SPUAT Freshman WR Suspended For First 2 Games

Better be careful the next time he thinks about getting in a car with Wholio...


Vandy & South Carolina

Nice job by the 'Dores and 'Cocks last night.

I thought that NC State would give a little tougher match to USC but they didn't have a chance. Though USC didn't look particularly good, especially in the first half. Beecher did not look like the better quarterback and Smelley did. Beecher was throwing too many balls up for grabs. NC State looks like they are going to challenge Duke for ACC anti-supremacy. Will Visor, Jr. hold on to his OC job for another week?

I was proud of Vandy last night. They were the underdog against a solid MAC team on the road and dominated that game. Vandy may not make a bowl game this year but Bobby Johnson has the program the strongest it has been on a year to year basis in my lifetime. He will get them to a bowl game eventually.


WRAS Picks the SEC - Week 1

Vanderbilt (+4) @ Miami (OH)

Walt Flanagan: Vandy 19 - Miami (OH) 17
Morris Fenderbaum: Vandy 23 - Miami (OH) 21
Mickey Goldmill: Mickey started a dynasty with Vandy on NCAA on PS3 and couldn’t beat Miami. Mickey’s taking the Red Hawks 24-18.

South Carolina (-13) vs. NC State

Walt Flanagan: USC 24 - NCSU 14
Morris Fenderbaum: USC 27 - NCSU 13
Mickey Goldmill: Mickey likes the Gamecocks 35-24 even though SOS won’t be calling the plays. Yeah right.

Alabama (+5) at Clemson (in Atlanta, GA)

Walt Flanagan: Clemson 28 - SPUAT 14
Morris Fenderbaum: Clemson 24 - SPUAT 20
Mickey Goldmill: No brainer. Clemson 92 - SPUAT negative eleventy

Arkansas (-21) vs. Western Illinois

Walt Flanagan: Arkansas 38 - WIU 17
Morris Fenderbaum: Arkansas 49 - WIU 6
Mickey Goldmill: Arkansas gets a scare in Petrino’s debut. Hogs pull it out late 34-24.

Auburn (-26) vs. La. Monroe

Walt Flanagan: AU 48 - LAMO 14
Morris Fenderbaum: AU 55 - LAMO 17
Mickey Goldmill: Auburn walks over Warhawks. 49er-14.

LSU (-24) vs. Appalachian State

Walt Flanagan: LSU 31 - ASU 17
Morris Fenderbaum: LSU 44 - 13
Mickey Goldmill: The Hat makes it look easy. 42-17.

Mississippi State (-8) @ La. Tech

Walt Flanagan: MSU 24 - Tech 14
Morris Fenderbaum: MSU 34 - Tech 13
Mickey Goldmill: Croom starts with a win this year as MSU wins 31-17.

Ole Miss (-7.5) vs. Memphis

Walt Flanagan: Ole Miss 21 - Memphis 20
Morris Fenderbaum: Memphis 17 - Ole Miss 16
Mickey Goldmill: Nutt wins in a boring game that no one sees. Rebs over Tigers 21-14.

Florida (-35) vs. Hawaii

Walt Flanagan: UF 56 - Hawaii 17
Morris Fenderbaum: UF 51 - Hawaii 20
Mickey Goldmill: Florida cruises without Harvin or Spikes 56-17.

Georgia (-33) vs. Georgia Southern

Walt Flanagan: UGa 48 - GSU 14
Morris Fenderbaum: UGa 52 - GSU 0
Mickey Goldmill: Mickey’s not sold on UGa but they should cover 49-10.

Kentucky (+3.5) @ Louisville

Walt Flanagan: Lville 24 - UK 21
Morris Fenderbaum: Lville 23 - UK 17
Mickey Goldmill: Louisville wins this grudge match in Sunday’s match-up 38-34.

Tennessee (-7.5) @ UCLA

Walt Flanagan: UT 31 - UCLA 17
Morris Fenderbaum: UT 31 - UCLA 17
Mickey Goldmill: Rocky Top is played eleventy million times as the Vols roll 28-20.

Mythical National Championship Contenders

There weren't many smiles after Tebow spiked the baby.

