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UPDATE 12:10 p.m., from Jerry: I’ll be brief: there’s very little regarding the Cam story that I feel comfortable saying I believe. It’s so hard to know what’s true, what’s exaggeration, what’s rumor, what’s an outright lie, that over the past few days it’s been better to just shut down the critical thinking cap and hope. At times that’s seemed like a completely wasted, worthless hope, but when you’re talking about the weight of years of hope, the accumulation of season after season desperately wanting not just the perfect year but for that year to happen under the perfect circumstances and for it to come without the blight of Auburn’s past transgressions, when there’s that much hope already balanced on the slim edge of the razor … well, what’s another couple days of blind faith thrown on top of the pile?
So the thing I believe is this: that the people in charge at Auburn, the athletic director and compliance department and our football coaches, will do what is best for Auburn today. Maybe that means Cam starts. Maybe that means Trotter starts. I don’t know. I’m not going to pretend to know.
But either way, I believe that the action that is best for our football program and our institution will be the action taken. I haven’t always believed that of the people in charge at Auburn, but I do today. Whatever they decide, that’s going to be the right decision.
If it turns out that I shouldn’t even believe that, then, well, we’ll cross that hideous bridge when we get there. But for today: I believe in Auburn. I believe in our football team, Cam or no Cam. I believe they’ll beat Georgia. I believe, above all, even after all of this, we’ll be OK.
It’s the first game of Amen Corner. Today, unless something stupidly stupefying is released by our dear friends at ESPN, let’s think of Our Terrific Tigers, Malzahn’s perfected plays, Roof’s rough-housin’ rouges, moving the ball and pushing the ‘dawgs up and down and around and around Pat Dye Field today.
It’s the damn “Year of the Tiger” dontchaknow!?! And don’t you let anyone tell you otherwise. Smilin’ Jack? Get that snare, timpani and guitar ready! Horny horns?! Ready? Git it!
“… This is is Auburn’s year. Yeaaaaaaahh! Count off!”
Pregame 11:25 a.m. CDT: Custom-made cape worn by the brother-in-law of reader / pal audashdriver: — JDH
Pregame 9:40 a.m. EST: Mac’s Model is up. And how! –J.M.
Pregame 8:40 a.m. EST: OK, I’ve got to get Mac’s picks ready for prime time. Be back in a few. –J.M.
Pregame 8:25 a.m. EST: Phillip Marshall @ AuburnUndercover.com says Cammy Cam will start today (story was posted around midnight):
After numerous erroneous reports said Newton would not play in Saturday’s game against Georgia, AuburnUndercover.com learned he is expected to start.
HABOTN’s Twitter feed from 13 hours ago says: “Charles Bloom, SEC associate commissioner, said the conference has received no indication that AU will (or should) hold Newton out.”
Pregame 8:15 a.m. EST: Clinging to something, anything right now. Jay G. Tate (who, let’s face it, has a infinitely better grasp of what’s going on than you or me) offers a suggestion on the HABOTN.
Pregame 7:55 a.m. EST: Cruel. If it’s true, it’s cruel. I guess we can’t avoid it today. It forces its way into everything. Here’s Goldberg’s Blue Plate Special, asterisk edition. My thoughts? If Cecil Newton finally ‘fessed up to Auburn about this too … well … I don’t know right now. I can’t think straight. There’s that old sick feeling again. The feeling I tried to avoid feeling today. –J.M.
Pregame 7:30 a.m. EST: Do me a favor folks. Please. Well, two or three favors. Are you going to the game today? Yes? Carry the cheers of the two or three or 20 fans that can’t be there today along with you. Cheer for your sons and daughters overseas. Cheer for your dear old orange-and-blue through and through dad and mom, your grandparents who loved Auburn that maybe have passed on. Cheer when the Tigers prowl down the walk, hit the field, make the tackle, hit the seam, stroll into the endzone, hand the ball to the ref, hold up four fingers (for we know that’s when they’re the best). Our hearts have been hurting for, what, a week now? We need a release. Just do your part to make this a day to remember and let’s forget about all the slights for a just a few hours and not let them ruin the great feeling that we all had before. I know it will be a hard thing to do. There’s questions and fears in our hearts and heads. But I know PRIDE when I feel it. It’s a hard thing to kill. I’m real proud of these guys. I’m real proud of our seniors. They’ve been through so much in their four years at Auburn. You think you’ve suffered, questioned and wondered when the times were tough? Send our boys off with style folks! — J.M.
Pregame 7:15 a.m. EST: Good morning! Weagle! Weagle! Wake up eagle! As a very good friend of the site and of Auburn University, Auburn Elvis is taking care of business (TCB) once again. He used his photo zoomery whatsits to enhance Jeremy’s Reverse Tiger Walk photos, uncovering Gus’ clipboard secrets. Shocking? Sure. (But it’s really not a that much of a secret.) — J.M.