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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Auburn Hosts the Aggies

Auburn will soar against the Aggies

Who: Texas A & M Aggies
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium
When: November 8th, 2014

The last time Texas A & M came to Jordan-Hare Stadium, there was a monumental beat down. The host Tigers were handed their hats in an unceremonious fashion. The worst home defeat by an Auburn team ever.

Johnny Manziel  and his high powered offense scored three TD's in each quarter of the opening half, and crushed our boys in Blue by a score of 63 - 21. I sat thru the entire game, watching the stands empty out at halftime. My heart was broken. I knew, without any doubt after this performance that Gene Chizik was going to be fired at season's end. This loss was so epic, many thought Jay Jacobs, the Auburn Athletic Director, would fire Chizik that week.

The lone bright spot was watching Jonathan Wallace, C. J. Uzomah and the rest of the offense keep working to get scores. A by product of their former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, I'm sure. The current O.C. wasn't getting the job done. The next few weeks were to be the proof of this.

This time however,  things will be much different. Auburn turned things around like no other team in college football history in 2013, and Johnny Manziel is a problem for the NFL, now. In 2014, the Aggies are  looking to come into JHS and upset the Tigers. Spoiler Alert: It ain't gonna happen!

Let not your mind deceive you, Kevin Sumlin has not had any problems starting new QB's in his system. Sumlin is very good at what he does, and I expect no less than a meaningful, hard fought contest from the Aggies. Their problems stem from off the field issues during the off season.

 As noted by blogger @SECblog in this post "Two words: Fulmer Cup. Up to the time of writing, Texas A&M had TEN players arrested. TEN. Everything from fights to weed to shoplifting. Anyway, Coach Sumlin isn’t screwing about, because he booted starting LB Darian Claiborne, starting DT Isaiah Golden, redshirt freshman S Kameron Miles, and DL Gavin Stansbury‘s has ‘left the team to attend personal issues’ too, after he was arrested earlier in the year for pouring beer on a Rice University student and punching him in the face. Oh, and one of his top offensive weapons for 2014, WE Ricky Seals-Jones, was arrested on charges of disorderly contact, and would-be starting QB Kenny Hill was found passed out in a flower bed, and arrested for public intoxication."

There may be some discipline problems at the home of the 12th man. Every school has issues, and I certainly am not giddy about these developments. Come November however, all of these suspensions that did not lead to dismissal from the team, will be long over with, and Auburn will face the full force of this Aggies squad.

Auburn's offense matches up very well vs. the Aggies defense. Of course so did everybody else last season, to include Rice. I don't see the Aggies defense stopping the Auburn offense very much. The A & M secondary was porous last season, and they return all 4  starters there. Auburn will be much improved in the passing game, and that spells a fun day at home for the Tigers.

With Manziel, and highly drafted WR Mike Evans both gone, A & M will be much more dependent on their run game. The offensive line is good, but the Aggies won't be able to score enough points to keep up with Auburn  by running the ball.

Look for Auburn 42 - A & M 27


Faster: It's Gonna Happen!

 Auburn has something special going right now. I can't put into words accurately how this feels, and all of the emotions that are flowing because of the way this team is being led. All I can say without a single ounce of doubt, is that Auburn University football is among the elite in the college football world, and it will stay there as long as Gus stays.

War Eagle!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Can you feel it? That slight vibration in the ground, it's shaking. Can't you feel it? Really? You don't feel that? I can, and let me tell you now, I can't wait until it's roaring in my ears. 

What's that? You don't know what I'm talking about? Let me explain it to you, if I can. 

There is a place where music is played, and the crowd is going berserk. No, it's not a concert. It is a college football game. Not just any college football game, an Auburn University football game. Where the best marching band in the nation plays on the best turf in the nation.

Just so happens, the very best football in the nation is played there too. Come see, and hear, for yourself.

 It sounds like this:

Catching Up

I took some time off recently, without letting you know it was happening. I apologize for that. Hopefully, these next few days will make up for that mistake. Let's get to this, shall we?
 Sad news as we hear that Tyler Nero has had to call an end to his football career. Nero suffered a fainting episode, during a spring practice session. 

 "He is going to get his degree and could possibly help us with football," Malzahn said. "He's a great kid and we wish him nothing but the best." Tyler's scholarship will not count against the NCAA limit for the team. 

 Two Tigers received good news recently when WR Jaylon Denson and LB Justin Garrett were granted an extra season of eligibility after suffering major injuries during the 2013 season.

Workout much? You will appreciate this video of our Tigers working to get better.

Zach Mettenberger, who was the starting QB for LSU last season, was sucker-punched by an Alabama Crimson Tide fan

This illustrates the mentality of a larger portion of the fan base than many care to admit. The author starts out with the right intention, and even words his/her comments to steer your thoughts that there may be, at least some, that actually have disdain for these actions. Ultimately, to let us all down. Here is the link.!bkp97F

Auburn is blessed with some players that are as much a blessing to Auburn. C.J. Uzomah is one of those players. Watch:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prayer Group

Auburn players in prayer

*** If you emailed me and did not get a response OR your email is something other than gmail, please email me at my other account which is  - You can also send me a message on twitter which is @tatershell

Back in 2012, as many of you know, things turned quite sour for our beloved football players. There were so many things that just kept coming at them- Jay's mom died, Coach Chizik's mom died, the fella who was one of the managers died, they had already lost friends earlier that summer- it just seemed the boys had a lot of things going on. I felt led to pray for the players individually, but there was no way I could do it by myself. There were several others who joined in with me including Klell, Jonathan, Mike, Christian, and I think there might have been one or two others. I was curious if anyone was interested in doing it for this year.  If you don't know anything about me, I am a high school special education teacher. I work with tutoring for a lot of our athletes. I get quite protective of my fellas (high school)  and I can't think of a better way than to have a prayer group for them. I have personally witnessed how the loss of a teammate (for the high school where I teach) shredded a team and kids to little bits. I know that not all of these players knew Lutz well, but they are all going to need support with prayers. I think that he had an influence on so many that his loss will be felt throughout the team. I got a chance to meet Jay Prosch and a few others this year at the Senior Bowl. I told him that there was a group of us that prayed for them on an individual basis- and he got up and hugged me.

