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(Deadspin)   Listen to the Auburn and Alabama radio calls from the epic game-ending missed field goal / TD run back (w/video)   (deadspin.com) divider line 74
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2013-12-01 07:48:47 AM  
I can't remember one team having two more ridiculous finishes in a season ever, much less in consecutive weeks with such stakes
 
2013-12-01 07:51:06 AM  
Such a great time. I got up early today just to enjoy ESPN a little longer before the NFL takes over.
 
2013-12-01 07:56:33 AM  

Dawg47: I can't remember one team having two more ridiculous finishes in a season ever, much less in consecutive weeks with such stakes


Two out of three. Whatever it was. I'm ignoring any bye or lame FCS-type opponents
 
2013-12-01 08:03:24 AM  
I particularly like the clip of Nick Saban screaming at his players, as though it's somehow their fault that 300 pound lineman can't chase down a speedy defensive back.

Sorry Nick, this one's pretty much ALL on you.

Worse yet was how he busdrove his kicker by saying "He makes sixty yarders all day in practice." (Or something to that effect.)

He must have been a real joy to deal with in that lockerroom.
 
2013-12-01 08:08:32 AM  
i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-01 08:11:31 AM  
I don't follow college football, but I randomly tuned in to this game and I'm oh so glad I did.  That was just insane.
 
2013-12-01 08:30:35 AM  
Is there nothing more satisfying than watching a coach like Saban outsmart himself?
 
2013-12-01 08:36:06 AM  
Eli is the last of a dying breed: an announcer who knows when to STFU.
 
2013-12-01 08:54:34 AM  
Maybe they should change their phrase to 'Run tide, run', then they may be able to catch fast guys.
 
2013-12-01 08:55:26 AM  

Dawg47: I can't remember one team having two more ridiculous finishes in a season ever, much less in consecutive weeks with such stakes


yep, i'm still shocked that both plays happened
 
2013-12-01 09:04:03 AM  
Not enough hyperventilation and hoarse screaming by Auburn, not enough disbelief and despair by Alabama....will not even qualify for 'Homer Call of the Week' .
 
2013-12-01 09:15:05 AM  

Sillygoth: I particularly like the clip of Nick Saban screaming at his players, as though it's somehow their fault that 300 pound lineman can't chase down a speedy defensive back. Sorry Nick, this one's pretty much ALL on you.


Nick Saban is a notorious dick.  The main fanboi argument that his rampant oversigning isn't a scandal is because the NCAA allows it, as if that's the definition of ethical.

What makes this especially rich is that the only reason they kicked the field goal in the first place was because he lobbied to get a second put back on the scoreboard.  That usually doesn't happen, but it's hard to be mad given the sweet poetic justice of it all.  Alabama's chances were much better in OT but Saban got greedy.  At least Michigan's 2-point conversion made sense as there was no way they'd keep up with OSU's TD machine; their QB was playing injured and the defense was exhausted.
 
2013-12-01 09:19:21 AM  

dragonchild: What makes this especially rich is that the only reason they kicked the field goal in the first place was because he lobbied to get a second put back on the scoreboard.  That usually doesn't happen, but it's hard to be mad given the sweet poetic justice of it all.  Alabama's chances were much better in OT but Saban got greedy.


That's part of what makes it so sweet. Saban thought he was being oh-so-clever about that. Haha and then it all blew up in his face.

They are mourning in Hell today, because one of their favorites had a really bad day.
 
2013-12-01 09:25:10 AM  
The only thing more glorious than seeing the butthurt on Tide fans' faces would be seeing the butthurt on tOSU fans' faces if Auburn wins again in the SEC Championship game and the passes them to go to the BCS title even though they're undefeated.

/ please, PLEASE happen...
 
2013-12-01 09:25:15 AM  
What really makes this such a wonderful story is that it is fueled more by Alabama hate than Auburn pride.
 
2013-12-01 09:30:04 AM  
So was last night's game Alabama's mulligan for the season? I mean, Auburn is a really good team. The Tide should still play for the national title. It's the ESPN way.
 
