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    kick 'em in the ass, big blue.

  • kingofhill said... (original post)

    It would seem that: 1. He reached the point that he felt some kind of sense of entitlement. He could talk to people any way he pleased. 2. He, at that point in the 1982 season, was highly frustrated. He had lost two in a row. Auburn had not done much in that game (check the statistics) but was leading because bammer kept shooting themselves in the foot. He was on the verge of not only losing to the "cow college" but losing 3 in a row for the first time during his tenure at bammer. 3. He had also, to some extent, lost control of his team. There were several disciplinary issues on the 1982 bammer squad. All of those things together boiled out in that interview. It really seemed like he felt imposed upon by having to answer any questions. He came across as a rude classless jerk.

    Ref. para 1! I think the entitlement mentality has been passed down to most all bammers since the "bahr" retired.

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  • I agree. I didn't see any problem at all with that interview. If anything, he was very matter of fact and looked like an honest to God football coach. Anyone here that thought he was being mean or rude or a jerk wouldn't make it twenty seconds as a journalist or a football player. Just damn.

    Sometimes it is important to remember that college football is a game. It certainly does not warrant the bashing of a much beloved man that has been dead for nearly thirty years. Now, I know that the bammers annoy the heck out of all of us with their "Bear" worship, but it is their tradition. If you read the thread about the "War Eagle" battle cry, you will note that "War Eagle" is uniquely Auburn and seldom understood by outsiders. The "Bear" and the houndstooth are theirs. We throw toilet paper at our own trees, for Shug's sake. AND WE ARE PROUD OF IT!!! No one else can understand that (Except, maybe, the sofa burners in Morgantown, WV).

    The likes of Bear Bryant, Shug Jordan, and Pat Dye are iconinc symbols of the greatness of college football in the state of Alabama. I'd like to think that the last two national champions owe them ALL a bit of gratitude. Across the SEC and the South, the same can be said for Wally Butts, Vince Dooley, Bobby Dodd and Irk Russell in Georgia; Robert Neyland in Tennessee and Frank Broyles in Arkansas. And, though much more recently, Bobby Bowden and Steve Spurrier are the same for the state of Florida. Every single one of these men meant a lot to the boys they coached, and the fans that cheered them. Every single one of these men is beloved by the men they shaped and the fans that remember their triumphs. These men all left their respective programs better than they found them, and in doing so, left college football better than they found it. I respect them all. I'm sure John Heisman, himself, was rude once or twice.

    It will be interesting to see who joins this class. I'm not sure that the state of college football's coaching profession today will allow for anyone to do so, regardless of records and titles.

    The fans of the university of alabama at tuscaloosa give us plenty of ammunition to use in our quest to bash them. (See Updyke, Sheridan and the Finebaum callers)
    If coaches are your target, there are plenty of bona fide jerks coaching today. (See Lane Kiffin, Nick Saban and Petrino)

    On one hand you have fans that are loyal to a fault; willing to do anything, regardless of ethics and laws, to promote their team.
    On the other hand you have coaches that wouldn't know loyalty if it jumped up and bit 'em in the butt like a VC bullet on Forrest Gump.

    Pick your battles.

    WDE!

    Hating uga since 1892.

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