(As they say, it cain't wait.)
You may recall a certain chart I made.
Now don't get me wrong, it's a fine chart in my humble opinion. But I discovered how it could be improved. It's so simple - what makes anything better? Less Be'r Bry'nt. So I subtracted his years out of the equation. Nod your head to this:
Do the math: one post-WWII Iron Bowl minus Paul Bear Bryant equals sheer domination.*
Bama fans will likely say I'm ignoring reality, and that like-it-or-not, Bryant left his indelible mark on the series and I can't just minus him out with all them ciphers. But I'm not ignoring reality, I'm just, shall we say, illuminating it. The chart doesn't lie. Bear Bryant's tenure at Alabama resulted in a huge deficit for Auburn to overcome, but we are overcoming it. At times, we have fought to a standstill, or taken momentary setbacks, but the pre-war trend continues intact.
The reality is that Auburn is winning. Without Bryant, they are nothing.
*Yes, I know this gets rid of Doug Barfield entirely. Sue me.