2013-12-01 09:30:41 AM  
The trees in Auburn AL are not safe
 
2013-12-01 09:31:41 AM  

whistleridge: The only thing more glorious than seeing the butthurt on Tide fans' faces would be seeing the butthurt on tOSU fans' faces if Auburn wins again in the SEC Championship game and the passes them to go to the BCS title even though they're undefeated.

/ please, PLEASE happen...


I have hated OSU for at least a decade now. There are very few teams I despise more than the Farkeyes; Texass is probably the only team ahead of them. I say this unequivocally: if they win next week against Michigan State, leaving them out of the championship game would be the single biggest mistake in the entire history of the BCS.
 
2013-12-01 09:36:19 AM  

Lucky LaRue: What really makes this such a wonderful story is that it is fueled more by Alabama hate than Auburn pride.


I have two passions in college football: I am a lifelong Florida Gators fan and I am a lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide hater.

My hatred of the Tide is stronger than my love of the Gators, it turns out, cause I ended up having a pretty good college football Saturday yesterday despite *cough cough* another year of Muschump ball ahead.
 
2013-12-01 09:36:23 AM  
In the words of Howard Cosell, "look at that little monkey run!"
 
2013-12-01 09:36:49 AM  

Serious Black: whistleridge: The only thing more glorious than seeing the butthurt on Tide fans' faces would be seeing the butthurt on tOSU fans' faces if Auburn wins again in the SEC Championship game and the passes them to go to the BCS title even though they're undefeated.

/ please, PLEASE happen...

I have hated OSU for at least a decade now. There are very few teams I despise more than the Farkeyes; Texass is probably the only team ahead of them. I say this unequivocally: if they win next week against Michigan State, leaving them out of the championship game would be the single biggest mistake in the entire history of the BCS.


And yet.

Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

But participation in the game is defined by an algorithm, not common sense. And the algorithm says the Big10 is very weak, the SEC is not, and Auburn would probably get it by a razor-thin margin.

And if so, it will be HILARIOUS.
 
2013-12-01 09:38:21 AM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Not enough hyperventilation and hoarse screaming by Auburn, not enough disbelief and despair by Alabama....will not even qualify for 'Homer Call of the Week' .


Oh, they'll play it.

Unless you're referring to someone else who's stolen BaD Radio's schtick?
 
2013-12-01 09:40:44 AM  
i could put that play on loop and watch it all day
 
2013-12-01 09:54:01 AM  

whistleridge: Serious Black: whistleridge: The only thing more glorious than seeing the butthurt on Tide fans' faces would be seeing the butthurt on tOSU fans' faces if Auburn wins again in the SEC Championship game and the passes them to go to the BCS title even though they're undefeated.

/ please, PLEASE happen...

I have hated OSU for at least a decade now. There are very few teams I despise more than the Farkeyes; Texass is probably the only team ahead of them. I say this unequivocally: if they win next week against Michigan State, leaving them out of the championship game would be the single biggest mistake in the entire history of the BCS.

And yet.

Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

But participation in the game is defined by an algorithm, not common sense. And the algorithm says the Big10 is very weak, the SEC is not, and Auburn would probably get it by a razor-thin margin.

And if so, it will be HILARIOUS.


Yeah, I'll selfishly think it is hilarious too. But hilarity and personal grudges are not the benchmark of fairness.
 
2013-12-01 09:57:44 AM  

Serious Black: whistleridge: Serious Black: whistleridge: The only thing more glorious than seeing the butthurt on Tide fans' faces would be seeing the butthurt on tOSU fans' faces if Auburn wins again in the SEC Championship game and the passes them to go to the BCS title even though they're undefeated.

/ please, PLEASE happen...

I have hated OSU for at least a decade now. There are very few teams I despise more than the Farkeyes; Texass is probably the only team ahead of them. I say this unequivocally: if they win next week against Michigan State, leaving them out of the championship game would be the single biggest mistake in the entire history of the BCS.