#1 - Florida (12-0, 8-0)

Wins - Hawaii, Miami (FL), @ Tennessee, Ole Miss, @ Arkansas, LSU, Kentucky, Georgia, @ Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Citadel, Florida State


First Karle and Finebaum Interview From a Dingy...

...and now this. How many times are Bammerham media going to talk sports from tiny boats in fake lakes while using a plastic fishing pole? Or in the woods behind Ray Melick's cold sore's house and call it a jungle? What's next, Lance & Ian broadcasting from a sandbox all the while calling it Death Valley?

One-Minute Madness: It's a jungle out there

Is This Really Happening?

thanks to ZACHNASH on ITAT for this picture

Mythical National Championship Contenders

#2 - USC (12-0, 9-0)

Wins - @ Virginia, Ohio State, @ Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, @ Washington State, @ Arizona, Washington, California, @ Stanford, Notre Dame, @ UCLA

Help Buy Nick Sa6an

Mythical National Championship Contenders

"Look at that Escalade Julio just rolled up in! He's not allowed to drive that on the sidelines!"

#3 - Clemson (12-0, 8-0)

Wins - Alabama, Citadel, NC State, SC State, Maryland, @ Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, @ Boston College, @ Florida State, Duke, @ Virginia, South Carolina


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#4 - Auburn (11-1, 7-1)

Wins - La. Monroe, Southern Miss, @ Mississippi State, LSU, Tennessee, @ Vanderbilt, Arkansas, @ West Virginia, @ Ole Miss, UT-Martin, @ Alabama

Losses - Georgia

Goodbye, Daves. You will be missed.

But not your gawd-awful broadcasts. Watching a JP/LF/Raycom game was like watching someone trying to film a whole football game on their cell phone camera only with worse graphics.

Things WRAS won't miss:

1) The score updates that were always two quarters behind the actual game action.
2) The purple first down line that was never right.
3) The fuzzy, almost anti-HD screens.
4) Dave "Buzz" Baker's sideline easel-style chair and his double-breasted jackets.
5) Commercials that seemed to come out of nowhere and interrupt game action or coming back from a commercial only to find you have missed a play.

Dave Rowe, though you have been out of our lives for a couple of years now, you'll always have a special place in our heart. Big man on big man.

Dave "Buzz" Baker


Alabama Faster Than Former Super Bowl Champs?

"We're like the 2002 Buccaneer Super Bowl team," said the Tampa native. "That is what they were known for. It was crazy how fast guys are coming to the ball."
-SPUAT Cornerback Javier Arenas

ESPN's Schlabach & Feldman Predict The Bowls


AU in the Fiesta or Capital One according to their projections.

If SPUAT makes the PapaJohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, will that be a step up from Shreveport or a step down? Or is it just another lateral move?

Wholio's Car Is This?

Koenning takes a stab at Alabama's recruiting

Two weeks ago, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning answered a question of mine by saying he wasn't going to let his mouth overload his rear end. Well, it might have happened Monday night.

Koenning has long recruited southern Alabama (see Brandon Maye), and hyped Alabama freshman receiver Julio Jones is from down there (Foley, Ala.). I asked him a generic question about what he had heard from his connections about Jones, and here was his response: "Julio? You know what, I actually ran into Julio in the spring recruiting. I said hello to him and said, 'I guess I'll be seeing you at the end of August.' Then he got out and got in his Escalade and drove off. That's (being) serious. And then I went over and watched (Alabama freshman) Burton Scott at Vigor High School at the track over there, and Burton Scott was running around. He went and got in his Escalade out at track practice and drove off. S o I'm familiar with those two guys." Koenning said that in front of six reporters, all with tape recorders going. About 10 minutes later, he sought me out and asked if we (the media) knew he was kinda kidding around. It's one thing to kid around in casual conversation. It's quite another to make such allegations on the record, knowing it's likely to hit the Web in a matter of minutes. And it did. I have no idea whether he'd honestly take back what he said. B ut here's thinking he regretted saying it when he did.

