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Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:29 am
 

Did anyone say congratulations?

It's official: Auburn's 2010 national championship. The NCAA said so in a two-page lettter Wednesday announcing that not a darn thing -- besides daddy having his hand out -- had been found in the Cammy Cam Cam scandal. Further, it couldn't find a speck of dust resulting from HBO Sports' report that four former Tiger players took money.

So let me be the first to say it: Congratulations on that crystal football, Gene Chizik. War Damn Eagle? You bet. Be proud, Tigers. Shout it in the streets. You won the 2010 title ... in October 2011. Never mind that even the book stores are running low on championship game gear nine months later. It's taken a while but it was worth it.

Wasn't it?

Until this week my lasting memory of January's championship game was Michael Dyer's rollover and a screen shot of Cecil Newton in the stands. Those of us who have chased ghosts the last few months don't know whether to laugh, cry or go to the mall.

Reputations were ruined, speculation ran rampant, achievements were questioned. The fallout from the allegations has been a sad reflection of modern media. Check that. The media did fine for the most part. The likes of Danny Sheridan should be ashamed. Remember the infamous Bag Man? The oddsmaker -- yeah, I said it Danny -- got it to sound like a Batman villain. Sheridan knew a guy who knew a guy. It got him a lot of national attention. It drove traffic to his website. Newton and Auburn took a beating. Sheridan laughed all the way to the First National Bank of Fabrication.

The NCAA deserves some blame too. The fact that these investigations took 13 months shows how overtaxed the enforcement staff  is. Fifty interviews over 13 months averages out to less than four per month. Not to wave my notebook, but I do that in the average day.

In June the association put out fire with gasoline. Challenged by Chizik, NCAA enforcement chief Julie Roe Lach said: "You'll know when we're finished, and we're not finished." 

Well, now they're done. If those trees die, it will not be in vain. Harvey Updyke was, is and will be a nut job. Allegedly. The championship is legitimate. Scream it from the top of Toomer's. It's a day to celebrate at Auburn. Again. Officially. Today.

Question, though. Have the Toomer's trees ever been rolled at lunch time on a Thursday?

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:27 am
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

Newton received plenty of under the table benefits, as does any Auburn athlete who performs well, but nothing has been substantiated
Please provide proof...oh wait you can't.  You, like most of the public and press, have lived on rumors and innuendo.  I am not an apologist... I simply point out the facts.  But I guess like most Auburn haters you will not let facts get in the way of the truth.  I will tell you that I am greatly surprised that nothing came of this investigation.  When you have 60% of the state's population, the media, and the NCAA all trying to find something...I mean anything... that can burn you, and they don't it is pretty amazing.  So go on back to being a bitter fan of whatever school you pull for.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:19 am
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

Do all black folks live in government housing?  I didn't imply that Newton did, I was using that as an example of kids who are driving around in automobiles that appear suspect @ best when looking at their economic backgrounds.  I guess if you hold your nose you won't smell the stink coming out of Tuscaloosa.  But of course if you are already on probation and continue to cheat the best strategy is to cause a diversion.  Just like the player that jumps offsides...start jumping up and down and pointing @ the other team...maybe the ref will buy it.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

What makes you think that Cecil Newton lives in "government housing"? Is that just an automatic assumption for Auburn fans? Do all black folks live in government housing?

Cecil Newton is retired from the NFL. He is the Pastor of five diffeerent churches in the Atlanta area. He has two sons playing in the NFL. He tried to obtain cash money for directing his son to play at MSU. Cecil newton did that - not John Bond.




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Hilarious comedy here...

I see we have a professional Auburn apologist here.  It is a lot of fun watching him spend all of his time and energy defending such a worthless position.  
 
Auburn fans: you got lucky.  You didn't get caught this time.  Instead of money, you used the "world's oldest currency" to sway Cam Newton, and you got away with it.  Newton received plenty of under the table benefits, as does any Auburn athlete who performs well, but nothing has been substantiated.  Instead of wizzing away your energy thinking that you have "vindicated" Auburn, why not just go somewhere, have a few beers, and celebrate?  Maybe you can engage in some mutual, circular gratification with some of your Auburn pals.  
 
But don't actually expect anyone to believe your line of horse pucky when you try to tell the world that Auburn runs a clean program.  



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

It is amusing that you think one time makes you the best.

It is amusing to me that you are trying to change the the argument.  I did not say the best... because that is such a hard thng to measure.  If you google best college football rivalries both the Iron Bowl and tOSU vs UM will always be in the top 5, just in various order depending on whose list you are looking at.

I would say that television viewership is the best indicator on if the rest of the country cares.  The Iron bowl was also in the top 10 in 2009.  Not in 2008 because AU was so horrible and Bama was undefeated.  I mean nobody wants to watch a crappy game, which is why the rest of the country does not care about tOSU and Michigan.  It is just  that Big 10 is irrelevant.  UF vs Florida had a third more viewers than Wisky vs Neb, despite the fact that Game day was there and ESPN played up the game all day long. 

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/

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s-Media/CBS-ESPN-See-Record-Numbers

-For-College-Football-Coverage.aspx





Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

All college players sign autographs  Yeah...that is why UA's compliance department sent a cease and desist letter to T Town tailors.

Cecil Newton admitted he shopped Cam

Well we really don't know what he admitted.  One unnamed source said that admitted being a part of pay for play conversations with John Bond @ Miis. St. The other schools that recruited Newton said that Cecil did not ask them for money.  Obviously he thought about Bond's proposal, otherwise Auburn would not have disassociated with him.  But if you lived in government housing and had a son that was an exceptional football player and an Alabama alum came to you and said that he could get you an Escalade or a Charger if your son would only sign with UA...well you just became a party to a conversation to a pay for play scheme and your son did nothing wrong.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

True we do have a little state which is why it is so amazing the the IRON BOWL was the most watched game in 2010.


It is amusing that you think one time makes you the best.  You take that one time and hang it on a wall, the rest of the country knows which is the greatest rivalry. The only one that can argue different is Army vs Navy.  Other than that keep trying. 


corona79
Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:31 am
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Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:53 am
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

SmartTiger,  what smoke around Richardson?  All college players sign autographs.   Cecil Newton admitted he shopped Cam.  It's not smoke. LOL.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:33 am
 

Nine months later it's official: Auburn is No. 1!

As far as the biggest, well it may be the biggest for your little state, but I am talking country wide. 

True we do have a little state which is why it is so amazing the the IRON BOWL was the most watched game in 2010.  12.5 million viewers where the colleges sit in the same state and that state only has 4.8 million people.  Michigan has 9.9 million people and Ohio has 11.5 million people.  Since you are an Ohio State fan I'll assume you are a little slow and do the math for you...that is nearly 4.5 times the population of our "little state."  Your "country wide" rivalry didn't even make into the top 10 games viewed.  UM or tOSU were not represented once, however Bama and Auburn were on that list multiple times. (3 apiece).

http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=472136

I will give you that back in 2006 when tOHS and UM were ranked 1 & 2 with 15 million veiwers, but in the context of populations and Alumni really not all that impressive.  (Auburn and Alabama have a total student population of 57,261, tOHS and UM have a total of 96,688 so it would stand to reason that there are more alumni of UM and tOSU) 





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