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  1. As much as I hate the collegiate products overall (as a collector of basketball cards) I am always on the hunt for autos of players in their AUBURN uniforms. Was disappointed to see that the Bowman U release and the Collegiate Draft Picks did not have the school branding on them. At a quick glance I do not think there are any releases this year that will feature Smith or Kessler in the true AU uniforms.
  2. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/33536679/source-florida-gators-targeting-san-francisco-todd-golden-next-men-basketball-coach I think this is a really good hire for Florida, although the salary per year is surprising. Got a young guy that was definitely in-demand with some SEC experience.
  3. I'm in Big 10 Country. Big 10 Grad. And I'm never surprised anymore at the abysmal failures of the top tier teams in the conference come tournament time. Teams like Purdue, Iowa, and Wisconsin absolutely maul you on defense. In your face, hands all over you...make you fight for every inch on the court. Work you to death. Problem is, in a neutral environment with different officials calling a tighter game, things can go south very quickly. As long as the Big Ten crews allow this to happen during the season I will not pick a team from that conference to win it all. May not be the soundest of logic, but it seemingly plays out that way time and time again. As for UK's loss yesterday. WOW. It continues to amaze me how much talent Calipari has amassed in his coaching career and how little he has done with it. Not that I saw this team as a title contender, but E8 was a definite possibility and they just got outplayed by a team from Jersey City from a school that is smaller than the HS in the town I teach in. Hope CBP had the guys watching these teams (UK/IOWA) and how they appeared to simply show up and think it was good enough to win. Takes a lot more than that in March/April.
  4. No way should two Big 12 teams have a #1 Seed, when one of them lost their first tournament game. And I do not want to hear the committee talking about "trending to explain the above, and in the same breath explain away TAMU getting bypassed.
  5. Finally. Cannot believe, with how much is already out there on him, that he was still pompous and arrogant enough to continue on this path. Good riddance.
  6. I know we are supposed to keep this civil, but ... WW to me looks and acts like a petulant teenager that has never been told No and always gets his own way. Personally, I hope they nail his butt to the wall (although I know that would impact kids that had nothing to do with his shenanigans). Do I believe that will happen...nope.
  7. I just don't understand his (Lunardi's) logic of giving both Baylor and KU #1 seeds. Aside from UF, AU's losses have come against teams in the field and/or ranked in the latest poll. = Quality Losses (if there is such a thing) Baylor can say the same, but did not win their conference out-right. Kansas has two unranked losses and also did not win its conference out-right. So, he's saying that splitting the championship (in the toughest conf this season, according to the #s) is worthy of Co #1s, rather than also rewarding the top team in the SECOND toughest conference? I just cannot wrap my head around that. Ultimately AU has to take care of business and win the Conf Championship. But I fear that, given these projections, if KU and Baylor get to the Big 12 title game they might still share those 1s. Especially if that scenario does play out and Auburn loses the title game.
  8. “I'm not being disrespectful, but (Auburn) charged the court, shirts off. And it's not a big game. I'd hate to see them when they play in a big game." Let me tell you about Coach Cal. He's a narcissist, and in general, just an ass. Yeah, I'm salty because he constantly manufactures things that, in some cases, are outright lies, and gets away with it. The crap he's spewing about that atmosphere at Auburn Arena is ridiculous on so many levels. when he of all people should appreciate how much a game like that meant to this program. He just cannot let anyone else enjoy the moment, especially if it comes at his expense. Remember, this is the same John Calipari that has refused to play Indiana University anymore because of the Christian Watford shot in 2011 that brought IU back from the dead in the world of college basketball. He threw a fit about the atmosphere in Assembly Hall and, to this day, will not play IU in Bloomington. I'm telling you, he would do the same thing to Auburn if he could get away with it ... and not one student rushed that floor on Saturday. Bottom line is, he has had arguably more talent that any coach outside of Coach K in the last 15 years on his rosters year-in-and-year out, and what has he done? 4, 5, 6 Five-stars each year...and what has Coach Cal done with it? The man is insanely jealous and insecure, especially when he see how much the players at Auburn love Bruce Pearl. He will NEVER have that kind of relationship with his players...he knows it...and it burns him up. The fact that quite a few UK fans have stated the last few years that his act is growing old (major recruiting wins...not playing out on the court) is telling, IMO. Will not miss him at all when he finally disappears.