The article is from http://pstrelow.thestateonline.com/


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#6 - Oklahoma (11-1, 7-1)

Wins - Chattanooga, Cincinnati, @ Washington, TCU, @ Baylor, Texas, Kansas, @ Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, @ Oklahoma State

Losses - @ Texas A&M

CFN Unit Rankings


Auburn leads Alabama in 9 of the 10 categories with quarterback being the only position that CFN rates ahead of the Tigers.

While the offense rankings are somewhat close the defensive rankings are heavily in favor of Auburn which is no surprise.

Alabama's highest unit ranking are their special teams at #22 while Auburn has six units ranked in the top 20.


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#7 - LSU (10-2, 6-2)

Wins - Appalachian State, Troy, North Texas, Mississippi State, @ South Carolina, Georgia, Tulane, Alabama, Ole Miss, @ Arkansas

Losses - @ Auburn, @ Florida

I'll bet she's written a few of these letters for SPUAT in her day.

Posted: Wednesday, August 20th 2008 at 12:07pm

Saban assistant faces disciplinary action for letter

By The Associated Press

PELL CITY, Ala. -- The administrative assistant for Alabama football coach Nick Saban used athletic department stationary to recommend probation for a man convicted of smuggling a small amount of marijuana into a state prison. Glenda Edwards faces possible disciplinary action from the university. Athletics spokesman Doug Walker said Edwards admitted to using department stationary to write the one-page letter to St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Charles Robinson. She was seeking a sentence of probation for former correctional officer Tommie Borden. Borden and a former prison guard were convicted in June of second-degree promoting prison contraband and received two years in prison. Walker said Edwards was not available for comment.

Mythical National Championship Contenders

#8 - Texas (11-1, 7-1)

Wins - Florida Atlantic, @ UTEP, Arkansas, Rice, @ Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma State, @ Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas, Texas A&M

Losses - Oklahoma


Tuesday Conversation with Taylor Zarzour

Below is a conversation I had with Taylor Zarzour via email regarding the absence of Auburn, Tennessee and West Virginia from his AP Top 25 poll...

Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 10:12 AM

To: taylor@curtismedia.com

Subject: AP Top 25

So what you're saying is that Auburn is not one of the Top 25 teams in the country? Or are you just a Bammer? It's people like you that make the way college football decides a national championship worthless.

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 7:41 AM

Taylor Zarzour <tzarzour@curtismedia.com> wrote:

I will certainly vote for Auburn if they deserve it during the season. I voted for them over Oklahoma in 2004. If they get to 5-0 I will gladly write every person that has sent me an email stating how far off I was, and you will see them ranked among my top 5 to 7 teams. It's simply a pre-season pick. They changed both coordinators, have a new system, haven't recruited players for that kind of system yet, have an inexperienced QB, play in the hardest conference on earth, and play WVU out of conference. So I am picking them to go 8-4. I certainly could be wrong. If so, I will put Auburn where they deserve.

Enjoy the season,
Taylor Zarzour
Sports DirectorCurtis Media Group

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 9:21 AM

To: Taylor Zarzour

Subject: Re: AP Top 25

I understand your right to vote any way that you please. What bothers me is the part on your station's website bio stating, and I am paraphrasing here, that you enjoy nothing better than Tennessee and Auburn losing and those two are not in your top 25. This is no way to determine a national champion.

If WVU is so tough out of conference, why are the Mountaineers not in your top 25? Auburn has played in the "hardest conference on earth" for 75+ years and that hasn't stopped them from having a strong team and finishing highly in the polls. That is a weak argument.

Auburn has the players for this system right now. Plus the fact that in 9 practices they defeated a Clemson team that had a top 10 defense last year. Now they have gone through a spring and a fall getting ready for this season. This is not an offense that takes a long time to install and they will be ready. Last year's offense was like watching someone get their pulled, it is not a stretch to say that the offense will be more consistent and put up more points.

The defense will not miss a beat as it is the same system, Tuberville's system, and Tubs has been trying to hire Paul Rhoads since before he hired Gene Chizik. I appreciate you writing me and I am not angry or trying to get you upset.

Thanks for writing and I look forward to your email in late September.

