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@5LittlePiggies @SECFootballFan @I4Bama 

Since I was, if anything, defending Miles, I would assume towards John.  This is why I hate comments in type.  They are terrible at communicating subtlety.  In my second comment, I was establishing the fact that John wrote numerous articles about the Alabama situation.

1 year, 4 months ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU

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@SECFootballFan 

My comment below arose from a discussion over said article.  Article is actually the wrong word.  It evolved into a conversation over the course of several articles.

1 year, 4 months ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU

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I'll say this and only this -

I agree completely with everything you wrote and hope LSU chunks this punk, assuming all allegations are true.

Just to prove my lack of bias, though, Les Miles has much more information and, assuming he is willing to do the right thing as Saban was with the four thugs in Tuscaloosa, he should have the right to make the call when and how that information he holds dictates.

1 year, 4 months ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU

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Come on, John, get your gangster on.

Mo bigga mo betta.

1 year, 4 months ago on Bama’s Saban Says The SEC Is “More NFL-like”

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Can't help but notice a common name in the lull of two traditional big powers - Dennis Franchione.  Despite a ten-win season, he was not good for Alabama, though you could argue external factors there.  He may have set A&M back ten years.

1 year, 4 months ago on NFL Draft Rewind: The SEC’s Power Shifts Over Two Decades

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@DanHogan @I4Bama 

Understand.  Money and prestige.  My point to the eyeballs was to say that the two are tied as far as Vandy is concerned.  I guess, if they can do medical research that benefits someone, then it will certainly be useful, so long as they quit whining about football.

1 year, 4 months ago on Sources: The Big Ten Did Expansion “Homework” On Vanderbilt, Kansas & Oklahoma

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The Big Ten looking at Vandy proves they care about only two numbers:

1) How far they can stick their noses in the air

2) How much money they make

Probably in that order.  What else could Vandy possibly offer the Big Ten?  Another state to claim?  I hardly think ESPN or anyone else would consider the acquisition of Vandy to be the addition of lots of new viewers.  Having been to an Alabama game in Nashville where Crimson outnumbered gold at least four-to-one, I could attest to the lack thereof.

1 year, 4 months ago on Sources: The Big Ten Did Expansion “Homework” On Vanderbilt, Kansas & Oklahoma

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Those who are true sports fans and human beings are sorry to see the oaks go, regardless of our loyalties.  Harvey Updyke and his ilk do not represent Alabama football.  Sorry to see them go, Tigers.  Roll Tide.

1 year, 4 months ago on The Oaks At Toomer’s Corner In Auburn Are No More

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DJ Fluker's agent's words (and I couldn't agree more):

Gilmore was asked if he understands the toxicity of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry.

“I don’t care about it, man,” he said. “We’ve got people getting blown up in Boston. Bigger things.

“Come on now. This was a kid who was in Hurricane Katarina, who’s been poor all his life, who’s done everything the right way. He could have done everything the wrong way, OK? Let’s root for this kid. Let’s not beat him up.”

1 year, 4 months ago on Ex-Bama Lineman Fluker Says Twitter Feed Hacked, But How Prevalent Is Hacking?

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For all you UFO and bigfoot believers out there, which is more probable:

A potential first-round draft choice drops a bomb two days before the draft, unprovoked and out of the blue, with no apparent motivation, in the process burning all of his bridges to his alma mater, and it incidentally happens a week or so after two big stories on allegations at Auburn,

OR

His account was hacked?

1 year, 4 months ago on Ex-Bama Lineman Fluker Says Twitter Feed Hacked, But How Prevalent Is Hacking?

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I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
                                                                                       -George Bernard Shaw

1 year, 4 months ago on Reporter Responds To Auburn’s Response… More Responses To Come

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I tend to be skeptical of loyalty based on money and mutually assured destruction.  Lots of plea deals tend to arise from such loyalty.  The prenup may be iron-clad, but it guarantees nothing for the marriage.

