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  1. 6 points
    I would, but only if they throw in the Nova eagle flight experience.
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  3. 6 points
    Well in that case, I will see you there. Time to put on the pads and show my stuff.
  4. 5 points
    Sports 'The ultimate leader ': Auburn signee Carson Skipper named All-Birmingham Player of the Year Updated 6:30 AM; Posted 6:26 AM Gallery: Carson Skipper: 2018 Birmingham Baseball Player of the Year As Hewitt-Trussville ended its final practice before heading to Montgomery for the 2018 Class 7A baseball championship series, players quickly worked on routine field clean-up. Where was Auburn signee and star pitcher Carson Skipper? Did his seniority and star status keep him from getting his hands dirty? Nope. "We look out there and he's nailing nails into the tarp around home plate. That's who he is," Hewitt-Trussville coach Jeff Mauldin recalled. "He's a future SEC player at Auburn University, he's leading our team in every category that's on a piece of paper and he's the one nailing the nails in the tarp. "That shows you his work ethic and how his parents have raised him to be humble and do what's expected of you and lead, whether it's pitching in the state championship game or putting the tarp down around home plate. That's his thing: Lead by example." Skipper, a senior left-handed pitcher and first baseman, capped his high school career by leading the Huskies to a runner-up finish in 7A. He finished 9-3 with a 1.50 ERA and hit .406 with 16 doubles, eight triples, four homers and 49 RBIs. For his performance, he is today named's All-Birmingham Player of the Year. He edged Homewood outfielder Josh Hall, who set AHSAA single-season and national career stolen base records, and Hoover's Sonny DiChiara, the area's top power hitter who also moonlighted as the Bucs' closer. Skipper started his career as an eighth-grader in 2014, called up from the middles school squad to pitch against powerhouse Huntsville. He moved into Hewitt-Trussville's pitching rotation in 2015, led the Huskies to the state championship and was named MVP of the 7A championship series in 2016, went 8-1 with an 0.96 ERA in 2017, and led the Huskies back to the championship series this year. Along the way, he compiled a career record of 31-8 with a 1.91 ERA, including 29 complete games. He recorded 318 strikeouts in 290 innings and issued only 58 walks. "The ultimate leader for our team, the ultimate competitor," Mauldin said. "His presence on the field for us gave everybody on our team confidence we were going to win, whether he was playing first base or pitching or when he stepped into the box. "He has this aura when he walks on the field that he's going to get the job done, no matter the situation, whether it's on the mound or getting a big hit." St. Luke's star shortstop Jeremiah Jackson was named Alabama's 2018 Mr. Baseball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association on Sunday night in Montgomery Mauldin and his staff quickly understood Skipper's pitching ability -- evidenced by his start as an eight-grader -- but they weren't sold on him as a hitter. That changed as a sophomore, when he became a mainstay in the middle of the Huskies' lineup. In the 2018 playoffs, Skipper moved from the No. 3 to No. 2 spot in the lineup in an effort to get him more at-bats. He hit .406 as a senior, but also showed plate discipline by walking 24 times to earn an on-base percentage of .586. He also finished 10-for-10 on stolen bases. "He was born to pitch, but he made himself a hitter," Mauldin said. "Now, he may be born to do both." Skipper signed with Auburn and could pitch, hit or do both during his college career. Mauldin sees bright days ahead for Skipper's college career. ADVERTISING "He's going there to get some stuff done. He's not done," Mauldin said. "Some kids, when they get that scholarship, it's, 'Yes, I've got what I've been working for.' That's not him. That's just part of the journey for him."
  5. 5 points
    Also saw this pretty good stuff coming from Auburn men coaches included GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The goal from beginning of the season was Omaha. Auburn took the No. 1 team and the defending national champion to the brink in Monday's Game 3 of the Super Regional. It took extra innings to decide the winner. But while Omaha will have to wait, this year's Auburn team will be remembered for a long time. As head coach Butch Thompson said, this team left "an unbelievable legacy." Twitter Ads info and privacy After the game, some of the players took to Twitter to thank their teammates, coaches and the Auburn fans who have supported them along the way. Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy View image on Twitter Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy This year's Auburn team, who finished 43-23, didn't just have the support of the Auburn fans this season. It had the support of the entire university -- from the president to the athletics director to fellow coaches and student-athletes of other sports. They all took to Twitter to show love to the Tigers after Monday's game. The word that kept coming up time and time again? Special. Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy
  6. 4 points
    Were y’all drinking buddies back in the day hanging out with Jesus?
  7. 4 points
    Damn that's lower then whale crap on the bottom of the ocean. Just crap
  8. 4 points
    I actually am hopeful for success. I won't let my disdain for Trump cloud the positive outcomes of a peaceful Korean peninsula, should that occur. One component of this deal with which I'm pleased, assuming it moves forward quickly, is the return of MIA remains. I'm pessimistic on denuclearization at this time for several reasons: 1. We've been here before with much better geopolitical strategists at the helm. 2. There were no guidelines agreed upon regarding verifiability of nuclear disarmament. 3. Trump recently reneged on the Iran deal which was achieving exactly what the US would like to achieve with NK. We'll see. Hopefully the news will be prove me wrong.
