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Auburn's Dirty Play

November 20, 2010

Russ brought these compilation videos of Auburn's Nick Fairley to my attention in the comments section of our SEC picks last week.  He probably thought watching them might make me feel better after last week's Georgia-Auburn game--they didn't.  I still believe that anytime Auburn is undefeated it's a sure sign that there's something amiss with college football, and it may not have anything to do with pay for play scandals.




Now, I'm definitely biased because I'm a Georgia fan, but these plays suggest to me that Nick Fairley is a dirty player and if he's not dirty, he's definitely living on that line.  I'm not sure the Georgia offensive linemen should have retaliated against him.  It makes it feel like they sunk down to Fairley's level, but I'm not sure what a group of linemen are supposed to do when they've watched a guy not just go after their quarterback but go head hunting on multiple plays.

Is Fairley talented?  Extremely.  But he's also putting others and himself at risk with the savage manner in which he plays.  When a guy like this begins to develop a reputation, almost anything he does will be deemed dirty and the players of other teams will watch him through a lens of "if this guy so much as breathes on my quarterback, I'm coming after him."  But it's not just other players that will watch Fairley more closely: it's the refs as well.  Because of his play, number ninety is now under a microscope with the Iron Bowl coming up, and one has to think that the SEC can not continue to let him maim quarterbacks in this manner.



In the above video, it's possible that Aaron Murray and Nick Fairley's face masks got tangled together, but because of Fairley's reputation, it isn't difficult to imagine that he's intentionally bearing down on Murray's helmet as a means of taunting.  And that's the problem with Fairley's play, it makes everything he does questionable, and while Auburn thoroughly outplayed Georgia in the last three quarters of the South's oldest rivalry last week, Fairley's conduct escalated the hostilities in the game to the point where two of his teammates will now miss the first half of their game against Alabama for throwing punches.  Fairley's play is hurting his own team, and this pattern of play goes beyond the Georgia game, as shown by the following play against LSU:



Auburn is currently being investigated for whether or not it paid Heisman Trophy candidate Cam Newton to play at their school, but sometimes being a dirty program is as much about what you do on the field and not just what you do off of it.

5 comments:

Russ said...

What pisses you off more Bryan, this or Colin Cowherd's comments on John Wall?

November 20, 2010 at 11:20 AM
Langston said...

What has been knocked into his head since he was probably 5 or 6? Your job is to punish the QB. In his mind, he's just doing his job.

November 20, 2010 at 11:38 AM
Teach said...

Russ: I'm going with this because, ultimately, Colin Cowherd is going to be the only one hurt by his John Wall comments--idiot that he is.

November 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM
Langston said...

Word is Colin Cowherd hates Skip Bayless. Partly because when they hoop it up Skip calls fouls all-the-time, even on touch fouls. But mostly because he hates that Skip is more likable as the insufferable douche on the wrong side of every debate.

November 21, 2010 at 10:44 PM
Teach said...

The excessive celebration penalty on Fairley against Bama today, that set up the 21-0 lead, was a direct result of how Fairley conducted himself in the Georgia game. If you conduct yourself in a certain manner, right or wrong, you wind up shortening the rope that the refs will allow you. Reputations matter.

November 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

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