Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Turkey Day

The foliage finally turned and the chill has arrived. Winter reaches her hand out to us as Thanksgiving arrives. We all have many things to be thankful for and here are a few of mine.

"my smoking hot wife"
my lights are on!
10 wins
17,709 DFF hits this season
smoked turkeys
gin & tonic & dirty martinis...gin....gin
Auburn's gridiron future looks brighter than the present
Late November Saturdays with Mike Shula...Big Fo
devilled eggs
Lil' Bo
Chris Capps
Smoke being able to kick JJ's ass
Cindy Taylor(below)
single serving sugar free jello
receptionsists who flirt
medium rare steak with a good red wine
sleeping in
...and many more things I either can't remember or should save for private conversations

Happy Thanksgiving,

Wilbur Churchill


lola said...

happy thanksgiving to you all. as we approach my game of the year, i have decided to give you all a brief piece of history into the clemson/south carolina rivalry. it is not nearly in depth as wc's which i appreciated greatly, but none the less,shows what this game means to us.

the riot of 1902

Around the time James Naismith was inventing basketball, Clemson and South Carolina universities were in the early stages of a football rivalry that would produce a televised riot more than a century later. By 1902, emotions had reached a perilous pitch. After a 12-6 Carolina triumph, a series of brutal melees broke out among fans. Finally, Clemson's student cadets marched on South Carolina's campus with bayonets and swords. Thirty South Carolina students arrayed themselves behind a low wall, with clubs and cocked pistols. A South Carolina coach stalled for time, offering to fight, man to man, with any cadet the Clemson corps selected. This gave authorities time to arrive and forge a truce. As John Sayle Watterson writes in his epic history, "College Football," the two sides "ended up cheering for each other, evidently oblivious to the bloodshed that had nearly occurred."

gotta love football.

Daddy said...

I had never heard that. Pretty interesting.

King of Tigerland said...


like it. Who ever knew?

$, do you need anything from ATL before I leave?

King of Tigerland said...

apparently it might be a done deal, Bama has flown in their contract lawyers and are waiting to find the right coach before Shula is gone....Their top 2 choices, Saban and Spurrier...hmmm...this is gonna be interesting

How reasonable are either one of these choices if Butch Davis was not interested? To me, they are a pipedream. Not enough golf courses for Spurrier and Saban is on a 3 game winning streak


Daddy said...

Work days before a vacation suck!

King of Tigerland said...

We are a half day before holiday organization, ATL is a ghost town and it was like an easy weekend for traffic.

BB met Borges last night in Columbia, SC...how weird is that?

Nation, what are the boards saying about what is going on with Bammer & Shula & Moore?

Dr., Auburn's powerbrokers obvious, who are Bama's?

What is going on over there?

I think I might listen to Finebaum today.

Daddy said...

Merry Thanksgiving to all!

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lola said...

Man Killed Over $20 Clemson-S.C. Bet
Suspect Allegedly Shot Friend in Chest With Rifle

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Nov. 26) - A man fatally shot his friend with a high-powered rifle in a dispute over a $20 bet on the South Carolina-Clemson football game, authorities said Sunday.

James Walter Quick, 42, was charged with murder in the shooting of Richard Allen Johnson, 43. Johnson died from a single shot to the chest, according to a preliminary autopsy Sunday.

The two had bet $20 on the annual game, with Quick taking South Carolina, which won 31-28, and Johnson taking Clemson, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said. They drank beer all afternoon and watched the game Saturday at Johnson's home, and began arguing about the bet after the game.

Metts said Quick went to his car, got the rifle he normally uses for hunting and fired one shot, hitting Johnson in the chest. Deputies arrested Quick.

Quick was being held Sunday in the Lexington County jail, awaiting a bail hearing. The sheriff's department said he did not yet have a lawyer.

tigernation said...


You heard it here first

Daddy said...

We all know spurrier aint taking the job, but who do you think will? I heard talks of Rich Rod, but South FL, come on.

Did everyone have a nice Thanks? I spent most of mine driving, and I am completely worn out today.

tigernation said...

I heard Cutcliff from UT.

Aslo Petrino and Paul Johnson form NAvy

shakeyour$maker said...

I heard Bama was gonna give it to Larry Coker.

Miami may be picking up Shula. ha ha!

This shit is sooooo funny!

