Life in the rear view mirror can sometimes be an ugly view. We won't be visiting any of those thoughts today however, because there are much better times to talk about.
We as fans enjoy the opportunity to gloat when we were right in our predictions, or forecasts, of future glory. Below are some comments gleaned from posts on Track Em Tigers as far back as June 2010. Some are a reply to a previous remark, and some are just parts of a remark left on a particular post.
All of these however were dealing with predictions of our recently completed season. One side note to consider is that most of these comments were tempered by later comments by these same individuals. Few if any would go out on a limb and state emphatically that Auburn would run the table in 2010, and win it all.
Let us first look at where the "experts" had us placed at seasons start.
USA Today Coaches Poll had Auburn 23rd in the preseason. The Associated Press placed Auburn at 22nd preseason.
Of course, we know how they finished, although only one of the preseason prognosticators gave us a chance at a great season. Phil Steele predicted Auburn would be undefeated heading into Tuscaloosa to play Bama for the SEC West title. Mr. Steele was the closest to actuality in print. Kirk Herbstriet stated that he felt Auburn would be astrong force to reckon with, in the SEC West.
The following comments are but a sample. Not all were added to this article, although each targeted a specific prediction. Enjoy!
On August 13th, 2010 reader Todd92 said this...
This indeed played a major role in Auburn's defense, more importantly the later in the season, the more versed the back ups were, thus better play at the end of the regular season, and post season too.
On June 25th, 2010 reader buddy Ro wrote this...
On August 30th, 2010 reader WarEagle86 wrote this.....
I think there is an excellent chance for some single season offensive records to be broken this year.
If Malzahn can coach Newton to his strengths as well as he did Todd, watch out SEC and beyond.
I honestly can't think of anything to say about this, except WOW!
On August 30th PineMtnTiger wrote this...
This is in line with the above post, just the fact that it adds offense, anddefense in prediction mode made it standout to me. Exactly as it happened, no one can deny the shinning star that is Cameron Newton. Add to that the depth developed at most defensive positions enabled Auburn to produce a MNC.
On August 4th, 2010 reader AU04Natlchamps predicted this when asked where he thought Auburn would finish the regular season, my favorite...
While I know gloating will be frowned upon, I can't help but add this, for several reasons actually. First, I had no idea that Bo Jackson would be such a presence on the sidelines this season. Second, Josh Bynes had been talking "Championship" since the end of spring practice. Lastly, my gut told me something special was going to happen. Crazy as that sounds, I could not shake that feeling no matter how I tried to talk myself out of it. I know you can go back and find where I said we would go 12-2 or 11-3, and both of those would have been dramatic improvements on the previous season.
So, with a shred of pride, from my article titled Our Season Of Hope, Penned on June 25, 2010, I offer this...
Honestly, how close were you to your predictions for this past Championship season?
Really close,only missed it by one game (26 votes)
Not too bad actually, within 2 or 3 games (201 votes)
I did OK, I guessed within 4 games (98 votes)
Perfection - I was right! I knew it then, and I know it now! (59 votes)
384 total votes