A Dogs fan’s view of the BCS championship game

Gene Chizik has a BCS trophy ... for now. (Associated Press)

Gene Chizik has a BCS trophy ... for now. (Associated Press)

Wish I could say I was happy the SEC notched its fifth consecutive BCS title.

Generally I root for the SEC in these matches, though by this point I don’t think the conference has anything to prove. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Yes, it’s tough to cheer for a team with neon green-yellow shoes, but it was Gene Chizik and preening Cam Newton and Dirty Nick Fairley on the other side, so I couldn’t pull for the “War Eagle” crowd.

Like my son said, besides Fairley’s criminally dirty play against us, the most important reason he couldn’t cheer for Auburn was “my Dawgs don’t need another rival waving a national championship trophy in the faces of recruits.”

But Auburn won and we’ll just have to live with that.

Speaking of Fairley, I liked that ESPN caught on camera another one of Fairley’s dirty plays when he twisted the helmet of that Duck on the ground, and that the commentators noted it then and again after the game. They also noted that he wasn’t even pulled off the field by his coach after that play. That tells you something about Auburn and Chizik. “All in,” as they say.

I hope my friends who are Tigers fans enjoy their championship — assuming they get to keep it. (I read where Newton’s ethically challenged father was at the game, despite Auburn asking him to stay away.)

But after what happened on the field and on the sidelines when Georgia played Auburn this year, I hark back what my Welsh mother told me about her people’s attitude toward their English/Norman conquerors: “We don’t forgive and we don’t forget.”

WELL SAID, COACH

Congratulations to Mark Fox for giving UGA a ranked men’s basketball team for the first time since 2003. And also for showing a tremendous amount of class after Saturday’s terrific win over the Wildcats.

In case you didn’t catch it, Fox used Twitter after the game to chide the Georgia fans who had taunted Kentucky with that awful “over-rated” chant.

Said Fox: “Please do me 1 favor, next time please chant underrated not overrated. UK’s a great team — not an overrated one. Today we were underrated.”

That’s the thing I’ve never understood about chanting overrated when your team knocks off a higher-ranked opponent. It’s like saying, “Well, we beat you, but you really weren’t that good.” In other words, it devalues your own team’s accomplishment.

Let’s hope there are more occasions this season when the Stegeman Coliseum crowd has the opportunity to use that chant … but doesn’t.

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NC Dawg

January 11th, 2011
10:30 am

Dean Tate

January 11th, 2011
10:30 am

Auburn will get a few recruiting coups with this, but it won’t last. They’ll be significantly weaker next year without Cam, Fairly and their cast of seniors. I just hope the Dawgs are good enough to take advantage of it.

Cheatin Gene

January 11th, 2011
10:33 am

Bill, I couldn’t have said it better!!

wildbill

January 11th, 2011
10:52 am

Well said, Bill. I ‘leaned’ for Auburn but that was about it. I noticed Cam was off a lot, just goes to show what some pressure can do to him. The whole 4th qtr, he looked like he had an empty tank. Cramps, tired, or just plain tired. Whatever. I’m still thinking about the ramifications of the “non-whistle”.

Pluto

January 11th, 2011
10:54 am

Yep my wife and I both UGA graduates just couldn’t pull for the thugs on the plain either. I thought the game was sloppy but that was to be expected due to the time lag. The ncaa has done a great injustice to college football by scheduling this game so late. I think tcu could have taken auburn last night and the ducks were not up for the challenge. I should have watched Scheindler’s List?!?

Len Daniel

January 11th, 2011
10:54 am

To bad the refs didn’t see Cam’s 2nd interception.
The game could’ve turned out a whole lot different
if they got that call right……at least Auburn’s
Rent a QB ends Now.

AltamahaDawg

January 11th, 2011
10:54 am

Thanks for saying it Bill. I was wondering if that made me a bad person.

