Auburn slapped with reality; FWAA gets it right

Went to lunch with a friend today and had disturbing conversation.  Seems he has invested over $3,000 in the new Iraqi currency, which at the moment is more worthless than the Mexican peso…or closer to home, the U.S. penny.

But the lure is that once the new Iraqi government stands on its own, the Iraqi dinar…once valued at $1 dinar to $3 U.S. dollars…will quickly appreciate, and those who have made this investment will be filthy stinking rich.

The problem is, Saddam Hussein is the one who personally set the 3:1 value on the old dinar, not the general global economy or other traditional economic factors.

After a little post-lunch study on the matter today I almost lost my lunch.  It appears to be a scam…and just another case where something for nothing equals nothing.  My friend, who deserves a break, will likely not even break even.

Something from nothing equals and has always equaled nothing.

Abarn learned the same lesson today when the Football Writers Association of America voted to strip USC of the Grantland Rice Trophy for the 2004 season and leave the ’04 season without a champion.  You can get the details here.

The FWAA is one of four major championship selectors recognized by the NCAA and has been awarding the Grantland Rice trophy since 1954.

When USC was hit by the NZAA, immediately following speculation grew that the FWAA would strip the Trojans of their award.  And even sooner the drum began to beat for abarn to become the rightful recipient of their first meaningful championship since three years before John F. Kennedy took office.

The slanted Alabama media began its campaign to give the tiggers a boost in yet another ploy to set abarn on equal footing with Alabama.  Birmingham columnist Kevin Scarbinsky wore his heart on his sleeve as he openly campaigned (shocker) for Auburn to be recognized as the rightful champion.

The scene reminded me of the old McDonald’s commercials, where the Hamburglar would try to steal Ronald’s hamburgers.  However, at the end of every commercial the lovable villain was routinely “foiled again”, yet everyone would be sitting around happily eating McDonald’s hamburgers, sharing with him.

Well, in this case, abarn learned that championships are earned; they aren’t given out like government cheese.  And in the end no one is going to hand you one just because you’re standing there…looking pitiful with your hand out.

So, putting a bow on the 2004 season, here’s what we know.  USC cheated.  Oklahoma stayed #2 from the beginning to end.  And Auburn had its best football team in history…and still came up empty. Had Oklahoma had the fortune of facing Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl that year…not the weegles…the Sooner fanbase would be the ones going to bed tonight on tear-stained pillows.

Instead, abarn has learned yet again they just aren’t good enough.

So high school football recruits out there…

  • If you want to run out of the tunnel through fire extinguisher smoke…
  • If you want to learn the fundamentals of chop blocking…
  • If you want to play someplace where a bird flying to get a rubber mouse gets fans in a frenzy…
  • If you want to walk arm and arm out of the tunnel in a neat-o way…
  • If you want to be at the center of unmerited, unearned media hype to balance the economics of fan bases…
  • If you want to get a parade for an eight win season…
  • If you want to be considered a hero for losing 63% of your league games…
  • If you want the pinnacle of your season to be that 12th game…

Go to Auburn.

But if you want to play for championships…and win them, earning the right to be called the best and breathe the rare, crisp air at the top of the mountain…if you’re good enough to be asked, there’s only one place for you…

The University of Alabama.

Something from nothing equals nothing.  And 2004, well, it meant nothing.  However, 2009, and 2010….2011…2012…

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