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  1. Yes, Special Teams was very concerning. The moment that ridiculous 15-yard penalty was assessed after the go-ahead TD my first thought was they could very well have the ball on or around the AU 40 based on how our ST coverage had been. Hoping that is a serious point of emphasis these next few SEC tune-up games.
  2. Have not tracked down the transcript, so I'll just ask those of you that heard his press conference. What was he thinking regarding the two 2-pt conversions that he ultimately decided to forego? Either one of those, in isolation, could have been the difference in the game. But twice? Would really like to know how he responded to that line of questioning (assuming he was asked).
  3. First off, I cannot even begin to say how excited I am to have football back. Eight months is a LONG time! This season is extra special for us, as our daughter is now a freshman and lives in the heart of everything at The Village. So happy that she's now going to be in the midst of so much excitement and craziness on The Plains. Now to the game itself. (full disclosure, this is from a 47 year-old 7th grade social studies teacher/HS girls golf coach, so don'r expect to be wowed with in-depth analysis) 1. Oregon really made a statement on their first two drives. They didn't punch us in the mouth, it was more like an MMA flurry of fists and kicks. Their guys looked quicker, and I don't know if it was just over pursuit (in some cases) or bad positioning, but these first 3-4 drives you just didn't get the sense that we could get a stop. 2. Game Changer #1: Missed TD pass on Oregon's 2nd drive. At the time it reminded me of the easy TD pass Cam had to a wide open receiver (off-hand cannot remember who it was) on a 4th down play against Oregon in the BCS title game. 14-0 at that stage could have been crushing and pressed us into a desperate mode a bit early.The missed FG was icing on that cake. 3.. 6'6" vs 5' 10" is never going to turn out well. Poor Davis...not sure where else he could have positioned himself on that TD pass. But I certainly hoped that step-over after the catch would generate some Karma redemption later on. 4. Auburn did manage to move the ball in the first half, but getting down in -and-around the 10 and not getting in the end zone was obviously very frustrating. I felt the play-calling was a bit conservative in the red zone and not showcasing Bo's mobility, so when they rolled him left early in 2Q I was happy....until he threw behind Williams and got picked. 5. Oregon was doing a great job of utilizing the quick dump pass in the first half. Herbert would take the snap and release within 2 seconds as the front line moved forward and his receivers had room to run. It seemed that play was there whenever they wanted it and was good for 7-10 yards every time. Reminded me of last November's A&M game and how Mond utilized the TE on miss directions constantly. Seemed like it was always there. ANd when he did take the snap and look downfield he had a lot more time than I ever expected. Oregon did a really good job of protecting him. 6. Speaking of A&M, this game felt eerily similar in so many ways. Big opponent. High expectations. Complete domination in all factors in the first half by them. 7. How great is it to see Cadillac Williams back on the Auburn sidelines? I'm so excited to see what he can do with Boobee these next few seasons. (this reads unintentionally bad, but ....!) 8. The special teams was...well...abysmal. I felt like anytime we kicked/punted something bad was going to happen. Haven't really felt like that since watching Hardman carve us up against UGA. 9. Game Changer #2: After that massive punt return set Oregon up on the 6, the ensuing fumble and epic run by Big Kat was sensational. Never got the feeling he'd actually get in, but when he fell agonizingly short on the 2 yard line I was certain we'd be back with one. Ugggh. And to not get any points when we started that last drive on the Oregon 26? 10. First half final thoughts: Bo looked like a freshman; Oregon was having its way on both sides of the ball; our defense looked to be reacting rather than forcing the issue; feels like Texas A&M almost to the script; how in the hell was it just 14-6 11. Opening drive was statement time. Going to set the tone...until it didn't. That was the first time I really felt like we were in trouble. The ensuing drive and TD by Oregon had me reeling. There looked to be no adjustments on either side of the ball on those first possessions and at 21-6 it was officially looking dire. we HAD to get points on the next drive. And we didn't. 12. Game Changer #3: This is NOT me playing armchair QB here. I said it immediately and believed it. Oregon having the ball at 4th-1 from the 49 yard line, under 2:00 in the 3rd...you have to go for that. Up 21-13, AU just scored to give them hope, I could not believe they punted, still cannot believe they punted. (I swear we had a similar scenario against LSU when we were up 20 in Baton Rough a few years back) You step on the throat, continue the drive, go up 28-13, and the game could very well be over. How many times have WE felt like our coaching staff made this kind of mistake that allowed an opponent to stay in the game? How many times have we felt like our coaching staff went too conservative, too early? If we could respond with a TD on that next drive, wow, that changes everything. 