Couple of observations:
1. Tubbs didn't put anyone on notice... What was he supposed to say? "I'm concerned we'll shit the bed and fail to communicate?"
2. The shoe can be extremely loud, but it doesn't happen as often as we like to think. Personally, the 2002 gamble return is the loudest I've ever heard it. I wasn't at the USC game, but have been there for all other night games, save Va Tech this year.
That return was louder than when we secured the title shot against Michigan later on that year... The Tostitos flowed that night and it was grand.
3. I went to the iron bowl in Shula's last season (astute readers will notice something here). My buddy and future business partner at the time is a huge AU fan, from Jasper AL. I had promised him for years that I would go. I couldn't believe how loud it was. And these were two teams going nowhere. Granted, it was the iron bowl, but I had been to several "The Games" and never heard a stadium that loud. I've been to HV, AA, and Madison (thanks you a-hole lee Evans!) and was embarrassed at how loud a stadium in the south gets with two bullshit teams compared to up here, although I never confessed it at the time.
It is different in some places, that's all.
Our tailgating wins the cake compared to T-town (and anywhere else for that matter), hands down. But stadium hostility isn't even a factor for us, normally. Which is why teams march in to the shoe and beat us at night more regularly than most want to believe.
But we normally win with more talent. And I prefer that. Remember, Miss St allows cowbells for crying out loud... How well has that noise worked over their history?