Saturday, November 27, 2010

What's the Tiger Battle Cry? V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

"Alabama hasn't thrown into a defense as opportunistic with the game on the line.

"Alabama hasn't seen a team with this kind of chemistry." - Kevin Scarbinsky, The Birmingham News, November 26, 2010, before the Iron Bowl game commenced
What a game!  Yes, I was concerned ... worried ... when Alabama came out strong and dominated the Tigers so  handily in the first quarter.  I kept telling myself (and my Tiger friends) that our guys just needed to settle down and settle in ... that they had some kind of fog (the hype of the game?) in their heads.  I knew, and I had faith, that once they focused their attention on each play at hand - not on the crowd, not on the significance of the game (both in terms of the in-state rivalry and the BCS standings), not the "tradition" of football at Bryant-Denny along with the yelling Tide faithful - they would be just fine.  And they were!

Yes, the win might have been prettier if the margin of victory was larger.  But the score didn't reflect the degree to which Auburn outscored Alabama in 3 of the 4 quarters (and, really, how they outplayed Bama after the 1st quarter):

Source:  The Birmingham News

Of course, all it takes to win is have at least one more point than the opponent, with that minimum margin of victory met in at least 3 Iron Bowl games prior to 2010: 1972, 1982, and 1996.  Add 2010 to the list. 

Auburn has now won 7 of the 11 matchups beginning in 2000.  War Eagle!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the game.  You can view a full collection of game photos from The Birminghams New on

Cam over the Top!
Photo:  The Birmingham News

Demond Washington breaks up a pass
Photo:  The Birmingham News

Josh Bynes T'Sharvan Bell and Neiko Thorpe wrap up Trent Richardson
Photo:  The Birmingham News

McElroy Crunch
Photo:  The Birmingham News

Fly like an eagle - Onterio McCalebb divng for yardage
Photo:  The Birmingham News

Philip Lutzenkirchen makes a TD reception
Photo:  The Birmingham News

T'Sharvan Bell tries for an interception
Photo:  The Birmingham News

T'Sharvan Bell penetrates to tackle Greg McElroy
Photo:  The Birmingham News

T'Sharvan Bell celebrates with the Auburn Family
Photo: The Birmingham News

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