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Monday Musings: Beauty Queen Edition

By on January 14th, 2013 in Basketball, Football 14 Comments »

miss americaCount me among those who saw nothing wrong with the comments made by ESPN play-by-play man Brent Musburger about Auburn graduate and current Miss Alabama Katherine Webb during last week’s BCS Championship game.

Of course, I was still in shock over seeing an Auburn graduate sporting an Alabama jersey, sitting in the stands with the Bama quarterback’s mom. Now that’s offensive.

Pointing out the obvious is hardly a crime. I don’t care whether you’re a 73 years-old or a fraternity boy, Ms. Webb is a looker. I’ll stop at that since her grandparents live about 300 yards from my home.

I’m happy for her new found stardom and appearance in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. But I keep going back to that Bama jersey in Miami. You’ve only been dating a month. Did you have to go that far? The jersey? Really? …

Staying on the beauty pageant theme, yeah I know, we’ve really crossed the line now, Congratulations to Opelika native and former Auburn student Mallory Hagan on being crowned Miss America on Saturday.

Hagan graduated from Opelika High in 2007 and spent a year at Auburn before moving to Brooklyn. I’m not sure of why the drastic change in venue, but it obviously worked out…

Who would have put odds on Auburn being 2-0 in SEC play a month ago? Not me. Truthfully, I’d already written off Tony Barbee. Two games don’t make a season, but its one hell of a start, especially when you haven’t won your first two conference games of the season since 2003.

Saturday’s 74-71 win over South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena marked its third straight win and sixth in the last eight, moving the Tigers to 8-7 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Frankie Sullivan led the way with 17 points.

Things don’t get easier this week, with Auburn heading to Fayetteville on Wednesday to take on Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT and will be carried live on the SEC Network.

Auburn returns home on Saturday to welcome Kentucky. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT at Auburn Arena…

By all accounts, Pinson Valley (AL.) High School linebacker Zach Cunningham had a great official visit to Auburn over the weekend. The 6-foot-4,196 pounder is a four-star recruit that is rated the nation’s No. 18 outside linebacker by 247 Sports.

“Looking real good,” is how Cunningham responded to Auburn’s chances of signing him next month.

“My mom wants me to stay close to home so she can watch my games and I can still come home to visit on the weekends,” he said.

That said, Cunningham still plans on taking visits to Oregon, Tennessee and Vanderbilt before making a decision.

Linebacker was a glaring weakness this past season. Let’s hope Ellis Johnson and team brings him home…

Carver (Montgomery) High School quarterback Jeremy Johnson remains committed to Auburn and spent the weekend on campus getting to know the new staff. He also did a little recruiting.

“I’m 100 percent with Auburn,” he said. “This is where I want to be. Now is my time to recruit, to get players around me, skill position wise.”

Johnson says he plans to come in this summer with an eye on competing for the starting position.

“I’m coming in and compete for the job,” Johnson said. “I’m a competitor. I just want to do the best for Auburn.”

He’ll have his chance with Gus Malzahn declaring all positions wide open. Jonathan Wallace is still regarded as the favorite to hold onto the quarterback job. However, if you saw Johnson play this past season, you know this kid is loaded with talent and likely will have his shot in fall camp.

Until next time…


  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    1. No true Auburn man or woman wears Alabama clothing.

    2. I hope the roundball teams has turned the corner.

    3. I hope the new staff pulls out a strong recruiting class, minus the high profile detections that plagued Chiz. I don’t have a good feeling about Liner and Foster. I hope I’m wrong.

    • autgr4life says:

      I agree on point #1. If she was a true Auburn person she would have been wearing Auburn gear to the game. She might have cheered for AJ but she would have done it in Orange and Blue.

      • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

        Her generation has the edge over Bama so maybe it’s not that big of a deal to her. I had to suffer through the hypocrisy of the ’70’s.

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    What a great way to start my Monday am. I am happy for the success of the Auburn ladies in their career, but in a recent interview with Ms. Webb, Katherine stated she wasn’t “into football all that much”. That would explain the glaring fashion catastrophe.

