It’s Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Week

As my friend and author Bill Cromartie once wrote, it’s “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” week. While it is the season of Thanksgiving, it is also the season when it’s okay, within reason, to hate your biggest rival. The late, great Lewis Grizzard used to say that this week is not about football, it’s about “our way of life against theirs.”

What happened last Saturday sets the table for this week. So what have we learned?

1. Bo Pelini is headed to the principal’s office: The Nebraska coach thought he was getting hosed last Saturday night at Texas A&M. The Big 12 officiating crew called 16 penalties on the Huskers and two on the Aggies. The zebras made a very questionable (bad) roughing the passer call on Nebraska to keep a drive alive at a crucial point in the game. Pelini, who comes from Youngstown, Ohio, a working class city where you don’t accept things lightly, was all over everybody and chased the officials after the 9-6 loss. Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman was not pleased with the behavior of his coach on the public stage and said he will address it. But after this episode and the controversial ending to the Big 12 championship game against Texas last December, do you think Nebraska can’t wait to get out of the Big 12 and into the Big Ten?

2. We’ve seen our last college football game at Wrigley Field: The Northwestern-Illinois game had been years in the planning. A Big Ten official had been on site as late as a month ago. But late last week it was finally determined that the layout of the field, where the back of the East end zone was just inches from a (padded) brick wall, MIGHT pose a safety hazard. So the action on the field only went one way–West. It was a good idea, bringing college football back to Wrigley, but it was poorly executed. You won’t see it again.

3. We should all admire Greg McElroy: Alabama primarily wanted to move its Georgia State game to last Thursday in order to give the Crimson Tide more time to prepare for Auburn, which had last week off. But another benefit to the move was that it allowed Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy an opportunity to sit down for his Rhodes Scholarship interview last Saturday in Birmingham. McElroy wasn’t awarded the Rhodes Scholarship but getting there was quite an accomplishment. By the way, Harvard receiver Zar Zavala got a text message at the end of Saturday’s game with Yale that he had been named a Rhodes Scholar. Kudos to both men.

4. Hey, fella! Watch the Markeith Summers tape. Don’t do that! Markeith Summers of Ole Miss made a wonderful catch and run for 65 yards to give the Rebels a 36-35 lead over LSU with 4:57 left. The problem was that about the five-yard line Mr. Summers decided that this would be a good time to practice his swan dive, which would all but guarantee him some face time on ESPN’s SportsCenter. With no defender within five yards of him he takes off and lands in the end zone for the score. Out comes the flag. It’s automatic and everybody from the head coach to the ball boy knows that it’s automatic. After getting an extra 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff, LSU scores the winning touchdown with 44 seconds left. Remember that if that same penalty happens next year, the officials have the power to call a foul at the spot where he takes off and take the touchdown off the board. I checked with some people and the Summers play would have been borderline for that call. But if he takes off from the 10-yard line with no defender around him? Those points won’t go on the board. That’s the rule. You may not love it but you have to learn it and live it. Or you can give up the 15 yards.

5.  I thought Stanford and Cal were supposed to have all the smart guys. The emotions on the field before the Stanford-California game were so high, that Stanford reserve receiver Jamal-Rashad Patterson punched a player in full view of the officials BEFORE the game began. Needless to say Mr. Patterson was tossed prior to kickoff. I have two questions:

Aren’t Stanford and Cal supposed to have all the smart guys?

Stanford-Cal? You call THAT emotion? Let’s all meet in Tuscaloosa Friday at 2:30 p.m. I’ll show you some emotion.

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379 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

November 22nd, 2010
7:23 am

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Jake

November 22nd, 2010
7:23 am

Iron Bowl,, Back Friday for one team,, who gets the Kmart Blue Light?

kingman32

November 22nd, 2010
7:24 am

First during Rivairy Week!

kingman32

November 22nd, 2010
7:24 am

south

November 22nd, 2010
7:25 am

ROLL TIDE!!!

Da Wild Rebel

November 22nd, 2010
7:26 am

Markeith Summers should have a boot inserted squarely into his ass.

bo

November 22nd, 2010
7:27 am

“Pelini, who comes from Youngstown, Ohio, a working class city where you don’t accept things lightly”

Yes, I’m sure Youngstown is known for this.