Each week, we would assign a pray- er to jersey #s, such as 1-20 or 21-40, or coaches, etc. We rotated so that we got a chance to pray for different players. If something great happened, we tried to share about it. For instance, Sammie Coates had posted on his twitter that he was baptized, so we shared that with the prayer group. If we knew about anything specifically that was going on with a player, we tried to let that player's pray-we know. Let me tell you, its much harder to be upset with a player if you have been praying for him that week! It is a personal challenge, but I think its something that is worth it. If anyone has a better idea on how to rotate the players, I am open to doing it differently.

This isn't so much about praying for a win or a great game, although I am sure most of us have done that at some time. These guys go through a lot on a daily basis. They need prayers for safety, for schoolwork, or any other issues that might be going on with them. Many of us follow them on twitter and some of them share things on there. It's not like we have inside information on any player, but you don't have to have that to pray for them.  We can rotate players again or keep the same ones. Last time we sort of did it through twitter or on another blog. If you are interested, let me know. You can send me a twitter message @tatershell or you can send an email to

It can get a bit tedious but it is worth it.  We only had a small group, so it was a lot to pray for 25 players each week. I hope we can so it so that every player is getting an individual prayer each week. If something especially difficult is going on with a player or coach, that can be shared and more of us can pray for that guy.  If you are interested, let me know and we will figure it out how we are going to set it up.

Gus Malzahn visits ESPN

Chillin4Charity Rick Nold

Auburn Tigers Chillin4Charity

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Are You a Champion?

2013 BCS Auburn Pep Rally. photo by John Pyle

Last year at the Iron Bowl, I had the pleasure of meeting Debi Robbe while tailgating before the game. Debi is a member of Fan of the Fans, an organization that has a unique way of looking at college football. 

Fan of the Fans hold a contest every year before the football season searching for the very best tailgating experience. Upon their trip to Auburn last season, they saw many that they thought could win their contest. I thought I would pass along some of the information to you so that, if you wanted, you could enter and win another National Championship for Auburn.

  When- 8/9/14
  Where - Georgia Dome Parking Lots
  Time - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  Why - To Celebrate the Spirit and  Power of the Passionate College Tailgating Fans

  You win as the best for your University, then your Conference, then National Championship
In my discussions with Ms. Robbe I asked her why they would do something like this, and what led them to do this? Here is her response: 
"When we visit college campuses we have found that tailgating comes in many forms but the key is always the entire lifestyle of a tailgate.  From food, drink, clothing, decor, transportation, pets, signs, sound and music, cheers, dances, flags and more.  But everyone feels like they belong to that Tailgating Family and their University. 

Seems to us that the fans create the passion and life of the athletics of the school.  We found that the focus of the celebrating is always directed at the athletes and little thanks or celebration is directed to the Fans!"
So, if you are interested in something like this, or just love great food, and want to check it out , we have the information for you below. 
  1) Enter! 
  2) Look at all the different categories - Figure out the categories that your entire tailgate   includes in their tailgate.
  3) What do you and your tailgate group do best? Food, Clothes - Men and Women, Kids, Pets, Decor, Flags, Jewelry, Retro Fit or Remodel, Games.
  4) See if your tailgating friends and family can help in anyway to fit in any category.
  5) So you don't have a big tailgate family and need equipment - Enter the Tailgating Relay Race and win Tailgating Equipment.
  6) Make new friends
  7) WIN OMAHA Steaks and School, Conference and National Bragging Rights!
Seems like a really fun time to me. You can contact Fan of the Fans many different ways. Please direct all of your questions to them. 

National Collegiate Tailgating Championship
We are Fans of the Fans!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Philip's Legacy

Photo courtesy of Christy G.  (tatershell)
We've been a hurting family for the last few days. We have wanted to help, with no physical way to do so. I've prayed for his family and friends, but wished I could do more. Now, we can.

Yesterday, Philip's family started the process of setting up a foundation in his honor. It takes a significant amount of money to begin a foundation. His family has called it 'Lutzie 43- I know God's Working so I Smile.' Philip's family wants to continue the loving spirit Philip showed everyone while he was here with us. Here is a link to the website.

Lutzie 43- I know God's working so I smile

Please give if you can. Even if it is only a small amount, give anyway. When we put it all together, it will add up. If you are uncomfortable donating online, the Lutzenkirchens have an address in Marietta where a donation can be mailed. Also, any Bank of America will take a donation if you let them know the name 'Lutzie 43- I know God's working so I smile.'

 We know Philip loved other people. Now our Lutzie had a unique way about him, but he showed love everyday to all sorts of people. He had a reach that was almost unbelievable. This would be a way that we can help to continue and keep his love around. We loved him, now let's do something so that others can love him too! We know there were several things Philip was passionate about. One was children with cancer. Another was Youth for Christ.

If you have questions, you can probably contact one of his sisters over twitter. They have all put this information in their twitter timelines.