  9. Love this! Proud to be #375 and always looking for good inspirational or "Life Lesson" videos to share with my 7th graders in the classroom.
  10. Was definitely not a fan of all the talking and posturing from both teams after seemingly every play. Just do your job, get back to the huddle, do it again, and let the scoreboard do all of your talking for you. But when that corner was so demonstratively talking and jawing at Seth in the 4Q you just knew what had to happen, and kudos to Bo for going right to Seth on the TD pass. The talk that ensued after that was 100% warranted! As for CGM...I've supported him a lot of the years, but i do think this ship has run its course. I think he would be the -perfect- guy for a job like Vandy where the expectations of the fanbase and admin would be much lower, and have little doubt that he will be successful at his next stop at that kind of tier.
  11. As someone who has experienced the misery that is Indiana football up-close-and-personal for a lifetime, I can honestly say that I have never seen a season quite like this. Coach Allen, in my opinion, has created something in Bloomington that I have only seen from one other coach there. Bill Mallory won a lot (comparative to other coaches in IU history) but I never saw the energy or emotion from his players that we are seeing currently. The only comparison I can draw is when Coach Terry Hoeppner was there, and he tragically died of cancer while on the job. He's the only guy that I can ever recall seeing in Bloomington that truly had guys that I feel would have run through a wall for him. Coach Allen definitely has that type of relationship with his players (as was on full display in the Wisconsin post-game interview) and we have seen first-hand with a guy like Bruce Pearl how big of a factor that can be in so many ways. I'm certainly not advocating for a guy like Allen to be on a short-list for Auburn. But I really hope that the next coach, whomever he is, can bring the same passion, energy, enthusiasm, and genuine love for the players and the job as much as a guy like Coach Allen. You can see it in the way he interacts and talks to his players, especially after games (win or lose). You can hear it in his press conferences...it's all about the players. That's how you create an atmosphere of love, respect, and desire to do extraordinary things for your teammates and your coach. That's what we have been seeing from the Auburn basketball program, and that is exactly what you are seeing with Coach Allen and the Indiana football program. And they have a TON of talent returning on both sides of the ball in 2021. If IU can ride this wave and win some recruiting battles they can sustain success in a place where that's almost unheard of. Never thought I'd see the day where INDIANA is seemingly on a different level than Auburn in football. 2020 has been one crazy year.
  12. Indiana self-reported and self-imposed back in the day when Kelvin Sampson had an issue with making phone calls at the right time. That did them absolutely no good and the program still got leveled. For ... phone calls. I fear all this does is make the NCAA even more determined to punish since now you've essentially admitted the wrongdoing, which means you knew you were wrong, which means you must still get a spanking. Kansas and LSU are probably doing this the right way as it seems time-and-time again self-imposing does little more than add a layer to your punishment.
  13. That PI did happen midway thru the route. Again y problem is those obvious calls are not happening for us. And ... a FACEMASK against AU. Nice. Call them on both sides!!
  14. I just don't understand how it seems that AU does not get the calls at home that other teams consistently get. ONE flag against TENN today, yet we've seen multiple facemaks, take downs by lineman and guys falling on the field when there are 12, and not one flag to be found. Gets pretty damn frustrating to see it happen week-after-week at home.
  15. ....An in yet another sign of the Apocalypse, Indiana is ranked much higher (13th!!!) than Auburn. Never thought I'd see that in this lifetime!
  16. Thx for posting this. As I've stated a few times previously in other threads, I'm an Indiana grad, and was born-and-raised a Hoosier. I've seen my share of some fantastic Indiana basketball squads, and being born in '72 have vivid memories of the '81 and '87 title teams. My favorite of all of those squads was the 1987 team that had an absolute brawl of a 2nd round game with Auburn on its way to the title. Anyway, my point in posting was to say that given all of those Knight teams that were so damn good, I would put the 2018-19 Auburn squad right up there with any of them. And that Final Four loss to UVA, the way it all went down...I will never get over that. It was a hard of a loss for me to take as any I've ever experienced as a fan. And that includes watching IU lose some gut-wrenchers in the 80s and 90s on their way to possible titles as well. That team was one of the most dynamic and entertaining teams to watch that I've ever had the opportunity to see, and again, that's comparing them directly to the squads that Knight continuously put together in Bloomington. The intangible that that team had that I really never saw in Bloomington was this: --You felt like that Auburn team was playing as much for Bruce as for each other and would run through a wall for him --Some of those Indiana teams we KNEW that they were playing together for each-other rather than for Coach Knight (hard to explain if you're not as familiar with his coaching strategy and tactics) Such great memories from that season. As long as Bruce stays on The Plains there will be many more to follow.
