Capstone Saturdays: Passing Out The Trophies

passing out the trophies
Editorial Cartoon: Passing Out The Trophies

Wow, what a game. We have the FOY Trophy for another year, and the boogs shelve another moral victory trophy. In a hostile environment, back against the wall, vying for its second consecutive perfect regular season…the first back-to-back 12-0 regular seasons in a row in its illustrious history…the Bama offense had to reach from within and drive the length of the field. The opponent had two weeks to prepare. Bama had six days. The opponent had a normal game day schedule. Bama was thirty minutes late because of what some are claiming was a construed effort to create the delay (a plea on “The Bunker” website on Thursday suggests this as a strong possibility).

And still, Bama goes 79 yards, eating over seven minutes of clock. On the winning score, Auburn went after Richardson behind Cody like fish after a dough ball. A brilliant call when we had to have it. And a game winning touchdown in the clutch by a quarterback who has never lost connecting with a senior running back who had been relegated to mop up duty. It was a thing of beauty.

12-0 and two in a row.

With only a few precincts reporting, the early exit polls show Auburn fans trumpeting their team, claiming satisfaction that they kept it close, and glee that Mark Ingram was held in check. Did the 36-0 beatdown last season strike that much fear in our little sisters in Lee County…that anything short of another stomping would be a relief? I wouldn’t know, because Auburn has never beaten Alabama in that fashion in my lifetime.

But what it comes down to is this: Like the Viles to our north, the tiggers are embracing moral victories like a fat kid hugging a Krispy Kreme box. Moral victories have become an acceptible consolation prize down on the plains, and I’m thrilled. When just getting close is good enough, you’re in trouble. In the Mike Shula years, we filled our cases full of moral victory trophies. The orange and blue version of Shula has now compiled a 12-24 record as a head coach… Sidebar here: Christmas Eve is the next Gene Chizik day. Although Chizikmas still takes place December 16th, the day Auburn gave us the gift of his presence.

Another goody I’ve heard is how a five point win points to trouble in next year’s game for Bama. Let me point out that in 2003 Auburn won by the same margin. Five years later, we finally snapped the streak.

Now that we’ve begun a streak of our own, I’d like to invite all Aubsessed fans who will invariably read this to come down to THE University of Alabama on March 6th. For it’s there we’ll accept the FOY trophy for the second year in a row. There’s no need for us to come to your trophy ceremony, however. They don’t have ceremonies for losers.

If you need us, we’ll be in Atlanta.

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  1. 1
    alex hamilton

    Ahhh. You stay classy Auburn fans. Aubie pulled out all the stops. Even coordinated a traffic jam. Alas, someone forgot to remind them that gimmicks get you only so far, and that the better team usually wins the game.

    In honor of the stirring victory, I, Sir Alex F. Hamilton have composed a short poem.

    Ahem….

    We beat you here,
    We beat you there,
    We spot you 14 points,
    And still beat your ass at Jordan-Hare.

  2. 4
    Auburn is an even bigger joke formerly known as Auburn is a joke the fan formerly known as Ballplay Indian

    Auburn is an even bigger joke formerly known as Auburn is a joke the fan formerly known as Ballplay Indian wonders where Indiana Vol and Omnipresent are. I need a hug.

  3. 5
    Auburn is an even bigger joke formerly known as Auburn is a joke the fan formerly known as Ballplay Indian

    No seriously guys. I need a hug. I hate losing to Bama.

  4. 6
    Auburn is an even bigger joke formerly known as Auburn is a joke the fan formerly known as Ballplay Indian

    Just having fun Ballplay.
    Dont get crazy. Good game.

    But while we are on the subject. Now that Auburn has bit the bigone again. Do you have to change your name to reflect it. Or are you still keeping Auburn is a joke etc?

  5. 8
    Coach Arthur Gustav Malzahn the III

    Suddenly Gus is starting to look more and more like head Coaching material! Gus likey! Gus really likey!
    Thanks Nick Saban!

  6. 11
    Cow Farmer

    I hate ever won of yall! I keep losing money bettin’ on yall cuz you keep promisin that yall has a secret weapon thats gooner win this year fer shore! Buncha God Dam phonies!

  7. 12
    CrimsonBlood81

    Barner’s bitching about class?!? Please — where was the class when you guys ran out on our field at Bryant-Denny and stomped on our A in the middle of the field. Want to talk about class now than you guys are battling for 3rd place in the WEST with the Mississippi’s. ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!! 365’s a bitch ain’t it?