And yet.

Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

But participation in the game is defined by an algorithm, not common sense. And the algorithm says the Big10 is very weak, the SEC is not, and Auburn would probably get it by a razor-thin margin.

And if so, it will be HILARIOUS.

Yeah, I'll selfishly think it is hilarious too. But hilarity and personal grudges are not the benchmark of fairness.


WTF does fairness have to do with college football? It's a deliberately biased system that favors the haves over the have nots.

I'll be laughing at least as hard because BCS will be proven to be shiatty shiatty idea right up until the very end. I can't WAIT for the playoff next year. That will be a real game changer. Literally.
 
2013-12-01 09:57:56 AM  

whistleridge: The only thing more glorious than seeing the butthurt on Tide fans' faces would be seeing the butthurt on tOSU fans' faces if Auburn wins again in the SEC Championship game and the passes them to go to the BCS title even though they're undefeated.


OSU still has one more game too, and Michigan State is no gimme.  They have arguably the best defense in the nation, and it's particularly well-suited to stop the run.

I'm a Michigan alum and our season going nowhere (squeaking by Akron made that evident early on) made it easy to just kind of sit back and watch things play out, but this year we have Michigan State and Ohio State for the B1G championship, and in the BCS hunt it's Florida State, Ohio State and a bunch of one-loss SEC teams.  I'm not exactly a Pac-12 fan either but the most disappointing thing about Stanford's typical midseason stumbles is that there's no dark horse to root for in all this redneck madness.  Even driven by hatred of Ohio State, it'd kind of boring having absolutely nothing at stake in the BCS Popularity Contest.
 
2013-12-01 10:01:28 AM  

whistleridge: Serious Black: whistleridge: The only thing more glorious than seeing the butthurt on Tide fans' faces would be seeing the butthurt on tOSU fans' faces if Auburn wins again in the SEC Championship game and the passes them to go to the BCS title even though they're undefeated.

/ please, PLEASE happen...

I have hated OSU for at least a decade now. There are very few teams I despise more than the Farkeyes; Texass is probably the only team ahead of them. I say this unequivocally: if they win next week against Michigan State, leaving them out of the championship game would be the single biggest mistake in the entire history of the BCS.

And yet.

Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

But participation in the game is defined by an algorithm, not common sense. And the algorithm says the Big10 is very weak, the SEC is not, and Auburn would probably get it by a razor-thin margin.

And if so, it will be HILARIOUS.


Last year had a champion. Not sure what those records matter.
 
2013-12-01 10:09:20 AM  

whistleridge: Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.


So you're in favor of multi-year championships rather than yearly? That way you can use past glories to make up for current shortcomings and still pretend you're the best in the land?

Please.
 
2013-12-01 10:11:08 AM  
So would Auburn jump Ohio State if they beat Missouri even if Ohio wins against Michigan? That would be two wins for Auburn against top 5 teams which, even having one loss, could push them ahead of an undefeated Ohio due to voter bias/perception and maybe due to the computer ranking system (I don't know how much the computer weighs strength of schedule).

I'm just not sure how much emphasis is placed on strength of schedule compared to being undefeated. Being undefeated isn't the end all be all since if it was then NIU wouldn't be ranked below a slew of one and even two loss teams, right?
 
2013-12-01 10:14:00 AM  

whistleridge: Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.


It's not common sense at all to use last year's performance to judge this year's team. That's actually a stupid, insane idea.
 
2013-12-01 10:14:03 AM  
I put at 9.5 the over-under for the number of players that could read at an 8th grade level that were on the field for the last play.
 
2013-12-01 10:14:31 AM  
It really doesn't matter to me much about the rest of the year.

Watching Bama Fan get his season destroyed in one utterly hysterical play has sealed this season as a winner for all time.
 
2013-12-01 10:16:14 AM  
A no loss or one loss  winner of the SEC Championship game should be in the National Championship game every year.
 
