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Auburn Fights for Title on the Field and Off

By on November 25th, 2013 in Football 34 Comments »

To reach the BCS Championship Game, Auburn will have to do more than just win on the football field. There’s always been bias in the national media – everyone deals with it to a degree. They all have agendas, whether they consciously know it or not. On last night’s ESPN BCS Countdown Show, the three hosts didn’t try to hide their dislike for Auburn.

In fact, they did everything in their power to dissuade voters from moving Auburn past Ohio St. should they win against Alabama Saturday afternoon.

Jesse Palmer, who’s appearance on The Bachelor should preclude him from ever showing his face in public again, much less talk about football on a sports network, quickly declared that he considered Auburn a two-loss team.

The former Florida quarterback has long been a critic of Auburn. When pushed by Rece Davis, an Alabama graduate, on whether the Tigers should jump Ohio St. if they win out against Alabama and Missouri, it physically pained Palmer to concede that Auburn would be the most deserving team to play for the title.

I’m not kidding. The look on his face was priceless. When I say it physically pained him, I truly mean he was conflicted. It borderlined on freaky.

Davis couldn’t let his mind go there; quickly declaring that whether Auburn won out or not, Ohio St. would reach the title game should Alabama or Florida St. lose.

The third host, former Georgia linebacker David Pollack, who was last seen by Auburn fans getting his ass handed to him in Jordan-Hare Stadium back in 2004, quickly fell in line with the other two.

I honestly believe Auburn controls its own destiny. A win over top-ranked Alabama followed by a victory over a fifth-ranked Missouri team would be unprecedented this late in the football season. The momentum will be too much for Ohio St. to overcome in voters’ minds – regardless of what Palmer and Davis say on Sunday night…

Last week’s story on Gus Malzahn not being able to get a seat at a crowded Waffle House following the Georgia win paid off for the entire coaching staff.

After reading about it here, restaurant management catered breakfast last Wednesday for the entire staff. Something tells me Malzahn will have a reserve seat this Saturday night. Pretty cool…

I hope Auburn students realize the opportunity they have this week. I’m not talking about making noise in Jordan-Hare Stadium, but rather heckling Paul Finebaum when he shows up on the set of ESPN College GameDay.

Now that he’s part of the network, Finebaum has a weekly segment during the show. Go figure.

Over the years, Finebaum has done everything in his power to bring Auburn down. In recent years, he hasn’t even fought the perception that he’s a mouthpiece for the Alabama football program.

While he tries to remake his image for his new bosses, appearing these days to be more balanced, Auburn people know what this guy is capable of with a microphone.

I beg of Auburn students to drown out his nasally voice out while he speaks. It’s time to let everyone know that he doesn’t represent fans in the SEC. His entire focus lies in Tuscaloosa.

Let’s treat him as such…

I hope you’ll visit us all week leading up to kickoff of the Iron Bowl. We’ve got some cool stuff planned. I’ll be back with you on Wednesday for my annual Thanksgiving column.

I hope you’ll join us.


  1. restless6 says:

    Massive AMEN!!!!!

  2. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    I NEVER in my wildest dreams after last year thought I would see my beloved Auburn Tigers even mentioned on TV much less in the Championship game.

    #We Comin’.

  3. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    It’s almost unbelievable that we are in this position this week. Seriously, if someone would have told me last year that we would be playing Alabama for the SEC West, well, some not so nice words would have come out of my mouth….

    What I LOVE about this week is that I get the strong sense that these Tigers are hungry. There’s a desire along with the talent that really have the wild potential to make it a long Saturday for the Tiders. But my expectations are tempered. Naturally. I can’t dismiss the Process or the obvious talent or Bama’s ridiculous performance on the field. There’s a reason that they are in the position for a threepeat.

    With all of that said……I respectfully and wholeheartedly want to kick their asses and ‘ruin’ their season. I want Gus and Co to put the pedal to the metal and not let up. Not until the clock strikes 0 in the 4th. Oh I want some Crimson alright, but I want it contrast with the beautiful turf of Jordan-Hare. I want our guys to wrap them up, run through them, pass over them, and I want McCarron to never see the freedom beyond his backfield. And if I want all of these things….I can’t IMAGINE what our Tigers are feeling.

    Dear 2013 Auburn Tigers: You amaze me. AMAZE me. We believe in you! Get out there and get it done!!!


    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      ToTM how can you call yourself a football fan if you misspell “field”? : )

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        Oh man……I’ll start writing ALL comments in Word and running them through spell check (because I truly have free time just flying out of my…….)…but in the meantime, I’m fedexing you my cleats and pads….I’m so undeserving 😉

  4. AU74 says:

    Think about this scenario: AU wins out; MSU beats OSU, FSU loses the ACC Championship leading to an AU AL BCS Championship in Pasadena. Blows my mind.

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      The SEC weary establishment would not let that happen. The only way that could happen would be if AU and UA had only 1 loss between them and the 3rd place team had 2 losses.

      It would be cool though

  5. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    I feel bad for Herbie when he was pressed last night about Auburn jumping his alma mater tOSU if we win out. Buckeye fans might find his new house in Nashville and try to burn it down.

  6. AUJTJarhead AUJTJarhead says:

    Finebaum. Now there is an Oxygen Thief!

  7. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    This is a tiny bit off the subject, but I expressed condolences to a huge University of Georgia fan this morning about Aaron Murray’s ACL injury in the Kentucky game. His first response was to start talking about Nick Fairley’s hit on Murray in 2010! I told him I wasn’t even going there. Go figure.
    There’s only one solution to this and the disrespect addressed by Jay – WIN, and stand up for our team – just like the old two bits yell. Everybody for Auburn, stand up and holler!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Aaron Murray is a great QB. I’ll argue that he’s the best that we’ll see all season. I hope to see him playing on many Sunday’s in the future.