  8. 13
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. FormerlyE.G. White

    BPI was right. It hurts much, much worse to lose a game like that than to get curb stomped 35-0. But on the other hand, it is so much more thrilling to win a game like that and profoundly satisfying to understand the gut wrenching disappointment of your rivals as the exstasy of the thrill of victory is snatched from their grasp at the last moment. That is exactly why I did not fret over the Tennessee game. We have now delt our 2 most hated rivals, the most horrible type of defeats possible. Love it! RDTR!

  9. 14
    CrimsonBlood81

    I just doesn’t feel right saying Crimsonite instead of E.G. — that’s going to take some time to get used to. 🙂

  10. 15
    ashley the elephant

    Actually dude this is the second time since I belive the 73-74 seasons when bear bryant was coaching that we went undefeated in the regular season twice in a row…that being said…RTR way to make aubie go back into his cave with his tail between his legs

  11. 16
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. FormerlyE.G. White

    I’m just playing around for a while. I’ll go back to EG later. I mean everybody had so much fun coming up with variations of it. LOL! But the truth is, Bama is very much like Kryptonite. We beat on our opponents, slowly weakening them, and then we kill them! RTR!

  12. 17
    CrimsonBlood81

    Agreed! Next on my radar — Florida. I’m glad Alabama got “practice” against an offense similar to Florida’s. Rivalry games are always going to be close (exception of a lame duck coach last year in Auburn) — I can PROMISE THE CRIMSON NATION that the game against Florida will be a TOTALLY DIFFERENT BEAST and you will see a FEROCIOUS Alabama team!

  13. 18
    Michael Bynum

    Fe-Ro-SHus Beast!
    Mark (Shine my Heisman) Ingram?
    You was uncovered my Crimson friend.
    Tebow will play you like a one string banjo….
    Go gators….

  14. 19
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. FormerlyE.G. White

    Fuck you Bynum. We’ve already determined that you’re a fag. Now go play butt hockey! RTR!

  15. 20
    MattUA

    When are we going to get a post from an Aubie on the moral victory they had and how all are NC’s are fake? That usually their protocol, isn’t it?

  16. 22
    intheknow72

    They’re still in hiding, Matt. They want to believe they’re happy they took us to the wire, but as time wears on they’ll slowly remember they can’t beat us anymore, and it will just make them sad.

  17. 23
    almightytmc1

    So very true Crimsonite.
    I loved the win because there was just enough there for the gullible Aubbo hordes to think they might actually have a contender next year.They will keep Chiz Rood and Whoa Gussy! And sure enough next preseason we will be hearing about how Auburn will finally come to dominanace and win all the championships. And then when the SEC schedule comes to pass they will be eating thier own again. And then they will try to sabatage Bama’s chance at the NC and SECC again and they will fail again. And the broken record that has been going on for decades will keep on playing. It must truley suck being an Auburn fan and watching all your neighbors be crowned as champions.
    I kinda feel sorry for them at this moment.
    But hey, if ignorance is bliss Auburn fans are jacking off into thier own hats today!

  18. 24
    julio

    Ah, your hypocrisy is out in full force, ITK. First you make excuses for why the game was close. (Your paranoia in accusing AU of causing a traffic jam is absolutely priceless. Any you have the unmitigated gall to draw a cartoon about Lane Kiffin when he accuses Bama of turning off the UT headsets???? I mean “the bunker” reported, so God knows it MUST).

  19. 25
    julio

    ITK, it’s amazing how your excuse making is so programmed that it even kicks in after a win. Now you’re even making excuses for why a win was close. Your paranoia in accusing AU of causing a traffic jam is absolutely priceless. And you have the unmitigated gall to draw a cartoon about Lane Kiffin when he accuses Bama of turning off the UT headsets???? I mean “the bunker” reported, so God knows it MUST be true. Then you blame Bama’s performance on the fact that AU had an off week and Bama had 6 days rather than 7 to prepare. No doubt, that murderous preparation for Chattanooga kept the UA coaching staff burning the midnight oil and totally prevented them from even thinking about AU.

  20. 26
    intheknow72

    Julio, I’m sorry, I’m trying to concentrate on what you’re saying, but my phone won’t stop ringing…all these hotels from Atlanta and Pasadena keep calling me back. Competing for championships isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, what with all the travel arrangements you have to make. Be thankful you only have to come to Birmingham for the Pizza bowl. I guess 7-5 (with two of those wins coming over Ball State and Furman) has its advantages!

  21. 27
    intheknow72

    And I like how you got started in post #24 then REALLY got excited and came back to finish it in #25. You’re a pro, my friend.

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