Auburn Tigers across the blogosphere.

Eagle shoots into the sun, photo by Charlie “Dad” Comer

News and Recruiting Roundup

First, please check out and contribute to The Joe Cribbs Car Wash‘s wonderful Paperless Preview Project at www.warblogeagle.com. Hours of reading and analysis are at your fingertips thanks to Jerry’s hard work.

ESPN checks in on early Auburn recruit Raymond Cotton’s performance at the Elite 11 quarterback camp: “Cotton is a very intriguing player to watch. He might be the most raw of any quarterback here but also could have as much upside as anyone.” (ESPN.com, July 22)

Also check out Cotton’s evaluation on the ESPN 150 Watch List. (ESPN.com, July 22) There are 10 other early Auburn commitments on the 2009 list.

Fox Sports calls Sept. 20 “Nirvana for football fans” and looks at the Auburn-LSU game. (FoxSports.com, July 21)

The Gainesville Sun includes Tommy Tuberville in its list of “glamour coaches” and says he is best known for “Leading Auburn to an undefeated season in 2004 — and not having the opportunity to play for the national championship.” (The Gainesville Sun, July 21) I guess it is better than being known for this.

In sorta-Auburn-related news: LSU needs a “true” rival. Desperate, they try to coif one with Ole Miss called “The Magnolia Bowl.” (The Daily Reveille, July 22)

(In related LSU news: Their athletes? Not so bright. Don’t they have sociology classes down there?)

Let the Eagle Soar!

A collection of favorable comments and interesting articles from blogs and newspapers about the Tigers.

Three out of four HogBloggers predict Auburn to win the SEC West. (HogBloggers.net, July 22).

Dawg Sports picks “The Tony Franklin Experience” as #19 of “The Top 25 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Season in the SEC.” (Dawg Sports, July 22)

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Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 07.17.08

The War Eagle Reader offers a roundup of interesting news stories, questionable opinions and great comments from other team’s fans about the Auburn Tigers across the blogosphere.

News and Recruiting Roundup

An Auburn football player from the early ’80s receives Purple Heart medal for receiving injuries in an Iraqi operation called … get this … Operation All-American Tiger. (The Lincoln Journal, July 17)

RB Tre Smith will get his first start tonight for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (National Post, July 17)

The story of an Auburn walk-on, offensive lineman Andrew Parmer from Georgia, who wanted to be a Tiger (his parents are both alums) and got the invite (The Daily Citizen, July 16)

The Packers’ rookie CB Pat Lee says last year’s upset of Florida is “The Game I’ll Never Forget.” (Packers.com, July 17)

The Plainsman looks at Auburn’s two toughest games this year. (The Auburn Plainsman, July 17)

Another Plainsman, Guy Rhodes, editor of The Tuskegee News, reminisces about a trip to New York in 1968 to receive the Pacemaker Award for The Auburn Plainsman and visiting Yankee Stadium (I know, I know — its not football related, but its a good story) (The Tuskegee News, July 17)

Let the Eagle Soar!

A collection of favorable comments and interesting articles from blogs and newspapers about the Tigers.

The Wizard of Odds takes a look at Auburn’s 2008 poster schedule (Wiz o’ Odds, July 17)

The Elephant’s Empty Bleat!

Tide Nation is talking loud and sayin’ nothing.

A blog whose team lost to the ULM Warhawks in 2007 makes fun of Auburn scheduling the Furman Paladins in 2009. (Roll Bama Roll, July 17)

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