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Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 2.07.08

*** Fast Spencer Pybus is Auburn’s newest linebacker. I liked him before I knew he was a lifelong Auburn fan: not only did his name sound Old Auburn (Pybus… Jim Pyburn), his face actually looks the part, don’t tell me it doesn’t…

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War Eagle, Bus!

*** OK, basketball is kinda awesome. It was as if the angels were putting on a puppet show in the final minute of that game last night, everything was going right, save the final 3 pt. attempt. But my heart soared and for that, men, angels, I say thank you, it was awesome. Also, I award the Auburn Spirit stick to the cheerleaders, giving first dibs to the mic man, who charged onto the court towards the end of the game with a rare display of personal, situation-specific guttural ardor:

“Alright Auburn, we’ve got 3 minutes to beat Kentucky, everybody on your feet!”

That takes guts, and hot damn, we almost did.

My daughter and I met Auburn Elvis, from whom she ran screaming in terror.

“It’s one of Aubie’s friends,” I told her. She did not buy it.


I think that’s Auburn AD Jay Jacob’s back there…

*** “Enrique is a good young man. We’ll get to play against him now. We know how good he is, and we look forward to that.” — Tommy Tuberville

Yes, Tommy, I think we all look forward to that.


For some reason, I really love this photo – by Todd Van Emst


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Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 1.27.08

bearbryantcover.jpg*** It seems so very appropriate that, on the 25th anniversary of Bear Bryant’s death, Alabama would beat Auburn…

… in basketball.

Speaking of, nobody guessed the right answer to my Bear Bryant Deathiversary Trivia Question. By that, I mean that nobody even ventured a guess. Thanks for the memories! But going on the assumption that people really do want to know, but were intimidated to silence by such an academic hurdle, I will go ahead and spill:

The two blue-chip recruits that committed to Auburn on Jan. 26, 1983 are Jeff Burger and Brent Fullwood, two of my favorites.

*** From an article published yesterday in the Kansas City Star:

“They could hear the sound for blocks, the sound of Dennis Franchione being fed to the wood chipper. Nearly a thousand Alabama fans gathered in Tuscaloosa in December 2002 and spent a Friday afternoon throwing anything with Franchione’s name or face on it into a machine that turns timber into dust.

They called it therapy. Eight days earlier, Franchione had left Tuscaloosa on the Texas A&M jet and never looked back. The man who was called a coaching genius and a savior of programs had made promises. They had trusted him.

When the wood chipper was not violent enough, the group started a fire and fed it more Franchione memorabilia. Bobble-head dolls sizzled and popped. Photographs curled and turned black and disappeared into the glow. The crowd circled the fire, dancing and cheering.

“The guy was a liar and traitor,” remembers local columnist Paul Finebaum, who has covered sports in Alabama for 25 years…”

But Paul, so is Nick Saban. In fact, people used those exact words to describe him just a year ago. You mean you feel that way about Francione because he lied and betrayed Alabama

Speaking of Finebaum, it must’ve been rough on him yesterday. In his latest, blindingly ironic column, Paul neatly excuses the past 25 years of Bama ball with one of his own quotes from “The Last Coach”: it was ordained in a no-mountain-without-valley sorta way. He argues that Alabama fans don’t live in the past, they remember excellence. He ends the column by claiming that Alabama, because of Saban, can finally look forward to good times… and then essentially denies the possibility that excellence can ever return, because “there was only one Bear Bryant.”

But before that: “The question has been hotly debated over many years in relation to whether Alabama can ever escape the long shadow of Bryant. The question ought to be why would Alabama want to.”

I think you just answered that question, Paul… flame on…

*** Even with the good news that Auburn is back in the thick of things with Enrique Davis, peculiarities still surround his reasons for de-committing, which were supposedly centered around Fear of a Spread Eagle. And yet apparently Oregon was being tossed around as a new contender for his loyalties even before Tony Franklin and Eddie Gran visited Davis last Wednesday. Not to belabor the point, but, again, as Ike pointed out, Oregon runs the hell out of the spread offense. Ducks running Jonathan Stewart ran for a team record 1,722 yards (more than 6 yards a carry and a 11 touchdowns), numbers bold enough for him to decide to forgo his senior season for the NFL draft. So was it the spread, or something else?