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Taylor Zarzour <tzarzour@curtismedia.com> wrote:

This will be impossible to believe but those things in the bio were put up there by one of our interns a few days ago. Given my family's background (several people have gone to Alabama) he thought it would be funny to put some stuff up there about Tennessee and Auburn. I did not approve it and it was not a good idea (given that I try as hard as I can to be an objective voter). Now, my bio looks exactly like the one that has always appeared on wptf.com and egolf.com. I assure you that I will send that email if you're right.

Take care,

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 9:30 AM

To: Taylor Zarzour

Subject: Re: AP Top 25

So was it an intern or "the stuff on the website was doctored by someone overnight"? The latter is an explanation you gave to a friend of mine who wrote you as well.

Here is the email he sent to a friend of WRAS...

I have no agenda against Auburn. I have family members that went to school there. The stuff on the website was doctored by someone overnight. I will certainly vote for Auburn if they deserve it during the season. I voted for them over Oklahoma in 2004. It's simply a pre-season pick. I certainly could be wrong. Attached is what last season looked like.
Taylor Zarzour
Sports Director
Curtis Media Group

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Taylor Zarzour <tzarzour@curtismedia.com> wrote:

That is what we suspected until we spoke to the intern yesterday.

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 10:14 AM

To: Taylor Zarzour

Subject: Re: AP Top 25

Just so we're on the same page, you are not an "avid Alabama fan" and your "greatest moment as a sports fan" is not Alabama's 34-13 win over Miami in the Sugar Bowl to win the 1992 national championship? And "any time Auburn and Tennessee lose" is not among your favorite things in sports?

Taylor Zarzour to me 10:42 AM

This will be my last response. You are correct. Those comments were not accurate.

Mythical National Championship Contenders

#9 - Georgia (10-2, 6-2)

Wins - Georgia Southern, Central Michigan, @ South Carolina, @ Arizona State, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, @ Kentucky, @ Auburn, Georgia Tech

Losses - @ LSU, Florida


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#10 - Missouri (11-1, 7-1)
Wins - Illinois, SE Missouri St., Nevada, Buffalo, @ Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Colorado, @ Baylor, Kansas State, @ Iowa State, Kansas
Losses - @ Texas

Auburn Left Out of AP Poll by 1 Writer

Taylor Zarzour is the only AP voter who left Auburn off of his Top 25 ballot. He is a Bammer and below is his email address...


Reason #527 why the way college football decides a national champion is worthless: guy's who vote this way.


Who Will Win The SEC Championship?

The people have spoken and Auburn and Florida each won the poll asking who would win the Western and Eastern divisions respectively. Now decide who wins the whole thing.

Let's See If The Birmingham Bammers Make A Big Deal About This


WRAS doubts it.

Be sure to scroll through the top 20 teams.

Bammer of the Week

Courtesy of everydayshouldbesaturday.com and LSUfreek


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#11 - BYU (12-0, 8-0)

Wins - Northern Iowa, @ Washington, UCLA, Wyoming, @ Utah State, New Mexico, @ TCU, UNLV, @ Colorado State, San Diego State, @ Air Force, @ Utah

Compare Your Salary To Sa6an's

How about we compare height?

All Hail the Mighty Lord Sa6ear

Footage from the last SPUAT Birmingham QB Club meeting during the Sa6ear's sermon.

Got Forbes?

Got 6?


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#12 - South Florida (11-1, 6-1)

Wins - UT Martin, @ UCF, Kansas, @ Florida International, @ NC State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, @ Louisville, @ Cincinnati, Rutgers, UConn

Losses - @ West Virginia

Where Was The Outrage Two Years Ago Over This?


Ole Miss' Greg Hardy Out 6-8 Weeks


The good news is he'll be back for the SPUAT game. If you need reminding, watch the video above.

