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  1. A long time high school buddy of mine's father was the general manager at the Heart of Auburn motel. I lived right behind it on Gay street when I came back for my degree. . Our track coach, Wilbur Hutsell was my next door neighbor. Great guy. WDE
  2. Good call Golf, his dad was a pretty tough nut himself and was the head coach at John Carroll in Bham for many years. I often wondered what happened to junior. I know he had a good career in the NFL. WDE
  3. Oh we have beaten them soundly but unfortunately most of you were not around. Our 1957 National Championship team beat them 40-0 at Legion Field on that cold November day and the next year Bear appeared on the scene. I agree with Tigerbelle that we have handed bama some of the most embarrassing losses in college football. Those mean more to me than cherry picking periods of time for comparison. WDE
  4. Golf, where does Dick Smalz live these days? I am glad he is still around. I can relate to bad knees, mine look like a Chicago railroad yard.
  5. I remember Dick Smalz and Terry Beasley literally destroying Tennessee in the 1971 game. TN was giving all their attention to Beasley so Smalz was open when Beasley wasn't. Dick was a great receiver in his own right, just so happened so was Beasley. Dick Smalz and I used to battle it out it out on Pong, the original video game in a bar in Eastwood Mall in Bham. We were pretty even on the game but I would have to say he had the slight edge overall. We used to always draw a crowd, I do remember that. I hope he is still around, great guy.
  6. Golf, after I had gotten out of the Marine Corps and went back to AU to finish what I had started years ago I had a computer class with Langner. I couldn't get over how small he was. No doubt he was a loner, didn't talk much with the other students in the class and kept to himself mostly but you could tell he was tough as nails. Strange dude.
  7. Bingo!!!
  8. Totally agree Bird, if he didn't have the recruiting tools he has (REC) he would be better than average but not the guru status he has attained. They have a machine in place and it is hard for anyone else to stay up with it without getting the NCAA involved and everyone here knows what is going on there. JMO
  9. Corso nailed it why bama is on the top of the heap, recruiting, plain and simple and everyone on this board knows why. They have a license to steal with Emmert at the head of the NCAA. and that other outfit, the REC. It will come to a head one of these days or at least I hope it does, so, until then we just have to deal with it. You can call Corso a buffoon or whatever but he makes the game day show very entertaining and fun to watch and in my opinion that is good for the game. WDE!!!
  10. Very clever bird lol.My wife and I used to play that game for hours.
  11. No, sorry, I don't recall the name but this was 1957 so your cousin probably came along after that time. I have run into Ken Rice at Big Canoe over here in Georgia, he was an All American football player at AU and was also our heavy weight on the wrestling team back then. I don't think he never lost a match. Oklahoma, Iowa and Iowa State ruled collegiate wrestling, probably still do. The sport has suffered tremendously to make room for women's athletics. I know that is what killed wrestling at AU.
  12. I am glad someone remembers Coach Umbach. I wrestled my freshman year and he was the very best in the SEC. He had a glass eye and you never knew when he had his good eye on you, lol,I was very sad to see wrestling get canned. The younger folks on here probably weren't even aware we ever had wrestling at AU. We won the SEC several times , more that any other school in the SEC..Coach Umbach, great man, I was very sad to hear of his passing. WDE!!! Coach
  13. Totally agree 3rd, great post. CCL hasn't even called a game yet, makes me wonder about some of our so called "fans".WDE!!!
  14. I entered AU in the fall of 1957 and as most of you know it was API back then. I liked it when we became Auburn University because very few people referred to us as API. It was always Auburn to me even as a kid. My favorite decal, which I have on my golf cart, is the image above with the tiger doffing a top hat and saying, "an Auburn man needs no introduction" . I thought it was a pretty classy statement and really defines what we are. I think Johnson and Malone still have the decals which is where I got mine a few years ago. I don't know if the decal is still around but I hope it is. WDE!!!
  15. After watching the Atlanta Falcons/Green Bay playoff game I think that CCL should take a long look at the Falcons offensive schemes. Instead of going to a designated receiver on every play, Ryan went to whomever was open. Ryan set a NFL record throwing to different receivers. I know Julio is a great receiver but you can't rely on him every time and I think throwing to whomever was open was the key to the Falcon's success this year. Can't wait to see the Super Bowl, it should be a battle royale between two very competent QBs. JMO