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Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 1.24.08

*** bo-knows-bo.jpgBo Knows Bo… and Only Bo. I remember reading in his book that Bo Jackson wanted to come back as a dolphin or an F-16 but I’m pretty sure it was just for effect; if I was a Georgia fan, I’m unsure as to how I’d process Herschel Walker’s recent revelation that he has multiple, actual personalities. Should be an interesting book.

*** Florida’s 2008 recruiting class in on the verge of being named #1 by Rivals.com, even without Julio Jones, yes, the Julio Jones that Alabama has fondled in their crimson daydreams as a done deal, who was reportedly told to cut short his latest trip to Gainesville because of his stumping for… Oklahoma. Florida however thinks they might now have a shot with Enrique Davis, the Five-Star tailback who vexingly cited concerns about the Tiger’s new spread offense upon de-committing to Auburn last week. Davis’ father played cornerback for the Gators in the 1970s. Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin visited Davis at Hargrave Military Academy on Wednesday.

*** Speaking of Franklin, after getting off the plane in Virginia, he took time out — probably 6 minutes — to answer questions on The Paul Finebaum Show. “I believe in doing what it takes to win,” Franklin said. “If that means you throw it 60 times a game, you throw it 60 times a game. If you have to run it 60 times, you run it 60 times.” Enrique… seriously, man.

Wait! This just in! The ol’ Gran-Franklin one-two apparently might have knocked a little sense back into him. Abiding by my subscription agreement, I will only say that that current headline on AuburnSports.com is “AU back in it?” What does that mean? Who can say? Charles Goldberg, that’s who…

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Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 1.21.08

Yes, another regular feature, I’m sure it’ll last forever. Just random news, links, points of interest, miscellany.

*** More frustrating gibberish from Enrique Davis, reemphasizing that the spread offense is why he de-committed to Auburn. Davis said he is 80% sure he’s going to Ole Miss. For why he shouldn’t, please see this salient comment to our recent post. Auburn running back coach Eddie Gran and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin are expected to visit Davis on Wednesday.

*** In somewhat related news, here are some videos of someone who says he’ll sign with Auburn because we’re going Spread Eagle, our newest commit, running back Eric Smith. (h/t/a/t/s to new Auburn blog The War Eagle Wire)

*** “And the skills to walk like a Bi-Ped”:

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Chris Cooper would get the first and only nod for the lead in The Spencer Bachus Story? The angle in the video is even more convincing. I actually went to school with Bachus’ sons.

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Why Enrique, Why?

By J. Henderson

Somehow I wasn’t expecting this. Then I realized why: it makes no sense.

Enrique Davis — isn’t he the nephew of Too Live Crew’s Luke Skywalker? Swear I heard that — tells Rivals.com that though he “will always be an Auburn Tiger” in his heart, the prospect of Tony Franklin’s Spread Eagle offense has him looking at other schools.

“I just feel like it’s not the best offense to help me get to where I want to go.”

Davis, a five star recruit, committed to Auburn in October, 2006 and actually signed with the Tigers in February, 2007, but has since been at Hargrave Military Academy after failing to qualify. Rivals ranks him as the No. 3 overall prep school prospect in the country. He was expected to join Auburn for the 2008 season.

“I wish I had taken my official visit after Franklin came in. When I was there, he wasn’t, so I didn’t get to meet him,” Davis said. “I like a hard-nosed running game. That’s what I like. That’s what I thought I was going to get at Auburn.”

That’s what I thought he was going to get too… and though Davis said he was actually in attendance at this year’s Iron Bowl, he must not have watched the Chick-Fil-A bowl on TV because so did the numbers.

Under Al Borges, Auburn rushed 41 times against Alabama for 165 yards, a per rush average of 4 yards.

Spread Eagle against Clemson, Auburn rushed 47 times for 190 yards, a per rush average of 4 yards.

Enrique, if you’re listening: I know you said that you weren’t totally “closing the door” on Auburn and that some coaches were coming to talk you out of it — Eddie Gran? Maybe Even Franklin himself? I’m telling you that you need to listen to them when they get there. On one of his first days on the job, Tony Franklin basically called Auburn a freaking Running Back Fortress.

How in the world would fighting for the Running Back Fortress not get you where you wanted to go?

War Eagle, son, make the right choice…


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