To See Where You are Going, You Have to Know Where You Have Been (Fall Practice)
Back in the good ole days, two-a-days meant just that, two hard, physical, hit ‘em in the mouth practices on fields with not much grass. They were usually conducted early in the morning or late in the evening to beat the summer heat. Nowadays, there are not many of any real two-a-day practices. IMO, after last years train wreck, I think the Tigers need some toughening up and getting back to hard nosed football. I know all about the argument of minimizing injuries, but if you can’t match “tough” for “tough” like we did not do last year, why not?
I remember back in my high school days part of the reason for two-a-day practice was to run off some of the “go out for football to impress girls” players and the ones who would not gut it out every play of every game. It worked every time, each new practice saw fewer bodies on the field. The name of the movie escapes me but the Bear would try to break his players down to make them stronger, and it usually worked. Of course the NCAA limits the number of practices and you can’t do the good ole days thing.
In days past at AU, fall practices were conducted on the intramural fields. It was the home of fall Auburn football but it was not a very inviting one. In 2007 AU did some extensive work on the fields and they were much better. Quentin Groves said “It’s a mental thing, I think the coaches do this just to get in our heads.” One reason Auburn used the intramural fields for practice, other than saving the grass on the regular practice fields, was to provide easy access for fans. Fans could park and walk a short distance, plunk down and watch practice. That is the biggest casualty of the AU fall practice. Now you need a press credential and fans have a hard time watching anything.
Personally, I wish the Tigers would go back to more openness in practices and hide the Gus Bus sneaky stuff for a later practice behind closed doors. In big time college football there aren’t many secrets so why not let the fans have more access to practices. It would get everyone more excited, make them feel closer to the team, and give the players an audience, albeit a small one, to play in front of.
What do you think? Should the Tigers go to more open practices or stay in seclusion?
Stop me if you have heard this one
What shoud you do if you find three Bammers buried up to their necks in cement?
Get more cement.