I'm gonna try something a little different with the mailbag this week. Apparently it has become too big of a chore for some people to open up an email client, enter my email address, type a subject, and then a message, or maybe it's something else that I'll address in one of the questions below.
It basically took me being a whiny baby to get any responses to my request for questions this week, but once I did, I got tons from plenty of nice people on the Twitter. Therefore, none of these came from email, they were all tweeted to me. Call it a tweetbag.
International muscleman of mystery, @RickMuscles, was the first to respond. I guess there are few decent Ole Miss season ticket holder/Alabama fans with a 450lb squat out there.
Well, it's the first mailbag of football season. I expect tons of questions about formations, X's and O's, and hard-hitting, in the trenches football questions. Nope, got one about a dude who hates his wife, one about Lutzenkirchen dancing, and one wanting to know about off the field problems. Come on guys, it's football season. Just kidding, great questions. Keep sending 'em.
Jacob wants to know why nice guys finish last...
Why is it that nice-guy coaches like Chizik and Mark Richt catch so much negative media attention when they actually discipline players who made off the field mistakes. While coaches like Urban Myer and Spurrier have a track record of giving guys unlimited chances to continue embarrassing the program. They are the schools with problems, but we are the ones that wind up with the image problem.
Why do people love Ric Flair? He was the dirtiest player in the game, but still over half of wrestling fans loved him. Why? Swag. Soundbites. Charisma. He owned the camera. He owned the audience. Therefore, he could do what he wanted.
Gene Chizik and Mark Richt get no love from the media because they give nothing to the media. I've been over this. They can do the right thing as many times as they want, but until they kill the media with multiple championships, they will never get the favor of the guys who have the ability to crush a guy in one sentence.
Spurrier is the funny old man that will say anything, and Urban... well, I don't know why anybody likes him, but I guess it's the multiple championships thing. Either way, people love a guy who will speak his mind and be a little cocky about it. Chizik and Richt are not that guy.
Mr. Mailbag is back from his summer vacation and is looking to answer any and all questions you may have. This week, the questions ranged from retired number chatter, an inevitable question about practice shorts, the "quarterback race," and some squirrel chat.
Brice J. has an idea that would call for the un-retiring of Auburn's retired numbers...
Would you be in favor of un-retiring all the retired numbers Auburn has and using a policy like Michigan? The coaches at Michigan choose players to wear the formerly retired numbers and there's a patch on the jersey commemorating the former player. It seems like a better way to commemorate the former player AND it makes it an honor to wear the jersey for the current player. I think it's a good idea.
I'm not exactly sure what Michigan's protocol for retiring numbers is, but I'd say it's probably a little less strict than Auburn's. Officially, only three numbers have been retired at Auburn (#7 - Pat Sullivan, #88 - Terry Beasley, #34 -Bo Jackson), and we know Cam's #2 is coming next given that nobody has worn the number since he left. Michigan was most likely in the spot that they had so many numbers retired that they would run out of real numbers to wear, so they had to get back to letting current players wear them.
I do like the idea of handing out a formerly retired or honored number to certain players that should be capable of continuing the legacy, but I just don't see Auburn needing to do that. I know some hot shot coming out of high school thinks he could come in and be the next Bo Jackson or Cam Newton, but we know the chances of that are almost zero, so why chance defaming the number?
It has now been over three months since the last mailbag entry. That is entirely too long. How have you managed? I know it's been tough, but you're all warriors. Anyway, let's get back into it like we never stopped.
Close personal friend of the Blogles, @ImALegendKiller, writes in to tell us of a dream he had. It involved a certain Auburn football player. This is common and completely accepted among all male Auburn fans. There is no need to be ashamed...
Last night while sleeping, I saw Kiehl Frazier lead us to a season opening victory, supported of course, by an aggressive D. O-Mac even took a kickoff to the house to give us the lead back for good. So, was this all a dream or is it a vision of things to come?
Well, obviously it was a dream. I mean, you were sleeping. But don't let you think that it has to stop there. It could have been a vision from the great Auburn fan in the sky.
As I've blogled about a few times, prior to the 2010 season, while daydreaming of... well, that's not important, before we had ever seen Cam Newton in an Auburn uniform, I had this quick vision of him running through and around multiple defenders. I then got this feeling that reminded me of the feelings I had in 2004. It was like I was given a shot of invincibility. I just felt like we were going to dominate.
And before you blow it off and call me crazy, I'm not kidding. This is real. A few coworkers can vouch for me. I was given a vision and it became real. So yes, while you were dreaming, you could have really been given a look into next season. Tell me what happens next.
