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Tim Brando understands that not everyone likes him, that some people are really, really going to dislike him. He knows that. He said so on the Paul Finebaum Show last Monday. What he didn’t say, but became apparent during his rant, was how much he really hates everyone who doesn’t belong to his elevated social class. But that’s okay, because last week he said as much on his own radio show, the ever-dull Timmy B show.

This is all very interesting to me because I used to support the guy. I genuinely thought he was a decent guy. I thought he had a crap show and was generally incompetent, but I thought he was a decent guy. Until Monday.

For starters, he attacked–on his own show–a blogger who made a tongue-in-cheek reference to Brando’s toupee and placed Brando at the top of his “Top Ten Media Wackos” list. He took that–what Brando considered to be a “personal attack” (give me a frikkin break you oversensitive sack of feelings)–and turned it into a tirade against all bloggers, explaining maniacally that bloggers are “what’s wrong with the world.” He said that the “Blogosphere is filled with nothing but hate.” He went on to call the blogger in questioncornpone” and said he “belonged in the bottom of a hole“–and he was screaming the entire time. Like a baby who wost his widdle bwanky. And it was an obviously tongue-in-cheek comment about the toupee, because there’s never been a toupee crafted that looked quite so much like a thin, furry banana combed over someone’s head.

The blogger pointed out that it was tongue-in-cheek, too, and Brando, in all his superiority, proclaimed (screamed) that he knew that–“Don’t you think I know that?!”–but refused to back down or apologize for his extremely personal and vicious attacks against the blogger.

In Brando’s mind, for anyone to have an opinion and write that opinion down in a public forum or broadcast that opinion over the airwaves, they must have a degree from a reputable journalism school. Like his degree in Television/Radio Management from Northeast Louisiana University. (I suppose if you don’t have a degree from Culinard you shouldn’t be allowed to cook, either. Should a person who is mechanically competent be allowed to change my oil without a degree? Or maybe there are jobs that should be done by lower class people who have no degrees, and leave the better jobs to the upper class folk who do have degrees. Brando should disperse this list as soon as he can so we all know where we should be allowed to work.) He believes they should be accountable to a degree calculated by him for the words they speak or write. Which is fine, but correct me if I’m wrong here–didn’t the print media get started in this country by a scattering of individual entrepreneurs who bought their own printing press and began writing their own commentary and opinions for distribution? How many of those entrepreneurs had degrees in journalism? Would media exist today without properly educated, degreed people to keep it afloat? How is it possible that the media exists at all if the original writers had no degrees in journalism or television management?

What you have here is a classic case of classism. Brando, blessed as he was with the resources to continue his education beyond high school and attend Podunk U, has decided that he’s better than those of us who didn’t have the same opportunity. Those of us who, like me, went to war for our country instead, because we lacked those resources for school, and learned a trade in the military to help us succeed in life. He believes he is of a better class of people than me.

I know an old man who lives down the road from me who never went to Agricultural school, and yet has run a successful cattle farm for over fifty years. One day a doctor from Birmingham was visiting the farm with his wife and two daughters. They were considering buying the farm (which wasn’t for sale) to build a house on. He had gotten so far into the process that he was walking around in a hay field trying to decide if the house should face this way or that way. Soon enough, the old man–who I worked for at the time–grabbed the doctor by the shirt collar and dragged him a good five feet away from where he was standing. The doctor screamed and flailed his arms, protesting like a child being dragged by his ear to the wood pile. The doctor shook his fist at the old man and yelled at him once he had his feet back under him, and stormed away, his wife and daughters in tow. The old man just shook his head and chuckled, then walked over and kicked the top off of the ant bed that had a distinct wing tip shoe impression buried right in the middle of it.

Point being: there are varying levels of intelligence and varying levels of expertise. If you think you’re better than everyone else because of your degree, then you are the one who is woefully incompetent. Truthfully, I would have considered your 30 years experience in your field a much more significant accomplishment and a better gauge of your expertise than the degree you got at Podunk U. But maybe that’s just me. My point is this: be careful, Tim, not to flaunt your superiority too often, or it’s possible no one will help you when you step into an ant bed.

You wailed at one point that the blogosphere was “filled with nothing but hate” and that’s as ignorant a statement as was spoken all day long. Spoken like a true uneducated dullard.

