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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Auburn vs Ole Miss Poem

Our loss to Arkansas was a let down!
A case of too little too late!!
Our team was off balance
Coming out of the gate!!

It took too much time,
To get everyone on beat,
Focus was lost, mistakes were made!!
Which led to our defeat!

It's time to find our  rhythm!!
Stay focused and get aligned!!
We have what is needed,
But we are almost out of time!!

We must shut out the negativity;
Close our ears to all the naysay!!!!;
Take charge of the moment!!;
Stand together and seize the day!!!

It is not a lack of ability
From our tigers or their coaches!!!
But our men seem to lose confidence,
When adversity approaches!

Beating the Ole Miss Rebels,
Would be just the needed spark,
That leads us into a bright future,
And out of the gloomy dark!!!

Tigers remember your commitment,
To be there for your brother!!
Keep your eye on the prize!;
And protect one another!!

Your Auburn Family loves you!
In Auburn Tigers we believe!
Give of your best, heart and soul!
There is nothing you cannot achieve!!

Shut down the rebel offense!!
Bond together, build a wall!!
Let's end the day victorious!!
With Auburn Pride, standing tall!!!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015 Faculty Awards: Geoff Hill

Preseason Waterpark Ride

Interesting discussion yesterday on Twitter. Can Auburn, specifically Gus Malzahn, win Championships without a mobile quarterback?

I believe his resume' at Tulsa says he can. 

In 2007 Paul Smith was the QB for the Golden Hurricane. He had less than 300 yards rushing for the season, and these were his passing stats: 
Gms. Comp.  At.    Pct.  Yards   Yds./Att  TDs     Int      Rating

14    327       544   60.1   5065      9.3
          47        19       159.8                  

Tulsa had the #1 rated overall offense in the country in 2007

I'd love to read your thoughts in the comment section

Many believe that the Auburn defense is the reason the Tigers are sitting at 4-3 instead of 6-1. That could be true, and the first one to admit there is plenty of work to still be done is Will Muschamp, the defensive coordinator at Auburn. 

Below is an interview provided by and Phillip Marshall

Auburn can win with so called pocket style passer at QB, the defense needs to perform better than it has since 2008/2009. Coach Muschamp is the guy to get things done, it will just take time.

I wrote preseason, expect to be preseason favorites. That is how championship programs are built! We must accept that we will not win the championship every season, but we must become more familiar with championship expectations.
Becoming more acclimated with highly ranked preseason expectations also means we must become more acceptable of seasonal fluctuations of greatness. An ebb and flow exist even in the best programs. Like a ride in a water park, we must understand the ride will have exciting moments, and moments to relax and catch our breath. Lets learn to enjoy the ride.

War Eagle!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

All the Good Things

My cute nieces at J & M Bookstore on our summer trip to AU
Today's game was pretty incredible. It isn't everyday that you have a 4OT game. I wish, of course, that we had gotten the W but it didn't happen that way today. I've heard good and bad things today. I have seen a lot of negative headlines and stories. I have seen fans being ridiculous. I have also seen a lot of fans/family who have been very positive. I have seen players who posted very positive messages. Often, those of us who are positive get labeled as "sunshine pumpers." You do not have to call me one. I am self-proclaimed.  I realize that I do not see life the same way as other people, but I am just not going to wake up and gloom and doom about things. I am not nagging or lecturing. We are all wired differently.  If you are unable to see the game in the same way, here are the things that I saw.

-I saw a team that fought, after being two touchdowns down. I believe this team a few weeks ago might have just given up.

-I saw a coaches that adjusted and kept coaching. You can agree or disagree on the coaching, but I think some things just take a little time. 

-I saw special teams that made some pretty incredible and dependable plays

-I saw a really clean game with very few penalties.

-I saw a QB that is one tough kid. Cliche, I know, but he is the future face of AU football. He took hard knocks and kept popping right back up. He made accurate throws, he made good decisions, and he ran if he needed to run. To quote one of my favorite movies, "That's a baaaad white boy." 

-I saw a defense that made some mistakes but refused to just roll over and quit.

-I saw lots of young players that made some big boy plays.

-I saw players support each other and didn't make excuses.

-I saw a team that fought through FOUR overtimes after a game that was very lengthy in regulation. I don't know about you, but I was quite exhausted. I cannot imagine how the players felt. 

-I also saw a Lutz like play in the corner of the endzone. I just had to give that a mention!

