Saturday, January 19, 2008

Snow in Auburn

It’s snowing in Auburn…and from the looks of it on TV; it’s been coming down hard.

I remember during my four years at Auburn, I believe it snowed once. It was winter quarter and I had a 7:00 a.m. swimming class. (Don’t knock it. I lost over 10 pounds that quarter.) I walked over to class. The professor was there to let us know that the class had been cancelled. If I remember correctly, the snow melted by 8:30.

From the looks of what I saw on TV, it didn’t look like the snow would go away soon.

The same can be said for the Auburn men’s b-ball team.

The reason I saw the snow in Auburn is that Auburn played Ole Miss on Fox Sports South this evening. Ole Miss came into Auburn with a #18 ranking and a 15-1 record (2-1 in the SEC). Their only loss was to a Top Ten Tennessee team (the men’s, not the women’s).

Auburn came into the game beat up. Extremely thin due to injuries, the team has no height and no back-ups. They start four guards, for pete’s sake. In the first week of the SEC season, they loss a close battle in a Thursday night game to Arkansas, then played gamely on Saturday against Florida, before running out of gas. With Alabama playing equally poorly, the B’ham Times’ Kevin Scarbinsky wrote that the only thing keeping Auburn and Alabama from both having 0-fer conference seasons is that they were playing each other.

What a difference a week makes!

Auburn has reeled off two straight wins with a come from behind blowout at LSU and then an upset of Ole Miss.

Admittedly, as well as Auburn played and holding a five-pint lead in the final minute, I didn’t let myself breathe easier until less than ten seconds to go. Last year, Auburn went into Oxford late in the season with an outside shot at the SEC West crown. Leading by two possessions with less than a minute to go, Auburn turned over both the ball and the game…and with it the Division title. Ole Miss won the West Division with a 9-7 record. Auburn finished 7-9 and in 4th.

Now I have but one question…has Toomer’s ever been rolled in the snow?

War Eagle!!!

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