    It is really good to see an Auburn basketball team handle adversity so well. Losing their top two scoring threats to injury would have decimated most teams. This is by far Coach Barbee’s best coaching he has done since arriving at AU. If the team chemistry can remain the same when those guys get back, this team could be very good.

    I still don’t have a handle on Dee Liner, although most analysts are split on what they think he will do. I am 55% that he signs with Auburn. Reuben Foster is another thing altogether. I am 95% sure he signs with us. He is recruiting other players to come to Auburn, and has the ear of 5* Defensive lineman Montravious Adams, who like Foster, is built for SEC play right now.

    Really enjoyed the start to a great week, Jay. Thanks!


  3. LSU Jonno says:

    I’ve worn Auburn clothes, and my wife has worn LSU clothes.

    Sometimes life supersedes college football.

    Congrats on being 2-0 in basketball!

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    It’s probably just me, but Musburger came off as a dirty old man…the kind that used to be quite respectable until dementia made them less inhibited (shall we say). I just couldn’t believe that he kept talking! I’m fairly sure that Kirk’s “Wow”, echoed the same sentiment. All in all, It provided much needed hilarity in an otherwise boring game. There was really nothing to get offended by. If women’s lib/rights/equality is held in the balance by an aging ESPN announcer, women in this country have larger problems…..

    IMO, the ESPN obligatory apology for Musburger’s soliloquy was more offensive than what he said…it was unnecessary and stupid. ‘Dear women: we simply placate you, because we need at least some of you for ratings. Yeah, what Musburger said was totes patronizing. We high fived him–I mean slapped his wrist. We promise he won’t do it again until next season. Ultimately, because we assume that many of you don’t know what a first down is, we don’t give a s^%&. XOXOXO-ESPN”.

  5. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    We all already knew how beautiful Auburn women are!!

    That be said, for the life of me I cannot understand why bammers wear their gear to Auburn games. Um, what? Don’t you know your team is playing up the road and you can go home and watch them on TV and wear all the updyke clothes you want? That being said, she could have just worn neutral clothing while pulling for her boyfriend. Nothing wrong with setting boundaries early in the relationship. 😉 No self respecting Auburn grad would wear THAT clothing especially or any other teams clothing unless forced. If you want to go to someone else’s game then just wear something neutral ~ not that hard to fathom……

    Very excited about Bball season for a change AND the women are looking pretty good too!!

    AND not going to worry what 18-19 year old young men are going to do with their lives but when they get to Auburn I will cheer for them!!

    • Bee says:

      Im pretty sure that was her boyfriend on the field. God forbid she graduated from Auburn and she wears re boyfriends Jersey. That embarrassing what you said, almost childish. I expect my 7 year old daughter to use that rationale. I graduated from AU in 04. My girlfriend, now wife, played softball for the tide and I had no issues wearing UA gear. To hear that she is apparently has no self respect because she graduated from Auburn, now wearing UA, coming from an Auburn fan is down right embarrassing. I know you will reply with a yeah I did, but I am willing to bet you haven’t stepped foo in one class on the plains. I hope the rest o he country doesn’t read something so childish.

  6. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    Count me in for the pro Musburger vote. I thought his comments were fair. slightly tongue in cheek and very flattering to the young lady. He did not say he wouldn’t mind snuggling up to her or anything lecherous like that. The jersey, not so much. At least it was his number.

    I bet he actually made the girl a nice chunk of change be making her a “gotta have” for SI and other modeling gigs.

  7. Malakai Malakai says:

    Musberger is an ass. Not for what he said at the game about some chick in the stands, but for his unrelenting love of all things west coast football. I hate hearing him call plays almost as much as I do that husky voiced woman on ESPN2 that called a game for Auburn this year. ACK!

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……I used to really like Musberger, when he and John Madden did NFL ball a couple of decades ago. Something happened to him, I think. Still has that iconic voice, but he’s pretty frequently wrong, these days. When he does an Auburn game, I’m almost running a stop-watch, waiting to see how long it takes him to call us “the War Eagles.”

    ……Not sure when ESPN female announcer you’re referring to. Pam Ward was the pioneer in that department, and didn’t do much for me. I like Beth Mowins, who knows her stuff and is entertaining to listen to.