Thursday, December 23, 2010

Congratulations! Newton AP Player of the Year!

Congratulations to Cam Newton on his being named the Associated Press's Player of the Year!

According to al.com, Cam received 51 out of the possible 60 votes for this award.  The report also noted the various honors Cam has received for his performance this season:
  • Heisman Trophy Winner
  • AP Player of the Year
  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
  • Maxwell Award Winner
  • Davey O'Brien Award Winner
  • Sporting News National Player of the Year
  • Scout.com National Offensive Player of the Year
  • Rivals.com National Player of the Year
  • AFCA First-Team All-American
  • Walter Camp First-Team All-American
  • Associated Press First-Team All-American
  • Sporting News First-Team All-American
  • CBSSports.com First-Team All-American
  • Scout.com First-Team All-American
  • Rivals.com First-Team All-American
  • SEC Championship Game MVP
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year
  • AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year
  • ESPN.com SEC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Coaches All-SEC First Team
  • AP All-SEC First Team
  • ESPN.com All-SEC First Team

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Paw on the Media: BCS "Moral Victory" Championship Edition

On OregonLive.com, it appears at least one Duck fan is preparing for a BCS "Moral Victory" speech (see the original comment in context here):


Given the talent on the Oregon team, it seems a bit early for their own fans to be selecting consolation prizes.  But given the talent of the Tigers, select away, Ducks!

"builderdude" seems to be keenly aware of something that "duckuniverse" has no knowledge:  the Loveliest Village on the Plains!

War Eagle!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Leonard's Losers - BCS Championship Game Edition

Magic 8 Balls are in short supply on the campus of Oregon this Christmas. 

The Ducks are paddling around their pond looking for a way to peck the Heisman Wise Man from The Plains. 

The good people of the Beaver State are predicting a shootout but they forgot that ducks scatter at gunshots and that Auburn has more than one bullet in its gun. 

The feline instinct will drive the Tigers to pounce on the yellow and green waddlers. 

Leonard's Loser:  Oregon.

(In memory of - and special thanks to - Leonard Postosties (aka Leonard Postero) who dished up "Leonard's Losers" all those years ago.)

A Paw on the Media: Congressional Attention Focused on Cam Newton

al.com reports that Congressman Mike Rogers has introduced a resolution in Congress to commend Cam Newton for being the "most outstanding college football player in the United States".  Rogers represents the third congressional district which includes Auburn and Auburn University.

The entire congressional delegation from Alabama has signed on as cosponsors, as well as Congressman (and Alabama native) John Lewis of Georgia.

Congratulations! Newton, Fairley - AP All-Americans

Cam Newton gets the lowdown from Nick Fairley
As reported on al.com, two of our Tigers - Cam Newton and Nick Fairley - have been named to the AP All-American Team! 

Auburn is one of five teams that have two players named to the AP team. 

The AP noted:
  • Newton, in his first season with the Tigers after transferring from junior college, became the first quarterback in Southeastern Conference history to reach 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. He also accounted for 49 touchdowns (28 passing, 20 rushing and one receiving).
  • The 295-pound Fairley led Auburn with 10½ sacks and 21 tackles for loss, blossoming into one of the best defensive tackles into the country after starting just two games in 2009.
Congratulations to these two outstanding players!

War Eagle!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In Celebration of Tigers (music video)

In honor of the Auburn Tigers and their fabulous 2010 football season which, of course, included these accomplishments:
  • SEC Western Division Champions
  • Iron Bowl Champions
  • SEC Champions
  • #1-ranked contender in the BCS National Championship game to be held on January 10, 2011, in Glendale, Arizona, against the Oregon Ducks!
  • Cam Newton becoming Auburn's third recipient of the Heisman Trophy, as well as receiving the Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp, and Maxwell Awards
  • Nick Fairley receiving the Lombardi Award
  • Gus Malzahn receiving the Broyles Award
  • Gene Chizik receiving the Coach of the Year Award

I hope you enjoy the song and video!

War Eagle!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Congratulations to Cam Newton - Auburn's 3rd Heisman!

Cam Newton has had a wonderful run in college football.  He helped Blinn College's football team attain a junior college national title last year. Now, as the Tiger's quarterback, he is leading Auburn's team into the BCS National Champsionship game.

Cam's performance on the field as an athlete has been exemplary and now he has been awarded a Heisman Trophy (along with a number of other awards) as recognition for his accomplishments.

Cam is the third Auburn Tiger to receive a Heisman.

Congratulations to Cam on this honor!

Now on to Glendale, Arizona, to meet the Ducks and put the icing on this cake of a season!

War Eagle!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Paw on the Media: College Football Awards

Congratulations to Auburn's Home Depot College Football Award winners!

Cam Newton was awarded the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's most outstanding quarterback; the Walter Camp Award for the best player in college football; and the Maxwell Award for the nation's best player in college football!

Head Coach Gene Chizik was named Coach of the Year!

I was hoping that Nick Fairley would receive the Jim Thorpe Award (most outstanding defensive back) or the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's defensive player of the year) but those awards went to Patrick Peterson of LSU.

Previously, Nick Fairley had been awarded the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award for the top college football lineman on either offense or defense.

The Doak Walker Award for the most outstanding running back went to LaMichael James of the University of Oregon.  James will be a worthy challenger for the Tigers' defense in the BCS National Championship game.

Congratulations to all of the award winners!  For a full breakdown, click here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SEC Championship Game - Rollin' on the Plains - Photo Gallery


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


SEC Champsions!  13-0! 

Next up:  the BCS National Championship game against the Oregon Ducks!

Our Tigers and the coaches put together a great game plan and executed it well in the SEC Championship Game yesterday!  In the win against South Carolina, Auburn had its best performance of the year and the most complete game of the season!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the game, courtesy of the The Birmingham News.  You can see a complete gallery of game photos at al.com.

Cam Newton makes it look so easy!
Photo: Mark Almond, The Birmingham News


Craig Stevens hits Stephen Garcia
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News
 

Darvin Adams catches a touchdown pass
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News


Derek Winter
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Emory Blake catches a touchdown pass
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Cam Newton sidesteps a Carolina defender
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Nick Fairley gets in a hit on Stephen Garcia
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Josh Bynes and Michael Goggans pressure Stephen Garcia
Photo:  The Birmingham News

Darvin Adams runs for a touchdown
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Emory Blake diving for the goal line
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Kodi Burns making a run
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Philip Lutzenkirchen makes a reception
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Mario Fannin making a play
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Michael Dyer breaking away
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News


Mike McNeil and Neiko Thorpe break up a pass
Photo:  Hal Yeager, The Birmingham News

Zac Etheridge and Nose Eguae defend against Ace Sanders
Photo:  Hal Yeager, The Birmingham News

Neiko Thorpe knocks Marcus Lattimore out of bounds, preventing reception
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News
Cam Newton started a Gator ...
Photo:  Hal Yeager, The Birmingham News


Toting the trophy
Photo:  Mark Almond, The Birmingham News

Victorious!
Photo:  Hal Yeager, The Birmingham News

War Eagle!