Wow. That's all I can say about the amazing comeback. This game will be remembered forever. Down 24-0 at Bryant Denney Stadium, National Championship game on the line, and sure enough, the Tigers come through with a win that will be etched in the memory of everyone, Bammers and Tigers alike, forever.
I haven't posted much this year, as life seems to be getting in the way. Between watching my little girl grow up, and flying the friendly skies as an airline pilot, I don't get much time to write blogs these days. I missed the game today, unfortunately. I will have to buy the DVD, or catch it on a replay. I must admit I probably misused the hell out of company resources, as well as the Air Traffic Control system today, as I kept bugging the controllers and our dispatchers alike to give me updates on the game while I was flying. Ah well.....they'll get over it. The feeling I had when I learned the final score is among the best I've ever had in my life. I can count on one hand the times I felt better, and most of them have to do with things way more important than football.
Auburn was outplayed, outcoached, and outhearted in the first half. The receivers had Crisco on their hands. The offensive line suddenly forgot how to block. Malzhan forgot how to playcall. And Cam, unbelievably enough, looked like a mere mortal. Every single sportswriter in the country was absolutely sure we were going to lose this game. They bought into the Rammer Jammer Bammer Nick Saban Mystique garbage and the undefeated, SEC West champion, in the driver's seat for a BCSNC game berth, was the UNDERDOG.
That doesn't make a lot of sense. For the last few weeks, it has pretty much been us against the world. Newton was paid, Fairly is dirty, blah blah blah blah. Everybody has been hoping for us to fail. ESPN ran a story that gets more and more discredited every week, so instead of admitting they have nothing substantial, they entered CYA mode and have spent the last month badmouthing Auburn to anybody that will listen. It has caught on like a virus, spread throughout the nation, and for the first time, it looked like it actually affected Auburn in the first half.
Then came the second half. I don't know what was said in the locker room, but they came out different. They came out stronger. From what I've seen of it, and heard of it, in the second half, they KNEW they were better than Bama. They KNEW they were going to beat them, and they KNEW there was nothing that Bama could do about it. The defense shut them down. The offense moved the ball at will. Newton was unstoppable again. Fairly was double and triple teamed, and he STILL got to McElroy.
The Bammers lost, despite a 24-0 lead. 3 losses this season, losing to Auburn at home, you can imagine the meltdowns on the Bama side of these blogs. I spent some downtime this evening reading it. I have come to the conclusion that if in fact all of the people that post there DID go to Bama, there must be some major program there on creative use of the 'F' word, and most of those guys graduated with honors. Their message boards are the shining example of the difference between us and them. We lose, we congratulate the other side on a game well played, and wish them the best. They lose, the 'F' word takes on new meanings that never existed, and it was always bad officiating, they gave it away, the team quit, whatever. It's never 'we got beat today by the better team'. It's BAD over there. It's also comical as hell. I recommend anyone to head over there for a few good laughs. It's worth the trip.
We have 2 games to go. 1 more win against South Carolina, and we're playing Oregon for the National Championship. 1 more game. That's it. I don't know if this will get to Gene Chizik and company, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't forget about South Carolina. We squeaked by them earlier this year. They are very capable of beating us. Hold on, stay strong, don't have a letdown. We can do this. We're there. We beat the Cocks, nobody is denying us our rightful place in Glendale.
The Auburn Nation is counting on you guys! War Eagle!!!!