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Better Days Are Ahead For Auburn… And Soon.

By on September 23rd, 2013 in Football 24 Comments »

Saturday night in Baton Rouge was everything Auburn people expected and more. Even the most optimistic fan couldn’t see a way out of Tiger Stadium with a win and the first half made good on that belief.

If you hung around for the second half, and judging from the empty seats in Baton Rouge few did, you got a glimpse of Auburn’s future. The team that had more quit in them than any in America a year ago, showed a resolve not seen in orange and blue in a long time.

What transpired after all was lost speaks volumes about where Gus Malzahn has this team headed. Make no mistake, Auburn was beaten by a superior team, but they never quit.

More than anything else, that’s something you can hang your hat on.

In the span of 30 minutes, Nick Marshall figured out he could play against any defense in America. Sammie Coates realized he can be among the best in the SEC. The much maligned Auburn offensive line discovered they’re not half bad. And what about those running backs?

In a lost game on a rainy night in Tiger Stadium, the new Auburn found itself.

Sportswriter Kevin Scarbinsky, who I view as the best and most objective in the state, chose to take a dimmer view.

Poking at Auburn fans yesterday, he wrote…

“What did you expect?… Did you think Gus Malzahn was some kind of wizard with a magic wand? Did you really believe he could wave that wand and turn Nick Marshall into Cam Newton and Gabe Wright into Nick Fairley? With one spring practice, one fall camp and one month of games?

One more question:

Do you prefer blue or orange Kool-Aid?

It may be a New Day at Auburn, but there’s one small problem with that cute slogan. If you want to play with the big boys, if you want to grow up and be a big boy yourself again, you have to be able to stand up to the likes of LSU in Death Valley after dark.”

I haven’t come across an Auburn fan who has suggested this team can compete with the top of the SEC yet. But there’s no arguing it’s a new day at Auburn. If you lived through a single game last season, you know things are different.

Pardon me why I wipe the orange off my top lip.

As I sip my Kool-Aid and look out over Jordan-Hare Stadium in my rose-colored glasses, I’ll make another observation. Auburn is closer to playing with the “big boys” than many predict.

They did a pretty good job of it in the second half Saturday night…

If anyone was still watching.


  1. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    I was watching, and this Auburn team played their hearts out.

  2. BigDaddyAU says:

    I was like a proud parent Saturday night when all was said and done. Our kids played as hard as they could and never gave in. They had me actually believing there at the end that we had a chance. A blown call on the refs and a few missed opportunities by our boys and we would have had us a one score game with a couple of minutes left. I’m always proud to be an Auburn man and on Saturday night I was beaming. War Damn Eagle.
    Get healthy, young men, and lets run over Ole Miss with the Gus Bus!!!!

  3. dcas2011 says:

    After Saturday night, I can see us puling off a win against a Georgia or even Bama. These boys have heart this year. They have a reason to believe. I know we have to play 4 quarters but we certainly beat them in 3 1/2 this week. Let’s keep moving forward!!!!

  4. AuburnMisfit AuburnMisfit says:

    Scarbinsky didn’t bother to watch the game obviously. He didn’t bother to look at the box stats either. One has to wonder that with the way the Auburn offense put up 450+ yards on the “vaunted” LSU defense, what would happen against lesser defenses? I don’t know where Scarbinsky was thinking “A New Day” means Auburn manhandles every team on the schedule because that is what he’s making it out as.

  5. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Auburn beat itself in this one with first 4-5 serious half mistakes. If not for those mistakes this game goes to down to the wire. What I saw was a team that did indeed belong on the field with LSU. That’s an encouraging sign. And I know NM didn’t have the greatest game, but for a first SEC road start in death valley, in terrible conditions for a QB, he did very well. I’m hoping for big time improvement for the Ole Miss game, hopefuly some self film study will do all our guys some good. War Eagle!

  6. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    He was probably just perturbed because his tide wasn’t blowing out the buffaloes…….

    I wondered if any of the refs had money on the game because they missed the spread. Those calls at the end of the game were panic that we might just make a comeback. Gus had the boys believing ~ which was pretty amazing.

    Cody made a perfect onside kick. He has it down to perfection. Even the announcers said it was perfect. Didn’t know why they were reviewing and even said it wouldn’t be overturned. Guess what? SEC refs strike again. I have never like that head ref ~ he always seems to be in charge of the crews that make “funny” calls.