2013-12-01 10:21:33 AM  
I'm shocked there haven't been any murders over this game yet. The residents of the state of Alabama may actually surprise me this year.
 
2013-12-01 10:21:52 AM  

Slow To Return: DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Not enough hyperventilation and hoarse screaming by Auburn, not enough disbelief and despair by Alabama....will not even qualify for 'Homer Call of the Week' .

Oh, they'll play it.

Unless you're referring to someone else who's stolen BaD Radio's schtick?


It will be in the mix, but it won't win.

As for the imitators:
"If you're gonna steal; steal from the best."  - Carlos Mencia
 
2013-12-01 10:28:32 AM  

MaxSupernova: I'm shocked there haven't been any murders over this game yet. The residents of the state of Alabama may actually surprise me this year.


Nope.
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/11/one_dead_after_shooting_at_iro.h tm l
 
2013-12-01 10:29:21 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: whistleridge: Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

It's not common sense at all to use last year's performance to judge this year's team. That's actually a stupid, insane idea.


Agreed. But that wasn't my point. My point was tOSU fans - who will surely see it as such - would in fact have a very valid claim that theirs is both the better and the more deserving team.

But point in fact, like it or not, past performance DOES influence current rankings. If Bama hadn't won it all the past two years, FSU might will have been #1 for awhile now. Winston is a stud, they destroyed both Miami and Clemson, and Bama has been lackluster in winning.
 
2013-12-01 10:30:17 AM  

whistleridge: cameroncrazy1984: whistleridge: Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

It's not common sense at all to use last year's performance to judge this year's team. That's actually a stupid, insane idea.

Agreed. But that wasn't my point. My point was tOSU fans - who will surely see it as such - would in fact have a very valid claim that theirs is both the better and the more deserving team.

But point in fact, like it or not, past performance DOES influence current rankings. If Bama hadn't won it all the past two years, FSU might will have been #1 for awhile now. Winston is a stud, they destroyed both Miami and Clemson, and Bama has been lackluster in winning.


Strength of schedule anyone? No, that can't be it.
 
2013-12-01 10:36:39 AM  

Confabulat: Lucky LaRue: What really makes this such a wonderful story is that it is fueled more by Alabama hate than Auburn pride.

I have two passions in college football: I am a lifelong Florida Gators fan and I am a lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide hater.

My hatred of the Tide is stronger than my love of the Gators, it turns out, cause I ended up having a pretty good college football Saturday yesterday despite *cough cough* another year of Muschump ball ahead.


You know, I've only really followed college football at all since my new job of two years since there's a lot of fans at the place and I'm already an active Alabama hater.

/Roll Tide is the STUPIDEST cheer I have ever heard
 
2013-12-01 10:37:21 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: whistleridge: cameroncrazy1984: whistleridge: Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

It's not common sense at all to use last year's performance to judge this year's team. That's actually a stupid, insane idea.

Agreed. But that wasn't my point. My point was tOSU fans - who will surely see it as such - would in fact have a very valid claim that theirs is both the better and the more deserving team.

But point in fact, like it or not, past performance DOES influence current rankings. If Bama hadn't won it all the past two years, FSU might will have been #1 for awhile now. Winston is a stud, they destroyed both Miami and Clemson, and Bama has been lackluster in winning.

Strength of schedule anyone? No, that can't be it.


That's a factor too. But polls are conducted by humans, and even the most knowledgeable and professional humans aren't entirely immune from selection bias.

Duke gets seeded higher than they should in the NCAA some years, Tiger Woods STILL gets media attention all out of proportion to his record, and a team that is on track to threepeat gets more attention than even a regular SEC undefeated.

No: you should not judge thus year's rankings in any way by last year's performance. But it still happens.
 
2013-12-01 10:42:56 AM  

whistleridge: cameroncrazy1984: whistleridge: Seriously: yes, the school that went defeated two straight years in a row should in before the school that went one-loss this year and many many losses last year. It's just common sense.

