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LES MILES IS NOT A NAIL!

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Fresh off a difficult win over Florida, Les Miles addressed the media in the bowels of Tiger Stadium. Towards the end of his press conference, Someone asked how it felt to "hammer" Florida as opposed to being the "Nail" in last year's game. Miles took issue with last year's performance being described in that manner and expressed his displeasure as only he can (8:45 mark of above video)

I got a question for you. It was a 14-6 game. We played our ass off. And how anybody could pick a hammer and the nail, when in fact that hammer or that nail or whatever in the hell you’ve got picked…We catch a ball down there, we take the lead, we turn it over, I mean, explain to me how Kevin Minter, who sets damn near the career tackle record in that game, how anybody could ever say hammer and the nail? Here’s what happens. Two very quality teams take the field and compete like a son of a bitch for victory. You know what? It’s not a hammer and a nail relationship. It’s an opportunity for an opponent to be equal, and to raise their level of play in such a fashion that they win. And that’s how this thing works, that in fact you respect the opponent and he’s not the hammer and he’s not the frickin’ nail, okay? He’s the opponent. You understand? I’m just letting you know, I resent that. I resent the fact that suddenly, we were nailed. You got it? I mean honest to Pete’s. Shit we’re a pretty good team last year. I thought we played like a son of a bitch in that statement. I felt differently than the nail, so you know.

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Transcript via Cody Worsham of TigerRag

The whole press conference is pretty great, as Les relaxes and lets some NSFW language fly