Wow! More than expected

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By Jason from Tuscaloosa
Now that the grin has finally gone from my face, it is time to take an objective look at the G-dome beat down. Saturday night this Bama fan witnessed something that I have not seen since the 2001 Iron Bowl, a team with attitude. Saturday night I saw purpose, disciple, and toughness that has been absent in T’town for some time. I saw what any fan of any team should love, football with and edge to it, football with physicality. I saw what Bama fans hope is the beginning of what’s to come.

First, let’s talk about what wins games, controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We saw for the first time in the Saban era, an offensive and defensive line take control from kickoff to final whistle. We witnessed a running game, Yahoo a running game! Nothing makes me happier than to see a team take the football and control the time of possession and methodically run the ball down someone’s throat. In this day of pass happy offenses, you still must be able to run the ball to win. You look at any team that is on top and you will find a healthy rushing attack.

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Second, let’s talk about quarterback play. John Parker Saturday night was almost flawless, he did the most important thing any QB can do, he did not get you beat. He made good decisions and protected the football. If this is the new and improved JP under a new OC, I can’t wait to see what coach McElwain can do with the rest of the season and with the next crop of quarterbacks in waiting.

Finally defense, yes defense consistently wins championships. I know it is hard to believe, but strong defensive, not offensive fireworks will bring the W’s on a weekly basis. This group brought a relentless, hard hitting style to the field and as an old LB; it brings a tear to my eye. One key to a good defense is that they create turnovers and this unit did that Saturday night.

In closing, let me say this; one game does not the season make, a lesson Auburn has yet to learn. I by no means am saying this team will win a championship, I am just saying that they are off to a good start. What makes me and every Bama fan happy is we can honestly say we saw improvement and are surprised at how well we played. The future is bright, now let’s play with consistency and do this week in and week out. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked at what happened in the G-dome on Saturday night. This is what happens every time Bama is told they don’t have a chance. Have expectations changed, sure, but that is what being a fan is all about. The fun is in the winning. Until Saturday, I just don’t think people realize how much we really hate orange! RTR!!!!!!

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  1. 1
    chucktrukk

    I wouldn’t say JP was almost flawless. He missed a couple wide-open TDs deep. But if he’s gonna miss, it might as well be where no one can get it. JP seemed shaky at times too. We HAD to rely on the running game.

    Not to say Im not happy. Im ecstatic- especially that JP did GREAT in the redzone- his usual pitfall. I think we’ll need to hit the deep passes to keep good D’s honest and win the tough SEC games.

    I do agree. Mc called one helluva game- and JP looked real smooth in the 4th.

    Chuck

  2. 2
    julio

    You’re hilarious Jason. Obsessed with Auburn much? You say that was the first game you’ve seen since the 01 IB where Bama played with “attitude”? Bama annihilated Tenn in 02 and 07, destroyed Florida in 05, humiliated LSU on 02, and the only game you can think of where they played with attitude was the last time they beat Auburn 7 years ago?

    Even more ironic is that you then have the audacity to say that, “one game does not the season make, a lesson Auburn has yet to learn.”, all the while failing to realize that you just cited a single IB victory from 7 years ago as the only time that Bama’s performance has satisfied you. You’re right Jason, one game does not a season make. For bammers, apparently one game makes for 7 seasons when it’s a win over Auburn.

    See, Auburn has the best in conference record of any team in the SEC since 2000. Auburn is 9-2 in its last 11 games against top 10 teams. We’re fully aware of what “makes a season”. It’s fun to poke at the bammers about the streak simply to get under their skin, but I promise you that Auburn fans took a lot more satisfaction out of beating Florida in Gainesville, LSU, and Georgia in Athens than they have in beating a mediocre Bama team for the last 6 years. Playing Bama is about as exciting as playing Miss State now; you’re expected to win. (actually, that’s not fair to MSU because they’ve managed to beat Auburn at least once in the last seven years.)

  3. 3
    Legion Field

    I agree with what chuck said. JPW needs to connect on the occasional deep ball…to keep the defense honest…..and now, he has the receivers that can get open deep. I was impressed with his overall performance though. He made good reads, and even made good decisions when he had to tuck and run.

    But he still throws the ball too high a lot of times. The kind of balls that can get a receiver killed. He’s done that his entire career.

  4. 5
    Ballplay Indian

    Who are you kidding ? Bama would give their left nut to beat Auburn. They would gladly go 1-11, if that 1 victory was the iron bowl.

