AURex

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  1. If "ifs and buts" were candy and nuts. Speculating about maybes and might-have-beens is a waste of the hours remaining in one's lifetime. The past is past. I'm more interested in the future.
  2. I guess we ought to consider one other reason. Stoops has, for years, ranted about how the SEC is overrathed, and he;s backed it up with wins over Auburn and Florida in bow3l games. Maybe Oky and OkyLite are seriously discussing migration to the SEC. Whether it is a reason for Stoops departing, I still like the idea.
  3. Well, I eat out rarely because I like to cook. I've been cooking gourmet meals for several decades, and I bought a lot of high end wine when I was living in SF and NY (because my income was rather flush). I sometime check the auction prices for wines I own and I enjoy scanning the wine lists for fancy restaurants where I live or travel to. Most restaurants really jack up the prices of their wines. They usually only have recent vintages of the wines I stashed, and mine have now been cellared for 20 years or more. Point is, on the rare occasion I do go out to eat, it's usually a pricey place. And I'm willing to pay the restaurant's corkage fee rather than pay jacked up prices for their crappy wine. So, my suggestion is 1. Tip in cash -- not only because servers are usually not even paid minimum wage, but also they may be required to pool tips. And if the corkage fee has been waived, tip extra, as if you had paid for wine. 2. If you like wine, check the wine list of the restaurant to see what they offer before you go. If you like good wine, visit a wine shop to get wine that's better than the stuff on their list and be prepared to pay a corkage fee 4. Offer your server and chef a small pour (not a big glass) of your wine to enjoy later or tell the server that you are going to leave the wine you don't drink for them to enjoy later. And my best recommendation, if you are ever in Tampa, go to Bern's. Excellent food and an outstanding wine list. Not cheap. But the wine prices are never jacked up. They price their wines at the price they paid for them. So you can get a terrific aged wine for much less than you'd ever pay anywhere else. I've lived and eaten out in lots of big cities (and small), and IMO, Bern's is the best bang-for-the-buck of any restaurant in America.
  4. I always leave a cash tip, so the server can pocket it. For a lunchtime meal, I never have alcohol and always tip based on service. Usually it is 18% to 20%, if the server does a good job. But I rarely eat out at lunch unless I'm traveling or taking wifey shopping. I don';t eat out at dinner much either, but when I do, it is a nicer restaurant. For an upscale restaurant, the tip does NOT include wine, because I lived in SF and NYC, and have a lot of fine wine tucked away, so I always take my own fine wines -- which are better than most restaurants offer, even the most expensive ones. The food is always more expensive in these restaurants, so 18% to 20% is a good chunk of change,. But still, I always tip in cash for the server. I usually send a glass of my wine back to the chef and a glass to the server as well.
  5. Oh, give me a break. The SEC eats its own. Yeah sure. But the ACC eats its own and so does the PAC and the BIG. The reality is, head to head, SEC is not any tougher than these other conferences. Yet Auburn continues to play the Limping Ladies of Honeydew U, while the major teams in other conferences play big-time OOC teams. This is not simply an issue of "perception" (although that is bad enough). It's an issue of fairness to Auburn alumni and fans. Frankly, as an alum, I don't want to pay out my azz just to see Ala State and Liberty and some directional community college.
  6. I don't buy the "SEC is super duper extraordinarily beastly tougher than the entire world" story any more. LSU was 8-5, A&M was 8-5, Arky was 7-6, Ole Miss was 5-7, UGA was 8-5. Almost all lost their bowl game to non-SEC opponents. And the SEC East is just pitiful. Fact is, other conferences are just as difficult as the SEC now. FSU's 2018 non-conference schedule includes Notre Dame, Florida and Va Tech. Clemson's includes Texas A&M and USCe The Big10 schools usually plug in Notre Dame and/or a PAC12 team I used to disagree with critics who said that SEC schools pad their W-L records with cupcakes, but this 2018 Auburn non-conference schedule sure does play right into their hands. And worse, Auburn fans deserve more for their season ticket price.
  7. Is anyone else as embarrassed as I am about the 2018 non-conference schedule? Yes, Auburn opens with an away game against University of Washington. But just look at the home non-conference schedule: Alabama State, Southern Miss, and Liberty. Liberty? Really Jay, that's the best you could come up with? Liberty? Why not the East Carolina Charity Middle School for Blind Girls? Geez. There is certainly no reason to expand the stadium when the home schedule is loaded with this kind of lineup. UGA and Bama are away that season, so ... ugh! Link to source: http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2017/05/auburn_complete_2018_non-confe.html#incart_river_home_pop
  8. There is a cyclical element to this, I think. The B1G was in a slump. So they hired Urban Meyer (from SEC) and Franklin (from SEC) and Harbaugh (from NFL). It has paid off for that conference. The ACC also -- Swinney, Petrino, and Fisher (all from SEC) simply demonstrate that they hired good coaches away from the SEC. The Big12 and PAC12 are a different breed. They have not yet (in modern times) proven that they can actually win championships. Until they do, I'm reluctant to credit them as being the home of world class coaching. Is the SEC in a down period of coaching? Well, maybe. A lot of talent has retired or been hired away in recent years. But maybe it's just that the current crop of relatively new coaches haven't yet had time to demonstrate just how good they can be.
