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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Whoopin' Dogs & Takin' Names

Bo Nix
AP photo by Butch Dill
Beat down. Crushed. Destroyed.

I could go on, although I think you get the idea. The way this game unfolded was unlike anything any one of us expected. Auburn flat out handled Mississippi State in J.H.S. for a 56-23 victory Saturday night.



Every mistake the Bulldogs made in the first half was punished with an Auburn touchdown. The Tigers took their first five possessions and scored. 

Everything seemed to work to the home teams advantage. Except the a few suspect rulings on the field, and the dreaded fumble bug. 

Auburn turned the ball over 3 times. All fumbles. With an asterisk, one fumble really wasn't a fumble. It was dubiously ruled a fumble, and the replay booth did not get the call right. 

There are still many things for this team to improve on. 

I would love to see improvement in our pass defense. Some weakness has been exposed the last two games. I mentioned in a tweet during the game that Auburn still has to face some high quality QB's on the schedule. The best teams in particular, Florida, which Auburn plays next week, Georgia, LSU and Alabama are very efficient passing the ball.

While there are a ton of things I liked in this game, Auburn still has the toughest road to Atlanta in the conference. All still ahead of them. Which matches the Auburn Creed well.

Work. Hard work!

War Eagle!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Tiger's Victorious at Kyle Field 2019 Edition


Auburn took a varied offensive game plan and a stingy defense on the road to victory against #17 ranked Texas A& M Saturday. The Aggie defense was slow to adjust as the Tigers jumped out to a 14-3 lead and never looked back winning by the score of 28-20.

The Tigers defense was very effective against the run. Especially in the first half, as indicated in the chart below.

Image
Chart courtesy of @AUGoldmine 

Auburn's defense didn't allow the Aggie access to the end zone until the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile the offense came out with some different play calling. A creative mix of passes, sweeps, and Run/Pass options were effective in opening hole in the Aggie defense. Auburn took full advantage of it.

One area the offense needs to get better is the deep pass. Nix had multiple opportunities to connect downfield, yet didn't. When that part of the offense gets in rhythm, this will become very difficult unit to defend.

A very good conference win coupled with a solid team performance is what was needed. Auburn did just that.

It's great for the fans to see our Tigers go on the road, and come out victorious. A tip of the hat goes out to Sal Cannella. His perimeter blocking was outstanding, and a huge key in this win.

War Eagle!


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What Can & Can't Happen

photo by: Tiffany Pyle

I will attempt, key word there, to look at the upcoming game at Kyle Field against Texas A&M.

What Can Go Wrong:

If Derrick Brown isn't near full strength, and the injury that caused him to be pulled during the Kent St. game is more serious than we were led to believe. Then someone has to step up and fill that void. If not, the effect could be detrimental to Auburn's chances.

If Prince Tega is still a no show as he was during the Kent St. game, the offensive line will have to shuffled around because, oh yeah,  the injury to Bailey Sharp. It's my assumption that Jack Driscoll will be moved to left tackle, and Nick Brahms will step in at center. That moves the right side of the line outward.
The fourth game into the season is where you would hope the offensive line could start asserting itself strongly. Chemistry having already been established. 

Throw in a few position changes, and a new player inserted and you get a big fat question mark in an area that was already under heavy (pardon the pun) scrutiny.

Auburn's defense has been a little shaky against the pass. If this keeps up, things could get messy in a hurry. 

Kellen Mond is a true threat to run. He's also very capable of keeping plays alive, and thus giving his receivers plenty of time to find an open spot on the field. Auburn simply can not let this happen very often. The results will be a very tired Auburn defense, and a road loss of epic proportions.

What Can Go Right:

The injuries to Derrick Brown, and Prince Tega are very minor, both play, and thus the musical chairs game wouldn't be necessary along the offensive or defensive lines.

Auburn must be able to run the ball effectively in order for the offense to operate at a high level. Continued improvement in this area is a must against SEC opponents. If we see more improvement in the run game, Auburn can make this a good game. 

If Auburn can somehow start connecting on some of the longer pass plays, then good things will happen. The Aggies have a weakness. Their pass defense is not where they would want it to be heading into conference play. If Auburn can exploit that, it could get ugly for the home team.

Predictions:

Auburn could play a flawless game and score 40+ points. I don't see it happening, but....