  9. 3 points
    A GOOD DEFINITION OF OUR BALLCLUB': TEAMMATES EMPATHIZE AFTER SUPER REGIONAL June 12, 2018 By Jeff Shearer GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Judd Ward arrived first, racing across the outfield to console his teammate and friend. Within seconds, the gathering grew. From the bullpen, bench and infield, Auburn Tigers descended on Steven Williams, their presence saying more than any words of comfort ever could. A minute earlier, Auburn's freshman right fielder had sprinted to the warning track, giving chase to a sharply hit ball. Williams leaped and outstretched his left arm, attempting to match his outfield mates' game-saving grabs from prior innings. Williams looked in his glove, but the ball wasn't there. In an instant, it had caromed off his glove and over the wall. While Florida dogpiled, celebrating a 3-2 win in 11 innings that clinched the Gainesville Super Regional, Auburn's players and coaches embraced. "I think it's a good definition of the ballclub," Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. "The ballclub immediately went to right field and congregated there to be with Steven, and I think that's a good definition of our ballclub." Without Williams, Auburn would not have been in this position -- one run away from the program's first trip to Omaha in 21 years. Matching the defending national champs pitch for pitch on the Gators home field, needing 29 innings over three days to determine a winner. Williams homered Sunday in Auburn's 3-2 win. On Monday, he delivered again, driving in the Tigers' first run with two outs in the third. Drafted by the New York Yankees as the country's No. 3 rated catching prospect, Williams chose Auburn instead, filling a need in the outfield this season before transitioning to catcher in 2019. He led the Tigers with 45 walks and a .409 on-base percentage. His 12 homers ranked second and his 51 RBI were third. "It won't define him," Thompson said. "It will be part of his journey. He had a heck of a year. A special ballplayer. Our whole club knows it. It'll be a part of the journey that he'll look back on." Like many of his teammates, Williams shared his feelings on social media, expressing his appreciation for being part of Auburn's program. "They call it the Auburn Family for a reason!" Williams wrote on Twitter. "Love this team wouldn't want to go war with anyone else." "Our guys have done a good job of not blinking, especially in the postseason," said Thompson, who has increased Auburn's win total from 23 to 37 to 43 in his three seasons. "One more. Keep fighting, and stick with it. Keep trying to make adjustments, keep trying to develop, keep trying to grow, keep trying to attack, keep trying to believe in everything you're doing. "I'm glad we were here. I wanted more for our guys. I wanted another week with them, another two weeks with them. It'll end tonight but the message won't change at all. We get our hearts ripped out, but at the same time, this is living. And this is awesome to be part of."
  10. 3 points
    All of them "The US military is much more advanced than any of the competition by decades. To put things in perspective, the US has a military budget bigger than then the next 10 countries with the highest defense budgets combined. It takes most countries about 10-20 years to catch up with the US military technologically, and by then, the US military is 10-20 years ahead of them. A prime example would be the F22 Raptor. Countries like China and Russia are only now starting projects that will rival the F22 raptor in technology, a full 10 years after the F22 raptor entered service. And even then, the projects won't be finished until 2020 at the earliest, and they still might not surpass the F22 raptor technologically." ~Quora write up Despite what the jaded crowd loves to say, we are still by far the strongest military force in the world. ....Now whether we use that force correctly or not makes all the difference.
  11. 3 points
    Hope it was better then when Khrushchev and Kennedy met in Vienna Summit 1961 and I am a fan of JFK but he missed the boat on this
  12. 3 points
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  14. 3 points
    China's goal is to get us out of the region. They're succeeding.
  15. 3 points
    We agree here. I applauded Obama when, with a coalition of nations, he struck a deal with a rogue nation. The deal that would verifiably reduce nuclear weapons development and ease sanctions on said rogue nation was agreed upon and despite not being perfect was successfully achieving the set targets. That deal was what compromise and diplomacy look like, i.e. giving ground to gain ground so that both sides can meet in the middle. Unfortunately, that deal was broken a short time ago by the United States. Which is a real shame considering the damage to our credibility in international agreements. As of yet Trump has achieved nothing in NK, and given a lot of ground in political capital to Kim. Hopefully that won't be the end result. We'll have to wait.
  16. 2 points
    I agree with the concept that these deals take time. I think that's reflected in my "we'll see" attitude. Iran was allowing inspectors in in a way that had previously not occurred, and all evidence suggested that the nuclear weapons program had been shut down. Our agreement had no restrictions on conventional weapons, which would be ridiculous to expect any nation to agree to. I'm not sure if your referring to the money transfer that occurred or just the cost to maintain weapons inspections. If it is the former please consider the following: "The major issue between the two governments was a $400 million payment for military equipment made by the government of the Shah of Iran, prior to the 1979 uprising that topped him. The U.S. banned delivery of the jets and other weapons amid the hostage crisis, but froze the $400 million advance payment. “The Pentagon handled arms purchases from foreign countries,” says Gary Sick, a former National Security Council official who served as the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. “Defense took care of the details. So the $400 million scheduled purchase was a government-to-government transaction. The U.S. government was holding the money. That’s why it was so difficult to resolve.”" The US had frozen assets, and in doing so essentially retained payment for undelivered goods from a military transaction with the Shah's government. Everytime that plane full of money is mentioned the commenter is displaying their ignorance on the matter. If you're referring to the latter, how much exactly was the cost for inspections activity? Also, how much will those costs be in North Korea should we be allowed into weapons facilities?
