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  1. TigerTennis80

    All Things Shaun "Worm" Shivers (merged threads)

    Momma Worm, so glad you're not letting the negative Nancys get to you (though I'm sure it can be tough when they're talking about your son). Several of my family members don't read a whole lot about the team, so I was pointing out freshmen to watch during pregame warm ups last Saturday at the stadium. I pointed out Worm, told them his nickname & how fast he is. When he made his 1st down run we were all so excited for him & also for what he brings to the team! What a great way to start your college career--big 1st down run against a top-10 opponent!! We're looking forward to watching him & pulling for him as he gets more opportunities to contribute. I'm guessing you'll be on the Plains tomorrow for the home opener. If so, I hope you & all your family members have a great day! There's no place like Auburn on a football Saturday!
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    Mark My Word 2018

    Hello? Chris Davis? A play called Kick 6? 😁 Ok, even if you don't want to count that one (& it was unique), he returned a punt for a TD against UT. I think we also had a kickoff returned for a TD in that game because I think that's the only time we've done both in 1 game. But your point is still well taken. I don't remember us returning well since then, 5 years ago.
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    All Things Shaun "Worm" Shivers (merged threads)

    I'm delighted to have Shaun and Momma join the Auburn family (and other Shivers too). Reading about Shaun with those kids and Momma's comments here, it's clear to me that the family is even better for the presence of the Shivers. War Eagle Momma! We're all pulling for your son!
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    Anonymous SEC coaches Opinions

    I think the coach who said we "exhaled" after beating Bama is probably right. Remember how Gus talked about winning 5 in a row? We did that. We accomplished that. And then I think we took a breath, relaxed a moment like anyone does when a goal is achieved. And then it's hard to get back to the "driven-ness" you had before. Add KJ's injury to that, & we have the disappointing seccg. (Even so, we were only down 13-7 going into the 4th quarter. The final score makes us forget that.) So, if I were to offer Gus any advice (no, I don't expect him to ask), I'd tell him next time to talk about "6 in a row" or whatever number including the seccg would be (13 right now!) But I also think that coach was wrong that "exhaling" meant we were complacent or satisfied with beating Bama. I sense that our guys still "taste" how close we were to the playoffs & are motivated, at least somewhat, by that taste.
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    Softball vs. Arkansas game 1

    Great! Thanks so much for the info. I figured it represented something significant. I'm glad to know what it is.
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    Softball vs. Arkansas game 1

    Anybody know what the purple ribbons the players are wearing in their hair are about? Both teams are wearing them.
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    Men vs Alabama

    Yes, I feel flat. Sigh...
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    Men vs Alabama

    I gotta agree with you. I thought when Anfernee got hurt that he was probably the 1 guy we could not afford to lose. Yes, our guards are our stars, but we have several of them who can light up the scoreboard (& usually have). Not so with our bigs. With Wiley out, we were already playing our 2nd team big man. With Anfernee out, we're essentially down to a 3rd team guy, & it's just not been the same, especially on defense. So, as others have noted, even when our shooters were off, with Anfernee we could play D well enough to keep us in games until shots started falling. Since he's been out, we've needed the energy of Auburn Arena to get our guards, & especially our freshmen, to play even better. Outside the Arena we've not been the same at all. Seems to me our young guys must learn to find that energy within themselves. Even so, the lack of fight we showed in the 2nd half today is disheartening & puzzling. We've gotten down big on the road--at SC & at Ark for ex.--& fought back to make a game of it. But today I saw no fight at all. I hope our guys take this to heart for themselves. Being mad at SEC selections didn't help. Maybe they need to be mad at themselves. Win or lose next weekend, I want us to play with the fire we've showed all season until today. We have a lot to be proud of, so I sure don't want the season to end feeling like this feels today.
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    Men vs. South Carolina