This will most likely be a defensive battle with a ton of adjustments made by both squads. Who makes them quicker, and better? Who wins the turnover margin? Which team wants it more? 

A loss here doesn't bode well for Auburn with the difficult schedule they still have in front of them. While a win doesn't guarantee anything. 

Texas A&M on the other hand simply can not afford to lose another game. They would stand zero chance at making the playoffs if they lose at home to Auburn.

The Aggies have lost their primary RB for at least this game. 

That makes it Auburn 27 Aggies 24.

WAR EAGLE!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

AU-mazing Homecoming

Aubie celebrates another Touchdown Auburn!
photo from: 
https://www.al.com/life/2019/09/auburn-fans-in-the-stands-kent-state-2019.html
Gus Malzahn's message was clear. Zero turnovers and run the ball. Auburn did just that en route to a 55 to 16 victory over Kent State for Homecoming 2019. 

The Tigers rushed for 467 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Averaging 7.5 per carry as they fine tuned their rushing game heading into next weeks SEC opener against Texas A&M.



Kent St.    Auburn
Total Yards  321 633
Pass Yards 229 166
RushingYards   92 467
Penalty Yards 05/01/53 06/01/59
1st Downs 19 32
3rd Downs 09/18/19 08/13/19
4th Downs         0-0 01/01/19
TOP 26:37:00 33:23:00

JaTarvious "Boobee" Whitlow led all rushers with 135 yards. Followed by Joey Gatewood, and Shaun Shivers who ran for 102 yards each.

Auburn scored double digits in each quarter, and in true Auburn fashion, put the game away in the 3rd. quarter. 


WAR EAGLE!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Gee But It's Great To Be Back Home

Sunset at JHS
photo by Randy Comer

Good morning everyone and War Eagle!

Our Football Tigers are 2-0 to start the season. While that's not news, it's a very positive start. Are they playing great football right now? No. Are they winning? Yes.

No doubt we'd like to see a much more productive output from our offense, and I think we will this week against Kent State. That said, I recall in the preseason press conference, Gus Malzahn telling us that he was going to lean on his defense early, maybe 4-5 games while the offense matures. 

We have seen flashes of what the future could be, it's just going to take some time. A luxury, Auburn runs out of after this weekend. 

On a personal note: I had been blessed to take a dream vacation. Traveling around the western United States this summer, I was able to visit many of our National Parks, and some other very beautiful places. 

From extreme SE Alabama to Glacier National Park, and over to Coos Bay, OR.

We met tons of nice people. Went to some great small town restaurants. Enjoyed some really nice weather, and made it home safely. 

I don't regret that I made the decision to not post about Auburn while I was gone. Although, I am happy to be back, and look forward to the rest of the season with you.

War Eagle!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A message from my orange and blue soul


Fourteen weeks ago, we suffered an immeasurable loss to our Auburn Family. Rod and Paula were called home leaving two children, family, friends and the Auburn Family in shock. This is right after in my humble opinion was the most amazing year in Auburn Athletics history.

As the game started yesterday, for the first time in 24 years of marriage, my wife and I sat down next to each other to watch Auburn Football. You see, I tend to scream and get loud but yesterday was not about the outcome it was about being able to share. To share the moments that would be unfolding in the game. We watched the team and the institution we both graduated from and love. A week ago, we got a sobering reality check that we are lucky to even be here sharing this moment.

I was not able to do the 100’s of the tweets during the game, I am not back there yet, giving status, graphics and my opinion (which is only that) about what is going on. I am just not fully there yet, but I did follow my feed by reading what others were tweeting. Al Kotero had to remind everyone football was a 4 Quarter game 😀



The message is simple, and I tweeted it yesterday but wanted to put it in a post, so it did not fly by on a feed. I believe it is that important.


Live the experiences and moments in life to their fullest always believing, hoping and supporting. There will be ups and downs but always, always know that if you believe and are a supporter when things bounce back the triumphs are a thousand times sweeter… don’t take for granted the ability to be here, in the now, with your family and friends sharing in what you love and are passionate about. 
We know it can all change in a second...


Some took to twitter in the first half expressing opinions and feedback, it is absolutely your right to do so. I can tell you as my wife and I sat watching, believing and knowing that we are Auburn, and this is just what Auburn does. We just believed and were supporting our coaches and players for better outcomes, wanting the defense to shake it off and get a stop, and they did. Knowing that they would and could turn it around and that just being able to watch football again was honestly a blessing within itself.