Mythical National Championship Contenders

#13 - Wisconsin (10-2, 6-2)

Wins - Akron, Marshall, @ Fresno State, @ Michigan, Penn State, @ Iowa, Illinois, @ Indiana, Minnesota, Cal Poly

Losses - Ohio State, @ Michigan State

UGa Starting Left Tackle Injures Knee




So Are We

Ole Miss player allergic to strenuous exercise

Ole Miss offensive lineman Kermit Tyler, a freshman from New Orleans, has been diagnosed with an allergic reaction to strenuous exercise.
Tyler has been barred from playing for Ole Miss, though the school will honor his scholarship. His football career appears to be finished.

"This is just a very freak incident," Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt told the Commercial Appeal.

"I'm just glad our doctors and (head athletic trainer) Tim Mullins went to Jackson, and I'm glad they did the blood work and really studied it and found this thing."


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#14 - Oregon Ducks

Wins - Washington, Utah State, @ Purdue, Boise State, @ Washington State, UCLA, @ California, Stanford, Arizona, @ Oregon State

Losses - @ USC, @ Arizona State


We Don't Want the Golden Ticket

Excerpt from article in BamaMag...As all Alabama practices, the scrimmage is closed to the public and media, although several hundred members of Red Elephant Clubs will be in attendance.
WRAS will never know what goes on behind the doors at a SPUAT practice, it's like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, only a few REC golden ticket holders get to witness but can never tell the secret recipe or in this case, depth chart.

Bammer of the Week


Auburn in the Olympics

Cesar Cielo

Find out when and where all current, former and future Auburn Olympians will be competing at the link below...


There will be 27 Auburn Olympians in Beijing and if Auburn was a country unto itself, it would be 65th among the 205 competing countries represented for number of athletes.

Mythical National Championship Contenders

#15 - Texas Tech (10-2, 6-2)

Wins - Eastern Washington, @ Nevada, SMU, UMass, @ Kansas State, Nebraska, @ Texas A&M, @ Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor

Losses - Texas, @ Oklahoma


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#16 - Penn State (10-2, 6-2)

Wins - Coastal Carolina, Oregon State, @ Syracuse, Temple, Illinois, @ Purdue, Michigan, @ Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State

Losses - @ Wisconsin, @ Ohio State

Vote on ESPN for the SEC's Top Coaches

"I'm gonna pull out this 3-iron and hit the competition 200 yards in 2008."

You know what to do...

Ray Melick's Cold Sore Weighs in on the DeRon Furr Situation

WRAS isn't sure what Ray Melick's Cold Sore is talking about when he essentially calls Furr weak. Maybe he means mentally weak and with that we'll agree. If Furr can't take the heat in his first fall practice, how can he handle a Saturday night in Baton Rouge? Because he couldn't mean physically since Furr is 6'3" and 212 pounds (while Zac Etheridge is 5'11" and 210 pounds). By all accounts Furr was loafing in practice and decided to talk back to Etheridge when called out by him. Etheridge took matters into his own hands and taught the freshman a lesson.



Mythical National Championship Contenders

#17 - Tennessee (9-3, 5-3)
Wins - @ UCLA, UAB, Northern Illinois, Mississippi State, Alabama, @ South Carolina, Wyoming, @ Vanderbilt, Kentucky
Losses - Florida, @ Auburn, @ Georgia

Code Red?

WRAS does not care if Finebaum (and Bill "Bubba" Bussey) is wearing an Auburn hat in the above picture, this guy is a Bammer of the highest order. The stuff that he, Ian Fitzsimmons and Jay Barker have been spewing this week that Tuberville and other coaches called for a "Code Red" on DeRon Furr is utterly ridiculous.

Ian Fitzsimmons is a drunk smut peddler and Finebaum is a sensationalist who does not have an athletic bone in his body (see his fishing skills w/ Rick Karle and Sa6an). Jay Barker for all of his blind allegiance to SPUAT should know better than to accuse Auburn of this. Fights happen all the time in sports and amongst teams in practice. This past week we have had Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers break a teammate's nose in a fight and Prince Fielder shove a teammate twice in the dugout during a game.

Whatever happened that caused the DeRon Furr situation (we may never know the exact reason why) is over and done with. It will not have a negative effect Auburn's recruiting nor will it have an impact on the 2008 team. The only thing it does effect is that Auburn now has another scholarship to offer a player who deserves it.