  9. Where do you come down on the definition of a sandwich? Personally, I don't like sweets and don't eat sweets, so I'm biased. And I'm an old guy, so I've always thought of a sandwich as anything between slices of bread -- the bread being the requirement for defining something as a sandwich. But I don't eat a lot of bread these days. I like wraps and stuff in tortilla shells and such. So I guess my definition has evolved over the years. I'm now Ingredient Neutral, Structural Rebel. If it is inside breading of some sort, and you can pick it up and eat it, I consider it a sandwich. But as for sweet stuff, for me, No, an Oreo is not a sandwich. Ice cream between waffles is not a sandwich. Where do you come down on this?
  10. Coaching greatness -- baloney. Let's get real. CGM showed up in the SEC with a scheme that was different from anything opposing teams had encountered and he had the players to execute it. THEN REALITY HAPPENED! Opposing defensive coordinators developed strategies for countering, and the players left, and .... This happens over and over. Historically, look at the wishbone and the veer. Amazing success. Then opposing DCs figured out how to counter it. Eventually, new schemes fade and it comes down to jimmys and joes in schemes that exploit the talents of the jimmys and joes you got. I am optimistic that Auburn has abandoned the scheme tailor made for Cam and NM and can capitalize on the talent of current players. Because unless you recruit like Bama, stockpiling 85 superstars, the playbook on both sides of the ball has to match the talent on your roster -- else you suck. Coaching greatness -- to me that's just coaching the players you got to maximize their potential and developing a playbook to match their abilities. Not the other way around. I'm really, really hoping that Lindsey + Borges ion offense, plus Steele and the great crew of coaches on defense, can accomplish that. IF THEY CAN, Auburn can begin achieving its potential of 9-11 wins per season.
  11. As one of those older grads of Auburn, I've been through a lot of ups and downs. There have been some great years and some really embarrassingly awful years, as well as too many (IMO) mediocre years. My baseline expectation is consistency. Auburn should AVERAGE 9.5-10 regular season wins year after year after year. That means an occasional 8 win regular season would be okay, but most regular seasons would be 9, 10 or 11 wins. And by "most regular seasons," I mean MOST REGULAR SEASONS. There is no excuse, NONE, for this continuing mediocrity of 6 and 7 win seasons. As Winston Churchill once said, "I'm easily satisfied with the very best." It's the unacceptable losing that is unhealthy. Gets my blood pressure up.
  12. Actually, it's just time to quit looking for excuses and whining about the schedule or the division Auburn is in. Auburn has played UGA for more than 100 years. I've never once heard an Auburn coach or player look for excuses. Play winning football. Beat your opponents on your field or theirs, heat or cold, rain or searing sun, September or November. Man up. If you think every little thing in life ought to be "fair," you are in for a disappointment.
  13. I agree. In my original post, I pointed towards player development as an issue, but I also agree with Gowebb11. Recruiting is also a big factor. Not all 4 star players are equal. Not all 5 star or 3 star players are equal. Auburn has recruited well in terms of stars, but anyone who looks can see that when Auburn goes head to head with Bama and LSU for the best players (regardless of stars), Auburn usually doesn't win those battles. That's not a universal. Auburn does pull in a few real gems each year. But Auburn certainly does not succeed at the scale of Bama and LSU in recruiting. That said, Auburn is still under-performing on the field. Part of that is lack of development of talent, but also unfortunate attrition like Jovon and Duke, some disappointing strike-outs like JJ, and lack of quality depth sideline to sideline.
  14. I was looking at some numbers a couple of days ago, based on a hit-piece in al.com that characterized Bama/Auburn as pros vs Joes. Auburn has had 23 guys selected in the NFL draft since 2009. Yet Auburn had 26 players on NFL rosters last year. More players on NFL rosters than drafted. In comparison, Bama had 55 guys drafted during the same period, but only 35 on rosters. 1/3 of the Bama players who were drafted didn't stick. This suggests that the NFL teams are just not very good at evaluating talent. When a team like Auburn has more guys on roster than were drafted, it's obvious that teams are using the wrong criteria on draft day. That said, not enough of Auburn's players are making it into the NFL. When you have top 10 recruiting classes year after year, yet players are not improving enough to even get to the next level, no matter how they get there .... okay, I'll stop there. You know where this goes.
  15. Hello Inigo Montoya.