    I was afraid we could come out flat in this one. We had Kentucky last Wed, then Bama next Wed, so this 1 looked like a trap game. We came out tight against Kentucky but played good D which kept us in it. We didn't do anything well in the 1st half today. Then we lost Anfernee. Really tough but we fought like hell in the 2nd half even though we still couldn't shoot it in the ocean. I love this team's heart! Come on UGa! We need a break today!!
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    Basketball Probe

    Just read an article on ESPN about the FBI probe. Of the 3 cases they're prosecuting, it may be that the 1 involving Chuck is not the same level of seriousness (not that it isn't serious) as the other 2. The other 2 seem to involve Adidas (obviously the Louisville case does) & agents who work for them & tons of money. And it seems the FBI has lots more material (wiretaps, bank account records, etc) from which to draw evidence in those cases. I'm hoping that means less impact on us.
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    Men vs. Ole Miss

    I noticed Kennedy's demeanor when we played them a couple of weeks ago at our place. He just looked angry the whole game. I also commented then (as someone did here about this game) that I was surprised he conceded the game so early. Down 9 pts with a minute to go is tough but not so impossible that you don't even try. If they foul us a couple times, we miss a couple, they manage to hit a couple 3s, then maybe we get really tight going back to the line in the last 20 secs. I'm actually pretty confident that we would handle that scenario just fine, but I still don't understand not even trying. Then there's the perfunctory handshake thing... I wonder about him. Glad he's not ours.
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    Changes at Toomers Corner

    I was in my dorm in the quad when the Kopper Kettle blew. The building shook. My roommate & I looked at each other, eyebrows raised in surprise. I remember saying, "Earthquake? In Auburn?"
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    JB Grimes Returns to Auburn

    After the disappointing performance by the O line in the Peach Bowl, I said to family members that what we needed on the O line was a Reese Dismukes, somebody tough & mean. Now I read that Reese says Coach Crimes will bring the tenacity back to the O line. Bring it BACK since it hasn't been there. That alone makes me glad to welcome Coach Crimes back to the Plains.
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    This is what it's all about!

    So proud of those guys & of Auburn's connection to Schmid! May it continue & may it spread!
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    Wiley and Purifoy

    Regarding Wiley moving on to the NBA this year... I live in Memphis & have become something of a Grizzlies fan (tough year this) where I've seen the truth of Charles Barkley's view on players going to the NBA early. The crucial issue (says Chuck) is whether or not a guy is ready to be in some NBA team's regular rotation. Very few (says Chuck) of those who leave early are. So, they either sit on the bench, which does nothing for their development into successful NBA players, or they're sent to the D league where they play in some sketchy gyms before 25 people & nobody cares which team wins. Far better (says Chuck) for them to stay in college, play & develop skills, face pressure & learn to win, & have the experience of the Big Dance. So, I've watched Andrew Harrison with the Grizzlies, who left Kentucky after 2 years, played an entire year in the D league (when he could have been playing at Rupp & going deep into the tournament), & who still hasn't shown that a long NBA career is there for him (though, granted, in 3 years he's certainly made more money than I'll ever make). His brother Aaron has done even less. Kobi Simmons left Arizona after 1 year & is playing D league this year (I think the Grizzlies may have brought him up for a couple of games recently as a sort of "tryout" with the big boys since this season has gone off the rails, but he wouldn't have been there otherwise). That's better than playing before Arizona fans & going to the Big Dance? And you can look at him & tell he's not physically ready for the NBA. Then there's Dillon Brooks who played 4 years at Oregon & is 1 of few bright spots in a dismal Grizzlies year. They're calling him "the future." I think we'd agree on the front end that Chuck knows NBA basketball, & my minimal observations do nothing to disconfirm that. So, with all that, I hope the question Wiley is pursuing is whether or not he's ready to be in a team's regular rotation. If not, I think he'd be better off coming back to Auburn. And, FWIW, last year Chuck said he thought Wiley needed at least 2 years of development in college & probably 3.