It being Iron Bowl Week, I had to have a chat with a couple of the classiest Bama fans on the planet. They love the Tide, like most of us love our Tigers. I forced myself to only 10 questions, I wanted to touch on a variety of subjects and hope that I at least asked one good question. Don’t hate on me or them too badly, for not asking or getting the answer you were expecting. Enjoy!
WDZ - What are your immediate thoughts on the 2008 Iron Bowl?
MV – The team with the best talent usually wins the Iron Bowl. Also the team that owns the line of scrimmage wins the Iron Bowl. We have the most talent, and should, and I say again… should own the line.
WDZ - Is this the biggest game in the last 15- 20 years for Bama?
MV – 15? Yes, before this season it was the UF in 1992 and then the Sugar Bowl against
CH – Yes it is, but so was the LSU game a couple of weeks back, and if we win the Auburn game, the
WDZ - Saban says that the streak has no bearing on this game, do you agree?
MV – I am sure it does not have a bearing on anything Saban is thinking. He just wants to win, whether it be the sixth in a row for us or just the first in hopefully a string of many. Now it does have a bearing on us as fans though. Bryant-Denny will be crazy loud from start to finish.
CH – Yes!… of course I am going to agree with Saban. (Laughing) This is a different team then the ones in years past though:
2002- coaching at guts won the game for AU (damn, Tre Smith and Robert Johnson)
2004- Well, I guess you know the answer to that one (laughing)
2005- Better Coaching and execution
2006- Again, players with more heart
2007- This game is the one that just sums out the last 6 years for me. When DJ Hall, Mr. Touchdown, drops a TD pass into an
We need a win… I need a win!!
(Sounds to me like the past years do have some sort of bearing. At least on you guys as fans.)
MV – Sure why not. If we beat
CH – Absolutely, over USC or
WDZ - Are you surprised at how quickly Saban has turned around the
MV – Personally I am not. Saban did the exact same thing to LSU. He gets his players to believe in a “process” and to not deviate from that “process.” I was thinking that 2009 would be the year for the Tide, but things just kind of fell into place. We caught Clemson when they were a bit overrated and Georgia when they thought they would just walk through us. It was sort of a snowball effect. We gained momentum and BAM, 11-0. LSU was a bit scary but that was the only time that we have trailed all year. We grew through it and pulled out a win. … not surprised at all.
CH - No, I was thinking that we would be great last year. Now I am surprised that we are 11-0. No one could have seen this coming. This
WDZ - Are you surprised at how quickly the Auburn program fell with the
MV – In a word… Yes. More than one word… I think that Tuberville was looking for the quick hit. Saban is a master recruiter and Tommy was worried about losing out on the great players, not in the state of
Follow-up… do you think
MV – Not totally, more time and Auburn would have been fine, although Tuberville would have had to give up any control of the offense and let
CH – Yes, and No. I never thought he was the right fit, but it appears that the assistant coaches sure did not help things any. I got into a couple of heated arguments regarding that guy. I just knew he was not right.
WDZ - Bama has been through their fair share of coaches the last few years, with seeing what happened at them over those years, should
MV – Tuberville is the perfect fit for
CH – No way.
MV - If he wins the NC I think that JPW will be mentioned with Jay Barker, but not Joe Namath or Bart Starr. This 2008 season has been played much like the 1992 year with Barker. He did nothing to lose a game, and he has managed the games well. Barker was not asked to make great plays, or to bring Bama back from a 14, or 17 point deficit. JPW tends to, as Barker did, get into trouble when he tries to do too much. Straight answer… Hell No, he will not be in with the greats unless he wins the NC.
CH – Yes, and I think that he will be there even if he wins the SEC. Don’t get me wrong… he is not Joe Namath. His stats are great, but he also came in at a different time in the program. John Parker Wilson was drafted to play baseball, but he wanted to come to
WDZ - Do you think Saban will retire from coaching with the Tide?
MV – I hope so.
CH - I do… He is a great coach, and I think that
I would like to think Matt and Hal for taking the time to answer a couple of questions from this Auburn Fan. I could have chatted with these guys all day. They are very knowledgeable about all SEC football. Not just all things Bama. Sorry I cannot tailgate with you this season Hal, it is always fun. You are such a great host. I hope to see you next year in Jordan-Hare. You are always welcome.
War Damn Eagle