  5. 6
    drmos

    Great job Jason…you know you have written a spot on Bama article when the cows take the time to have someone read it to them AND then have the same person write a response for them…..quack quack aubies!

  6. 7
    Bamaman

    Ballplay, you would give your left ovary for a victory over the Tide,(because that is your National Championship to beat AL)and also, since we own every single record over Aub, number of wins, streaks, most points scored, all of em you freak, so don’t flatter yourself. heheheheheheheh

  7. 8
    Ballplay Indian

    Bamaman………If that were the case then I would be overy less……You see, we have stomped yalls asses for six straight years. I know you knew that already. And I also know that if we continue the trend A.B. (after bahr), then WE will own the head to head within 10 years. It is a hard thing for the bammer mind to digest, I know. But admitting that Auburn is your daddy is the first step to recovery. Tubberville has only lost to your team twice in ten years at Auburn. Yall hate the man. Yall hate the university, and you hate the fact that times have changed. The best thing you can do is accept the fact that Auburn is your DADDY !!!!!!!!

  8. 9
    IhateGeorgeW.

    What’s more annoying than you barnies actually being here is posting under more than one username. DON’T… AH… NO… WAIT… Drop the act. You’re one person with the mentality of 9,874,123,753. You measure your success by Alabama, and we thank you for that. That automatically tells us we’re the team with the superior mentality. Alabama Tech is the team with the inferior mentality. Opelika is full of Alabama, even though it’s negative, surely it beats history and tradition, correct?

  9. 11
    Ballplay

    Oh so right! How does it feel to be owned, George? Why do you think we’re the same person? Are you on crack? You must be because we’re not the same person, dammit!

  10. 15
    IhateGeorgeW.

    There you go, one person. I saved you the trouble of having to log in multiple times just to agree with yourself. Now, move on to the next article and spam the comment page up with your 50,000 usernames!

  11. 16
    Bamaman

    Ballplay, the only way you could be Bama’s daddy is to own all the records, but you see little man, you don’t, we do! So that’s makes us yo’ daddy. And I don’t hate Elmer Fudd Tuberville, the great duck hunter, it is going to fun watching him start blaming others for the program’s fall. And I would’nt call seven point victories ass stomping’s, what Georgia does to yall is ass stomping’s.

  12. 17
    tmc1

    Julio,
    What is Georgia’s record since 2000?………………. yep just as I thought Another Aubbo spreading Aubbo mistruths.

  13. 18
    tmc1

    Pluto/julio/omni/ballplay/shaneisablogger is a stalker…etc…etc….
    Pathetic little man with a little man’s obsession with Bama.

    Bammer wannabe.

  14. 19
    OMNIPRESENT

    IhateGeorgeW. Says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 10:04 pm
    What’s more annoying than you barnies actually being here is posting under more than one username. DON’T… AH… NO… WAIT… Drop the act. You’re one person with the mentality of 9,874,123,753. You measure your success by Alabama, and we thank you for that. That automatically tells us we’re the team with the superior mentality. Alabama Tech is the team with the inferior mentality. Opelika is full of Alabama, even though it’s negative, surely it beats history and tradition, correct?

    Do you save this in wordpad and when you have nothing else in the MIND with an IQ of ooooo hmmm 76 you copy and paste???

    WAR POLYTECH BIIIITTTCHES!!!

  15. 20
    OMNIPRESENT

    AND too all of you other stupid ass bammers whether you know it or not WE ARE LAUGHING at you RIGHT NOW!! hell there is 3 of us reading your nonsense and laffin now …You guys need to listen to BLACK SABBATH’s PARANOID!!!

    Just one of us RIGHT!!! and there is nothing and I MEAN NOTHING( wrestling comment for CHristopherson)small or Pathetic about me I can OUT F AND F AND T you(just in case your kids reading again I used Letters ) hahahahhahahahahhahahahah LOSERS!!!

    WPB!!!

  16. 24
    Bama Fan In NYC

    Or you could be an tAlabama PolyTECHnic Institute fan, by slapping on those overalls and cowboy boots, purchasing a mud riding truck from Aubarn Off-Road in Opelika, skipping an tAlabama PolyTECHnic Institute football game for a rodeo, joining a fraternity/KKK, renting a trailer on Wire Road, and marrying your sister at Samford Hall!

    It’s great to be an tAPI Cowgirl!

  17. 28
    Ballplay Indian

    Yall are some real conspiricy theorists arent ya ? Im not any other poster. DID YOU READ THAT !!!!!!!!!! I AM NOT ,,,,NOT ANY OTHER SCREEN NAME !!!!!!!

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