  17. 2 points
    Which military are we so woefully behind?
  18. 2 points
    i was a rodman for a surveying crew out of gadsden. jones blair waldrup and tucker. they gave us amply warning about most critters plus poison ivy etc. and we ran across a bunch of snakes poisonous ond no. i found that if the poisonous ones were given a way to retreat they normally would. and has anyon ever run across a puff adder? thats what the crew called it. sucker blew up about two or three times its normal size and would make the most awful sound you can hear from a snake other than a close the crew got a big laugh out of me and told me later they were harmless. but YELLOWJACKETS........they would gang bang you and were relentless. a crew chief planted a line pole in a yellowjacket hole by accident. he got mad cus he kept trying to make us retrieve it and we told him hell no. so he did. took a runnning go from about fifty feet and ran by grabbing as he did. lol he still got bit twice. he was not well liked and a particluar crewman used to sneak down to the crew chiefs truck and cut loose some gas, roll the windows up and wait for the cussing to
  19. 2 points
    Yep....witnessed it first hand back in the day building ships for the Navy....but woe be into a government agency that has money left over at the end of the year.
  20. 2 points
    "Historic" will be decided with time. While I have hope, I'll await before declaring a U.S. victory. But I am very, very hopeful. Overall, I agree with your sentiment.
  21. 2 points
    Since the Korean War our Presidents have tried diplomacy without ever meeting with the North Korean Leader face to face. It has never worked. Why not try something different? I would venture to say that if we gave the North Koreans the same deal we gave Iran the Dems would criticize it just because it was proposed by President Trump. Very sad indeed.
  22. 2 points
    I think it was a historic moment for these two to meet face to face. I think most people agree that serious diplomacy is better than conflict. The summit resulted in a signed agreement for NK to denuclearize. This is at least a first step but Trump made it clear that we won't drop sanctions until a final agreement is signed, complete with the all important verification process. Hopefully talks and efforts will continue to make this happen. Even if it never does nothing has been lost by us and it's more than several previous administrations have accomplished. I would also point that a little publicized result was for the known remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War will now be returned. This is certainly a big deal for their families.
  23. 2 points
    CGM has massive trust issues - he likes his WR's used as blocking dummies (it helps the run game), he loves speed but he no longer takes risks and he abhors turning the ball over. Some old coach once said, three things can happen when a QB passes the ball and 2 of 'em ain't good.......... So, CGM relies heavily on the safe, secure, and dependable run game. A ground attack were speed, movement, and deception are the order of the day. The problem with this concept is defenses catch up too quickly. Gus has to let Chip take the reigns, bring in new looks, take some risks and utilize the horses they brought in to the stable. We'll see in a few months if it's the same old same old stuff, or if a lesson has been learned by a stubborn HC.
  24. 2 points
    We all know it was time for an overhaul in the AD - the staffing/salaries were allowed to swell to enormous proportions which is to be expected when an AD is in control too long. Millions upon millions are pouring into athletics. The revenue stream has increased exponentially with the TV contracts + the $$ the conference as a whole distributes with the SEC acting as King of the Hill in the cash cow sport of football for over a decade, every member has reaped the rewards greatly. Boosting up the AD staff could have been justified to an extent, and likely very few folks questioned Jacobs management of his staff. After only 6 months, AG was able to come in and take a comprehensive look at the staffing and came to the conclusion that half a dozen Administrators were redundant, with ambiguous titles, vague job responsibilities and their duties could be absorbed by others on staff, there's no doubt there will be more heads to roll. Sounds like this was just the first wave. Good riddance Good Ole Boy Network, it's a New Day at Auburn University! WDE!
  25. 2 points
    And both have valid points. If the staff knows they want a speedy slot & have identified JJ as the best then they should take him now. We don't need another nauseating story like the one I'm about to tell. There was once a local 2-3* kid from a small school who camped at AU. Nearly 7 years ago in fact. He was a lifelong AU fan. That kid dominated the AU camp but did not get an AU offer. He then camped at UAt a few weeks later & got an offer on the spot. He committed to them not long after & to my knowledge never truly wavered from his commitment even though AU pressed for him the rest of the way. He's had big moments for them in big games & is now playing for the Tampa Bay Bucs. His name...OJ Howard. Now I'm not implying in any way JJ will have a trajectory like OJ. What I am saying is if we knew he was the guy we wanted but didn't offer immediately then he could have gone camped somewhere like FSU, wow them & they him, commitment follow & then could become very tough for AU to land him. As for potentially dropping him, it would piss off a lot of coaches in this state if we drop him for any other reason than behavioral or grades. That would hurt in state recruiting a great deal. Barring grades or behavior this staff has never dropped a player without a major coordinator or position coach change resulting in a change in philosophy or talent wants.