13. When that happened, I actually thought, not only are we going to score a TD but we will win this damn game. No good reason for me to think this other than memories of last fall's A&M game (again). Total domination, but an opponent that allowed us to hang around instead of stepping on our throats. 14. For as unsure and unsettled as Bo looked for the first 40 minutes. He looked like a veteran QB the last 20. IMO, he scrambled well when he needed to all game, but he looked much more poised and confident on those last few drives. 15. Gatewood over the top....loved the play-call there. Boobee's injury the play previous was concerning, to say the least. 16. False start penalty on 2-pt conversion should not have changed the decision, IMO. You are still down a FG no matter if you miss that attempt or take the XP. That was one of TWO big decisions in the 2nd half I questioned by Gus. 17. Game Changer #4: As much as I thought Oregon should have gone for it on 4th-1 in the 3rd, given this situation I'm not sure I would have gone for it here. However, I like the play-call and would say that playing to win rather than trying not to lose is almost always the better decision. But .... why hand the ball off 5 yards behind the line when you have a foot-and-a-half to gain? What a terrible play call and what a stop by Auburn. Double-whammy, Oregon burning those TOs thinking they can bring Herbert back in the game. That's an inexcusable gaffe. 18. TD drive. Wow. When we all thought it was a play or two to set up the FG, including Oregon. I don't know about you, but the moment that ball was released by Nix I absolutely knew it would be a TD. It was just meant to be. A kid born-and-raised to achieve greatness at Auburn. First game. National Stage. 21-6 deficit. The script was just too perfect for that pass to end up anywhere but in the hands of Williams. But Gus, come on...wht would you NOT go for 2??? By the way, someone needs to make a GIF of Nix with his celebration in fron of Gus and Gus' trademark "Boom" response. 19. Spiking penalty, given our terrible ST coverage, could have been an absolute disaster. And given the result it was. One man away from breaking it for a score, and Herbert had a chance to easily put the ball in the end zone, which he thankfully overthrew. For the record, that rule and what they viewed as a spike is ridiculous. Teams will lose games because of that and it's outrageous. 20. Final Thoughts - Oregon really used our speed against us with constant check-downs to the underneath receivers. With that first wave past, those guys had 7-10 yds before the secondary could respond. Bo looked like a freshman in the first half, and the last 20 minutes completely outplayed Herbert. Oregon OC (if he's responsible) should be held accountable for the 2nd half game-plan once Oregon went up 21-6. Too often we've been on the other end of games like this so we all know what this feels like to seemingly dominate a game and then walk away with a loss. What a way to start the season. What a way to start the Bo Nix era. I know it's an obvious statement, but 1-0 with a win against a team like Oregon, facing the schedule we have, well, it's a helluva lot better than 0-1. Cannot wait to be back on the plains for Kent State in two weeks!
  4. I am absolutely stunned. Devastated I just don't know what to say. I remember back in the spring of 2009 when a colleague walked into my classroom to tell me that Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, had passed away. This is a similar feeling for me now. There's not much I can add about RB that hasn't already been stated, so I won't even try...except these things. 1. He's one of only THREE radio guys that convinced me muting the regular broadcast to listen to his play-by-play was the way to go (Kalas, Don Fischer (Indiana) ) 2. His love of Auburn and EVERYTHING Auburn was always apparent, and made every game he did a pleasure to listen to. There are "homer" announcers, and then there are people like Rod Bramblett. It seemed like he lived to call Auburn baseball, basketball, and football. 3. I am so happy, in retrospect, that he got to be a part of some amazing AU football history. Not only for him, but for us. His voice will forever be linked to those special moments like the 2010 NCAA championship and those simply amazing finishes against UGA and Alabama in 2013. And basketball. Wow. He got to be a part of that magical ride that we have never seen before, and it certainly would not have been the same without him. How many of you clung to his calls down the stretch against UK? 4. 3-Time (if I recall correctly) Auburn broadcaster of the year. 2013 National Broadcaster of the year. Thank you, Rod. Well done, and War Eagle forever. They're not going to keep you and Paula out of those Pearly Gates tonight .....
  5. This is incredible. INCREDIBLE. 5-star kid. Final list includes UNC, Texas, Auburn. It almost reads like one of those old Sesame Street skits (or was it The Electric company? You kids of the 70s/80s know what I'm talking about!) with a jingle, "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong." Except, going forward, Auburn DOES belong! Seriously, the day a bigtime recruit chooses Auburn and CBP over Kentucky or another "BlueBlood", that's a day we can definitively point to and say this is notch #3 in Auburn's ascent in the world of college basketball, with the first two notches being the hiring of CBP and this year's FF run.
