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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Auburn Will Tame the Tide

Who: Alabama

Where: Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa

When: November 29th, 2014


There is not another college football rivalry this big. There is not another NFL rivalry this big. The only thing in sports that comes close is the baseball rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Close I said, but no cigar.


More than anytime ever in the history of the Iron Bowl, last year’s game had everything on the line. Alabama was on the verge of being anointed the God of college football by the media, and at the precipice of a third consecutive trip to the BCS Championship game. Every time you turned on any sports show, you could hear all you ever wanted about Nick Saban the coach of the Crimson Tide, and his team.


In reality, that is what the media is supposed to do. Alabama had earned the exposure, and nothing any Auburn fan could have said or done would have changed that. The only way to change the script was to take down the script, tear it up, and set it on fire. Auburn didn’t read or hear that they were “supposed” to succumb to the Tide. Consequently, the Tigers threw some great punches in this fight. They withstood the blows that the Tide threw, and in the end, had this for a haymaker:


This season Alabama has to replace their QB with an unproven entity. As of the start of fall camp, the Tide hasn’t named a starter. The first time in 6 seasons that the starting QB is an unknown going into the fall for Nick Saban. Add to the mix a new offensive coordinator in Lane Kiffin, and there are too many questions. Or, so you would think.


The media once again has Alabama as the odds on favorite to win the SEC Championship. I guess we should all just stay home. However, something tells me that the media once again has things all wrong. I was extremely happy to learn that the media had not picked Auburn to win it all.


I look for a very inspired Alabama, with possibly two losses, to entertain the Tigers with lots of ferocity. Kiffin and company are going to throw everything they have at the Auburn defense, and they will score. Alabama’s defense will be very good again, and have proven they can slow down this Gus Malzahn attack at times. I believe that Auburn has more returning talent, and will still be focused, with an eye on the prize.

Look for Auburn 27 Alabama 24 and the 4th undefeated season for the Tigers since 1990.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Auburn University: End Child Hunger Initiative

AU vs AU by the Lake

Home Sweet Home

It has just been announced that Auburn and Clemson have agreed to a home and home series beginning in 2016.  from Charles Goldberg at the official Auburn website: 

Auburn and Clemson have agreed on a home-and-home football series that will reunite the old non-conference rivals during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  
Clemson will visit Auburn on Sept. 3, 2016. Auburn will return the favor Sept. 9, 2017.  
Clemson, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, allows Auburn to fulfill the SEC mandate of playing at least one opponent each year from a power conference. 

While Clemson really needs to be spanked, and put back in their place after the comments made by Dabo Swinney their head coach, the fans of the Auburn Tigers are less than enthusiastic about the choice. 

Count me in as one of the dissenting voices.

It is my opinion that Auburn should reach out further than the Southeast to establish a better name for itself, and for recruiting purposes as well. We have all heard of the tremendous comments that our fan base receives when out of state teams come to visit JHS. We are just as well respected on the road. Why not offer the increased exposure on the newly deployed SEC Network? 

My top choices for opponents include Notre Dame, Oregon State, and UCLA.  These would be great choices for home and home series, plus draw national attention to our great Tigers. Scheduling these games away during the years that Bama and UGA come to JHS would insure their coming to JHS on the years we have to travel to Athens and Tuscaloosa.

War Eagle!

Something About Samford

photo courtesy of Samford Athletics
There is a legend walking the sidelines at Samford University. His name is Patrick Joseph Sullivan, a fighter, a cancer survivor, and an Auburn Man. 

Pat played on the fields of Cliff Hare stadium as a young man, and brought something special to the Auburn family, our first Heisman Trophy. He brought so much more than just accolades, and victories. Pat Sullivan has shown us all how Auburn Men aught to carry themselves. Class and dignity have been the pillars of his existence, and we would do much worse than to teach our children to model themselves after him.

When the Samford University Bulldogs come to JHS the outcome will never be in question. This game is one thing, and one thing only. Auburn University will give back to it's faithful son, and it's in-state cousin. Many of the Samford players would never have been allowed to play in such a setting as JHS without the connection between their coach and his Alma Mater. 

When these Bulldogs take the field, let's give them a resounding, warm welcome. Give them that special moment that they never have experienced before, 80,000 people cheering them as they enter the field of battle. 

Just consider it a little "thank you" from us, to Pat Sullivan. 

War Eagle!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Taking The Bite Out of The 'Dawgs

Auburn looks to take the bite away from Georgia
Who: Georgia Bulldogs
Where: Athens, GA
When: November 15th, 2014

In the world according to Klell, we have arrived at this point as an undefeated team. Having defeated six conference foes (Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and South Carolina), and a Big12 power in Kansas State on national TV on a Thursday night at that. 

Our Tigers have conquered them all. Winning by an average score of 41 to 25. In our predictions we have shown LSU it's due respect by guessing they will hold us to our lowest points total thus far, and the narrowest margin of victory over a conference foe. We also give Kansas State it's due respect by showing the overall lowest points margin of victory at 8.

All that remains are two road trips to our two biggest rivals with a visit from Samford University sandwiched in between. That's all that separates Auburn from another undefeated season. the fourth for our Tigers since the SEC split into divisions. Let's look at UGA.

I turned to Saturday Down South to get these numbers.

Georgia Bulldogs

Total: 17 Offense: 5 Defense: 10 Special Teams: 2
Key returnees: RB Todd Gurley, RB Keith Marshall, WR Michael Bennett, WR Chris Conley, C David Andrews, DE Ray Drew, LB Ramik Wilson, OLB Jordan Jenkins, OLB Leonard Floyd, CB Damian Swann, DB Josh Harvey-Clemons
Key losses: QB Aaron Murray, OL Chris Burnette, LT Kenarious Gates, TE Arthur Lynch, DE Garrison Smith

 As you can see UGA returns a very strong running game, and linebacking corps. The losses along the offensive front, and at QB will be the most difficult challenge for the Bulldogs this season. QB's like Aaron Murray don't just grow on trees.

Georgia has recruited very well, so let's not think that they have very little chance of being a good ball club this season. They will be a little more motivated against our Tigers because of the way they lost the game last season. 

I look for this to be another hard fought game, in the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry". The last time Auburn went to Bulldog campus, things got ugly quickly for Auburn. A score in the first quarter is all Auburn could muster, and the 'Dawgs ran amok. The final of 45-7 could have have easily been 65-7. Mark Richt's play calling was conservative in the 2nd half.

I see a much different outcome this time around. Call it Auburn 38 UGA 29

War Eagle!

Auburn Football 2014 - The Driven

College Football Pump Up 2014-15 ᴴᴰ "Relentless"

There is a steady stream of these Pump Up videos surfacing on the web. We will post as many as we can for you here on ATB. 
War Eagle!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Frank Thomas; Hall of Fame

We have two really good videos of Frank Thomas and his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

This is Frank's acceptance speech given on July 27th, 2014