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Ex-Auburn A.D. Preaches Competition, Not Hate In Iron Bowl Rivalry

Former Auburn athletic director and sports information director David Housel believes it’s time to ratchet down some of the hate in the Iron Bowl rivalry.  (Who doesn’t?)

Speaking at a quarterback club in Montgomery yesterday, Housel made it clear that he’s no fan of accused tree-poisoner Harvey Updyke, but he also believes Auburn fans need to move on from the poisoning at Toomer’s Corner:


“Some Auburn fans, who pull for the school I love, are starting to come across as tree-worshipers.  We’ve been rolling that corner for years, way before we started rolling those trees.  Some of our fans just need to get over it and move on.  There’s much more to Auburn than two oak trees.”

Housel also believes that a classless act during last year’s Iron Bowl actually helped illuminate what’s right with the Iron Bowl rivalry:

“You know, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ (played on the PA as a gig at Cam Newton) and all that.  But you know what?  The guy who did that was fired the next day.  I thought that was a fine statement made by the University of Alabama about what this rivalry can and should be about.  I thought Alabama showed real class there.  There’s no room for hate.  There’s room for competition, but there’s no room for hate.”

No room for hate?  Apparently Housel doesn’t listen to Paul Finebaum’s show very often.

 


8 comments
Jackson
Jackson

Yeah, Housel is a big reason why there is as much hate in this rivalry. Auburn fans and national bloggers (such as the author of this site) have a tendency to make the current issues Alabama-centric. They completely discount what Auburn fans have done over the last decade as being completely irrelevant. Housel's grand discourse on how Alabama was an evil empire that Auburn was taking down (a very common theme among Auburn fans for the last 3 decades, btw) and how Auburn was invading Birmingham and taking children from Alabama families, etc. was emblematic of the common behavior of Auburn fans over the last decade. Auburn fans' constant threats of boycotts of various media outlets/commercial entities are rarely commented on as are their attempts to get the aforementioned Mr. Finebaum banned from their campus. Not to say that Alabama fans aren't equally to be blamed for the issues in this rivalry, but I am really rather sick of this site, among many others, portraying Auburn fans/administrators as innocent victims. ...and before you say "I don't do that" then you might want to cast a comprehensive gaze over your links over the history of your Iron Bowl vitriol bashing & check to see that they aren't overwhelmingly slanted anti-Alabama. I think you will find that you have, possibly unintentionally, been part of the problem you rail against.

Also, get over the Finebaum bashing. I don't particularly care for the callers so much, myself (I think they more often than not embarass everyone in the state of Alabama), but he's one dude w/ a radio show. If all of the people who constantly kvetch & moan about his show simply ceased listening to it then it would fold up shop. I don't think you have much room to talk about sensationalist journalism given how invested you were a while back in the T-town Menswear nonsense. You fall very much into the Finebaum camp yourself with a generally good cross-section of articles punctuated by going on a bender into the ridiculous. That comes with editorialism, no doubt, but that's little different than Finebaum's gerrymandered caller acceptance patterns, IMO.

rob o
rob o

He (Housel) did more to incite this hate than any other Alabama or Auburn Official. Listen to his Diatribe about stealing kids and all that other baloney he put out on the radio a few years ago. I guess he's feeling guity about all the hate he has stirred up. The best thing for David Housel is to go crawl in a hole and disappear. This rivalry (nor Auburn) needs him anymore

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

And by the way, David Housel is kind of crazy himself. Anyone remember his speech to the Auburn nation a few years ago?

Maybe he learned from that, but who knows.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I used to like Finebaum's show and then more and more it became just a bunch of crazy rednecks calling in to slam whoever it was they were pissed off at. It gets old listening to that type of trash everyday. There's hardly ever anything of intelligence to digest and think about. I'm passionate about college football like a lot of people in the South, but there's a difference between that and someone who literally has nothing else to live for. Assuming the people who call into that show aren't purely doing it for entertainment purposes then I pity anyone who actually lives like that.

jamie
jamie

If you don't like the Finebaum show, you're not in on the joke. He's got the most entertaining sports show on the radio. BY FAR. There's a reason he's gone nationwide.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

jamie...

It's very entertaining if you like to hear one angry, insulting, conspiracy-theorist after another call in to trash either Auburn or Alabama.

But, personally, I don't enjoy hearing the same angry people yell at each other everyday. I get the joke. But I don't think it's funny.

As I've stated before, Paul Finebaum is a sharp guy. I don't think he needs to be radio's version of Jerry Springer.

As far as his going nationwide being proof of his quality, you do realize that McDonald's is tops in terms of American restaurant sales, right?

But the comment in the story above wasn't a knock on Finebaum's show in the first place. It was merely a statement of fact that if you want to hear "hate" in the Iron Bowl rivalry, you only need listen to that show. Obviously, there's plenty of room for hate in that rivalry.

John

Jamie
Jamie

Finebaum is really knowledgeable and has better guests than you'll hear anywhere else. Other than that, I guess it's just a matter of taste. I'm a life-long Bama fan and I love to hear Tammy call in and bash everything Alabama.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

jamie...

Yeah, and I'd pay money to NOT listen to the Tammys of the world. Again, I think Finebaum is sharp and talented. I think he could do a show with more guests, more insight and less screaming callers. But that's just me. His accountants would likely argue.

John

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