Big Al

November 22nd, 2010
7:28 am

Tuscaloosa will have emotion Friday hope it is on the field not in the stands.

AU77

November 22nd, 2010
7:28 am

BEAT BAMA!!!!! ALL WEEK!!!!!

Jake

November 22nd, 2010
7:33 am

LSU must keep Less,, who else can they hire that can pull a game out of their hat like Less?

Buckeye

November 22nd, 2010
7:35 am

Ohio State v Michigan

THE game and The best rivalry is all of sports.

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
7:39 am

Les Miles can be defeated by AstroTurf. Only by eating grass from the field of play can he activate his Voodoo spell.

Homer

November 22nd, 2010
7:41 am

Butteye you are a moron. It is only THE Game if you are from the Big Slow Conference. Consider yourself part of something big when you finally beat an SEC team. Let’s see what is your record against the SEC?

bo

November 22nd, 2010
7:42 am

I’m sure McElroy is a smart guy, but when it comes to naming high profile athletes scholars, surely the Rhodes committe must be thinking that they have “been there and done that” after the kid from FSU was named a scholar a couple years back.

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
7:44 am

This will be the most relevant Alabama vs. Auburn game since these games actually were played in the “Iron Bowl”.

The CFB nation will be watching to see if the Crimson Tide can accomplish what the FBI and the NCAA cannot.

Mike

November 22nd, 2010
7:45 am

Auburn-Alabama is a regional rivalry.
Ohio State-Michigan is a national one.

ratherBgambling

November 22nd, 2010
7:54 am

Ohio State-Michigan=Irrelevant

Bring on the crimiNOLES!

Region

November 22nd, 2010
7:55 am

Your right Mike, with the CBS and ESPN tv contracts, the SEC is regional. It cannot touch the Big 11 Network.

travy

November 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

gators – seminoles should be particularly nasty this year. like two dysfunctional families with nothing in their pathetic lives but hate for each other, this one will be dirty and desperate.

AU Rules

November 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

Auburn beats Bama by 10 on Friday, blows out South Carolina the following weak, then beats Oregon by 7 for the BCS title—mark it down. AU’s not losing again, no matter what stories bama fans make up about Cam Newton.

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

Ohio State-Michigan used to matter, because it was always the de facto Big 10 Championship game. Not this year.

Saint Simons

November 22nd, 2010
8:01 am

I live with my mom

Saint Simons

November 22nd, 2010
8:01 am

I kissed a girl once but mom got mad at me…

Bama Aaron

November 22nd, 2010
8:01 am

Hate to tell you this Mike but no one south of Cinncinnati other than those schools alumni that care about OSU-Mich. This game really isn’t as big a deal as you think.
However Bama vs barn is practically a blood feud. The players may be civil but the fans literally can’t stand each other 365 days a year.

Saint Simons

November 22nd, 2010
8:02 am

I eat my zit scabs…..

GT Dude

November 22nd, 2010
8:04 am

To hear all the prognosticators tell us, on paper TECH should concede now and just call off the game, but stranger things have happened, I guess that’s why we play the game anyway…

BAMA dude

November 22nd, 2010
8:04 am

AU Rules
November 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

Auburn beats Bama by 10 on Friday, blows out South Carolina the following weak, then beats Oregon by 7 for the BCS title—mark it down. AU’s not losing again, no matter what stories bama fans make up about Cam Newton.

Again? Your team hasn’t lost yet, moron. Typical blowhard from the Barn.

jtdawg

November 22nd, 2010
8:05 am

Even I am amazed at how pathetic Saint Simons has been this year.

Even after Yech has had it’s azz handed to them or embarrased themselves, he’s still on these blogs trying to dig UGA.

C’mon Saint Simon, take your annual azz whuppin’ on Saturday, then crawl away till next year…..

Saint Simons

November 22nd, 2010
8:05 am

Sorry, I’m a little slow on anti-UGA comments this morning. I’m really tired from camping out for Harry Potter tickets.

ESPN

November 22nd, 2010
8:05 am

AU Rules – These stories did not come from Bama and are not fabricated. Sorry.

