I have been reading Track ‘Em Tigers pretty much from its breakaway from SBNation, and I can honestly say that it’s been an absolute blast. It’s refreshing to see the comments being almost exclusively from folks who are genuinely infected with the Auburn Spirit. I respect the various opinions expressed even when they’re different from mine, and I like it that taunting, inflammatory remarks designed to hurt and degrade are generally not present.
As for background, my wife and I are both 1966 AU graduates. She’s a Birmingham native, but I long ago convinced her of the glories of my native Georgia, and we have lived in Atlanta since 1968. We have a second home on West Point Lake (hence, wpleagle) bought in part for ease in getting to Auburn for home games. After 19 years, though, we gave up our season tickets (her health and desire to have more time with grandchildren).
I titled this post “respect” because I have become increasingly concerned recently about what I believe is a lack of respect engendered for some of our athletes and opposing teams and coaches by name calling (thUGA, turds, leg humpers, whiners) in certain posts. With very, very few exceptions (Bobby Petrino, Carl Pelini), I believe our SEC opponents have high quality, ethical coaches and should be treated respectfully. I feel the same way about our team’s players, especially in 2013 where to a great extent the current coaching staff is dealing with players inherited from another regime. I think our guys give it everything they’ve got, and it’s not their fault that they’re not all perfectly built for their position with 4.2 speed and 135 IQ’s.
Just my thoughts, for what they’re worth.