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  1. The first season shouldn’t really count. We had a head coach that had lost his team, and the worst record in program history. Setting that year aside and redistributing games based on the win percentage of the remaining years, and you get a record of 38-26, which puts us 5th, and two of those in front of us played watered down schedules. That certainly makes a difference. So, quality wise, I’d put us in front of Florida. 4th in the best/hardest conference in CFB is nothing to be upset over.
  2. What? He put up good numbers against a lot of weak ACC defenses. His numbers against TAMU last year: 24/35 for 268 1 TD/1 INT. Against ranked competition, he averaged a completion percentage of 61%, and that number is greatly inflated by the win against “number 23” Virginia. Take out that joke of a rated team, and it drops to 56% against ranked teams. His passing totals in games eclipsed 300 only twice. Once was in that 62-17 blowout game against Virginia. The other was in a 41-6 blowout over Syracuse. That’s parallel to Bo Nix, who also had 2 over 300 games last year. (Not saying Bo Nix is better or even as good. Just trying to reference the fact that he hasn’t had that many incredible performances statistically.) Comparing that to recent Heisman winners, Kyler Murray eclipsed 300 yards in 10 of his 14 games in his Heisman season. In Lamar Jackon’s he eclipsed 300 yard passing 6 times while also having 100+ yard rushing performances in most of his games. Lawrence’s numbers are good, but not exceptional. I’m not buying the hype until I see a few more great games statistically.
  3. I’ve not been that impressed with Lawrence. I don’t really get the hype on him. So I don’t necessarily think he’s an upgrade from Stidham. Even if that were the case though, he isn’t going to be a Patriot. The Pats might have a fall off this year, but there’s no way it would be a drop to the first pick. The defense is experienced and good. The offense’s holes are WR, where Belichick always seems to find surprisingly good players, and QB where either Stidham or Hoyer would have had them at least winning some games. That’s not enough of a fall off for the scenario they are looking for. If Lawrence is the savior some are making of him, he isn’t going to be around when the patriots hit their first pick. If he is around, he’s probably no upgrade from a second year Stidham.
  4. What I really don’t like about this is what it might do to cam’s reputation. The idiots of the world still buy into the narrative that Cam is somehow awful, seeing him as a cheater, immoral, selfish, and weird (okay, some of his clothing choices are... interesting). Those people are wrong. But now he goes to play for a coach that’s known for doing those exact things. Does that have an effect on how he’s seen? I mean, the people that still see Cam that way aren’t changing their minds. Cam could pay for their cancer treatment and they’d still badmouth him. But I worry that him being in NE may grow that group. On the other side of it, this could be really good for Cam. Better protection. A better run game. Even though his receivers aren’t great, he has still more talent than he had in Carolina the last few years. And, as much as I don’t care for Belichick, he uses players well. Rumor even has it that he’s wanted a dual threat for a while. If Cam really is healthy, this could really jumpstart his career better than any of the other teams showing interest. As a side note, I also love that he’s potentially going to get an opportunity to mentor Stidham. I think Stidham could be the next great ex-Auburn NFL QB. But he isn’t ready. Some of the things I think he’s lacking, Cam has.
  5. Battle... yep... that’s what’s going to happen.
  6. Still. They came to the rival school.
  7. But who recruited the Carlsons away from their Bammer family? It’s not like they were lined up for Auburn before Gus got here. They both grew up Bama fans and had family members play sports at Bama.