StSimonsSux

November 22nd, 2010
8:06 am

Hey Saint Simons, why don’t you grow a pair?
At least come up with something clever – for once!

jtdawg

November 22nd, 2010
8:06 am

GT Dude – I don’t buy the spread I am hearing. And I have little faith in consistent performance from my Dawgs.

Paul johnson is a good coach – this should be interesting. All things go out the window on Rivalry Week…

DC

November 22nd, 2010
8:07 am

haha Region! Man, I can’t wait till Friday! I’m so excited to see AU prove people wrong! If they beat bama I expect them to move to #1 that weekend…how can you beat so many ranked teams and not be #1…look at Oregon’s schedule..how is AU not #1 already??..oh well..all will be decided in the near future!

Mulk

November 22nd, 2010
8:08 am

Typical Bonehart – 24×7 SEC PR guy. Cal and Stanford guys are not as smart as perceived and have no reason to be emotional. On the other hand, the thugs that play in the SEC will show you real emotion if you meet Tony there. Big Ten leadership can’t get anything right playing on a field too short. Big 12 officials cheating Nebreska two years in a row. Is there any football being played correctly other than in the SEC?

Go figure.

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
8:10 am

The Iron Bowl is the BCS playoff game this year.

CF is Great!

November 22nd, 2010
8:12 am

The only reason anyone might think Ohio State-Michigan is national is because half of their fans are transplants living in Atlanta.

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
8:14 am

@CF is Great!

Having spent time in both Michigan and Ohio, I can’t say that I blame them. ;-)

shane

November 22nd, 2010
8:14 am

Looking forward to Friday. T-Town will be rocking. Packing my rain gear cause the forcast calling for rain and wind. Should be a great game and I’m sure we’ll show up and play our best game. RTR Beat Auburn!

Sanford Drive

November 22nd, 2010
8:16 am

Dawgs- 48 Nerds- 13

AJ has a career day, and Ealey and King both break 100…. Again!!!

Cobb Dawg

November 22nd, 2010
8:18 am

Pretty telling. Bama has McElroy, a Rhodes Scholar, and Awbun has Newton…………………………

MURPHY

November 22nd, 2010
8:20 am

shane,

Good luck on Friday-Should be another classic Iron Bowl. Roll Tide !

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
8:21 am

Too bad that Oregon, TCU and Boise State don’t have big rivalry games this weekend. I guess that’s not possible for teams that have no big rivals. Must be nice playing cupcakes all season?

DC

November 22nd, 2010
8:22 am

what is that supposed to prove cobb dawg? Auburn has a first round draft pick in newton…Bama has undrafted free agent in McElroy…

buck strickland

November 22nd, 2010
8:23 am

TB, I’d be pretty surprised if a player can pull that dive off from the 10 yard line!?

I think the problem is with the rule in the first place. Who give a rats a* if a player dives into the end zone?? It’s a stupid penalty. Even worse when it’s called and the player actually is justified for diving into the end zone to avoid a tackle.

ratherBgambling

November 22nd, 2010
8:24 am

Don’t sleep on Oregon St this week. The ‘Civil War’ could be very interesting.

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
8:26 am

@DC

What’s your point? You get what you pay for?

Bama12

November 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

Dislike is a better word to use for me against the cow college. HATE is used by Phillip Fulmer
and his buddy Roy Cramer after what they tried to do to the crimson tide 10 years ago.!! RTR

Cheezy

November 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

@ratherBgambling

The 4-5 Beavers have one more game to lose before they play the Ducks.

reality check

November 22nd, 2010
8:30 am

“Is there any football being played correctly other than in the SEC?”

No

ATL is TigerTown

November 22nd, 2010
8:33 am

Not too worried about Friday. All you brain surgeons will look the part when you take a beat down from “the barn”. It can’t feel good to get beat by “the barn”. Just ask UGA who took a beating from “Awbun”. Now they may not even make it to Shreveport. What a shame to owned by “the barn from awbun”. It must really hurt to define your pathetic little lives based on the fortunes of your favorite college football team.
It’s Great To Be An Auburn Tiger! War Cam Eagle!