Dec 072013
 
Alabama place kicker Cade Foster (43) hits a personal best on his 53-yard field goal against Ole Miss. (Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com)

Alabama place kicker Cade Foster (43) hits a 53-yard field goal against Ole Miss. (Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com)

By Finebaum Fan.

(Updated)

David Pollack, ESPN College GameDay analyst, is feeling the “Twitter wrath” of  fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

After Bowling Green University’s Tyler Tate kicked a career-long 52 yard field goal against Northern Indiana University in the MAC Championship game, Pollack tweeted:

Pollack was making reference to the performance of Alabama’s kicking game in the “Iron Bowl” last week against the Auburn Tigers.

The tweet did not go unnoticed by members of the number four ranked Crimson Tide – including kicker Cade Foster who responded:

Pollack did a little backpedaling:

Too little, too late. The backlash from the tweet was almost immediate. Tide quarterback, A.J. McCarron, was quick to back Foster:

Other teammates stepped up to defend and reassure Foster:

 

 

 

 

There are more, but you get the picture. Fans were eager to respond to Pollack’s tweet as well.

There were others, even a few Auburn faithful, who joined the conversation:

 

 

It is interesting to note that Pollack did not “tweet” when Tate’s previous 26 yard field goal attempt was missed or when Tate’s following extra point attempt was blocked.

Overall, for the game, Tate was 2 for 3 in field goals and 5 of 6 in extra points.

Had he done his research, Pollack would have known that Foster had hit a 53 yard field goal against Ole Miss earlier this season – one yard longer than Tate’s.

Pollack’s tweet stated, “This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+”.

In reality, Tate’s longest career field goal was the 52 yarder against Northern Indiana.  It is also his ONLY successful field goal from beyond 50 yards.

Cade Foster has never missed an extra point during his career at Alabama.  He is a perfect 63 for 63.

Thousands of Alabama and Auburn fans joined together to support Foster after he received numerous insults and even death threats to his Twitter account during and after the “Iron Bowl”.

A facebook page supporting Foster has received 86,000 likes to date.

The Twitter tag #BamaFansForCade still resonates throughout the “Twitterverse”.

Perhaps this Twitter user put it best:

Judging from these comments, it’s pretty clear that Bama doesn’t wish for “a FG kicker”.  They seem to be pretty happy with the one they have.



Nov 302013
 

2013 Iron BowlIt is officially “Iron Bowl” Saturday – the annual slugfest between cross-state rivals –  the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn University Tigers.

Hers is a sampling of the conversation on Twitter.

Join in with the Twitter hashtag #ironbowl.

Nov 292013
 

 

Lee Fitting, ESPN College GameDay Producer

Lee Fitting, ESPN College GameDay Producer

By Finebaum Fan.

Lee Fitting, is the Senior Coordinating Producer for College Sports Studio Shows for ESPN.

He is also one of the few who has the ability to render Paul Finebaum speechless.

Fitting joined Finebaum at the student center on the campus of Auburn University during a remote broadcast of “The Paul Finebaum Show” which was broadcast on Friday prior to “Iron Bowl 2013”.

Apparently, Finebaum was laughing so hard that, more than once, Fitting reversed roles with him to remind listeners that they were tuned to the show.

Said Finebaum on air (while choking back tears of laughter), “This has been my favorite interview of the football season.”

Finebaum’s self proclaimed “best caller”, “Jim from Tuscaloosa”, has been openly critical of Fitting and the past GameDay celebrity pickers.

Listen to Lee patronize “Jim from Tuscaloosa”:

Play Iron Bowl 2013: Lee Fitting, GameDay Producer, Joins Paul Finebaum

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Oct 042013
 

From MiamiHerald.com by Joseph Goodman.

Excerpt:

Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin

And here’s another disturbing anecdote of ESPN perhaps having too much power. On ESPN’s  College GameDay last Saturday, the network called for Southern California coach Lane Kiffin to be fired in the form of a poorly written and ill conceived prepared statement by radio buffoon Paul Finebaum. Kiffin was fired less than 24 hours later.

Never mind that Kiffin was trying to coach a team limited by extremely harsh scholarship reductions with inexperienced quarterbacks who were having a tough time absorbing USC’s complicated offensive system. Finebaum, with a flimsy monologue short on substance that read like it was scribbled on a cocktail napkin between sips of fruity drinks, called Kiffin the Miley Cyrus of college football. A few hours later, Kiffin’s boss, an actual Rhodes scholar no less, was pressured into firing his coach.

Southern Cal, by the way, plays most of its games on Fox.

Aug 312013
 

From BleacherReport.com by Mike Chiari.

ESPN signed sports writer and personality Paul Finebaum back in May in hopes that the opinionated and controversial analyst would spice up its programming. He made his College GameDay debut on Saturday with guns blazing as he called former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik the worst head coach to ever win a national championship:

.@finebaum calls Gene Chizik “worst head coach to ever win a Nat’l Championship” in first minute of his @CollegeGameDay debut. Here we go.

— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) August 31, 2013

Finebaum has never been shy about saying what is on his mind, and he set the bar pretty high this time. While spewing vitriol right out of the gates might rub some people the wrong way, it’s tough to argue with Finebaum’s assertion.

In six seasons as an FBS head coach with Iowa State and Auburn, Chizik posted just one double-digit-winning campaign. He had a 5-19 record with the Cyclones before being named the Tigers head coach prior to the 2009 season.

Chizik led Auburn to an 8-5 record that year, but the team took a huge step forward in 2010 when quarterback Cam Newton led the Tigers to an undefeated 14-0 season and a national championship.

Newton was drafted No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 draft, which caused Auburn to revert back to 8-5 form. There were hopes for a bounce-back season in 2012, but Chizik and the Tigers hit rock bottom as they went 3-9, including an 0-8 mark in the SEC.

Because of that, Chizik was fired just two years removed from a national title. Auburn was so desperate to move on that it was willing to pay a huge contract buyout in order to do so. Auburn has since hired Gus Malzahn as its new head coach, while Chizik is left without a coaching job.

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