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Diminished intensity

Auburn's struggles, Alabama's success has taken edge off Iron Bowl

Updated: November 21, 2012, 10:28 AM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- David Housel is as grounded an Auburn man as you'll find. He doesn't curse Harvey Updyke or fan the anti-Alabama flames. He applauds Nick Saban and even finds room to compliment the success of the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide. Age and distance have loosened the grip of fandom on the former Auburn University athletic director, bringing light to the blinding vitriol that often colors the Iron Bowl rivalry.

When Housel speaks, it's from a historical perspective. The old cliche ...

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