1 year, 4 months ago on ACC Grant Of Rights Deal Could End Realignment Madness For A While

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@mowens75 

Notre Dame runs from anything that hints at true competition.  The irony is, if they had manned up and joined the SEC, with their resources, they would be among college football's elite right now.  If Bowlsby thinks he has Notre Dame, he isn't smart enough to hold his job.

1 year, 4 months ago on Big XII Commish: We’re Content At 10, But Our Eyes Are Open

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Bob, just keep praying the Tide changes in college football.

1 year, 4 months ago on Big XII Commish: We’re Content At 10, But Our Eyes Are Open

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When you look at a schedule to determine a team's toughest opponent and then have to debate whether Kentucky or Rutgers is a stiffer challenge, you know the sledding is easy.  Unless the three second-tier Florida teams are really a surprise, there is nothing Louisville could do during the season to merit any postseason consideration.  I would be trying to schedule a real team, too.

1 year, 5 months ago on Louisville Tried To Work Out A 2013 Game With A&M, Then Bama

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Hypothetically, would the likelihood of mitigating exit penalties go up with more teams involved?  If Maryland is going it alone, they are pitted against the rest of the ACC.  If NC/Duke/VA/GT/whoever else jumps in the boat are in play, would the ACC's case not be weakened?  Is this comment a wink and a nod?

1 year, 5 months ago on UNC Looking To Boost Athletic Revenue By 40%

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Sounds like the beginning of a justification/rationalization to me.  I think it is safe to say that the extra needed funds will not come from the ACC.  Unless this was an idle comment (hard to believe from someone holding this position at this school), why else would you say it?  Needing an extra twenty million to keep your rowing and lacrosse teams afloat is a pretty thin excuse in my book, though.

1 year, 5 months ago on UNC Looking To Boost Athletic Revenue By 40%

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Maybe they should use spice instead of peanut butter.  There appears to be plenty of it to go around.

:)

1 year, 5 months ago on Ex-Tiger Newton Likes What He Sees At Auburn Practice

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The spice story leaks like a sieve.  While it is entirely possible that a significant issue existed with the drug, there is no detail you can touch that does not crumble for lack of corroboration.  Even if the problem existed, given the drug's legality and unfamiliarity at the time, it is almost ridiculous to think Auburn could have done anything wrong.  If there is smoke that leads to fire, it is in providing money to players.  It makes no sense that Auburn would (or could) pay players to keep them from the NFL.  The word of disgruntled felons is hardly unassailable.  If there is somewhere to hang your hat on this front, it is with the HBO four or Cecil Newton, and those issues have nothing to do with these two stories.  Honestly, something still smells fishy, even though I hope it is nothing.  If it exists, though, I don't see it in these two stories.

1 year, 5 months ago on Auburn Beatwriter Slices, Dices Reports Alleging Violations On The Plains

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@Holtbru 

Agree completely.  Roll Tide.

1 year, 5 months ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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None of it is true.  Sorry.

1 year, 5 months ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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In Auburn's defense, try going to a parent with the results of a drug test for a drug that is not illegal and is largely unknown based on a testing method that has just been developed.  Then try going back to the parent when you find out that the initial testing methods that were hot off the press are flawed.  All of this while you are already under the NCAA microscope. 

However, and though I am an Alabama fan, I hope from the bottom of my heart that none of this is true, but...

The belief that all of this is just the result of Auburn being picked on and not having political connections is unhinged lunacy.  Cam Newton's dad was banned from Auburn games for a reason.  Am I then to believe that Cam was then eligible for every game of a national title campaign without any political clout and with the NCAA out to get them?  Please.  There is a lot of smoke to be no fire.  As I have said before, though, there is no proof.  Again, I hope none of it is not true.