  17. Whew. It definitely never gets old watching these videos and I will always get chills/goosebumps/misty-eyed watching it all. Few things I'd like to add to this thread...6+ years later! 1. I missed the "Miracle @ Jordan-Hare". Oh, I was watching the game...the whole damn thing. Except when AU was lining up for that 4th-and-forever situation I was so disgusted I jumped up, grabbed the trash bag, and took it out. I wish I was kidding but that is exactly how it played out for me. Came in to the house with scenes of bedlam erupting on the TV and as happy as I was, I was PISSED that I walked away and missed arguably the biggest play in AU history since Bo "over-the-top". 2. That was NOT going to happen again! When things were looking bleak in that game I told my wife, "Do not let me leave!". As things were playing out for that 57-yard attempt and I'm standing behind the couch I pointed at Davis and told her that if the kick was short all he had to do was catch it and head left. I was saying this more for me to believe in miracles than as a predictor that it was actually going to happen. I live in a northern suburb of Indianapolis on quite possibly the LONGEST cul-de-sac in the world. I ran out the door screaming and proceeded to run down that damn street. And we had just moved into the neighborhood in September and I really didn't know any of our neighbors yet. Nearly 7 years later I still hear about that one from time-to-time! 3. Rod's call is as special as the play itself. It's absolutely perfect and captures everything. EVERYTHING. The range of emotion he goes through in those 15 seconds is the exact experience most of us had, and his elevating voice and then sheer jubilance is the icing on the cake to this immortal moment in AU history. Seriously, I cannot imagine Kick 6 with Rod Bramblett bringing it to life for us all. You know it meant as much to him as any AU fan and you can tell in his words and emotions. Thanks, Rod. 4. The videos are so fun to watch, but .... If you haven't watched the one with the AU Marching band, you are missing out: There are probably 200 faces in that shot. Pick one. Any one. And watch them. Watch how they run a full range of emotions. Watch how, in the midst of one of the greatest play in CFB history, they still manage to contain it just enough to play the fight song. It's just awesome to watch and again, it captures the pure emotion that all of us felt that night. Random question: What happened to the football? Did Davis get to keep it or is it on display at Jordan-Hare? (I cannot recall seeing it there, unless I'm just totally spacing it on this one)
  18. Such a well-written piece by Samir. And I absolutely love the fact that a higher percentage of it is about how he feels he has developed as a person rather than as a basketball player. If I'm Bruce Pearl or any of the coaches on that staff I take more pride in that than the Wins. Going to miss that shimmy after a made 3. Going to miss seeing that Philly "P" on his arm (I'm a born-and-raised Philly Sports fan). Thx for all the blood, sweat, and tears, Samir!
  19. Oh man. So infuriating that someone who knew that they had the flu and knew the "climate" out there still chose to endanger people like that. Worse than the fools in spring break who partied on...at least they weren't sick. My best to you all.
  20. So sorry to see you and your family are experiencing this. I lost my dad in Jan 2019 and mom on Thanksgiving of 2019...one was in assisted living and the other was on her way. I cannot imagine the fear and paranoia I would be having if both were still around and "trapped" in a facility where this could be running rampant or simply living at home. Both would definitely have been in the high-risk category. I do hope that all ends up well for you all, especially (and obviously) your mom.
  21. Someone failed his Shivers Education Course.
  22. I found this GEM quite amusing: "Holding but only Bama gets called for that."
  23. What a way to see that game end. Al the flags that could have (and should have!) been thrown, and it's a flag that ends the game for Alabama. I'm so happy for guys like Derrick Brown. What a way to go out in your last home game.
  24. I dont care what the stats say. Pass the ball to win the game.
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