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  1. There have been articles in the news & statements by TV commentators about the ncaa basketball scandal generally & about LSU & Will Wade specifically wherein references to Auburn were included. One in particular claimed LSU & Auburn are causing a decline in ethics in the SEC. I'm glad Marshall has gone to the trouble of setting forth how unfair such claims are. Bruce has obviously not done what Will Wade appears to have done, but neither did Chuck. As the prosecutors said explicitly during his recent court appearance, Chuck did what he did for his personal enrichment. He took bribes to get players already at Auburn to sign with a particular agent. I'm still mad at Chuck for what he did, but that's not in the same ballpark as what appears to have happened with shoe companies, schools wearing their gear, & recruits. It infuriates me when we're linked to that scandal. Good for Marshall for setting forth how wrong that linkage is.
  2. I didn't think anything or anyone could make me smile today but you have! Thanks for reminding me how good we have it even after a loss like this! War Eagle fellow hurting Aubies! We're still Aubies!
  3. I'm so incredibly proud of this team. To get up.off the deck after bad losses at home to Ole Miss & a butt-whipping at Rupp and regroup to win an SEC tournament championship, to regroup after Chuma's injury and won a Midwest regional championship, to play Virginia to the wire without Chuma-- all of that is amazing and worth every accolade they get. I love them! But all of that is why losing like we did hurts so much. Not a judgment call but a.missed call that would have sealed the game for us. My nephew called it immediately. Ja Morant called it immediately on Twitter. Apparently so did a bunch of other people on Twitter. So how do those refs.miss that call in a game like tbis? This team just didn't deserve to have their great run end this way. But it was indeed a great run! They're terrific! I love what they accomplished! The greatest ever & the continuation of what started last year! I can't wait for what comes next!
  4. Don't mind admitting I'm way superstitious! I wore my orange sneakers for the UT game in Auburn & have worn them for every game since! Will definitely have them on tomorrow! 😁
  5. Nobody picked us to beat UT in the SEC championship game. I didn't hear anyone pick us to beat Kansas, NC, or Kentucky except Sir Charles! So please let no one pick us against UVa!
  6. So a couple of questions for those of you who understand the x's & o's really well. Does it help us against the packline defense that we have multiple shooters? Obviously we'd love for Bryce to take most of our 3s (and oh! how I wish Chuma was playing! he's been deadly from 3 during this streak) but we're ready for Samir, Anfernee, Danjel, even J'von to shoot, & Jared as well if he's not the one driving & kicking (though I hope he's been in the gym this week; his long range shot has been off lately). So, does that help us against the packline D? 2nd question... In a tight game late or with the lead late we like to spread the floor & put the ball in Jared's hands to drive & score late in the shot clock or get fouled. Can we do that against the packline D? It looks to me like we can't, so we'll have to employ a different strategy to finish a game. Am I right about that? (Hope I'm not.) Thanks to the knowledgeable ones who can shed some light for me.
  7. JwgreDeux, really appreciate your analysis. You show how we.have opportunities. The low point of the season for me wasn't the blowout at Rupp but the loss to Old Miss at home. My memory is that we took a bunch of bad shots and couldn't hit a thing. As someone else mentioned, we're playing much less selfishly now and shooting much better. If our shots keep falling we have, as Sir Charles said, a shooter's chance! Your analysis confirms that. Thanks!
  8. He can also talk about Auburn being key to him getting to the.NFL. And he can say that credibly.
  9. I'll add my thanks as well for your columns every week. As others have said, I appreciate your insightful analysis and your attention to the positives. The negatives are out there to be sure, but I don't see what is gained by dwelling on them. I've pretty much abandoned reading the football threads except for yours. So, thanks. War Eagle! And please do the write up again next season!
  10. Always appreciate your honest responses, even when it's not what we want to hear. ☺
  11. Coach, I always appreciate your insights, even in a rough season. In case you check in again, I hope you might answer a couple questions from your perspective as a coach. 1st, it seems to me that some of the kinds of mistakes we've made the past 2 games (Jarrett's overthrow & Boobee's fumble last week; Jarrett's interception after a blocked field goal followed by a botched coverage leading to a UT touchdown, a scoop & score, Darius' drop, etc.) are particularly deflating. In addition to the points we don't get, we hand momentum to the other side & totally deflate ourselves. On top of this, the very guys we need to count on to pull us out a downward spiral, are the ones making these mistakes. That's how it seems to me, & my question is whether or not you'd agree, or if you have a different take on the intangibles which happened in these games? 2nd, your comments about the continuing failures of the O line are depressing. Coach Grimes has the reputation of being a great teacher of linemen, & his lines in the past were strong. So, my question is, are some guys just not teach-able? Or maybe I should ask if you had experience as a coach when things that always worked before don't work with some players? If so, did you have a sense that there was anything you could do to change that situation? 3rd (ok, more than a couple), I think it's fair to say that all of Gus' teams in the past improved during the season. But not this one. As a coach who's "been there," are you able to speculate on what might be different with this team? Now that's I've written this out, I realize that all my questions are about the "intangibles" with this team--morale, confidence, leadership, teach-ability, etc. Right now all of those things seem to be working against us. Fundamentally I'm wondering if or how coaches can affect such things.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.