(Refresh the screen every once in a while. We’ll be updating down below throughout the morning. War Eagle!)
Ten wins. Let that sink in for a second or two. Ten wins?!?! No losses. If you’re an Auburn Tiger, every morning is biscuits and gravy. Let’s cruise around the sites and see what we can find this morning. I’ll be updating throughout the a.m. I had a spartan breakfast of black coffee and pumpkin bread. What are you having?
Here’s a photo of Niki’s West sausage biscuits with gravy on the side to awaken your stomach:
Better two-fist those biscuits while they are hot. Or maybe eat one as is and pour the gravy on the other? Gravy on both? Eat the biscuits with a gravy chaser? Endless possibilities.
Oh yeah, the road to the SEC championship and BCS title game sorta goes through Tuscaloosa right now. But it will be more of a rest area exit (filled with unsavory rest stop characters, you know, like the shirtless guy smoking on the picnic bench) for our Tigers by beating the Georgia Bulldogs next week.
How about this headline and lede from the Associated Press on the LSU win?
Splendor in the grass: LSU slips past Alabama
BATON ROUGE, La. — As Les Miles’ latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass — and ate them.
“I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I’m a part of the field and part of the game,” Miles said as a smile widened on his face. “You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best.”
Let’s do this!
10:20 a.m. CST: Waiting on this guy’s yearly screed on how much he hates Auburn (because some of our fans took clippings from their fancy bushes at Sanford Stadium after an Auburn win or something … I forget) and the back-and-forth on Track’em. My thoughts on Georgia? Meh. I like playing them and there is no hate here. I like the history of the rivalry and the common roots of the opposing players. We’re due, BTW. Dude should take a deep breath and just except the inevitable this year. With pain comes release.
10:15 a.m. CST: AP ballot love from the West Coast again. “… the Tigers still have the best resume in the land.”
9:50 a.m. CST: Something to chew on (gristle in the sausage … bleah!): A lot of folks out there have claimed the reports of Urban Meyer’s involvement in this mess as bunk. Phillip Marshall and Will Collier were two of the first to mention it and they were quickly discounted as “some Auburn bloggers” in print and on radio. But what to do about The Birmingham News‘ Goldberg and Scarbinsky coming on the scene yesterday with their (sadly unnamed) source that says Florida Coach Urban Meyer was involved? Is The Birmingham News reputable enough for you? For those counting at home, there are possibly two to four unnamed sources out there with this information about Meyer.
And now this morning Doug Segrest offers a Kenny Rogers background piece. I know that we shouldn’t put any eggs in the Rogers basket (since he is under the investigation of the NFL and all) … but here are some folks coming to his defense.
9:10 a.m. CST: So one of my questions has (sorta) been answered about Miss. State’s former QB John Bond (this via HABOTN). It looks like ESPN and/or the NYT called him to “verify” the story. Someone else actually tipped them off about it. And ESPN and the NYT had a, well maybe not aFACTUAL ERROR! per se in their report, but Kenny Rogers did not contact Bond person to person as was IMPLIED in the first round of stories. ERROR OF OMISSION? There were supposedly two people in between Rogers and Bond. That is, if we take Bond at his word. (Do we?) I mean what do we make of these statements in ESPN’s original story?
“[Kenny Rogers] said it would take some cash to get Cam,” Bond said.
Bond said the former teammate told him other schools had already offered $200,000 …
So this seemingly direct message was communicated through two other people before reaching Bond who *still* hasn’t spoken to Kenny Rogers in more than 20 years? Keep reporting folks. I am placing my faith in a skeptical Alabama press corps.
9 a.m. CST: Chris Low of ESPN *grrrrrrrrrrr* gives us his learned thoughts on the SEC this morning. And like I said before, it’s nice to see Auburn (even in playing UTC) at the top of these lists almost every week. Low wonders what happened to Alabama’s vaunted running game.
8:25 a.m. CST: I stand corrected. Good hay contains “energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins” according to this paper by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. What should your protein-rich hay blend be? Alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil, red clover and perennial grasses. A working horse needs 2.2 pounds of protein a day though. For pasture (or football field) the extension service recommends limed and fertilized Kentucky bluegrass. “… [It] should be the main grass in this system, because it withstands close and continuous grazing better than most other grasses. When well established and properly fertilized, it produces a reasonably dense and attractive sod.”
Les Miles, you old dog, you’ve found a buffet under your very own feet!
1. Reed canarygrass
2. Smooth bromegrass
4. Tall fescue
Coach Les “Foraging” Miles says: “It’s fescue or nothing!”
And Auburn’s “Alabama Forages” gives us a surprising result on the “weed” crabgrass!
Other things being equal, the first harvest of the year will result in the best hay, sometimes containing more than 15% crude protein and 65% total digestible nutrients. Crabgrass hay normally cures more slowly than bermudagrass, but more quickly than sorghum-sudan hybrids or pearl millet. Hay of crabgrass is dark in color and consequently may not look as good as it is.
7:50 a.m. CST: Your early morning schadenfreude. (This one’s for you KoolBell4AU.) Big Sexy sends this in:
… Russell Shepard says this is a regular occurrence. “I see him do it every day,” Shepard said. “That’s Coach Miles. He eats that grass. He says it has a lot of protein.”
I’m pretty sure grass does not contain ANY protein. But let me check on that. (I can’t believe that I’m going to check on the protein content of Kentucky blue vs. bermuda because Les Miles likes to eat it. Where do I check this? Someone that spends a lot of time in Comer Hall would certainly know. Quick! Someone whip up a Photoshop job of Les Miles on a bag of Scotts Turf Builder: Corn Dog Flavor.)
Jerry was on Pac-10 duty again and gives us a Dose o’ Ducks.
7:20 a.m. CST: Newton was dropping quotes like crazy yesterday. Question: “Hey Cam! Do you feel any different this week?” Answer according to the O-A News: “I feel 10-0,” he said, with a grin. “I’m just ecstatic. I’m dumbfounded with what words to say to express my emotion with how great I feel right now.”
Post-game interview with Cam:
|Cam Newton on fan support, Auburn’s win|
Chuckles and laughs were had by all. Cool as a cucumber folks. Cool as a cucumber.
Although it seems like his “Cammy-Cam Juice” isn’t going to take the world by storm since it is mostly geared toward supermen and hummingbirds. Solomon gets a review on Cam’s Concoction: “It’s something he made. It’s real nasty,” wide receiver Terrell Zachery said. “It’s like some kind of syrup or something.”
7:10 a.m. CST: Tweet from Evan Woodberry yesterday: “More Cam Newton: ‘I love Auburn and that’s all I got to say. God has blessed me right now… When God be blessin’, the Devil be messin””*
* Notice the “double quotes” at the end there? I actually think that is the right punctuation because of the quote within the quote with the dropped off “g” in “messing.” It sure looks odd though.
* Here are the first two Auburn coeds to pose for Playboy
* Auburn jersey spotted in titillating music video
* Jackie Sherrill accuses Auburn of inflating footballs with helium
* Barrett Trotter knows when to hold’em
* Bear Bryant’s lost year at Auburn
* Pat Dye is stuck on Golden Flake
* Five Auburn coeds featured in Playboy’s “Girls of the SEC” issue
* John Travolta in an Auburn shirt