It's not common sense at all to use last year's performance to judge this year's team. That's actually a stupid, insane idea.

Agreed. But that wasn't my point. My point was tOSU fans - who will surely see it as such - would in fact have a very valid claim that theirs is both the better and the more deserving team.

But point in fact, like it or not, past performance DOES influence current rankings. If Bama hadn't won it all the past two years, FSU might will have been #1 for awhile now. Winston is a stud, they destroyed both Miami and Clemson, and Bama has been lackluster in winning.


Incredibly, we'll all be Duke fans this Pearl Harbor Day.
 
2013-12-01 10:43:39 AM  

dragonchild: I'm a Michigan alum and our season going nowhere (squeaking by Akron made that evident early on) made it easy to just kind of sit back and watch things play out, but this year we have Michigan State and Ohio State for the B1G championship, and in the BCS hunt it's Florida State, Ohio State and a bunch of one-loss SEC teams.  I'm not exactly a Pac-12 fan either but the most disappointing thing about Stanford's typical midseason stumbles is that there's no dark horse to root for in all this redneck madness.  Even driven by hatred of Ohio State, it'd kind of boring having absolutely nothing at stake in the BCS Popularity Contest.


Looking at the PAC-12 vs. the SEC, I argue that should Stanford win the PAC-12 while FSU, OSU, Auburn and Oklahoma State lose, they would get into the BCS title against Missouri despite 2 losses, that is if the BCS wants 2 conference champions playing instead of SEC rematches.

What's worse: having a 2-loss conference champion or a 1-loss conference runner-up in the BCS Title game?
 
2013-12-01 10:43:46 AM  
"OH MY GOD"
Was Joey Styles in the Auburn Booth?
 
2013-12-01 10:47:01 AM  

Kyle Butler: A no loss or one loss  winner of the SEC Championship game should be in the National Championship game every year.


you said championship twice
 
2013-12-01 10:52:44 AM  

dragonchild: Sillygoth: I particularly like the clip of Nick Saban screaming at his players, as though it's somehow their fault that 300 pound lineman can't chase down a speedy defensive back. Sorry Nick, this one's pretty much ALL on you.

Nick Saban is a notorious dick.  The main fanboi argument that his rampant oversigning isn't a scandal is because the NCAA allows it, as if that's the definition of ethical.

What makes this especially rich is that the only reason they kicked the field goal in the first place was because he lobbied to get a second put back on the scoreboard.  That usually doesn't happen, but it's hard to be mad given the sweet poetic justice of it all.  Alabama's chances were much better in OT but Saban got greedy.  At least Michigan's 2-point conversion made sense as there was no way they'd keep up with OSU's TD machine; their QB was playing injured and the defense was exhausted.


I actually thought Bama had no chance in OT.  After all, they'd gotten the ball inside the Auburn 30 three different times in the fourth quarter and came away with zero points

And the reason Saban was yelling at his players is because part of that play is to follow the kick downfield in case it's short.  They do it in practice every week.  But they all just stood and watched the ball, giving the returner a big head start and, since he took it down the opposite sideline, gave them all a long way to go to get to him.
 
2013-12-01 10:54:07 AM  
Someone needs to put some "BUT GAWD KING" audio over this play.
 
2013-12-01 10:58:32 AM  
Tell me you didn't just bust out laughing when that play happened.
 
2013-12-01 11:18:43 AM  
I'm a bit disappointed.  Thrilled the 'Noles will be #1, obviously, but I thought Bama-FSU would've been a hell of a title game.  Not that OSU or AU or Mizzou couldn't, but I think it would've been a lot of fun, even if we might've lost.
 
2013-12-01 11:22:41 AM  
You know, just so we're clear on this "luck" and "domination" business:
Last 10 Iron Bowls - Auburn 6, Alabama 4
Last 20 - Auburn 11 Alabama 9
Last 30 - Auburn 16 Alabama 14
 
2013-12-01 11:25:47 AM  
Would have caught the return guy:

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