Be positive, believe and supportive. I guarantee you that our players and coaches do not go and get on that field in front of the hundreds of thousands if not millions of fans to fail. They want to win. Positivity breeds positive outcomes. Yes, this may be sunshine pumping, but I will tell you, feel blessed and thankful that you get to share that sunshine today with your loved ones. Feel blessed, we all are to be a part of the Auburn Family.

War Eagle

P.S.

A couple of game comments and shout outs.

Bo Nix, way to never lose your confidence, you stood there and believed, Gus believes, your Dad believes and not that it matters but I saw you handle yourself in adversity and I believe.

Joey Gatewood, thank you, without you, we do not win. You showed me you are a team player, I am excited to see more of you in the weeks to come.

Boobie, Kam, Eli, Seth, Sal, Spencer, Eli and everyone else way to hold onto the rock!

Big Kat way to run! 

Defense, if they are the best offensive line in college football, feed the next 11 games!

Offensive line, you know what you need to do, get it done! I believe in you all! Be better than yesterday!

Andy Burcham, God bless you and the strength you show, great calls, awesome energy, sending you a big Auburn Family hug.

R.I.P. Rod and Paula

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Every day

I sat down last week and after winning the NCAA Regional against Georgia Tech I reflected on the extraordinary losses our Auburn Family had in the days just before. I still pray for those who were left behind to carry on the family name, honor them and remember them. This however comes with pain and sometimes a want to just have it subside.

This was written last week and the artwork was completed after we defeated North Carolina in the Supers. To see this team and these young men come together behind this coach is truly inspiring.

I hope this captures and is a tribute to all of those who have passed. God Bless and please support and pray for those who need strength to get through the day.


If you have interest in a print, as always just let me know.

War Eagle! AURob

Monday, June 3, 2019

Tigers Win Atlanta Regional Championship

Thanks to some timely hitting and impressive pitching Auburn was able to move on to the Super Regional in Chapel Hill, NC. Our Tigers will face North Carolina.

Steven Williams was the Regional MVP finishing 6 of 13 with a double and a "Walk Off" HR in the first game against Georgia Tech.

Here's how they got there:







War Eagle!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Glorious Unfolding


Go Crazy, Cadillac. Go. Crazy.

When I first heard the news, like everyone else, I was devastated. I spent a while praying, "These kids need a parent! What are you doing, God?"  Of course, a while later, I heard the news that he had passed. I spent the next day reading the comments and tributes of people who knew him well or knew him.  The first thing I thought was, "God, why does this keep happening to us? Why would you take him and his wife? What about these kids?"



Artwork courtesy of @AURobUSA Used with permission. 


During worship the next morning, God presented this song to me:

"You called my name
Then I ran OUT OF THAT GRAVE
Out of the darkness
Into your glorious day"

Glorious Day by Kristian Stanfill


Used with permission from @CFullman







I was comforted a little bit at that time. However, the more I read what people had to say, the more I was blown away. I did not know Rod. I saw him innumerable times at games. He was always doing his game day broadcast. Sometimes I would stop and listen for a little while. I wish I had stayed a few minutes longer. I wish I would've taken them time to tell him thank you or to meet him. I procrastinated writing this post. I used the excuse that I could not find a particular radio broadcast that I wanted. I still have not found it, but it was really just that I was not ready to write. I do not know why the days of Rod's life were fewer than we wanted. It does not seem to be that taking home two lovely people would be part of the master plan, but God's ways are not our ways. Here is what I do know. Rod radiated joy. He felt what we felt. He made us feel what he wanted. He had the ability to turn a phrase like no other person. He was generous. He loved Auburn. He loved our players. He made them feel important. He loved with his whole heart and let us know that he did. There is not a better Auburn man that I can think of. Rod got to do what he loved and had some really special calls. I have found it extremely hard to name a favorite, but if I had to name one, it would be this: "The view from up here is sheer perfection."


Used with permission from @kimt205



I did not know much about Paula. I know Rod spoke of her often. She let us love him too. That says a ton about her character to me. 