UGA Alum

January 11th, 2011
10:54 am

Auburn is a 8 or 9 win team without Cam at the very best. Glad the championship is still home in the SEC. But Auburn will be third in the West next year behind Bama and LSU (with or without Miles)

Exiled in FL

January 11th, 2011
10:56 am

Well said, Bill! I felt ashamed for not pulling for Auburn, but I just couldn’t. The “friendly” rivalry we once had with the War Eagle Tiger Plainsmen no longer exists. No worries though– they are one hit wonders!

BooHoo BooHoo

January 11th, 2011
10:56 am

Like UGA is a pristene operation. This blog won’t improve the image any. What a bunch of whoey!

Dirty Sees as Dirty Does

January 11th, 2011
10:58 am

Where’re your clean linens, Bill and all other Dawg whiners ? Auburn may be an 8 or 9 win team without Newton, but that still beats the 6-7 Dawgs, doesn’t it ?

Dawg_Mike

January 11th, 2011
10:58 am

$cam knew Cecil was in the stands. But he didn’t know Cecil shopped him. Yeah right.

Clawdawg

January 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Congrats to Auburn. I have to agree with Bill though, I couldnt bring myself to cheer for the dirty program that has players on the take, players who play like they are in a penal leauge, and coaches that turn there head to all of it. You are champions, but you have zero class and zero respect across the country for the way your program is run. I am not a hater, Newton, Fairley are talented no doubt about it, but they need to go to ethics school before they ruin there lives with money from the NFL. I wanted to feel proud of the SE etc etc, but instead I was emarrased for the Auburn fans.

Dawg Tired

January 11th, 2011
11:02 am

Bill – You gottta admit one thing: Auburn knows where to spend its money. They spent well and the result is a National Championship. While it is clear that they used what anyone who can read knows was a player who was ineligible under SEC rules, they will not be required to forfeit this Championship because both the NCAA and the SEC have already decided it is ok for Cecil to ask for money in return for Cam’s playing. He admitted it; both the NCAA and SEC acknowledge that he admitted it,; and both have determined its ok. Get used to it. A precedent has been established. The teams whose boosters are willing to spend the most money will continue to win National Championships. Those who want to operate with some sense of integrity, will not. Maybe this is what CMR was referring to when he said he is going to be more “focused on football” and be “on the cutting edge.” Otherwise, get used to mediocrity.

DawginLex

January 11th, 2011
11:05 am

I have an Auburn buddy who keeps telling me that he is “Living in the moment”.

If by some miracle, UGA ever plays and wins the title, I hope that I don’t spend the next few years looking over my shoulder waiting on the NCAA hammer while I “Live in the moment”.

My $.02

BooWho BooWho

January 11th, 2011
11:06 am

AU & tOSU can never speak of anyone else about their programs. Others at least discipline their players with whom they have problems, AU & tOSU reward them. And that’s all I have to say about that.

home&home

January 11th, 2011
11:08 am

Absolutely agree 100%. No way do I pull for one of our arch rivals over some S.E.C. Pride thing. Crazy.

Also agree with CMF on the over-rated cheer.

Dawg Tired

January 11th, 2011
11:09 am

As a college coach once said (can’t remember who it was – getting old) “I don’t want to be investigated by the NCAA, I just wish we were good enough to warrant an investigation.” At least, with the current state of our program, we don’t have to worry about anyone investigating us anytime soon.

Of all schools, Auburn

January 11th, 2011
11:09 am

ESPN said on going investigation could result in Auburn’s first title in 53 being vacated.

HELLO, AP votes the NC and it won’t/can’t be resended. AP has nothing to do with the NCAA.

Looks like the editor at ESPN would catch this crap.

ChainConsq

January 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Last I checked, TCU was still undefeated. TCU is a better team than Auburn and has the legitimate claim to the National Title. Plus, Auburn had to have refs cheat (wrist down non-call) for them to win…GO HORNED FROGS…REAL NATIONAL CHAMPS.

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LifeLongDawg

January 11th, 2011
11:14 am

List of main UGA rivals who now have at least one National Championship since UGA’s last in 1980:
Clemson (not a rival lately, but historically)
Auburn
UF (3)
UT
G Tech
Alabama
LSU
In other words: ALL OF THE HISTORIC RIVALS!
Face it fellow Dawgs, we are second tier at least in the SEC, and Tech has closed the gap.

