One of the most important plays for Auburn’s 2013 football season came against Texas A&M. (photo:Julie Bennett,al.com)
We (or at least I) interrupt our usual presentation of quality analysis and rapier wit to provide you just what the title says. We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get going (numbered for your commenting convenience):
1. Can anyone explain to me why ESPN and the media in general have their lips permanently implanted (notwithstanding Item 2 below) on the posterior of the Crimson Tide and Coach Saban? How does that enhance their bottom line?
2. We might be seeing a sea change with the above situation, after the obscene gambit that Saban, through his de facto lackey Bertie Boy, tried to pull with the 10-second rule proposal. A lot of his cred seemed to evaporate with that move, at least amongst the coaching community (and, who knows, the media might just follow).
3. Another question: Why were all the Tide trolls coming over here sincerely wishing us well in the aTm game? Bama already beat Johnny Football a few weeks before; it would have behooved them and their obsession against AU for the Aggies to take us to the woodshed. (Someone told me the answer to this is the aphorism “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” However, this analysis works only if UA hates aTm more than AU, and if that is the case, I feel thoroughly insulted to be the object of a lesser hatred.)
4. Speaking of aTm, I am willing to say that the turning point of the whole season (and not just that particular game) was the moment Sammy Coates shoved that Aggie defender off of him and down to the ground (I still replay that gif file a few times and shout “GET OFF ME! GET OFF ME!”). That play showed we were ready to play and beat anyone put in front of us.
5. Sub-thoughts from the BCS-NCG:
a. Florida State was not as good as everyone thought.
b. That said, Florida State was really good, and evidently better than us on that day.
c. I don’t think that anyone can blame any big play or missed field goal for losing that game, as there were plenty of busted plays and breakouts for both teams.
d. Isn’t it interesting that no one told Cody to “drink bleach” for missing a kick whereas Cade wasn’t so lucky?
e. I was shocked to see the idiocy of the FSU internet fans during the buildup to the BCS. I was very upset at losing to “that kind” of a fan-base, until I saw the half of my high school class that went to FSU (expected as I grew up in Jacksonville, FL) were a classy kind of fans. Then, I felt better that the joy we had in 2010 could be shared.
6. Leading from Item 5e above, does anyone else wonder how sports rivalries across the board got so ridiculously nasty? Can we not all agree something went way, way wrong in the last twenty years (in general)? Can anyone stop it?
7. As Derrick Roberts pointed out in his great article here Friday, the decision by the NLRB on Northwestern football players unionization may end college football as we know it. My own feeling is that if college sports becomes nothing more than a professional league, it will lose what makes people love it–that sense of being represented. College sports works because we alumni, and others with a heartfelt connection, feel like a part of that team in a way that pro sports can’t ever deliver. I will be sad to see the death of yet another once solid cultural institution in my lifetime.
8. If my one of my best friends (and FSU fan and current doctoral student there) ever sends me a freaking Seminole shirt, you’ll soon be seeing me here in a very compromising situation (yeah, we had that kind of a bet).
(who is often spastic or random, just usually not at the same time!)