You know this by now, but Auburn made two huge hires at the end of last week by pulling Sunny Golloway from Oklahoma baseball and Clint Myers from Arizona State softball. Both have run programs that are mainstays in the NCAA regionals, super regionals, and College World Series.
The two hires came as a surprise due to the level that these guys are known to coach. Auburn didn't go for an up-and-comer. They didn't go for someone already associated with Auburn (not that there's anything wrong with that). Jay Jacobs, with the help of Joe Beckwith, Tim Hudson, and others, went after guys that have proven to be winners of not only conferences, but of major championships as well. These two are, like, the real deal, guys.
Sunny Golloway spoke with Andy Burcham this weekend, and given the view count of the video, not many of you saw it. Here is Auburn's new baseball coach.
Watch player reactions and comments from Myers here.
Part two of this year's edition of Your Auburn Dads (much longer than part one because of a few stragglers), is just as good as its predecessor. We've got the guy who turned the hoses on the Dawgs, a guy you may have noticed in a video of a pretty old Auburn highlight, and many other just plain and awesome Auburn dads. Let's get to it.
"The man didn't start out an Auburn dad. He didn't graduate from Auburn. He never took a class on the Plains. He married a girl from North Alabama, an Auburn fan, but a graduate of UNA, and they settled down.
The man was an East Tennessee native. He graduated from the University of Tennessee. He loved sports; ate, drank, and breathed them. He wrote about sports and talked about sports and reported on sports. The man made a living out of sports.
The man had visited Auburn many times. He had visited that other place in West Alabama, too, but always thought there was something quaint about the Loveliest Village.
The man met Shug Jordan. He knew Pat Dye. He knew that other guy that wore houndstooth hats and respected him as a coach, but the man's view through his orange-colored glasses wouldn't allow him to be a fan of that other school.
The man's wife loved Auburn. She regretted that she never attended school there, but cheered for the Tigers every year, so the man liked Auburn, too. He figured any shade of orange was always better than any shade of red.
What has now become a Father's Day at WarBlogle.com tradition, "Your Auburn Dads" returns for the third straight year. This year's submissions are some of the best ever. You'll laugh, you'll cry... No seriously, you will laugh and you will cry.
There are some great Auburn dads out there, and these stories confirm it. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Auburn Family is a family and it all starts with Auburn in your family. These dads put Auburn in their family.
"My dad died in a car wreck when I was 3. He graduated from Auburn in '59. Everything of his that I had growing up was Auburn related. His class ring. His fraternity pin. Artwork that he did in school. His Glomeratas. All Auburn. Because of that, Auburn was the only school I wanted to attend.
Once out of the Navy, I made a bee-line and haven't left. Auburn was my own personal Mecca. And it is one of the few things in my life that has exceeded my hopes and dreams. When I drive around campus, around town, I see places he lived and worked. When the trees died it bothered me not because we had been there together, but that in those trees there was a spot on this planet that I knew without question my father had been, and I could go there and share that.
I never really knew him, but because of Auburn, I do, and on a level that many men may never experience with their fathers. My father gave me the gift of Auburn, and he never lived to see it. I just hope I can give that to my son..." --Rich Perkins
Continuing with coverage of fake (yet based on real facts/stats) football, the gaming website Operation Sports has given us a quick glimpse of the top 10 players, based on overall player rating, from NCAA Football 14. It isn't the whole team, as we saw last year, but it looks like this is all we're getting,
As expected, EA Sports believes the top player on Auburn's 2013 squad, a full three ratings points above the next best player is... Steven Clark? The punter?! I mean I know he had the most reps of any punter in the nation last year, but come on EA. I'm sure his rating is high because he's one of the top punters and that's all they are comparing him too, but that's a little rough to see.
You may get your preseason fix of college football information and rankings from websites and magazines. You may enjoy burning your retinas on Phil Steele's website. I, on the other hand, give full credence to the EA Sports NCAA Football franchise.
Not really, but it does seem a little less biased or "look at me" than a magazine company trying to sell you something. EA Sports is selling a video game, and while ratings are important, they know you're not buying the game because your favorite team has a high rating. They know you're going to buy it because of the realism, graphics, and need to feed that 14-year-old boy hunger for football in July.
As in past years, EA Sports has been showcasing their new iteration of the game at E3, the video gaming expo that goes on this week each year. As they did last year, they have officially released the team ratings for each college football team. These are nothing more than power rankings based on what each team has coming back and what new players are coming in. That's it. They aren't just going to give Ohio State a high ranking because they play nobody. This is based on talent, and probably a little bit of swagger.
The ratings are broken down by overall rating, offensive rating, and defensive rating. Auburn's numbers might surprise you -- not because you don't believe they should be there, but because you can't believe someone outside of the Plains have given them not terrible numbers.
For the last two years (2011 | 2012 - part 1, part 2), I've done a wildly popular and uber-successful post that included your work, your stories of your Auburn dads. It's pretty easy for me. I just copy and paste. Either way, it's been great to read about the cool things your Auburn dads have done for you. Now, if you're new to this. Here's your chance to show the world, no, the universe what your Auburn dad means to you.
All you have to do is fill out this form with the subject "My Auburn Dad" and write a few sentences or a few novels about your Auburn dad. Then come back later this week and read it on the 'Blogle. Actually, why not just let this be a present to him? Spoiler alert: he doesn't need a new tie.
If you want to include pictures - and I want you to - just email them to me. Be sure to include your name so I put the picture with your story.
The Auburn Family is a family, but it starts with a family that is Auburn. Does that make sense? Can someone stitch that into something? Ok, have fun, and let's hear it for your Auburn dads.
Ever since ESPN's 30 for 30 on Bo Jackson aired last December, Bo seems to be everywhere. His legend has been awakened, and the man, the myth is taking the world by storm again. There's just one problem. SuperBo gets a little tired a little quicker now. Running over dudes all your life can take a toll.
So now, whether he's checking @WarBlogle on his phone, or deciding whether he wants to play 36 holes or 18 holes, he takes a 5-Hour Energy to make sure he's as spry as his playing days. That brings up a good question. If he had 5-Hour Energy back then, would he have actually taken flight when running up the wall in Baltimore? I say yes.
I know I went over my favorite calls from Jim Fyffe on the 10th anniversary of his death last week, but then I found this video yesterday (thanks to @AU_History). It includes 25 of Jim Fyffe's greatest calls from Auburn games past, put to the video of the plays he was calling. Some you will remember, some you will not. That's what made it so great for me.
This is YouTube user rscotta831's countdown, but the order of the videos doesn't matter. They are all beautiful. Given that it's 25 plays, the video is a little long (28+ minutes), However, I promise that after you watch one or two, you won't care. You'll want to watch it all day.
We used to kill Georgia... a lot. Soon.