Edging Ga. Southern, VIP Status, and more gems

Lots a goodies today!

With just 55 days left until kick-off, on another sweltering hot day in Alabama, I thought I’d share some gems uncovered while trolling around the sports landscape.

Auburn Edged Georgia Southern for player
The first comes from the Anniston Star
, where we get a peek behind the curtain at Auburn incoming freshman, Ladarious Phillips.  He projects to be a super-sized back used in short yardage situations (wonder where Chiznik and Co. saw that?).

“(Phillips) knew if the Tigers offered him, he would take them up on the chance. However, with decision time looming, he still had no offer from the Tigers. Phillips instead had to consider the possibility that he would be unable to realize his dream of playing in the SEC. If that scenario played out, he said he thought Georgia Southern might be where he considered playing.”

So the barn edged Georgia Southern for a player.  Precious.

But who knows; maybe he will turn out.  As the story of the lightly recruited Mt. Cody illustrates, sometimes those stories of diamonds in the rough have happy endings.  More times than not, however, what you see shining up at you is just broken glass.

Volunteering For VIP Status
Next, what everyone is talking about, the brawl up in Knoxville with several Tennessee football players involved.  Cops don’t like to be hit, and when it happens, bad things follow.  Which is yet another dark cloud that continues to hover over the embattled UT football program. Pity.

The best quote of the story I borrow from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

“Basically, it was a normal Thursday night — Thursday’s our big night,” Morton said. “We had all the UT football players come in. They’re on a first-name basis with my husband (and co-owner), and they get VIP status, which means they pay no cover at the door.”

So UT football players are on a first-name basis with the owner and pay no cover to get in…even get “VIP status”?  Does that sound like an impermissible benefit to anyone?  Might want to button that lip up Mrs. Morton.  Or else your next VIP’s will have opted to play at UTk over Georgia Southern.

Evans sleeping on the sofa
The story of former UGA athletics director Damon Evans is disturbing on so many levels.

You’ve got the DUI factor in the wake of his PSA filmed on the topic, not to mention DUI impacting an athletic department employee days before.

Then you’ve got the red panty factor, with a family being changed forever because he couldn’t keep it zipped up.

Then you’ve got the humiliation factor as it comes out that Evans tried to throw his status around to avoid arrest.

Then you have the financial factor, where his half a million dollar salary just went bye-bye, like a child’s balloon in the park.

Mark Richt had this to say at Macon.com:

“I don’t think this will define Damon Evans,” Richt said. “I think this is certainly a bump in the road without question. He’s a very, very capable man. He’s very intelligent. He’s got an awful lot going for him.”

All kidding aside, who among us hasn’t made some mistakes where only the grace of God has protected us from the consequences?  Looking back at my life I can’t believe some of the decisions I made as a young person where I was pardoned from paying a more hefty tab.

But come on Damon.  To quote Mike Gundy, You’re a man.  You’re 40.

I hope he gets a chance to surface somewhere and display the intelligence Richt speaks of.  But to borrow a quote again, this time from the great Larry Munson, regarding your career Mr. Evans…you just stepped on your own face with a hobnail boot and broke your own nose.

Cleveland the Auburn of pro sports towns
With the announcement of Lebron James heading to South Beach to further his career, is there a more nothing sports town in all the land like Cleveland?

They are kings of having a little flash here and there, but never really doing anything.  But amazingly, their fan base is among the best in professional sports.

I remember watching Browns games on TV as a kid, playing in what looked like a state fair ground arena.  If you would have told me that stadium had been used the day before in a rodeo I wouldn’t have accused you of lying.

But their fans were nuts.  Painted faces.  Rabid.  The original “Dog Pound”.  It was a wild scene.  But their last championship came in 1964, so all of the fanfare is “just because.”

The Indians last championship came in 1948.  They did appear in the World Series twice in the 90’s, but beyond a division title in 2oo7, that’s about it.

Then you have the Cavs.  Close to greatness with possibly the game’s best player on board, but never, ever the best.

So it comes to this: Cleveland is the Auburn of professional sports towns.  Good enough occasionally, but never the best, with a delusional fan base that just keeps taking mediocrity in stride.

But in retrospect, maybe WE’RE the ones that have it all wrong.  Maybe expecting excellence shouldn’t be the goal.  We’ll think on that.

For more on Cleveland’s bizarre sports history, here is a good read.

Finally, if you run with a dog with fleas…
…you’re gonna get fleas.  I remember my high school football coach telling us that after practice what seemed like on a daily basis.  And, it’s true.  The company you keep will largely determine your future.  Make good choices regarding that company and they’ll make you better.  Make bad ones, and you’ll find yourself where USC does today.

