With our national day of thanks tomorrow, I take pause to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for, as well as many wonderful memories of Thanksgiving day in the past.
We all think of family and food on this day, rightfully so.
Many of us also think of great football games.
While I’m no longer a fan of the morally bankrupt NFL, I won’t begrudge that others favor the NFL, while I am a college and high school football fan.
The traditional NFL games on Thanksgiving with Dallas and Detroit are games they host that many look forward to, while some revile these two teams holding that tradition.
The football games on Thanksgiving I enjoy are the college rivalry games. While few now are actually played on Thanksgiving day, but on the following Friday or Saturday, growing up with the Texas-Texas A&M, Alabama-Auburn and USC-Notre Dame rivalries, they always made for exciting games, irrespective of the records the teams had coming into the game.
This year will be no different, the enthusiasm and excitement will be palpable.
I say palpable for many reasons.
For one, the Alabama-Auburn game has National Championship implications. Auburn is currently ranked #2 in the BCS rankings and has the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy as its quarterback. I for one am hoping for a great game, but with Alabama being victorious for a couple of reasons.
First, I would like to see the TCU Horned Frogs in the BCS championship game.
Secondly, Auburn is in so much trouble over recruiting violations they face sanctions so serious, they could not only be stripped of all honors received this year, they could face expulsion from the Southeast Conference.
From the blog Crimson And Cream Machine, a post taken from an LSU forum Tiger Droppings:
Auburn Is In It Deep!
Again, this thing now goes way beyond PFP (pay for play)schemes, and it appears the FED’s goal is to build the ultimate case against Bobby Lowder. Here is what is being said about Lowder’s tie in to all of this.
This goes way beyond Cam. They say the FBI, while monitoring the Bingo mess in Montgomery and also investigating the misappropriation of TARP funds by Colonial Bank, uncovered many, many things. Such things include guaranteed winning slot machines for AU players at Milt’s (Colonial Board member, AU Booster) Casino, unmarked ATM cards issued to AU players from Colonial Bank (Bobby Lowder-AU Board Member and Booster; Pat Dye-Colonial Board member, AU employee and Booster), forgiven loans to families, friends, donors, etc.
If true, big time jail time, loss of SACS(Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation which means expulsion from the SEC, huge financial implications for AU, removal of Dye’s name from the field and so on.
Coach Chiz was hired December 13th, 2008. Auburn’s Class consisted of 28 players being signed, ranked 25th in the Country (LSU #1, Bama #2, Fla. #5, UGA #6, USCe #12, UTenn, #15, ARKY. #20, Ole Miss #22, Miss. St. #23). AU’s top rated player that year was DeAngelo Benton, a highly sought after, but academically troubling player from La. that had originally committed to LSU. Production thus far in his career is just 7 receptions for only 103 yards.
The 2010 Class, built primarily on the efforts of Trooper Taylor (as per AU Football Media Propaganda), miraculously lands the #1 players from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as the #1 JUCO signee in Cam Newton. Why the turnaround, when their previous season only netted a 7-5 regular season record (3-5 SEC), along with an overtime win against Northwestern on New Years Day.
Enter CamGate, Lowder & Co., and Trooper Taylor.
So I say ROLL TIDE!
Knock AU out of contention for the national title so another deserving school won’t be deprived of the opportunity due to malfeasance.
There are other rivalry games with conference championship and bowl game implications, such as OU-Oklahoma State and Texas-Texas A&M. In the latter, A&M is not in contention for the Big 12 conference championship, but their game with Texas is huge for bragging rights, recruiting and for dashing the last hope for Texas to go to a bowl game.
It has been an epic failure of a season for Texas, and the word palpable applies here.
Their season turned in September when they were molested by UCLA on their home field.
Now Texas has to be concerned with a Texas A&M defensive player that believes he is a TSA agent.
Let’s keep it clean out there, boys!
We want to see some great football to go with our great food.