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Monday Musings From The Plains

Aug 17, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

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Auburn center Austin Wiley will be taking his place this weekend alongside former Auburn greats Charles Barkley, John Mengelt, and Chuck Person. The sophomore has been named to the 12-member USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team. The national team will be competing for the gold in Cairo, Egypt, July 1-9. Wiley was also part of the FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship last year.

International competition runs in the family as Wiley’s mother, Vickie Orr, won gold at both the Goodwill Games and World Championships in 1990 and a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics.

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The Southeastern Conference is not only the toughest football conference but one of the best baseball conferences in the nation. The fact that Florida and LSU will meet tonight in the national championship series is further proof of just how tough baseball is in the SEC. Seven SEC teams made super regionals this year, and Auburn baseball came within one strike of making it eight.

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Clint Myers and sons have gotten the lion’s share of credit for the rise in the Auburn softball’s fortunes, as well they should. However, often overlooked has been assistant coach Scott Woodard, who has been an important part of the Tigers’ renaissance. Woodard is a good coach with an impressive résumé..

Before joining Myers’ staff, he was an assistant football coach and a successful softball coach at Western New Mexico University. In seven seasons with the Mustangs, his softball team tallied 191 victories, including three consecutive 30-win seasons. As a tribute to his accomplishments, he will be inducted into WNMU’s Athletic Hall of Fame during the upcoming football season.

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Booger McFarland has done it again. The SEC Network analyst has a penchant for rumor-mongering, most of the time citing anonymous sources in spreading unfounded accusations. On Thursday he charged that Cam Newton is not a team leader and “not well liked by a lot of his teammates.”

I don’t buy it. Sure the Panthers had a losing record last year, but there were several key injuries during the season, including Newton. I can’t believe (especially based on anonymous  sources) that the 2015 NFL MVP does not have the respect and trust of his teammates. Without him, the Panthers would not have played in Super Bowl 50.

Sounds like McFarland is just living up to his nickname of being a big booger.

Until next time …

6 Comments

  1. jbellison56 says:

    McFarland is a joke. From what I've read nothing could be further from the truth.

  2. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    I don’t believe it either. I remember when the Panthers won the NFC Championship how his teammates gathered around Cam celebrating for a picture.

  3. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    Sad how someone with a TV megaphone can attack another person’s character without proof and get away with it.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      I think the booger is just trying to keep his name in the news. The bad thing about spreading garbage like this is that even if the gossiper is proven wrong or retracts his claims, a lot of people will still believe it since it was heard on TV or read on the net.

  4. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    I mean, his name his Booger – and he’s taken no steps as an adult to change that. That’s not something I place my trust in as far the media goes.

    • Tiger Tiger says:

      Yeah, I can’t take him too seriously, either.

      Then again, Booger’s just doing pretty much what every media outlet’s been doing like mad since about….oh, November or December of last year.

      It’s to the point now where, if the reporting is via “anonymous sources”, or “a friend of the subject’s”, or “a close staff member”…I’m not really interested. What happened to reporting facts instead of rumors? Cite the sources, please.