Auburn University’s Tigers now are 11-0 on the football season, thanks largely to the adventures of one Cam Newton, whose integrity has been challenged over and over the past few weeks, it’s amazing how much pressure that kid must be under. With the Iron Bowl less than two weeks away, look for behind the scenes work of the Alabama Machine to be doing everything it can to get the NCAA to find some reason to sideline Newton for the annual fare. Alabama, who was riding the Second Coming of Saben until their two SEC defeats to South Carolina and LSU earlier this season dashed all hopes of a fourteenth national championship this year, would like nothing better than to beat Auburn on Nov. 26th, and their odds of doing that go up if Newton isn’t in the game.
And miracle of miracles, The Dallas Cowboys won game 2 yesterday against the New York Giants, who many, up until about 5 p.m. EST yesterday, were thinking was the best team in the NFL.
Of course, everything is attributed to the coaching change from Wade Philips to Interim Head Coach Jason Garrett. The sports talking heads were in disbelief when they were quoting the dramatic turn arounds in Valley Ranch this past week, like showing up to meetings on time.
To his credit, Jon Kitna played a good game yesterday. And one would have to look long and hard to find a reason to substitute him with Stephen McGee, but the question of whether he should be kept on staff for next year remains. Kitna, at 38, only has so much time left in him. Seriously, Brett Favre is 41 and having a doozy of a year, and he’s Brett Favre. Kitna is not Favre.
So congrats to Jerry Jones for doing something reasonably intelligent. With the win yesterday, I’m sure he’s getting a reprieve from the arguments that he should step down as GM and get out of the way. For now that’s going to be the case. If the high of Garrett doesn’t transcend Week One, it’s just going to get started again, with greater furry.
But for now, Cowboys fans and Auburn fans can savor in the joy of their recent successes. The Cowboys have won two games so far this season. All in all, that’s not a whole lot to be proud of. Auburn now continues to deal with the furry of whether or not Cam Newton’s old man bought him his way into high cotton football.
And all that makes for the excitement that is in sports.