First, USC Athletics Director Mike Garrett had to apologize to Alabama, Florida, Oregon, Fresno State and Washington for the fraternity house, juvenilesque claims made by Dillon Baxter that he was approached after their sanctions were handed down.

As sports talkshow host Jim Dunaway spoke on his Thursday “Roundtable” show in Birmingham, the prank wreaks of Lane Kiffin.

To date, four Trojan football players have transferred away from USC in the wake of the sanctions, the latest being fullback D.J. Shoemate to Connecticut. Though we now know differently, at least Franchione came across to his batch of teens as a credible man, able to dupe the Tide players into staying.

Then you have UT turning down USC in a game to open the 2011 season.  It seems not even the Viles want any of Kiffin’s mojo to rub off on them anymore.

USC is radioactive right now, and they could not have hired a more radioactive head coach.  Until either idiot (Mike Garrett or Lane Kiffin) are shown the door, expect more lunacy from the circus that is USC football.  Just don’t expect them back in the Rose Bowl until you have grandchildren.

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  1. 1
    julio

    So Auburn doesn’t even offer the kid a scolly that he openly covets, and the kid simply says he’ll go to Ga-Southern if he doesn’t get the offer, and ITK translates that into saying that AU “edged out Ga-Southern”?? Do you even think about how stupid you sound before you post something??

  2. 2
    almightytmc1

    Congrats aubbos. You have another potential Bo Jackson in a never ending list of potential Bo Jacksons that have came and gone since…..Bo jackosn.

  3. 3
    julio

    errrr, tmc…….you did catch the part where it said Auburn has not even offered a scolly to the kid, didn’t you? What the #@!% are you talking about?

  4. 4
    ITK

    almighty, I think you just made someone wet his pants…he’s just so angry! Spot on, by the way.

    And funny how no one disagrees with me here but you, Julia. Who’s wrong?

  5. 6
    InTheKnow72

    Dontcare, what, you mean this quote from the story:

    “Phillips signed with Auburn the next day. That left the question: What position would he play in college?”

    Don’t bother aubies with facts. It just irritates them. Schools “sign” walk-ons every day, you know.

  6. 7
    Pluto

    What I would like Damon Evans to do now is for some D-2 Program to hire him for an pittance and let him build that up.
    Everything was handed to him on a Platter at Georgia. Let’s see him try to build something from scratch.
    That will be his redemption. Build something out of Nothing.

  7. 9
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxyfarfar away. FormerlyE.G. White

    I defer to the above post in regards to statements made by and our opinion of Julietta. ROTFLMFAO! RTR!

  8. 10
    Bamafan

    Whoolio, your obsession with The U of A is embarrassing. Question: Do you ever post on an actual auburn board, or just hang out on Alabama boards?

    Just wondering.

  9. 12
    auburntigerfan

    Ok allrightytmc,
    I need to clarify sumthing with you right here!
    There is only one BO JACKSON. And he played football for (wait for the drumroll…..) the Auburn Tigers. Under the greatest and most hung college football coach in history. Pat Dye.
    Those two were men… Real men… REAL AUBURN MEN!
    Thats right bammerscum, We are talking 2 men that could repopulate Mars…. As well as kick the Martians ass in the War of the Worlds.
    As a matter of fact … they should remake that movie and have Bo jackson, Pat Dye and Gene Chizik in it kicking martian ass and taking names for any possible future super recruits for the our next top 3 class! Can you imagine getting tackled by a 500 lb linebacker from mars named XYPHY? No yall cant… because yall are ignorant and illiterate and your endless mindless rants and posts prove it! I bet your precious Nick Sabear never thought of recruiting across the galaxy. I can see Super Trooper doing it now.. In a pimped out Limo/spaceship! Top that you Bunch of bammertrolls!!!!

    Or how does this strike you….Big Cat Weekend on the Planet Venus. huh? Whats that Bammertrash…do I hear people quaking and tears coming down? Of course I do….Because yall know with the astronaut program at the University of Auburn and the greatness of Gene Chizik We just might pull it off, thats why.
    Thats because we are Auburn. And yall aint. So dont start no shit or we will re-recruit Bo Jackson and some martians and they will come to Jordan-hare west kick all of yalls asses!

    6 in a row!!!!

  10. 13
    Bamafan

    LOL!!! Living in the past, eh barner? 6 in a row is OVER! By the way, since you have trouble counting, 9 in a row by Bama beats the barners 6 in a row. Trivia question: How many National Championships did Pat Dye and Boo Jackson win? ZERO! The Barn hasn’t seen a NC since 1957. LOL!

  11. 14
    DAMAGE INC.

    Very true – I hear living in the past all the time but that was a textbook case. Enjoy the memories from the 80’s — and like the always say in West Georgia – “keep it down home ‘cuz”

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