  8. For real. I’ve been looking for the MSU game all over the internet.
  9. I’m a little bit biased toward newer tandems because I didn’t grow up on Auburn football (my parents we’re Midwest and northeast transplants, and my father was only a packers fan with a casual fandom for Bama when I was young... he’s long since converted.) So, my 1-3 would be: 1. Caddy/Taylor- Both NFL quality players, and both made incredible plays.. hate what happened to Taylor. 2. Davis/Sanders- Not old enough to really know these two well. They just both have household names. Both had very long NFL careers as well. 3. Tate/Adams- To me, this is more of an underrated group. Tate was a complete package. Great inside power, had a quick first step and accelerated well, above average speed, held on to the ball, and, even though he wasn’t used all that much in the passing game, had some clutch catches at times. I think he was just at Auburn at the wrong time. In 2006-2007, he was buried behind other good players. In 2008, air raid (less touches), bad OC, and later no OC... not a good situation. In 2009, the offensive line was still a bit rough. They hadn’t hit their stride like they had midway through 2010, yet he still rushed into the record books. Also, he could have easily been an NFL Star if not for those comments he made in his year with Cleveland that led to him essentially getting shut out of the NFL. As for Adams, he didn’t have the physical traits needed to thrive in the NFL. Too small and too slow. But I don’t think I’ve seen a receiver better at getting open, and he was really reliable making catches. Not the flashiest receiver, but a very consistent receiver that allowed us to keep chains moving at key times. At the college level, that’s an incredibly useful skill set.
  10. Anyone really surprised? Indefinite suspension either means a) they did something that isn’t worthy of a release but requires evidence of a true apology. Or b) they are about to by “encouraged” to leave.
  11. I think it would have been even more spread if the issue was over a bill in Congress versus an executive order. The last 3 presidents have overused executive orders to try to create policy, but that isn’t their job. Policy is created in congress. The president’s role in law making is only in signing bills into law. Most of their job is supposed to be execution.. directing federal agencies on how to roll out new laws. In the case of DACA, I support the premise of the policy. The issue is that it was created under an executive order rather than a law, which makes it legally questionable. As such, Trump should legally have the power to reverse it. Aside from Kavenaugh and Thomas, the conservative justices have a tendency to vote completely on the principle of legality, while the current liberal justices, as well as the conservative justices Thomas and Kavenaugh, tend to vote with politics in mind. Had DACA been a law created in congress, more of the conservative justices would have voted for it to remain in place because there would have been no question in its legality. It should also be noted that congress needs to act soon here. The ruling more or less stated that there was potentially a justification for reversing DACA that would stand, but that Trump failed to make that argument. If (and probably when) this ends up in the Supreme Court again, it will likely be reversed.
  12. I’ve not been the most critical of Gus on this board, but talent diversity has kind of been a problem for him lately. At WR, TE/FB, and RB, he’s gotten too “pigeon hole” with his players, subbing them in and out for specific plays. This slows down momentum, slows down tempo, and telescopes plays. For example, most of Harold Joiner’s touches last year were passes where he’s run a route out of the backfield (and it’s usually the wheel route or some kind of screen) and he mostly only came in the game when that’s what we were doing. After one play, it’s back to the sideline. I’d like to see less of a “this guy is a blocker and this guy is a receiver” and more cross training. Sure, get joiner in space and throw him passes, but also hand it off to him on occasion. Maybe Deal is a better blocker. Still throw it to him once in a while. And for God’s sake, leave players in for full drives (or until they need a breather), not single plays.
  13. Go vote!
  14. I could write a book on the complexities of gender identity, and how, even with people beginning to embrace the word trans, we’re still not understanding how gender works. It is a fluid, distinct concept from biological sex that’s influenced by genetics, biology, and environmental influence, the latter not being in the way most people think. The word trans should not even be necessary because it implies that gender and sex are the same thing, which they aren’t. But for now, I’ll try to stay more succinct and get to the meat of your comment. I won’t say that there’s never a case of someone identifying as trans that neurobiologically doesn’t show typical brain patterns of someone that’s transgender. But that’s definitely a rarity. It is certainly not because they are looking for an easy way out either because it’s not an easy way out. Trans people experience incredibly high rates of bullying and discrimination, which is why ultimately there’s high rates of suicide among the trans community. So nobody would choose to identify as trans just to make things better for themself.