Does there need to be improvement? Absolutely. Did I see mistakes? Of course. Were there some dropped balls that should have been caught? Probably. Did the defense make some mistakes? Surely. I fully believe these players will refuse to just quit. I will always be supportive of the players. Maybe its the teacher in me that works with the athletes in their classes. Maybe its the 8u softball coach in me. All I know is those players make a lot of sacrifices for us to have the enjoyment of football. All in all, I see better days for us. It might be this season; it might be next season. I just know that this team is better than they were in August.  I don't know what is going to happen the rest of the games. The road ahead is tough. There are better days ahead though. If you remember, the 2010 team often referred back to the LSU game in 2009. Even though it was a terrible loss, they saw the coaches keep fighting and coaching- and the players followed suit. You know the rest of that story. No matter what, its great to be an Auburn Tiger. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nice Guys Finish 1st

photo courtesy of Wesley Sinor

Nice guys finish last.

That's one of the many myths you hear from naysayers and people who don't put forth the efforts to realize their dreams.

I believe in work, hard work.

That's a small quote from a wonderfully written message known as The Auburn Creed. 

In the case of Butch Thompson, a very nice guy, his hard work over the years has allowed him to finish first. Today October 22nd, 2015 Coach Thompson was named the head baseball coach at Auburn University. 

His new team is happy. His family is happy. Many of the Auburn faithful are happy tonight as Coach Thompson starts his journey to bring Auburn baseball back into prominence nationally. It starts by being competitive in one of the most competitive baseball conferences in America.

It's going to take work, hard work. I am positive Jay Jacobs has found the right man, at the right time, for Auburn baseball.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Sat. October 24, 2015

With all odds against them;
And their backs against the wall,
Our Proud Auburn Tiger football team
Returned from Kentucky standing tall!!

It was definitely time for a turn around!
A time to find their rhythm!
A time to fight! A time to win!
Using the talents they've been given!! 

The sweet taste of victory still lingers!
It is a wonderful taste to savor!
And with the team pulling together;
Winning odds are in their favor!!

The time is ours!  The time is now!!
It is our time of new beginning!!
The pieces are coming together now;
And we plan to keep on winning!!

We've had our share of disappointments;
But it is now our time to shine!!
As we travel on to Arkansas,
We will lay it all on the line!

We might have rain!  It may get sloppy!
But we will put the Hawgs back in their pen!
Once again we will come home victorious!!
Our Tigers are again ready to win!!!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Rebounding with Auburn Basketball

It's the middle of football season at Auburn University, and for most of the 100+ years of its existence, that would suffice for our coverage of Auburn sports. Not Anymore.

Since the arrival of Bruce Pearl on the Plains, there has been a continual buzz about the basketball program. The reality of it is, Auburn is now a basketball school. So, let's try to get caught up on a few things going on inside Auburn Arena.

After the scrimmage that Coach Pearl just discussed, Junior Guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen was allowed to talk to the media. Among the many items up for discussion were his recovery from shoulder injuries last season. Let's give him a listen.

While prepping this post, we did not want to leave out a very important bit of news that was released October 2nd. Sophomore center Trayvon Reed is still considered a part of this basketball team. In an article by writer Wesley Sinor, Coach Pearl stated "Tray's doing fine," Pearl said Friday after Auburn's first practice of the 2015-16 season. "We're staying in touch with him. There will be some determination on if and when he'll be back. He's still in our program and we hope to get him back."

In the schedule department, some really good teams are coming to the Auburn Arena like Colorado and Mercer before the Tigers head out to the Honolulu Classic. When the team returns from Hawaii, they will start the SEC part of the schedule.