    I’m sipping the Orange Kool-Aid and it tastes pretty good!!
    #GusDelorean #MarshallPlan

  7. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Save me some Kool-Aid, I’ll drink with you… and for those who think you have cornered the market of intellectual knowledge and intricacies of our offense, defense and best use of available personnel, I guarantee you that our coaches see and know 10 times more than we see and know, so relax a bit and have faith. Enjoy the sweetness of the cold Kool-Aid rolling over your parched tongue. Drink deeply, my friends…

    Unless you’ve worked with 18-22 year olds and had to depend on their performance for the success of a multi-million dollar business, you will never know what it’s like to walk in these coaches shoes…I bet it’s frustrating.

    When you win, doesn’t mean you did everything ‘right’; you just did enough ‘right’ to win. We are doing a whole lot more ‘right’ this year than last. For this season, I encourage you to only compare this year’s team to last year’s team. Next year, we can compare the team to the rest of the SEC…

  8. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    With 6 minutes left in the game, *I* was believing that they might mount a come back….haven’t felt that way in quite sometime. That belief is contagious and will serve them well down the stretch. They need to hold on to that and build! Get better and stronger and test themselves to see what they can do with this season.

    War Eagle!

  9. mikeautiger says:

    Pass the blue cool aid! my wife and I moved down in the stadium in the 4th quarter and sat near some LSU fans and they saw what I saw, we might come back and win this game…they were scared. We have the fight to play with every team we play and we will win some big ones too at the end of the year.

  10. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    Take away the big mistakes of the first half and let EJ trust his players enough to run his base defense in the first half instead of that 5 2 abomination and we might just come out as winners in Baton Rouge… At worst it’s a TD or less win for the corndogs.

  11. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    This team isn’t great, but they played hard and didn’t give up. And yeah, Scarbinsky, with a break here or there, they could have been right back in the game, and hell yes maybe even won.

    We’re not back yet but we Are on the way. This team and this staff are leading the way.


  12. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Bad breaks, good adjustments, good fight in the AU Tigers equals yes, “Malzahn has this team headed in the right direction.”
    Good read Jay.

  13. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    War Eagle in the truest sense of the phrase:

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Interesting link! We see hawks some in this area, and I’ve noticed that they’ll sometimes pick bigger rodents up, fly into the air, and drop them on the pavement from up high. Cunning birds…



  15. auh20 auh20 says:

    All previous comments are dead on. At one time, Scarbinsky was as objective as any writer in the Birmingham market. Actually more than most. To keep a job in sports writing or electronic media in “east Tuscaloosa” aka Birmingham, one must forsake all integrity, journalistic mores, and objectivity. For those thinking this is just paranoia, all you have to do is look at the makeup of WJOX,, the skeleton that was once the Birmingham News, and even media outside Birmingham. Yes, there are a few tokens like poor ol’ Al DelGreco but they are more than trumped by the Kurre’s, Brown’s, Finebaum’s, Dunaway’s, and others’ This is the legacy of the late Bert Bank, godfather of the u of a radio. He was smart to emulate the dictators of the past and control the media. It’s a shame they all believe that to raise Bama to that top shelf, they must use Auburn as a step-stool. End of rant. I feel better. A little.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      ……Gotta smile at a lot of that. But I’ll take up for Tony Kurre. He’s one of the old rock D. J.’s from my teenage Zeppelin-ZZ-Top fixations and early 20s hair-metal days. It’s a sad state of affairs on the airwaves when he’s doing sports radio. The few times Kurre’s shown much of any partisanship on the OD is towards UAB, in my opinion. He’s pretty cool, in my book.

      …..Disclaimer: My car stereo plays mostly off a 32 gig thumbdrive with everything from Led Zeppelin to Edie Brickell to Quintron on it.

  16. uglyjoe says:

    Did you know that Edie Brickell has an ongoing collaboration with Steve Martin……Steve Martin likes to write lyrics and accompany them with his banjo, sends them to Edie Brickell and she turns them into songs. From what hear, they have actually played together. Can’t imagine what’s going through Paul Simon’s mind.

  17. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Both artists have collaborated with a lot of folks over the years. No big deal. Amazingly talented, both.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..I should add that I like Steve Martin… at least on comedy, and he does have banjo talent. But I can’t listen to that stuff. Edie is much more listenable with a lap steel in the background…