1 year, 5 months ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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@b2v4ua @SabanSays 

The only way Slive covers for Auburn in all of these matters is if all thirteen other schools have equal amounts of dirt or if it can be handled internally without becoming public.  The second is not really an option, so be careful what you wish for.  I hope it is completely false in all fourteen cases.  I am not naive, but it could happen. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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For the record, as a college football fan, I am hoping none of it is true.

1 year, 5 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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There has been a lot of smoke, and any rational person would have to believe a fire may be there, but even all of the Cam Newton, HBO four, and Danny Sheridan combined with this story is far from proof.  There is little one can really know without access to the facts.  Even if this reporter's sources, quotes, and stories are "buttoned up," she is still stabbing in the dark.  Are we really to believe an accused felon with an axe to grind?  When Clay Travis needed attention, Trent Richardson was getting free suits and who knows what else, too, remember?

1 year, 5 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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I agree, John.  Like the uniforms.  If I had to change my team's look and swap with someone else in the country, my choice might be the Bulldogs.  They have some of the best looking stuff in college football.  Their clothes look good in stores, too.

Nike, on the other hand, is in my doghouse.  Their Tiger Woods "Winning changes everything" campaign is despicable.  I will not be buying anything else bearing a swoosh.

Go Dawgs, Roll Tide.

1 year, 5 months ago on UGA Unveils New Uniforms And New Secondary Logo

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One reason I hate reality tv is that it has eroded the appreciation for class in our culture.  Not solely responsible, but a factor.

1 year, 5 months ago on Saban Won’t Bite On Bielema’s Comment, While Some Say College Football Needs More Trash Talk

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Amen to the win, shut up, and act like you have been there before approach.

1 year, 5 months ago on Saban Won’t Bite On Bielema’s Comment, While Some Say College Football Needs More Trash Talk

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Nick Saban could take the same sentence, make it current instead of ancient history, apply it to Bielema, and it would go something like this:

"You can take his record for the last ten years and put it against mine, and he can't compare."

Something tells me words won't be necessary to get the point across.

1 year, 5 months ago on Bielema On Saban: “Can’t Compare.” On Previous Staff: “Emphasis On Pretty Boys”

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"...words that were passed?"  What the heck does that mean?  Did a pr person really write that?

1 year, 5 months ago on UF Accepts FGCU Apology For “(Expletive) The Gators” Chant

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What a swing and a miss.  So many endless possibilities.  Come on, Marcus.  Glad you are better.

1 year, 5 months ago on Ex-Gamecock Lattimore Weighs In On Spurrier’s Shirtless Style

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 @BonzaiB

 Unless you watched the game where they wore the uniforms that looked like the Maryland flag exploded on them just out of morbid uniform curiosity.

1 year, 5 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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 @BonzaiB

 Frank Reich and the comeback against Miami.

1 year, 5 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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That looks like Kathleen Turner in the picture, but it is not, is it?  Where do you get those?  I am not well versed on her filmography.  If it is a movie, it is not leaping to mind.  No, I don't think it is her.

1 year, 5 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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If he is tired of school, that at least seems to imply that he is being required to attend class and maintain his grades.  Credit to the U of M for that.

1 year, 5 months ago on UM’s Henderson Wants To Be A Leader… If He Returns

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Saban says, "I don't know anything about it,: but when Bill Battle accepts the offer, he says he has talked to Saban.  You would think Saban, at some point in time, would learn the phrase, "I really can't comment about that right now."

1 year, 5 months ago on Saban Says New Bama A.D. “Not My Decision,” While UT’s Hart Says He’s Focused On Vols

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@Gamecock in ATL @I4Bama 

I wasn't saying it was true.  I was saying that if the perception were out there, I think I would be doing my best not to feed it.  There is a balance between this, though, and letting the public dictate how you live your life.  Congratulations to Miles for not allowing that to happen.  I wouldn't have done the dance, though.  I hope he builds young men who are examples, role models, and mentors.  If he does this, I hope he succeeds and I will dance with him.

