Auburn Fights for Title on the Field and Off
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.