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It wasn’t so long ago–right before the ’08 season kicked off–that Auburn fans were praising theiry  head coach and arguing that he was the best coach in the SEC. They even argued that he was one of the top 5 coaches in the country. Better even than Nick Saban, they said, en masse.

Just look at his record, they cried. He’s averaged ten wins a season over the past five seasons, won one SEC championship, and beaten cross-state rival Alabama six consecutive years.

Oh, how times have changed. Now those same fans are calling for a change. It seems Tommy isn’t quite the coach they thought he was. Either that or they’re as fickle as the weather.

But the fact is that Tuberville is the same coach now as he’s always been. He’s good–not great. Tommy took a look at where his program was, what they’d accomplished, and decided it was time to make a change. Ten wins a year wasn’t good enough. One SEC championship in his ten-year tenure wasn’t good enough. And yes, they beat Alabama six straight years, but it was an Alabama team crippled by NCAA sanctions, suffering through a gloomy era.

Along came Nick Saban and suddenly the focus changed. People weren’t talking about Auburn’s dominance any more, they were talking about the return of the Tide to prominence. Suddenly Alabama had a stable of stud recruits, had in fact whipped Auburn on the recruiting front, and the future was looking less bright on the Plains. And, worse, in Auburn’s greatest era ever, the Golden Age on the Plains, LSU was suddenly the perennial favorite to win the West. Another team constructed by Auburn arch-rival Nick Saban. And now Nick was busy building a beast in Tuscaloosa. Things were coming to a head.

So Tuberville opted to make the change, betting in his riverboat gambler style that the spread offense was what they needed to get them over the hump and into contention for the SEC or maybe even the BCS championship. He did it because he wanted to score more points, as he pointed out in this press conference:

If we wanted to win eight, nine games, sometimes maybe win 10, we could have stayed with the two-back offense. But it’s hard to consistently pound and pound the ball. People were ganging up on us with eight, nine, 10 people in the box. Last year I can count on one hand how many big plays we had over 15, 20 yards. It’s tough to win just trying to play smash-mouth. Hopefully this offense is going to help us be able to score from long distance a little more often.

And there’s the dirty truth that, in retrospect, might be the death knell for Tubs. He wasn’t content to be in contention every year. He wanted to stir the pot, change things up, score more points, and…still be in contention every year, but with a different offense.

Enter Tony Franklin, to the ecstasy of the Auburn Nation. They racked up 423 yards in his first game, last year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl, against Clemson, the Auburn of the ACC. But those yards were gained in the hands of a seasoned senior quarterback, a point that Auburn Nation seemed to fail to realize was relevant, until this season, when that same offense was in the hands of JUCO transfer Chris Todd and limp-armed Kodi Burns.

Suddenly, Franklin’s vaunted offense seems frozen in time, unable to complete a pass, and the only success they enjoy comes when they line up in a two tight end, two tailback set, which is so not the spread offense Auburn Nation was promised.

But at this point, Auburn Nation would embrace a return to the days of bruising power football. They’re ready to chuck the “spread eagle,” and Tony Franklin–and maybe even Tommy Tuberville–off the nearest cliff they can find.

That’s a far cry from where we were just six quick weeks ago, when Auburn Nation was praising their head coach as the best in the SEC and one of the top 5 coaches in the entire country. Now, despite a winning record (4-2), it seems the blinds have suddenly been lifted from the eyes of the Aubies and they see Tuberville for his mistakes rather than for his triumphs, or, another way of saying it would be they they see him for the tattered many rather than for the tainted few.

The tainted few, you say? Well, sure. One SEC championship in ten years is a dubious accomplishment. Beating Bama for six straight years while they didn’t even have a full roster…sure, it’s an accomplishment, but again, tainted. And what else has he accomplished in his Auburn tenure? He’s averaged ten wins the past five seasons, and the scrapped the formula that accomplished that impressive feat. Along the way, Tommy’s had some impressive wins, but for every win in the Swamp or victory against Georgia, there’s been a loss against a team they had no business losing to.

And now coacheshotseat.com lists Tommy as the sixth most-likely coach to be fired.

Curiously, in his most recent press conference, Tuberville noted that they would stick with the spread offense, that they were dedicated to making it work, and that they could “see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The day before that press conference, former AU coach Pat Dye had a similar observation in an interview on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network: “You know what’s goin through the Auburn folks’ mind, they lookin’ down the road… There’s a light down there an it’s a freight train comin.”

That freight train is called the Crimson Tide.

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