Daddy-- let me round up the info for that Engineering Firm here. I will call you later today!

Daddy said...

Sweet nips! Yeah gimme a holla, I would also be interested in any real estate info you could give too.

It is quite funny.

Daddy said...

it is not a big hurry for that stuff. I am just planning ahead a little.

tigernation said...

Well boys I just booked a cabin up in TN for the weekend. TwoBits and I got us a cabin with a view, hot tub on the deck, jacuzzi in the bedroom, big screen TV, air hockey table, and foosball table!!!

Gonna have a good time!!!

Daddy said...

nation you are a bastard. That sounds like just the kind of weekend that I need. That ought to be a good weekend.

tigernation said...

daddy - I need this weekend so bad its not even funny. I'm so excited now I can't even sit still. It's amazing as you get older what makes you excited. I guess one day I'll be excited about the early bird breakfast at Shoneys.

Check out this article about the bammer coaching search from Ivan Maisel at ESPN..........

Tide have struggled to find the right coachBy Ivan Maisel

After a week in which Alabama forced head coach Mike Shula to the edge of the plank, the university pushed him off Sunday night, firing the former Crimson Tide quarterback after four seasons. Athletic director Mal Moore made the formal announcement on Monday afternoon.

Shula took an impossible job, replacing a scandalized Mike Price in May 2003. He went 26-23 while trying to rebuild a roster depleted by NCAA penalties. Shula, hired by Alabama despite his lack of head coaching experience, didn't learn quickly enough to suit his employer. He couldn't overcome his poor record against the Tide's archrivals. His last victory over Auburn came in 1985, when he played quarterback.

Mike Shula's 26-23 record at Bama included an 0-4 mark against Auburn.Speculation over his replacement has focused on Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, both of whom continue to make it clear that they have no intention of leaving their respective jobs. A friend of Spurrier reiterated as much Monday morning, when Spurrier was out of Columbia recruiting.

By firing Shula, the university has guaranteed that whoever replaces him will be a very wealthy man. The university will owe Shula $4 million, according to the extension he signed earlier this year. Any potential head coach out there understands that if Alabama wanted Shula gone that badly, it is ready to pay the next coach at market rate.

That coach will need to come in and resuscitate a program that has spent the last 10 years creating its own problems, chief among them NCAA probation, infighting and bad hiring decisions. The next coach will be the fifth since Gene Stallings retired 10 years ago.

Perhaps the powers that be at the Capstone finally realize what the rest of the college football community understood about three or four Tide head coaches ago. The Alabama name doesn't carry the weight that it once did. Ask recruits, teenagers too young to remember when Alabama ruled the SEC West.

"Alabama is not a factor anymore," said a former Crimson Tide assistant who still actively recruits the South.

The Alabama merchandise is not in the sporting good stores nationwide the way that USC and Notre Dame are. It is not in the ESPN catalog that arrived at my house last week.

"So much is going on out there," the assistant said. "You've got to be able to market your program. With everything that Alabama has on that campus (an expanded football building, new weight room and a Bryant-Denny Stadium expanded to 92,000 seats), and all that tradition, you've got a chance if you can get the kid there (to visit). You've got to be able to get them there."

Perhaps that's why Spurrier and Saban's name came up in Tuscaloosa over the last week. They both have national championships at SEC schools. But here's the thing: They hadn't won those championships when Florida and LSU, respectively, hired them. Pete Carroll had been fired by two NFL teams when USC hired him six years ago. Even Paul "Bear" Bryant himself had not won a national championship when he returned to his alma mater nearly 50 years ago.

It is rare that any coach who has won a national championship becomes available, and no coach has ever won a national championship at two different schools. You can't hire the magic. You have to hire the right man, let him do his job without interference and hope for the best.

Alabama hasn't hired anyone remotely similar to the right guy since Stallings came in 1990. That's Gene Stallings, who had a losing record at Texas A&M and a losing record with the St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals. He returned to Alabama, won the 1992 national championship and four of the first five SEC West championships and retired with a 70-16-1 record in seven seasons.

There's no reason to think that Moore or a powerful trustee named Paul Bryant Jr. will hire the right guy this time. They've had more opportunities than most and they haven't done so yet. It comes as little solace to Alabama fans these days, but the right guy is rarely the obvious one.

Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Send your questions and comments to Ivan at ivan.maisel@espn3.com.