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Gus Malzahn’s hurry-up, no-huddle offense has turned Auburn into Ball Boy U.

Gus Malzahn’s hurry-up, no-huddle offense has turned Auburn into Ball Boy U.

Jake Longenecker hopes his high school football coach was watching SportsCenter yesterday. “I said ‘I want to play running back’ because it was the easiest practice, and he said ‘no Jake, you’re too slow for that.’” The Potomac, MD native wound up playing quarterback and outside linebacker for the Churchill High School Bulldogs. “I wasn’t […]

The AU Wishbone’s 2014 Auburn Preview

The AU Wishbone’s 2014 Auburn Preview

After the most fun-filled, exciting, dramatic season in school history, what can the 2014 Auburn Tigers do for an encore?  Finish the job the 2013 team started. Coach:  Sweater vest marketer Mascot makes us think of:  “They can’t keep them off the field tonight!” Returning starters:  8 on offense, 6 on defense.  (Auburn returns a […]

The last minute, cold-battling equipment management decisions that helped Auburn win the 1993 Arkansas game

The last minute, cold-battling equipment management decisions that helped Auburn win the 1993 Arkansas game

Long sleeve undershirts. Blue tights. Some random, just-sittin’-on-the-desk samples of some magic hand muffs. When Auburn traveled to arctic Fayetteville in 1993, football equipment manager Frank Cox decided he’d better be packin’ heat. And thank heavens. Because Otis Mounds’ hot temper couldn’t keep everyone warm. (Can’t see the video? Try here.) h/t Auburn Obsessive Related: […]

Football rules ‘and other pointers of interest’ from the 1914 Auburn-Vanderbilt program

Football rules ‘and other pointers of interest’ from the 1914 Auburn-Vanderbilt program

Football looked a whole lot more like football one hundred years ago than it did the first time Auburn took the field in 1892. Still embryonic, I guess, but in 1914 you could definitely make out the hands and legs and the face of the sport it would grow up to be. Players had been […]

Malzahn’s Thirteen Seconds: Sealing the Deal in 2014

Malzahn’s Thirteen Seconds: Sealing the Deal in 2014

Having lampooned the forecasting record of the expert media pundits, Doug Dean makes the case for a monster season for Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers in Part II of his preseason forecast. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” – Admiral David Farragut (1801-1870) One hundred fifty years ago, Admiral David Farragut surveyed a treacherous Mobile Bay aboard […]

Wherefore Art Thou, Nostradamus? The Forecasting Failures of Expert Punditry

Wherefore Art Thou, Nostradamus? The Forecasting Failures of Expert Punditry

In part one a two-part preseason forecast, Doug Dean first exposes the folly of the prognosticating “experts”; on Friday, he makes the case for a monster season for Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers in 2014. “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910) With ESPN’s […]

What was the probability of an Auburn win before each snap of the 2013 Iron Bowl? Now we know.

What was the probability of an Auburn win before each snap of the 2013 Iron Bowl? Now we know.

Much has been written about the 2013 Iron Bowl, the game that won an ESPY for “Game of the Year” thanks to the play that won an ESPY for “Play of the Year.” Chris Davis’ game-winning 109-yard field goal return for a touchdown ended Alabama’s hopes for a third straight National Championship, and completed one […]

Michael Strahan using the Iron Bowl to explain football to Kelly Ripa on ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael’

Michael Strahan using the Iron Bowl to explain football to Kelly Ripa on ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael’

There were so many of them. So. Many. They just kept coming. Morning calls from mom, morning calls from the mom-in-law, emails, texts, tweets: “They’re talking about, they’re talking about, they’re talking about…” They were talking about the Iron Bowl. Everyone. Matt. Al. Whoopi. Barbara, Hoda. Kathie Lee. Brian. Diane. The Friends. I’ve tried finding […]

Life Cycle of a Highlight: 10 years later, Bret Eddins reflects on the most visually effective sack in Auburn history

Life Cycle of a Highlight: 10 years later, Bret Eddins reflects on the most visually effective sack in Auburn history

It’s been ten years since Bret Eddins achieved Auburn immortality with what was arguably the most visually effective sack in Auburn history. You’ve seen it a million times, in virtually every Auburn entrance or “historical hype” video of the past decade. Eddins, a defensive end, makes it around the tackle (who was denied his blocking […]

The story behind the 2004 Auburn team’s national championship rings

The story behind the 2004 Auburn team’s national championship rings

Cole Bennett, a sophomore tight end on Auburn’s perfect 2004 football team, never wore it, so he doesn’t really remember. “We got a ring, but all it said was Undefeated Season if I’m not mistaken.” He’s mistaken. The ring says “National Champions.” “I guess you’re correct,” Bennett replied after I emailed him a photo of one […]

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