CNNSI.com has Auburn Ranked #7


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#18 - Virginia Tech (9-3, 5-3)

Wins - East Carolina, Furman, @ Nebraska, Western Kentucky, @ Boston College, Maryland, Duke, Virginia

Losses - @ North Carolina, @ Miami, @ Florida State


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#19 - Arizona State (9-3, 7-2)

Wins - Northern Arizona, Stanford, UNLV, @ California, Oregon, @ Oregon State, Washington State, UCLA

Losses - Georgia, @ USC, @ Arizona

5th thUGa Player Suspended from Season Opener

If this keeps up, eventually everyone in the above picture will be in street clothes against Georgia Southern.

First Practice Observations

WRAS attended Auburn's first practice on Saturday and while you have probably read a ton on the subject, here are some of my observations...

- Chris Todd is a lot bigger than the other QBs and had a lot of zip on the ball. He's very accurate and throws it almost effortlessly.
- Gabe McKenzie worked exclusively with the OL during the first few periods while Tommy Trott worked with the WRs and RBs during passing drills.
- Remember Carnell's TD pass to Anthony Mix during the 2004 UGa game? Robert Dunn threw one after he caught a little swing pass in the flat.
- Five QBs warmed up but then it was 90% Todd and Kodi Burns during 7 on 7 drills, etc.
- Mario Fannin looks like a beast closeup in pads. He was standing next to Philip Pierre-Louis at one point and I think he wanted to eat him and probably could have.
- Speaking of PPL, he is quick and really catches the ball with his hands well. He got a lot of seperation from the DBs.
- Tim Hawthorne looked really good out there and is easily the biggest WR.
- Tristan Davis ran a lot of plays at RB, just as much as Tate, Lester, etc.
- Coaches and QBs were all signaling to the players from the sideline like in the Peach Bowl.
- Lee Ziemba looks like he is growing his hair out and has one of those LA Laker Sasha Vujacic headbands to keep the hair out of his face.
- Hugh Nall wants to know if Lee Ziemba wants to be an "All-American". Though his tone was a little different than I can write here.
- Starting with period 12, they did some one on one drills with WRs and DBs.
- Greg Knox and Tony Franklin want to know how good does Chris Slaughter want to be.
- Speaking of #23, he limped off with what looked to be like an ankle injury but came back a few plays later and looked fine.
- Jerraud Powers, Aairon Savage and Zac Etheridge looked really good in the one on one drills and 7 on 7.
- Prettiest pass and catch of the day belongs to Chris Todd and Derek Winter. It was a 30-40 yard pass to the corner of the endzone. There was tight coverage and Winter caught it sliding over the shoulder. It received the most claps and cheers of the day.

USC to Forfeit Games in 2004?



7,750 Bammers showed up at SPUAT's fan day. Give the toothless nation something free to go to and they'll actually leave the trailer park. Does Bammer get a nashunul champunship for this?


Mythical National Championship Contenders

#20 - Wake Forest (9-3, 5-3)

Wins - @ Baylor, Mississippi State, Navy, @ Maryland, Duke, Virginia, @ NC State, Boston College, Vanderbilt

Losses - @ Florida State, Clemson, @ Miami

Bammer(s) of the Week - 3 Way Tie

"I said he was suspended for the first half of the first three games, not the whole game!"

Prince Hall, suspended for the first three games of the season (subject to change depending on the score).

Media Day Bammers

USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll Released

This is as even a split at the top as WRAS can recall. Six teams receiving first place votes (all at least 3 times) and three teams with more than ten first place votes.
UGa gets the poll position
Five SEC teams (#1 UGa, #5 UF, #6 LSU, #11 Auburn, #18 UT) ranked
The #2 USC and #3 Ohio State winner will have a lock on one of the top two spots barring a loss later in the year
LSU @ Auburn is a likely top 10 matchup and LSU will probably be in the top 5 by game time
West Virginia #8
Can't have a poll without Michigan, no matter how bad they might turn out, they're #24
Four other SEC teams are receiving votes (SPUAT, S. Carolina, Miss. State, Kentucky) with SPUAT having the most votes of the unranked teams