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Is it me or I am totally off base? It seems to me that some of the media hates Auburn to the core. My question to everyone; What have Auburn done to deserve this kind of treatment? Maybe PM and BM can better answer the question. I am not talking about scarbinsky we all know he considers finebaum his daddy. I am talking about any other SEC team that returned 16 players would not be unranked.
If you look at our team on paper through disinterested eyes, they are right on, IMO.
1. We didn't "stay in our place." We were expected to be a competitive program, but not too competitive. We were expected to do exactly what we did with Tuberville, which was to beat top 10 teams with regularity but lose frequently enough to lower ranked teams such that we took ourselves out of contention for championships. The first reminder that we were "getting out of our lane" was the exclusion from the BCS CG in 2004. When we actually won it in 2010....well....that was just too much for most folks. It could have been worse. That win could have come against Texas or Nebraska or Michigan or USC. That would have put college football literally into convulsions. The 28-27 game was the single worst embarrassment in the history of UAT football, and it came at the hands of lowly Auburn.....in Tuscaloosa. That was the absolute end of any positive coverage out of Birmingham, Mobile, or Huntsville. Whatever it took, the Alabama media had to turn victory into a liability for Auburn, just like they did in 2004.
2. It is astounding the number of folks that still firmly believe that we paid for Cam, changed Jovon's grades, allowed Dyer to play knowing he was smoking dope and dealing guns, and somehow cheated LSU out of Reed and Robinson, to name just a few. I have been occasionally posting on Bleacher Report. You just can't believe the number of fans, from all over the country and not just the SEC, that fully believe Auburn to be a dirty program. The poison coming from Kevin Scarbinsky, Paul Finebaum, Jon Solomon, Thayer Evans, Chris Low, Mark May, Pete Thamel, SbB, Danny Sheridan, and all the other look-alikes., however false, has been devastating to our regional and national reputation. The NCAA exoneration is totally dismissed while the vomit spewing from these folks' keyboards is taken as though it was coming from the burning bush.
Reasoning with any of them is utterly and completely futile. I suppose we'll just have to suffer through it and hope that someday someone in the media with integrity and a brain can assemble the truth and publish it in a form that legions of mouth-breathers can understand and will accept. Until then, I suggest we simply stop reading their trash, stop putting hits on their message boards, and enjoy Auburn football within the family.
This post was edited by whamil77 23 months ago
War Damn and God Bless - Lutzie43
Let there be no doubt, I am indeed a proud Pop!! War Eagle!!
Auburn people feel a deep and passionate responsibility to uphold standards not written on paper, but lived from the heart.
In my opinion, a lot of it isn't necessary vitriolic attitudes rather than pandering. We have a great base of fans, but they know, escpecially with social media now, that a jab, poke or harsh article towards the rival of a large base will get reads, tune ins and the attention some of them seriously, and obviously need to exist.
Best thing Auburn, and Auburn fans can do, is try to stay above the fray. It's time for people to stop acting surprised when the next "What kind of program is Auburn Running" article comes out. They'll always be there. I like to jump on the writers too...can't deny that, but it certainly looks better, as AU fans, if we support our teams to performing on the field first, which then, in turn, answers all the quesions and exposes the writers for what they are.
wham....you, in my opionion, are spot on!!! Could not have been said better.
Well said. +1
Scot by blood, Southerner by Birth, Auburn Tiger by choice - War Eagle!
The only addition would be that last year just proved to them that 2010 was a fluke and that CGC is still the 5-19 coach that should have never been hired.
That is where you are wrong. Many teams that had the returning talent based on past recruiting class rankings, and then this class would definitely be considered in the national polls. I honestly believe most of today’s media types don’t do their homework. Auburn’s 2011 season was predictable merely on the base of youth, quarterback, and the loss of 30 seniors. The timing was bad because it followed a National Championship season. If Auburn is 3-0 going into the LSU, then expect Game Day in Auburn, all the naysayers doing the crawl daddy and Auburn given a 50-50 chance of beating LSU by the same ones who have forgotten about Auburn.
I am not totally certain that Auburn will have a great season. However, I am totally certain that Auburn has the BEST TALENT top to bottom that it has had since 2004. Honestly, though I am excited about the 2012 season, 2011 left a small bit of doubt in the back of my mind. I have butterflies in my belly. I am hoping that Auburn comes out of the gates like I think they will finish. We’ll have to wait, but my heart and soul will be with this team Saturday night. War Damn Eagle and remain Fearless and True.
I don't think we've ever gotten a fair shake in the media. I doubt we ever will. That's OK by me. Win and you can't be ignored.
"Always remember that Goliath was a 40-point favorite over Little David." Shug Jordan
A great person once told me (that was my mom), Auburn will never get a fair shake in the state of Alabama. We are greatly out numbered and this state will always be pro Alabama. Now that was about 45 years ago and she has been proven to be right. If we sign a great player they suddenly become good and good players become mediocre. Good players at bama become 5 stars. My local paper has at least one Alabama football article per day. When they have one on Auburn there will be three on Alabama. Heck, Jacksonville State gets more press than Auburn. There are some areas in Alabama that we get equal and fair coverage, let's see that was when I was in Auburn attending school. As mentioned by others win and they have to report that.
Maybe it's just the Auburn glasses I wear, but does anyone notice that Brady Hoke is getting lots of compliments for suspending a couple of guys for the Bama/Michigan game? Chizik does it and it's a program problem, someone else and it's a respected move.
"you're so vain, I'll bet you think this post is about you, don't you? Don't you?"
we simply cannot even think about the youth excuse. I watched the 82 iron bowl the other night. Our DLine was all sophmores. lots of youth on that team and we still beat the mighty Bear on his last game. We have sophs and juniors on the entire defensive front 7. The OL is a concern because of the inexperience- 3 new starters but there is talent there but it must be proven because of the quantity.
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