It was fitting perhaps that just as the long-awaited Heisman Trophy ceremony was coming on television from New York and Cameron Newton would finally get his moment in the sun, the ESPN ticker below the screen went from black to red and a more momentous story had broken.
Remember the scene with Captain Louis Renault in Casablanca?
Whoever thought we would have to borrow some cheese-ball lyrics from a mothballed Whitney Houston song to best describe what lies directly ahead for Auburn? Simply put, it really is "one moment in time."
It's difficult to think about the Iron Bowl without playing the "what if" game.
Is it possible that the Cam Newton controversy is the biggest story in college football history?
Considering the state of the media today, one is never shocked by what some people in the business say and do. It's a badly battered business, and many of us have been guilty of pushing the envelope and rushing to judgment.
Nick Saban, would you please pick up the white courtesy phone? Your three weeks in the bat cave are over. Open your eyes slowly because the bright lights are about to hit you like a blinding comet at midnight.
It is a month from today, and if you don't have a ticket, forget about it. Or you could pay through the nose, ears, eyes or perhaps get some government bailout money to be able to afford a ticket.
Taking in the spectacular scene Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, it was difficult to avoid thinking back two years to a similar game against Arkansas. It was an ugly day and an even uglier game, watching Tommy Tuberville's career go down in flames.