The Mailbag took a little break last week due to National Signing Day festivities, but it's back this week with a little baseball talk, a little zombie talk, and a few other topics. I'll keep the Mailbag going all throughout the year, so feel free to send any question you want answered at any time.
Tony wants to see Cam Newton's bronzed physique outside Jordan-Hare right now...
What's the word on the unveiling of the Heisman Trophy winners' statues? Can we expect that any time soon?
No idea. I've asked Auburn for a date and time, but haven't gotten anything back. My guess would be A-Day since it would be a lot to ask of fans to come to Auburn without any sort of actual sporting event going on, and an actual football game day would be way too busy for a ceremony outside the stadium. Plus, the school did say the statues would be revealed during the 2011-2012 academic year, which only leaves a few more months. A-Day just makes sense.
Bo would just need to hop on a jet and fly down. Cam would just need to take a few hours from sculpting his abs. The only one of the three that might have a problem would be Pat Sullivan since he may be going through Spring practice at Samford at that time as well.
I assume we'll hear something about it pretty soon, so I'll keep you updated.
I received a bevy of questions this week, most of them pertaining to Auburn's new offensive coordinator or the basketball team. For those that didn't ask about either of those topics, I'll get to yours down the road. For those that did ask about those topics, and don't see your question below, I'm sorry. You can't always get what you want.
Justin wants to talk about Shaq. No, not that one. He's talking about the guy who's playing for the Auburn basketball team next year.
Have you seen any videos of Auburn basketball commit Shaq Johnson yet? He is hands down the best high school dunker in the country. And he just doesn't wow in contests, he can throw it down big time in games. What do you think of him and the future of Auburn basketball?
First off, yes I have seen the videos of him, and probably too many times to be able to argue against having a mancrush on him. I love dunks. What can I say?
Point blank: the dude can fly, and he's not even that tall. He just looks fearless going after the basket. However, there's a big difference in dunking on a normal high school kid and dunking on a 7-foot SEC center, so we'll see how he does in the next few years.
Aside from the fact that Auburn is adding a high flyer to the roster, his commitment also shows what Barbee is able to do as a recruiter. Johnson was also recruited by Clemson, Florida, and Georgia, but Barbee was able to get him to commit to play for the good Tigers. As we'll see in football in about a week, anything can happen before or on signing day, but Shaq has shown no signs of wavering on his commitment. Bottom line, Barbee is bringing in exciting players, and is able to sell them on immediate playing time in first class facilities. The future should be bright for Auburn in the years to come.
After a holiday weekend family trip to Gatlinburg, and the longest drought in blogling over the last year and a half, I return with the new favorite post on the Blogle, the Tuesday (or whatever day it is that I post it) Mailbag. Welcome back, I know you missed me as much as I missed you, which is actually not that much. Sorry.
I haven't seen much about Auburn basketball and you want to branch out more from football season so here are a few basketball related questions:
1) What do you think about Kenny Gabriel having the first triple-double in school history by recording 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks?
Aside from being the best dunker on an Auburn basketball team since Chris Porter, Kenny Gabriel is also my favorite Auburn basketball player in some time. He's right up there with Kyle Davis and Marquis Daniels. Gabriel is something that Auburn has lacked for a long time: he's tall and lanky, which helps with the aforementioned dunking, but can still pop a three in your face.
He's the closest thing to an NBA basketball player that Auburn has had in a while. He doesn't play scared and stupid. He takes charge and plays like he wants to win, not like he knows he plays on a team that has struggled mightily for most of the past decade. He's just a fun player to watch because he knows what he's doing.
Well, Christmas is over. It's time to get back to it. I've been out of it the last few days with opening presents, drinking some nog, and making room for all of those new presents, but it feels good to get back to doing a little blogling. Auburn has a football game in four days, so yeah, I really need to get on this thing. Let's do this mailbag.
George has inquired about Auburn wearing blue and Virginia wearing orange in the Chick-fil-A Bowl...
What do you think about the uniform situation for the Chick-fil-A Bowl? Will both teams wearing their home colors affect play during the game?
I like it and think it will look pretty cool. I can't think of any other major football game that I've seen where neither team wore white or some light color, so I'm interested to see how it's going to look.
I don't think it will have that much of an affect on the game, but one thing that worries me is that Virginia will be wearing orange, which also happens to be the color of the non-contact jerseys that the Auburn quarterbacks wear in practice. Hopefully the Auburn defense doesn't forget where they are for a split-second and pull up on a tackle. That may sound ridiculous, but do you remember how they tackled, or actually didn't tackle, against Clemson?