1 year, 5 months ago on LSU’s Miles Is The Latest To Do The Harlem Shake

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So, if the perception that you are really a kooky buffoon who is making a living off being lucky and living off a former coach's work is out there, are there certain places you just don't go?

1 year, 5 months ago on LSU’s Miles Is The Latest To Do The Harlem Shake

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Texas is a cancer.  Wouldn't you have left if you were putting up with that bull?

1 year, 5 months ago on Texas A.D. Dodds Blames End Of A&M Series On A&M (Also Talks Expansion)

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 @The regular guy

 Do you really think that Georgia Tech or Missouri or BYU or Purdue, or any of eighty other teams can mimic Saban's approach?  Sure, part of Saban's and Bama's success is due to hard work, intelligence, etc.  To ignore the obvious advantages inherent to Tuscaloosa and the SEC, though, would be ludicrous.  To be fair, many of those advantages exist because of dedication, hard work, and victories in past years, but still...

1 year, 6 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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When playing within the rules puts other teams at an inherent and unavoidable disadvantage or can even be seen as less than fair, the system is broken.

1 year, 6 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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I don't know about you, but when I think Masters, I think college basketball.

 

Something tells me the audiences do not overlap the way one might wish.

1 year, 6 months ago on Ex-SEC Coach, A.D. Newton Still In Favor Of Starting Basketball Later

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 @SECHog3  @I4Bama

Not competing, but just for clarity, the ten Moore owns are just for football.  Three other sports have won titles in his tenure as AD.

1 year, 6 months ago on USA Today Reveals Salaries For The Nation’s Athletic Directors (And SEC Schools Are Paying Well)

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Say what you will about Mal Moore, and it may or may not be true - hard to know without being there.  I do not have the knowledge to defend him or not.

 

It is impossible to argue with this, though.  The man owns ten, yes ten, national title rings.  As in, if Alabama three-peats, he will not be able to wear them all on two hands.  Hard to argue with that.

1 year, 6 months ago on USA Today Reveals Salaries For The Nation’s Athletic Directors (And SEC Schools Are Paying Well)

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I was in school at Alabama in 1988, Thomas' senior year.  He had 27 sacks.  In what Musberger called the greatest single defensive effort he had ever seen, Thomas helped us beat Penn State 8-3.  Two of the points were from his safety.  I have been watching and attending Bama games all my life, and I have never seen one individual dominate another team defensively the way he did that day.  It was something to behold.  He was everywhere all at once.

1 year, 6 months ago on 14 Ex-Players And 1 Ex-Coach From SEC Schools On College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

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Is there a stipulation, understood or stated, that personal character is a criterion?  There could really be no other reason that Derrick Thomas was not a unanimous first ballot choice.  I tend to wish for character to count, but when putting together a sports hall of fame it can be a slippery slope.  Does a DUI arrest trump four marriages?  Not shooting at anyone, but you get my point.

1 year, 6 months ago on 14 Ex-Players And 1 Ex-Coach From SEC Schools On College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

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Texas fooball fans should read and heed this as well.

 

1 year, 6 months ago on A Tip For Rebel Fans: You Don’t Blow Up The Best Coach You’ve Ever Had

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 @j_scott_o  @I4Bama

 Obviously, reason, logic, and fairness do not pass as currency here.  I am out.

 

Two weeks.  Our government, unbelieveably, allows people to remain on death row for decades and we are talking about taking two weeks to get it right. 

 

Tune in later when it happens at Auburn and I make the same point.  Until then...

 

Later.

1 year, 6 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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 @j_scott_o

 And don't misinterpret what I said about it seeming harmless.  Physical violence towards another such as this is inexcusable and I am glad the thugs are gone.  By seeming harmless, I mean perhaps the original scenario was just to intimidate someone and it went south.  It is but one possible scenario in a million in a situation most are treating as if they were standing and watching as it went down.

1 year, 6 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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