      ……..With regards to interactions with many of the Dawg fanbase, the term ‘whiner’ isn’t really meant as an insult, as much as an apt description of their current cognitive reasoning (term used loosely) skillz.

  8. CapnVegetto says:

    F*** Jesse Palmer and his friking gel headed stupidity. We know you hate Auburn because we kicked the crap out of your sorry Bachelor a$$ when you were at Florida. You should never surface in life again simply because you made an appearance on that show.

    Friking ESPN and their perpetual bukkakke c*********k for Alabama and hatred for Auburn. They are about as objective as Rush Limbaugh or Keith Olbermann. They only want what’s best for their wallets, and Auburn ain’t it. I hope their station burns down.

    I am full of hate this week.

  9. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Please, please, please…if you plan to be at Tiger Walk, please make signs saying, “We believe in you”

    Every time Finebaum speaks, the Gameday fan section should chant, “bammer, bammer, bammer”

    Kirk will show his Auburn support by adding a little more orange self tanning

    Lee will forget where he is and pick the Seminoles to win

    Who is going to be the guest to pick the games? Bo? Cam? ???

    • WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

      Corso will never forget his 62-0 upset prediction FAIL. I hope someone carries that sign. He secretly loves it.

  10. sparkey sparkey says:

    I got five bucks that says Lee puts on an Elephant head.

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Perfect, Lee is an elephants head and Finebaum is an elephants behind

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      I don’t know. The GameDay segment that I saw, when Herbie acted as though Auburn was going to wilt in the August, I mean November, sun when facing the Tide, I saw Ole Lee flinch. For real. Corso is en fuego with his picks….I mean he picked Okie State when everyone else only had eyes for Baylor…..

      But I’m pretty sure that MyAuburn has his elephant anatomy correct…..

  11. Malakai Malakai says:

    Finebaum on College Football Daily regarding if Auburn’s running game, referred to as plan A is shut down, what will they do as they (AU) don’t seem to have a plan B. {summarized) Finebaum:” Oh Auburn does have a plan B. It’s just throw the ball in the air and hope someone catches it.

    Even whilst Finebaum TRIES to reign in his Saban erection for his new masters (ESPN), he appears completely unable to hide his hate for all things Auburn during the Iron Bowl week. Big Surprise..

  12. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    This just in:

    “Paul Finebaum has been placed on leave with pay pending an internal investigation by ESPN. Sources state that anytime the words “Roll Tide” or “Saban” are used around him he giggles and gets aroused to the point of an erection. Paul stated that it wasn’t an erection but rather chap stick in his pocket. ESPN placed him on leave when he couldn’t produce any chap stick.” We will continue to follow this story…

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Not that is funny. Can’t wait to hear his comments on the Gameday set. I bet he even gets breathless and beads of sweat pop out on his forehead.

  13. tptoomers says:

    I am all for booing Finebaum. Hopefully, some of the more creative amongst us can make some good Finebaum/Updyke signs. However, I will remind everyone that ESPN has never done Auburn any favors. If I had my way the entire Auburn family would boycot the whole show.

  14. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    I got more steamed at the three stooges when they discussed future playoff scenarios. Not one picked Auburn in the top four.

    Rod Bramblett even had some things to tweet about Jessie P.

  15. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    One of the great things about being an auburn fan is that there arent really any fairweather fans among us. I mean, no one but a true fan could put up with the disrespect and crap that we do constantly. For this I am glad, it really has helped weed out the Updykes around us.

  16. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    AU earned it’s name to be considered in 2004. And we did it again in 2010. If AU wants the crown, they will have to do it again. And I think because of the past… IF AU wins out… it’s their’s for the taking.

    And that’s all I have to say about that.


    BEAT BAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. sparkey sparkey says:

    Guys, I have to say it really makes me happy to see how positive you guys are and excited. Me, on the other hand, I’m scared to death. The middle of our defense being the weakness and that being a Bama strength all season bothers me to say it mildly. The knack McCarron has for throwing perfect passes when the pressure is on scares me. We have a hard time with power backs so far this season and none will be as strong as Yeldon. The off speed tempo that Drake sets when he comes in scares me even more.

    From there, their defense in terms of rushing the ball is mean. They stop the run with the best of them. Now, you can throw on them for sure. Unfortunately, we haven’t been a good passing team all season. Their strength matches up perfectly against us. I hate the national pundits but I’m nervous about our inability to throw the ball. In addition, a Saban coached team isn’t going to be fooled by all the motion that Gus does before a play. They will play assignment well disciplined stay in the gap football which is exactly what gives our offense a fit.

    We will need some good fortune again Saturday. I’m not sure we have any left after Georgia. Nick will have to throw his best game he has all season. Mason will have to play like a man possessed. The crowd can never get quiet. The refs cannot call it one sided against us the whole game. They are too good to beat if we’re playing them as well as Alabama. McCarron must be off a bit. If he’s on his game, I don’t see us winning this thing. We must have fewer turnovers than Bama as well.

    For me, I just want us to hit them over and over again and make them know they played Auburn. I want this thing to brought to them like it’s never been brought before on this world. I want the most physical and hard hitting game I’ve ever seen from Auburn. I want a full four quarter effort from start to finish without any letting up from our Tigers. We will make sure they know they came into JHS. We will let them know this is not the team you played for the last couple of seasons. This is a New Day! And, this New Day is going to knock you on your ASS!

  18. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    No respect from ESPN for Auburn? No news there. Lets prove them wrong Auburn. Beat Bama! Beat Bama! Beat Bama!
    War Eagle!

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