I know 2011 still has a few more days until its end, but I don't see any Earth-shattering posts coming out of me in the coming days. Therefore, I'm going to go ahead and give you my top ten most read posts of the year. This also happens to be my 1000th post on the 'Blogle so that's the main reason I'm doing this now. I wanted it to be special.
Let me give you a quick update (brag) on the past year. This year, WarBlogle.com had over 1.5 million hits, up from just over 400,000 last year. That's probably due to the fact that I never missed more than two days without posting a blogle this year, but still. 1.5 million? I love y'all.
Twitter followership went from around 4,000 to over 16,000. This is my pride and joy. I wish all of those 16,000 were reading the 'Blogle every day, but I'll take it. In this "gimme quick news now" world, I guess it should be expected. I know some people just don't like to read. But seriously, couldn't all of you just give me a dollar a month? How hard would that be?
Anyway, this was a big and exciting year for me as the WarBlogler, and I will try recap it in a post before the end of the year, though that may happen after New Year's. For now, here are the top 10 posts. Notice that five of them are uniform related. I know what you guys like.
10. A Few of the Rumored Uniform Changes Confirmed (8/15/11, Views: 6,733)
Let's see, last week it was the 'War Eagle' and the two stars that were spotted on the replica jerseys in Auburn's bookstores. A few months ago it was the 'War Eagle' on the belt line of the back of the pants that was spotted in the EA Sports NCAA 12 preview. I come to tell you today that all are real, and all are on Auburn's uniforms this year.
Call it lack of awareness, call it apathy, call it whatever, but I just don't know a lot about Virginia football. I do know that Matt Schaub went there. I know they are the Cavaliers, but call themselves the 'Hoos, short for Wahoos. I know they beat Auburn in 1998 in one of the worst games that I remember. That's about it.
With the Chick-fil-A Bowl only a few weeks away, I figured it was time to get my learn on in regards to UVA, which is what they typically go by. In my research, I ran across a clip from Colin Cowherd's radio show in 2007. The clip begins with a UVA fan calling to brag about football in the state of Virginia. Cowherd goes off on the guy while giving us some insight on what we may expect when running into their fans in the Georgia Dome. It's pretty funny.
Sounds like a smarter bunch of Ole Miss fans if you ask me.
Are you fed up with having to listen to what's going on in the world of Bammer each time you turn on the radio? Are you tired of hearing Bama fans spout off about what they heard from their buddy who knows a guy who can spell "FBI"? Well you, my friend, are in luck!
Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com and former Auburn great Rob Pate (that rhymed) have teamed up to create an all-Auburn, all-the-time radio show called 'Eyes on Auburn' on the War Damn Radio Network. The show will be produced by the self-proclaimed King of Birmingham Media, Blake Ells.
The show will go on every Tuesday night beginning tonight (Aug. 2) and will run from 6-8 pm CDT. Through the power of technology, the show will be streamed worldwide at 977thezone.com. Also, there are some markets that will have the show broadcast in their area.
- WZZN 97.7 (Huntsville)
- WTXK 107.5 (Montgomery, Prattville, Auburn, Troy, Wetumpka)
- WNSP 105.5 (Mobile)
- WESZ 98.7 (Abbeville, Dothan)
- WCOQ 90.5 (Colquitt, GA)
Not surprisingly, Bammerham hasn't picked up the show yet (it would air right after Finebaum), but hopefully they will soon. I'm not going to go as far as those that are cancelling their Birmingham News subscription because they believe it is biased towards Auburn, but this area is heavily saturated with Crimson talk. It will be good to hear a few hours dedicated to Auburn, put on by two guys who know definitely know their Auburn football.
Be sure to listen tonight and forevermore.
As you've all heard by now, noted oddsmaker, USA Today employee, and Alabama graduate, Danny Sheridan, went on Paul Finebaum's show yesterday and announced that the NCAA had found the "bagman" in the Cam Newton case. I'm not going to talk about that because it gives it credibility. What I do want to talk about is something that nobody seemed to notice during today's show.
While talking to Dennis Dodd about the first time Sheridan told him the news, Finebaum says he told Sheridan "You can say whatever you want [...] Everyone that I talk to says this story is over" That may not seem like a huge reveal, and Finebaum's sources definitely aren't the governing body in this case, but I'd say his words were pretty significant.
Like him or not, Finebaum does have some credible sources, he knows people who know stuff, and he's been around a long time. When ALL of them say the Cam Newton story is over, it's a big deal. Not to mention the fact that the man who's notoriously known to stir the pot comes out and says that the biggest story he's had in years is basically over, as far as he's been told.
I don't know if he meant to say it. Given the fact that he could have said this weeks ago and fanned the flames (where's the fun in that?), he probably didn't. But it doesn't matter. It was said. Freudian slip and all that stuff...
I tweeted it out this afternoon, but some of you needed more proof. Well. I've got the audio now.
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You could listen to the entire segment on Finebaum's site. However, since I tweeted about his statement, today's podcasts have been removed. I'm sure it has nothing to do with me, but it's just strange. Maybe they'll be back up soon.