Are we paranoid ?
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Good Morning Tigers:
I just opened the Friday edition of the Birmingham News (a subsidiary of the Alabama Media Group) and expected to see some front page coverage of Auburn’s stunning upset of Texas A&M, a second win in the SEC tournament and something Auburn has been unable to accomplish in 15 years.
The banner across the top–Alabama football-“Foster is Tide’s Crazy Guy on defense”. The largest article (nearly 1/2 page) was “Chasing Perfection” about Kentucky, who has yet to play a tournament game. Below that, thumbnails about 4 teams’ attempt at perfection. Right hand column, a recap of UAB’s semi-final win over Western Kentucky which is deserved and belongs there. Then, small tease mentions of Nascar’s Kurt Busch reinstatement and a tiny tease about Greg Sanky replacing Mike Slive as SEC commissioner.
This is why Auburn people get labeled as “paranoid” and “having the little brother syndrome”, etc. When I finally got to page SEVEN, hooray ! Auburn’s win over A&M, about a quarter page, shared with two Bama stories, a tiny article about Vol’s win over Vandy, a tournament schedule, and the follow-ups from page one.
Auburn’s game was over around 5 pm. Plenty of time to make the front page. I’m not shocked nor disappointed. It’s business as usual and the ghost of the late Bert Bank still presiding over the state media. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Bank, he’s the godfather of Alabama sports on radio and later, all the rest of the media firmly under the control of his “progeny”. Oh, and by the way, he was the state senator who presented a bill to abolish Auburn University.