Capstone Saturdays: Daddy’s Home.

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Editorial Cartoon: Daddy’s Home

This week has been a roller coaster ride for me. I hate this game every year because it means so much, and determines so much in the circles that I run in. I have been uneasy about this game, but after some self-introspection, let me tell you why.

I found the answer after talking to others this week. The “streak” as our boog friends like to call it, conditioned us to hate this game. For seven or eight years, we weren’t on equal footing with our friends on the plains. They had better coaching, a more cohesive staff, better players and less controversy surrounding their program. We often entered this game limping (as we did in 2005), missing key players due to injury…a by-product of reduced scholarships. Poorly conditioned as a team, the previous eleven games depleted us as a team entering the Iron Bowl.

Coaching was a big factor. Dubose, Franchione (with his mind on College Station) and Shula were all overmatched. But the biggest issue was talent. Ravaged by probation and the things that come with it, our 22 was nowhere near as good as their 22. So, since 1999, it has been easy to walk into this game uneasy. But that all has changed.

For you see…Daddy’s home.

We have Nick Saban, who has been focused on the opponent in this state that he seeks to dominate “365 days a year.” (quote, Saban). He brings a system designed to shred any doubt early and often in games like this (with overmatched opponents). With 2 1/2 of the best recruiting classes we’ve ever had, we now have the better players. With the fourth quarter conditioning program, we now have fewer injuries and the most available reserves to come in a pulverize the Aubs when they start getting weak in the knees. And Saban has restored stability to the Alabama football program. So for the first time in a long time, I can enter this game confident that the boogs won’t have their day.

They all want to point to 1989 as the blueprint for victory today. But let me just remind you, back then, they still had the better coach, they still had equal if not better talent, and there was far less controversy and sidebars associated with Auburn than there was Alabama.

This is a different day. This is a different Alabama. And Auburn? Daddy’s home…and he’s not happy.

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    Auburn is a joke the fan formerly known as Ballplay Indian

    What is that on Aubies head ? A big pimped ouit hat ? Maybe its a flying saucer hovering over him…..Oh, I get it…Its a steamroller…Are they paving something at Jordan – Hare ?

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    Auburn is a joke the fan formerly known as Ballplay Indian

    You guys are soooo overconfident its amazing. Yes, I understand that you are feilding a good squad, and that you are favored. But your overconfidence ? arrogance is insane. Auburn will give yall the effort of the season, and if your team makes some mistakes, you could very well lose…Remember the UT game ?

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    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. Formerly E.G. White

    Of course we’re confident. So what’s the problem? Short memory? Apparently you don’t remember the Barners behavior during the 6 fingers. We have reason to be like this. Did you watch Texas last night? Bama will kill them. Sure they are capable of playing superior football. But their problem is that in more than half their games they have sucked. Florida too. They should have lost to Arkansas, and Miss. St. outplayed them. They did not statistically dominate LSU like we did. Bama has not played like that. No one but Tennessee has had a chance to beat us, and in reality we had them comfortably beat too. Just 1 play, an inopportune fumble by the most unlikely player, is what fucked up that game. The point is consistency. Bama has it. Florida has less. And Texas doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Sorry BP, but Auburns ass is grass. RTR!

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    Auburn is a joke the fan formerly known as Ballplay Indian

    If you can lose a game becasue of ONE play, you didnt dominate that game…This is still the Iron Bowl. this isnt last years team. We have had a week off and will be ready. you guys should win, but you wont win by the tune of 36-0 if you win. Point is, if you lose, Oh dear , talk about catchin some hell. I will be simply unbearable.

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    Pluto

    Got to buy you a Dictionary or hooked on phonics. Then again. It’s fucking hopeless.
    All the Barners need to know is that hey LOST. There was no tie or the game was called because the Barners were playing well. You lost the Game.
    I’m sure there are many suck-ass media that will nurture and tit feed the illusion that you got the MORAL VICTORY. They will do this because the Advertising People TELL them to agree with your Bull-Shit Moral Victory Fantasies – can’t make anybody mad cuz !
    Glad I don’t have this burden that the Whores in Media have got.
    Hey Auburn ! You Lost !

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