I do not know why we lost Philip, Rod and even players in 2012. It makes it hard. I will be honest. I really struggle with it sometimes. I know that God must have something really special in store for the Bramblett family and Auburn. I am trying to choose to trust Him. It is going to be a long road for his children and other family members.Would you join me in praying for the Bramblett kids and the rest of their families? Would you join me in praying for his friends?



" And this is going to be
A glorious unfolding.
Just wait and see
And you will be amazed.
You've just got to believe
The story is so far from over
So hold on to every promise
God has made to us.
And watch this glorious unfolding."
- Glorious Unfolding, Steven Curtis Chapman




This song means a lot to me. I know there is something great in store. God's timing is not our timing. Rod and Paula are not sad tonight, even if we are. 

Tomorrow, as Rod and Paula are memorialized, even if you cannot make it, let's wear our orange blue. Let's post our favorite phrase of his. Post a picture of the orange and blue sunset if you can get a photo. One day this week or next, let's do something. Let's do an act of kindness like paying for the next person's meal, coffee, gas or helping someone who you see that needs help. You can post about it or it can be completely anonymous. Rod loved with his whole heart. Let's do the same. 

War Eagle!







Monday, May 27, 2019

Not Once, But Twice A Tribute To Jim & Rod

Randy Comer:
It is Memorial Day and I am still reflecting on how fragile this life can be after the Auburn Family lost two of their own last Saturday evening. 

I now feel that a part of me will now be missing whenever Auburn plays a football game because Rod Bramblett will no longer be calling the games. It will be difficult for me to imagine today if anyone can match his talent at describing the play on the field. 

I first heard Rod calling baseball games in 1993 and I always thought that he would go on to another venue. I could actually sit in the stands, close my eyes and follow the game just listening to Rod. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Rod several times and he always remembered my name and asked about my family. I watched him many mornings prior to an Auburn football game taking the time to talk to people. Rod will be missed by the Auburn Family and I really hope the best for his two children. 

I will always remember Rod for two of his greatest calls in 2013. The "Miracle in Jordan-Hare" and the infamous "Kick Six". I will always remember where I was in the Auburn stadium when these calls were made. 

Here are the words of the infamous "Kick Six" that I keep on my I pad. I was one of those people on the field that night.

"Davis is gonna run it all the way back! Auburn is gonna win the football game! Auburn is gonna win the football game! He ran the missed field goal back! He ran it back 109 yards!"

"They're not gonna keep 'em off the field tonight! Holy Cow! Oh my God! Auburn wins! Auburn has won the Iron Bowl in the most unbelievable fashion you will ever see! I can not believe it! 34-28! And we thought a Miracle in Jordan-Hare was amazing! Oh my Lord in Heaven!"

War Eagle!

**A special thanks to @AURobUSA for editing and creating the tribute video. His work is truly appreciated.

Klell Lawrence:
The most difficult post I have ever attempted, bar none. 

Shaken with the death of Rod and Paula Bramblett,  I have wrestled with whether or not my thoughts were worth sharing. I was encouraged by the wonderful group of folks that write for our humble site to make the effort. So, here goes.

The people of my age that love Auburn have had the envious pleasure of hearing some truly memorable broadcasts of our Tigers. These calls gave us a sense of belonging. 

When the NCAA ruled a television ban against Auburn in 1993, we had Jim Fyffe articulating every aspect of the game including just how rich blue the sky was. 

For Auburn fans, we knew we had the best in the business working for us. Helping our minds visualize the entirety of the scene. Whether it be basketball or football. Then suddenly, Jim Fyffe was taken from us. 

"Every blessing has it's own little burden." - Unknown

Blessings being what they are, Auburn caught lightening in a bottle, not once, but twice! 

Enter Rod Bramblett. 

A friend of mine,  reached out in the immediate aftermath of our devastating news Saturday evening. "It's hard to follow a legend, and he (Rod Bramblett) did it." 

That resonates with me today. 

I have never heard anything but praise from those who knew Mr. Bramblett. Whether they worked with him, or met him in passing. He was a gentle spirit by all accounts. He will be missed. 

I can't think of a better soundtrack to blend the calls of these two Auburn legends, than that of the country music legend George Jones. "Whose Gonna Fill Their Shoes" ENJOY!


***Editors note: We don't make a profit at this site. We haven't any rights to the music or the audio portions of Auburn broadcasts. They have been used simply for tribute purposes.

WAR EAGLE EVERYBODY!