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Iron Bowl is a 'whole different deal'

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08:25 AM ET 11.25 | The NCAA title implications of Alabama-Auburn have ushered in a time where the Iron Bowl has become one of the most significant grudge matches on the calendar each year. How would Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen explain this rivalry to an alien? "It's really like World War III," he said. "It's just two teams that dislike each other a lot -- respect each other a lot, but dislike each other a lot -- and fans that take it over the top." ... Blood still spills, literally, perhaps now more than ever. "It's the most physical game you're going to play in every year," said Alabama center William Vlachos, a fifth-year senior. "Last year, I came off the field just bleeding out of my mouth, my hands were bleeding. ... Alabama- Auburn, it's a whole different deal."

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November 25, 2011  08:42 AM ET

I know records can usually be thrown out in rivalry games, but Auburn can't beat Bama unless Bama beats Bama.

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November 25, 2011  08:56 AM ET

Bama by 3 touchdowns.

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November 25, 2011  09:33 AM ET
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Bama by 3 touchdowns.

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November 25, 2011  09:33 AM ET

The elephants

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November 25, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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and offense 3 td's.

?Surely they are going to allow the Auburn defense on the field...

and yeah, I am calling your Shirley.

November 25, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Gezz whatever i greet an alien i say, Live long and prosper.

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November 25, 2011  10:23 AM ET
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No wait, you are not Laverne, I know you, Squiggy.How have you been Squiggy?

If I'm Squiggy, then you are Fish from Barney Miller!

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November 25, 2011  10:37 AM ET
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Bama by 3 touchdowns.

Bama by at least 3 touchdowns. Maybe 5. Last year's was the most humiliating Iron Bowl loss in Tide history. Worse than Punt Bama Punt because it lead to an MNC for Auburn.

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November 25, 2011  10:52 AM ET

This is the same boiler plate article we see every year during rivalry week. "Blood spilled ... bones rattles ... bragging rights settled ... hatred runs deep .... outsiders can't understand ... blah blah blah..."

When it comes to "rivalry week" the journalists just mail it in. Last night on ESPN the 3 talking heads used all the worn out cliches trying to make the game more than it really was.

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