Date Game Location Time

10/22/15 Pearl Jam # Auburn, Ala. 7:00 p.m. CT
10/30/15 vs. Brevard College # Auburn, Ala. 7:00 p.m. CT
11/05/15 vs. Indianapolis # Auburn, Ala. 6:00 p.m. CT
11/13/15 vs. UAB Auburn, Ala. 8:30 p.m. CT
ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
11/17/15 vs. Colorado TV Auburn, Ala. 2:00 p.m. CT
11/20/15 vs. Georgia Southern Auburn, Ala. TBA
11/27/15 vs. Northwestern State TV Auburn, Ala. 7:30 p.m. CT
12/02/15 at Coastal Carolina TV Conway, S.C. 6:00 p.m. CT
12/12/15 at Middle Tennessee State Nashville, Tenn. 12:00 p.m. CT
12/15/15 vs. Mercer TV Auburn, Ala. 8:00 p.m. CT
12/19/15 at Xavier TV Cincinnati, Ohio 11:00 a.m. CT
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
12/22/15 vs. New Mexico TV Honolulu, Hawaii 1:30 p.m. CT
12/23/15 BYU/Harvard TV Honolulu, Hawaii 1:30 or 3:30 PM CT
12/25/15 Oklahoma/Northern Iowa/Hawaii/Washington State TV Honolulu, Hawaii TBA
01/02/16 vs. Tennessee TV Auburn, Ala. 1:00 p.m. CT
01/05/16 vs. South Carolina * TV Auburn, Ala. 6:00 p.m. CT
01/09/16 at Missouri TV Columbia, Mo. 8:00 p.m. CT
01/12/16 at Vanderbilt TV Nashville, Tenn. 8:00 p.m. CT
01/16/16 vs. Kentucky TV Auburn, Ala. 3:00 p.m. CT
01/19/16 vs. Alabama TV Auburn, Ala. 8:00 p.m. CT
01/23/16 at Florida TV Gainesville, Fla. 7:00 p.m. CT
01/27/16 at Ole Miss TV Oxford, Miss. 6:00 p.m. CT
Big 12/SEC Challenge
01/30/16 vs. Oklahoma State TV Auburn, Ala. 7:00 p.m. CT
02/02/16 vs. LSU TV Auburn, Ala. 6:00 p.m. CT
02/06/16 at Georgia TV Athens, Ga. 4:30 p.m. CT
02/09/16 at Tennessee TV Knoxville, Tenn. 6:00 p.m. CT
02/13/16 vs. Vanderbilt TV Auburn, Ala. 5:00 p.m. CT
02/17/16 at Arkansas TV Fayetteville, Ark. 6:00 p.m. CT
02/20/16 vs. Ole Miss TV Auburn, Ala. 4:00 p.m. CT
02/24/16 vs. Georgia TV Auburn, Ala. 6:00 p.m. CT
02/27/16 at Alabama TV Tuscaloosa, Ala. 4:00 p.m. CT
03/01/16 vs. Texas A&M TV Auburn, Ala. 8:00 p.m. CT
03/05/16 at Mississippi State TV Starkville, Miss. 1:30 p.m. CT
SEC Tournament
03/09/16 SEC Tournament Nashville, Tenn. TBA
03/10/16 SEC Tournament Nashville, Tenn. TBA
03/11/16 SEC Tournament Nashville, Tenn. TBA
03/12/16 SEC Tournament Nashville, Tenn. TBA
03/13/16 SEC Tournament Nashville, Tenn. TBA


Friday, October 16, 2015

Sean White: The Baby Faced Gunslinger

Congratulations to Sean White for his winning performance in the game against Kentucky last night. I am sure that you have all viewed his stats of 255 yards passing and no turnovers. He performed with poise in the pocket and reacted well under pressure. I had to remind myself that he is only a "redshirt" freshman. I look forward to watching him play in future games and I feel that he will only get better as he gets more experience. Sean is often compared to Drew Brees, who ironically was engineering a win over the Atlanta Falcons at the same time in New Orleans.

Auburn Girls Soccer and Softball

Here are a few photos from my recent weekend in Auburn. I was able to watch the 2 softball games with the University of North Georgia Nighthawks and the soccer game with the Texas A&M girls. Both teams are very good and hopefully you will all be able to watch them play. 

The Auburn Girls Soccer team defeated Texas A&M 2-0. They have a record of 12-2 and are ranked number 10 in the USA. 

The Auburn Girls Softball team will most likely contend for another World Series birth this season. They defeated the University of North Georgia Nighthawks 9-0 and 15-1. I might add that North Georgia was the Division II champions last season. Clint Myers has done well with this team and I would watch for a new pitcher named Makayla Martin from San Diego. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Auburn does have 12 seniors returning.

Please remember to check the schedules when you are in the Auburn area if you want to see these girls play. 

War Eagle!



When Auburn had it's back to the wall, and the odds were against them. In a nationally televised Thursday night game described as a "Program Changer" for the Wildcats. The Tigers took the opening drive and made a statement. Not tonight Kentucky, not tonight!

This young Auburn team had heard all the criticism, felt all the heat. When their backs were against the wall, they performed. In a first half fury that saw the Auburn offense explode with 48 plays, more than half this season, Auburn built a 23-10 halftime lead that they would never relinquish. 

The second half saw a return to the slow down style of offense the Tigers have been using all season, and almost cost them the game. Gus Malzahn and company were content to win a close game, although the outcome was in doubt down the stretch. 

The Auburn defense stood tall when it counted most, and this young team found itself, in a huge road win in Lexington, Kentucky.