TDone

January 11th, 2011
11:17 am

I am cool with the championship staying in the SEC, as long as the the champion is not Muttland.

Of all schools, Auburn

January 11th, 2011
11:18 am

Can you imaging all the ribbing and jeers Auburn fans will receive over Scam Newton and the bad call in the national championship. Poor Auburn.

Although OSU won the NC (2003?) on a bad call, their QB Craig Krenzel did not have the rap sheet that Cam has.

ceph

January 11th, 2011
11:19 am

If we don’t want Auburn to wave a Trophy in recruits faces let Richt get off his lazy ass and win us one then we won’t have to worry about it!!!!!! When UGA was taking the four day break for Xmas Schultz said he had never seen Richt so happy, he was acting all giddy and cracking jokes (Richts jokes are about as bland as he is) and acting as if a bowling ball had been lifted from his cranium. Plus Richt said , “Having four days off is awesome” He should have been thinking of someway to beat UCF!!!!!!!

funny...

January 11th, 2011
11:20 am

Auburn sold it’s soul.

Chizik runs a dirty operation. Any coach that keeps Trooper Taylor on the sidelines is a scumbag.

Should have pulled the guy that knee’d the Oregon player, Fairley his typical dirty self. Kept trying to land on the people he tackled, generally brought an inner city attitude to the game, was finally called for a personal foul. I just have an overall problem with the way Auburn plays the game and carries themselves.

Cam, prancing around the field, invoking “God’s plan” for him. Seriously? God doesn’t care if you win a football game. And Mr. Fairley. Dude, just let your talent do the talking. You play the game with a thug mentality. I would be more impressed if Mr. Fairly could grasp the English language and master the physical challenge of closing his mouth.

Auburn, better enjoy it while it lasts.

Willy

January 11th, 2011
11:23 am

Get over it you old Billy Goat….

funny...

January 11th, 2011
11:24 am

All that and I agree with the “overrated” chant….

NATTY CHAMP

January 11th, 2011
11:25 am

pretty funny coming from a team that leads the world in personal foul penalties the last five years and led by a coach who played at thug U and coached at thug jr U and who condones chop blocking and attacking of defenseless players. Until THUGA coaches, players and fans get their toughness back they will continue to reside in the lower half of the SEC. just ask your hero Buck Belue

funny...

January 11th, 2011
11:26 am

I want to know when Tech “closed the gap” with Georgia?

Tech’s lighning in a bottle season 21 years ago? How many times have they beat Georgia since then? 4?

Georgia needs to stop worrying about Georgia Tech and start worrying about the cost of keeping Rodney Garner and Mark Richt.

funny...

January 11th, 2011
11:27 am

Natty Champ – you have a link? or stats?

UOA1992

January 11th, 2011
11:27 am

I agree. By the way, we all know that the phrase; “All In” is a gambling term, and indeed, Auburn has gambled everything including their ethics to win their SEC and BCS titles this year. Enjoy it AU fans. I am not sure that I could.

red hill

January 11th, 2011
11:29 am

The problem is not what our rivals are doing. It is what we are not. We have a man getting paid $8,219 per day whose priority is not fooftball. I don’t see any honor in not doing the job one is paid for. As long as Richt is here we will be a bottom feeder along with UK, Vandy and Ole Miss. Richt has got to go and the sooner the better.

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

January 11th, 2011
11:30 am

Only a fool would sign with uga, where five star recruits go to see their football careers destroyed! In a year or two, there will be a new coach in Athens, and he will want his own players, recruited to fit the needs of his scheme. Run, run away from the uga recruiters. They too shall soon be unemployed and unemployable, imho.

funny...

January 11th, 2011
11:31 am

Also, I think it’s pretty funny that an Auburn fan would be posting here the day after they won the BCSNCG.

LOL…

funny...

January 11th, 2011
11:31 am

Should I go celebrate our big win or troll the UGA blog on the AJC?

another ptc dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:34 am

Congrats to AU. Bill, don’t you wish you had a picture of Mark Richt holding the BCS trophy and everyone calling him a cheater?

another ptc dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:36 am

One more thing. Note to Chip Kelley and Mark Richt. The team that kicks a fg for its first score, will lose the game. Put that in your x and o playbook next year.

