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Good Monday to you. It's hard to believe, but we are in our sixth year here at Track'em Tigers. I have to say, in all of our years together, I've never seen Auburn Athletics more quiet. I suppose that's a good thing.

There's no comparison to a year ago, when Auburn was hot off a national championship, Cam Newton was ramping up to be the top pick in the NFL Draft, a fool named Updyke had poisoned our trees and four thug football players had been arrested on armed robbery charges. Sometimes no news is good news...

Speaking of trees, I had a chance to check out Toomer's Corner this past week. I'm not an arborist, but man those trees are a sight to behold. There's new growth all over both trees. The experts say it's way too early to determine if they'll make it, but they look darn healthy to me.

If they continue getting stronger, I don't see a reason why Harvey Updyke can't be hung from one of them this summer following his trial. I'm not suggesting they kill him; just let him hang there for a few days and let Auburn fans show their appreciation...

By now, you've probably read the story about the Alabama vanity license plates and the fine Auburn person working for the Alabama Motor Vehicle Division who mischievously inserted the letters CAM onto more than 1,000 vehicles across the state. Count me among those who absolutely love it!

How many redneck, illiterate, Alabama fans are riding around our great state today oblivious to the meaning behind their tags. This is just another reason why Nick Saban really should take some of that salary and invest in a literacy program for his people.

If you come across any Bammer fans with these plates, how about taking a quick picture of the vehicle and share it with us...

Speaking of Saint Nick, Alabama fans are taking pride today in knowing their coach is the highest paid in college football. Feeling all gitty about his new raise last week, Saban said he plans to retire from Alabama. His contract runs through 2019.

What's the over/under on him surviving that long before the NCAA hammer drops? I say it won't even be close. Where there's smoke, there's...

It's never too early to talk about recruiting. According to 247 Sports.com, Auburn currently ranks 12th nationally in the race for the 2013 class. The Tigers have six commitments - 2 three-stars and 4 four-stars. Texas A&M sits first among SEC schools at number three.

Michigan tops the poll. What does it all mean? Absolutely nothing. It's just a good way to sell monthly memberships to websites. I can't say I blame them...

Speaking of Texas A&M, the move to the SEC is already a profitable one. For the first time since the mid 1990's, the school has sold out of season football tickets. Auburn will not make its appearance in College Station until the 2013 season...

Since Gene Chizik's arrival at Auburn, the annual A-Day event has been less than eventful. To put it mildly, it's been downright agonizing to watch. With a host of players sitting out spring practice, the game is almost guaranteed to be a snoozer.

The real event will be before the game when the three Heisman statues will be unveiled. Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton will all be there. If you love Auburn and its history, then it's a must see event. Who knows if the three of them will ever be all together again.

The bases to the statues are set and ready to go outside the east stands of Jordan-Hare. Looking at them last week, I quickly realized these things are much bigger than I thought. It should be a great event...

And finally, just a reminder that the greatest non-football sporting even in the world starts this week in Augusta. I'm of course talking about the Master's. A young friend of mine asked me this weekend who I was pulling for this weekend. I told him Phil Mickelson. His reply, "Of course you are. All of you old guys like Mickelson."

So be it. I turn 43 on Friday. I'll take that as a gift any year.