From The Bleachers

For those who’re interested, my Monday-morning Auburn football column is up, covering the real Tigers’ 10-9 win over LSU.

For those who aren’t interested, we now return you to your regularly-scheduled blogosphere triumphalism…

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17 Responses to “From The Bleachers”

  1. Sekimori Says:

    Why don’t you tell us instead why you people insist on pronouncing “jordan” as “jerdan”…

  2. BigFire Says:

    Now, all they need to do is to beat ‘bama, and beat them convincingly, and your season will be made.

  3. Mark Says:

    Nah, Auburn always finds a way to screw up a season. Last year it was “the secret meetings to replace Coach Tuberville.” Who knows what it’ll be this year…

    /snide remark

  4. Drew Says:

    Big win for Auburn. AFter enduring much trash-talking from LSU fans the past few years, I’m glad to see them lose in such a manner.

  5. dave Says:

    It’s unfortunate that you didn’t post a link to “Saban’s excessive post game whining” that you mention. Since that’s completely out of character for him, I’d be very interested in reading it. I’ve heard or read no less than 10 interviews with Saban since Saturday, and there hasn’t been any whining in any of them.

    Nick Saban is a lot of things, but seriously: an excessive whiner? I think not.

    I’m also really perplexed that anyone who actually watched the game could write: “It’s hard to think of anywhere on either side that doesn’t deserve praise.” LSU’s kicking game certainly doesn’t deserve any praise. LSU’s quarterbacks don’t either; they were both dreadfully bad. I could go on, but why?

  6. Kenny Says:

    Sekimori — Because that’s the pronunciation of the man’s *name*.

  7. Jumper #593 Says:

    An Auburn fan! Damn! Well, AU’s last NC came after LSU’s in 1958. Can they do it again after LSU won it in 2003? I’m still partial to my Tigers here in Baton Rouge though.

  8. Capt Smythe Says:

    Dave,
    Saban did whine a bit in the post game interview. He was upset at the penalty called during our first PAT attempt, in which it is now a Personal Foul, I think, for a defensive player to jump up in the air to try to block the kick, and come down on top of another defensive player. It’s a new NCAA rule, and even as an Auburn Tiger, I have to admit it’s a cheap way to get the “W”. I think Saban was right in lamenting it a bit, but a whine is a whine, and whine he did. I mean, how the hell are you supposed to control WHO you come down on when you jump up? And what’s the point of the rule anyway…to keep from injuring your teammate? Makes no sense to me….

    Semper Fi,
    Capt Smythe

  9. Capt Smythe Says:

    AND…
    I don’t want to hear any Bayou Bengals talkin’ smack about this one. I’ll admit it right here and now:

    We Auburn Tigers deserved this win the same way you Bengals did two weeks ago against Oregon State…

    Semper Fi,
    Capt Smythe

  10. Rob1855 Says:

    Nice work as always, Will.

    Now, why doesn’t this column rate exposure on the VodkaPundit site?

    War Damn Eagle.

  11. dave Says:

    Capt: Auburn definitely deserved the win, and I don’t think you’ll hear any LSU fans suggesting otherwise.

    But I do think you’re confusing expressing his opinion about a bad call AFTER being asked for his opinion by the press with “excessive whining”. There’s a difference.

    Saban said it’s a dumb new rule, and it is. As you said, you can’t control where you come down, or more importantly who rolls underneath you, while you’re airborne when you leap into the air to block a kick.

    Saban also said he thought it was a bad call, and it was. They’ve been showing replays on tv around here and the LSU player who came down on an Auburn player was clearly, irrefutably pushed/blocked onto the Auburn player by other Auburn players during his descent.

    That’s not whining- that’s just stating the facts. In any case, in all the Saban interviews I’ve read or heard, he was his typically short, terse self. There was nothing “excessive” about anything he said. He doesn’t like talking to the press and he doesn’t say much when he does.

  12. Mike M Says:

    LSU deserves some karmic backlash for their absurd OT win over Oregon State last week. Nothing shady about it, but they burned up all the goodwill they were likely to get from the football gods for quite a while…

    Now we just have to wait for perpetually overrated Texas to fold and all will be right with the college football world.

  13. Capt Smythe Says:

    Dave,
    You have corrected me. I did not see the replays, too busy jumping and yelling. I couldn’t agree with you more about the rule, fat chance anyone coach in college football is going to be aggressive anymore when it comes to blocking kicks, too costly.

    Semper Fi,
    Capt Smythe

    I’ll say this: If Matt Mauck were still around, you guys would’ve blown us off the field, just like last year(you are a Bengal, right?). Your frosh QB is going to develop nicely, and he’s getting some incredible experience under his belt right now. Your D is still top notch, except for a hiccup or two in the secondary. And the first class recruiter that Saban is will only ensure that this season is a blip. Yeah, you need some luck, who doesn’t, but I smell a possible dynasty under him.

  14. dave Says:

    If he stays around, you may be right about dynasty potential. In Baton Rouge, we go through an annual “Saban to the NFL” panic every December.

    I agree, if we’d had Matt Mauck we probably would’ve won Saturday. JaMarcus Russell has lots of potential, but he needs time to develop. Marcus Randall is just flat awful. I’m not sure why Saban plays him. Best anyone can tell, it’s just because he’s been here 5 years and Saban thinks he owes him some playing time. Since LSU is already pretty much out of SEC and National contention this year, I’m calling this season a “rebuilding year” and setting my sites on 2005.

  15. Hank Says:

    Can’t too much to the dialog. It was a closely fought game. In most cases the win ends up going to the home team. I am a HUGE LSU fan, having attended the school like my father and grandfather before me. But my hat is off to the Auburn Tigers for their grit and pose.

  16. Eric Sivula Says:

    As a current LSU student, all I can say is Auburn deserved the W. Yes, the last call is based on a rule that more than a little silly, but Auburn stayed in the game for 4 quarters. LSU did that last year, and won a fair number of games that way.

    I think the real tragedy is that every year the SEC beats up on itsself, and lets some team from West Coast or Midwest get the championship.

    An average Florida, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, or Georgia team would be in contention in most other conferences. Ole Miss, Auburn, and South Carolina have all produced teams that would be contenders in the PAC 12 or ACC, and yet aren’t powerhouses in the SEC.

    Personally I think it is a ‘Northern conspiracy’ to keep us Southerners at each others’ throats. 😉

  17. Jim fisher Says:

    War Eagle! It was a great win and was old school football. Defense and field position. A drive for the ages maybe. Let’s see how it plays out over the season! 68 Tiger

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