  6. I'm sitting here at my desk, and it's 6:15 AM. Kids are back from Spring Break but do not start arriving until 7:30, so I have some time after preparing for the day. Like many of you I suspect, I avoided ALL sports outlets from 8PM Saturday night until, well, my drive into school this morning. Just too painful to rehash, and, quite frankly, it's still too raw for me. That blackout also included this forum. I just couldn't bear to read the thoughts and emotions that I undoubtedly shared with all of you so soon after the game. We actually have a protocol on the staff here in my building, and it's called "employ the 24-hour rule"...meaning that you let your emotions settle before dealing with or responding to an issue (usually a parent issue!). So, now that my 24 hours is up I'm ready. First off, wow. How do you put into words what we experienced in that game? UVA's game plan to challenge our offense out well past the 3-pt line was not a surprise, nor was the fact that their aggressive style of defense would be allowed to dictate the terms of the game. I saw that happen for YEARS with Bo Ryan and Wisconsin, and we've seen it from UVA since TB arrived. But that made the final foul call all-the-more puzzling and upsetting, to say the least. I was at a watch party here in Indianapolis and there were 20+ people in attendance. When we went down 57-47 we ALL switched seats...it was a mad rush to find a new spot and hope for a rally. And then 14-0 later AU is up 61-57 with 15 seconds left and we started to believe the unbelievable. After the shot was missed there were hugs. High fives. The entire bar was abuzz. Secondly, the emotional roller-coaster of that game was something I've only experienced on other time watching collegiate sports. Someone reached out a hand after Guy missed the shot and I simply looked at him and said, "They called a foul", and like the rest of the Auburn family I watched a chance at a National Championship disappear in three swishes of the net. I'm not going to stomp about the call, I just wish that in a situation like that where the shot was released and the contact had no bearing on the outcome, well, I just wish that official would have just let the outcome be what it was. He had the shot. He got it off. He missed it. If that contact was a foul (which it was) then there are about 25 more fouls that needed to be called throughout the entire game. In my opinion a game of this magnitude should NEVER EVER be decided in such a manner that talk of the officiating is dominant, and, well, here we are. It's a shame and those kids deserved better than that. Which leads me to my next point. I could not be prouder of what this team has accomplished and the manner in which they have conducted themselves along the way. And it starts from the top with CBP and trickles down through the 10th man off the bench. It was a joy to watch these kids complete with energy, enthusiasm, and heart throughout this season as they mirrored the energy, enthusiasm, and heart they got from their head coach. I'm pretty certain I saw Anfernee McLemore mouth the words "For Chuma" prior to hitting his two FTs to put Auburn up 61-57...that's the stuff that shows just what this team was all about. Like I said, they deserved a better outcome than they got on Saturday night, but in the face of such disappointment and emotion I know every one of those kids will be stronger in some way. CBP stated that they have to trust that there was a reason for all of this, including the outcome, and I have no doubt they will be be stronger in the long-term. Think about what had to transpire in the last 10 seconds for Auburn to lose that game and the odds are incredibly long that they would have lost. hat's an amazing testament to this team and the position they put themselves in. Finally, wow. I've stated here a few times that I'm an Indiana University grad that fell in love with Auburn in 1993 while visiting a friend there, and I have never looked back. I cheer for AU with every emotion that I would cheer for Indiana, and this loss is honestly one that I will never truly get over. Having said that ... I really believe this is one of the things a program has to experience on its rise. You cannot go from where Auburn Basketball has been to playing for a National Championship without any growing pains, and Saturday night was a significant growing pain. This is just one piece in building a program and a culture that cultivates and sustains a winning culture and mentality. I really really believe that this loss, as painful and gut-wrencging as it was, is one that we will point to later on as something that helped push the program to higher levels. My daughter will be on The Plains this fall as a freshman and I cannot wait to watch her be a part of the Auburn Family and experience some amazing sports programs during her time there. And as a middle school history teacher I will have kids coming up to me all day to talk about Auburn and what happened, and as tough as it will be to rehash it over-and-over I'll muster a smile. Why? Because so many kids in the Hoosier Heartland will be talking to me about AUBURN BASKETBALL! War Eagle everyone. And thanks to Bruce and the Boys for a magical ride that showed Auburn fans what it's like to play meaningful basketball games in APRIL!
  7. Thx for posting these interview links, as I was obviously watching the wrong damn shows today. Have been watching Finebaum since 4pm though!
  8. Only thing that would have made this better is having Bramblett's calls dubbed over the CBS feed. Which is exactly how I watched the 2nd half! Amazing how many times Harper absolutely burned past his primary defenders. What a joy he has been to watch.
  9. And it continues. Sitting here watching First Take (on Spring Break this week end enjoying time home with the kids!) and we are 40-minutes in to the show. 15 + minutes on Duke. 15 + minutes on LeBron and the Lakers. Nothing on Auburn's first ever Final Four, having beaten KU, UNC, UK in succession (never happened before), and sustaining a loss of one of its top players in the midst of it. NOTHING. But you know what, I love it. This is blatant disrespect and you know these kids and CBP are taking notice. It's more fuel for the fire. (and as I close the topic is now, "Are the Golden State Warriors Vulnerable")
  10. ESPN dedicated over 12 minutes to coverage of Duke losing. Word choice intentional, as they sure made it seem like they lost rather than MSU winning. Auburn's win over UK = 3 minutes.
  11. Hardly even a mention on ESPN's front page right now. I love it. Keep disrespecting and ignoring this group of kids.
  12. Yes. Auburn Tigers, 2019 NCAA Tournament 😎
  13. Kansas -- check North Carolina -- Check Kentucky -- CHECK Virginia -- Duke/MSU -- --To be updated soon--
  14. Kids, this is just amazing! Not gonna use the word "unbelievable", because that would insinuate we didn't think they could do it. It's just surreal, seeing AUburn headed to the Final Four. This has shades of Villanova 1985, and we all know how that ended up. War Damn Eagle, everyone!
  15. YES!!!! I knew it! We all knew it! WAR DAMN EAGLE!