Quick Stats
 Total Plays
 1st Downs
     3rd down efficiency
     4th down efficiency
 Total Yards
 Passing Yards
     Yards per pass
 Rushing Yards
     Rushing attempts
     Yards per rush
     Fumbles lost
     Interceptions thrown
 Time of Possession


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kentucky Gameday Poem

Our Auburn men have had their share of adversity; Continuously being put to the test!!
Unable as yet to have explosive plays, Which is what Auburn usually does best!!

Auburn Tigers have a new found energy! They show perseverance and resolve!!
As they continue to work diligently a great team of Auburn Tigers is sure to evolve!!

With each game we see some improvement, As they scratch and claw their way to the top!!
Proving they have a strong determination; And their desire for victory will never stop!!

Let's keep the faith in Our Auburn Tigers, We must Support their efforts and believe !!!
With much hard work and Auburn Devotion, A new greatness will soon be achieved!!

This Thursday night in Kentucky, Plan to witness an AUSOME rebirth!!
While bringing back speed and urgency, Our Auburn Men will soon prove their worth!!!

We stand behind you Auburn Tigers! We remain devoted to the Orange and Blue!!
Stay true to the Auburn Tradition! We are your Auburn Family, forever true!!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Goodbye Duke

I did not have to grow up in LaPlace, LA although I can tell you we are a product of our environment. It's evident to me that Duke has a large conflict going on inside. Only the loving light of God can change a man. Whether it is thru a Godly woman, or as in the case with Saul, a light in the wilderness.
Here's my hopes and prayers for Duke: May the God above have his way within you. May he lift you up, and take your intense talent to levels of fortune so that you can be a shining example to those from places like LaPlace, that they too can rise up out of their environments, and become leaders of men toward God.

Duke Williams photo courtesy of
 Goodbye Duke, we wish you the very best.

War Eagle!

Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Auburn Equestrian vs Alabama Highlights

With this kind of Attitude, and this kind of Talent, we are going win.......... a lot!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gus Malzahn 10 3 15

Auburn Softball

The Auburn Girls Softball team will begin their quest for a World Series title this October. Fall practice has begun and they will play eight exhibition games this month. You can check out their schedule by going to auburn if you are in the Auburn area this month. I might mention that they will be playing two games on the eve of the football game with Ole Miss.

The Auburn Girls posted a 56-11 record last season and made it to their first World Series in the history of the softball program. This team will be comprised of 10 seniors which will put them in a great position for a repeat appearance in Oklahoma City. Some players to watch this season are Emily Carosone,  Jade Rhodes, Kasey Cooper and Haley Fagan. Also, Lexy Davis and Rachel Walters will return on the mound.

War Eagle!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Auburn Soccer Reaching New Heights

While many of us are busy toiling over our football team's problems, Auburn coach Karen Hoppa has been building something powerful and relentless. It's the Auburn soccer team that is doing what many had hoped our major revenue sport would do. Winning. 


According the AU-fficial Auburn website this team has reached the highest national ranking in school history. 
"The No. 8 ranking sets a new highest ranking ever achieved by the Auburn soccer program in its history. This year, Auburn has been ranked for the past six weeks, reaching No. 9 nearly three weeks ago before the SEC opener, which was the previous high. Before this year, Auburn had only reached the top-ten once back in 2004, en route to a 15-win season, which is still a school record for wins in a season."

Last night an Auburn Senior class finished undefeated against Alabama by beating their arch rivals in Tuscaloosa for the fourth consecutive season. A rare feat indeed. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Homecoming Poem

AUBURN vs San Jose State

Homecoming is always beautiful,
When October arrives on the plains!!
No matter how far life has taken us,
Auburn Tiger love for family remains!!

So, What better time than now, 
For Auburn family to come together?
To offer a place of comfort and love,
Even in stormy weather!

Even when life is plagued with disappointments;
And our foundation is put to the test,
There is no better place to be than with family;
Where in loving arms we can rest!!

Coming home is a time for renewal;
For reconstruction and righting some wrongs!!
Bringing values back into perspective;
Getting down to basics where we belong!!

As soon as the front door is opened,
We are engulfed with the sweet smells of home!!
Reminded we are in this together;
With family love,  we are never alone!!

So welcome back home Auburn Tigers!!
Remember our slogan, “Count on me”!
When one man hurts, we all feel the pain!!
We must protect our family tree!

Keep moving forward with heads held high!!
With pride for Auburn and a heart full of love,
Never give up!! Stay in the fight!

It's not too late to turn things  around!!

Poetic Tiger