Dawg89

January 11th, 2011
11:38 am

Bill, Do you think Richt and Bobo were home studying the game of football last night? Richt said he wanted to become an “expert”. I saw to very creative offenses last night and coaches with a lot of confidence. Could you ever imagine Richt making some of the calls that were made in that game? He wouldn’t go for it on 4th and inches in the Liberty Bowl. We are so screwed for the next couple of years. There is no way that we can look forward to turnaroud so long as Bobo is calling plays and developing the game plan.

I couldn’t cheer for Auburn either. They suck. GO DAWGS.

Time for a Change

January 11th, 2011
11:46 am

I don’t care who they are playing I WILL NEVER PULL for Allbarn!!

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Who's Your Daddy

January 11th, 2011
11:48 am

Amazing to see the AU players living up to the dirty play billing. This attitude comes from the top down. Chizik is the source. Funny to see him supposedly reprimanding his kid that kicked the ou kid in the head. I wondered aloud if he was mad cause the kid got caught. And not taking fairley out after him getting caught is just another sign.

Need a workout designed for fairley so he can develop the muscles to actually close his mouth.

Millie N.

January 11th, 2011
11:48 am

Thank you, Bill, for feeling exactly the same way I do. I guess I was happy for the SEC but still had trouble feeling good about Auburn winning. I watched every bit of the UGA/Auburn game and was infuriated over it, but was proud of Mark Richt and Aaron Murray for not commenting on the brutality that Auburn got away with.

Gordon

January 11th, 2011
11:53 am

Loving the jealousy coming out of Athens. It’s easy to understand why. As of last night, every one of UGA’s “big 4″ opponents have won a national championship since they have.

Frank Lane

January 11th, 2011
11:55 am

Camera work of Fairley was good work. He is dirty and Chisik has no class.

Dixie Redcoat Band

January 11th, 2011
11:58 am

Didn’t somebody say that the Ducks coach use to coach at a school in New Hamshire…and now look at the Ducks and look at UGA!

NYC Dawg

January 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

Great Blog Bill! It was a HUGE win on Saturday against Kentucky, and we certainly played like and underrated basketball team. I hope to see many more dominating performances by our bball team this year. They played very controlled hoops last weekend!

*Auburn will lose that championship, and their 3+ personal fouls were an embarrassment to the SEC last night. Knee’s to the face, Twisting people’s heads, just completely unacceptable behavior on a football field. 5 straight is great, but Auburn is a dirty team this year.

Jasper Dog

January 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

As a lifelong bulldog and alumnus, I will always pull for the SEC, even if it’s Spurrier. Fairley hit Murray about 5 times late and the refs didn’t make the calls.. I think if you are honest, most players will take everything that the refs will allow. Most any player will pop up and act as if there had been a completion when he knew the ball hit the ground. Most players are even taught to grab hold of the jersey of the opposing player when blocking, just don’t get your hands on the shoulders or arms and turn loose if they try to break away. Let’s keep it real, Fairley is a difference maker kind of fooball player. I love the Fox’s comments about underrated. Excellent leadership by another terrific coach we are blessed to have. Go Dawgs!

Johnny U.

January 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

Auburn won 14 straight. Now comes the hard part….the cover-up.

A fan of the SOUTH

January 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

What a petty article. You are just a bitter person.

BTW, Cam’s dad is still a DAD. Who are you or anyone else to decide that his punishment should be not being allowed to root for his soon? When will you decide that he shouldn’t be punished anymore? Can he go to his son’s games when he’s in the NFL next year? Grow up. I think his greed to get something for his son’s abilities is deplorable, but having him sitting in a freaking stadium with 60000 other people doesn’t hurt a fly.

I love the SEC and all the rivalries. I wish Georgia had a decent team so it’d mean something when Auburn beat them. Oh well, I guess the SEC needs it’s Vandy’s and it’s Georgia’s. Gotta get your 2nd line some experience at some point.