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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top 10 Reason #3: War Eagle!

War Eagle! photo from Google images

It's the most majestic of beginnings in all of American football. Nothing anyone can do will compare.

We are talking about the flight of the Auburn Eagle before the start of each home football game. If you have never seen the pregame flight of these beautiful creatures in this atmosphere, be sure to put it on your bucket list of things to do. You will not be disappointed. 

As the winged predator circles the field, looking for its prey, the crowd is going berserk in a unified yell of "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaar" (WAR) and as the Eagle makes its landing the crowd yells "Eagle, Hey!"

 

This is why the flight of the War Eagle, is #3 on our Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.

35 Seconds with Kareem Canty

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to be Excited #4: Gus Malzahn

PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK IMAGES. ARTIST UNKNOWN

We have started a series of Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.  Previously discussed on our list, in order:

10 - Sammie Coates
9 - Auburn Marching Band
8 - Jordan-Hare Stadium
7 - Tailgating Experience

6 - Auburn Arena  
5 - Toomer's Corner

 This next installment we look to Auburn's head football coach, Gus Malzahn. Gus has Auburn fans everywhere excited about the direction of the program under his leadership. 

After turning to Gus to lead the Auburn football program in 2013, the Tigers nearly won it all in Pasadena, California last January.

Gus then set out to keep his entire staff intact and keep them happy. Mission accomplished!

Recruiting was fantastic as Auburn signed one of the better classes in its storied history. This group of young men will compliment the returning Tigers exceptionally well.

All of this has us looking forward to seeing the Tigers play, and that is why Coach Gus Malzahn is one of the Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.

WAR EAGLE!

Top 10 Reasons: #5 Toomer's Corner

Toomer's Corner. photographer unknown

There is a meeting place for our family. We meet here for all the glorious reasons of celebration. National Championships have been celebrated here for all of Auburn's sports from Equestrian to Football, to Swimming and Diving. 

We have started a series of Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.  Previously discussed on our list, in order:

10 - Sammie Coates
9 - Auburn Marching Band
8 - Jordan-Hare Stadium
7 - Tailgating Experience

6 - Auburn Arena 

A unique part of our celebration is the rolling of our meeting place with toilet paper. Far from the only school to ever do this, Auburn has perfected it. Much to the chagrin of our rivals, we have special media coverage almost every season at a place where no sporting event takes place. 

Our meeting place has suffered fires, vandalism, and even the poisoning of our beautiful trees, and none of that has deterred our celebratory spirit in this place. It is hallowed ground to all of the Auburn family. We will one day again, roll our trees in celebration. Until that time we happily gather at Toomer's Corner. #5 on our Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.

War Eagle!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Top 10 Reasons: #6 Auburn Arena

photo by Jay G. Tate

We are listing our Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football. Previously discussed on our list, in order:

10 - Sammie Coates
9 - Auburn Marching Band
8 - Jordan-Hare Stadium
7 - Tailgating Experience

Whenever I am in Auburn, and the Arena is open, I'm going inside. It houses our walking museum, and where the most beautiful basketball court in the country is. 

You can see Heisman Trophy(s) and a Crystal football. The Auburn Creed comes to life in its display. 

And soon it will be where the best basketball team in the SEC plays, thanks in large part to our new basketball coach Bruce Pearl. 

There are concessions available and the Auburn memorabilia store located there is the very best on campus.

So, without hesitation I will list the Auburn Arena as one of my Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.

War Eagle!

Auburn University Cheerleaders Take on Ice Water Challenge

Top 10 Reasons: #7 Tailgating

photo via Google Images

In 1994 I had the privilege of being at the LSU game known as "The Interception Game." As I was sitting in the section that was allocated for the visiting fans, my friend and I were surrounded by LSU fans.

After Brian Robinson returned his interception for a pick six, the place where I was sitting became a little too uncomfortable.  We decided to leave. 

Fortunately for us, I had brought along my radio headset so I could listen to Jim Fyffe and company during halftime. So, as we entered into the tunnel, I tuned into the end of the game. Out thru the gate and into the street we went, all along, I was relaying to my friend the play by play as Jim called it. 

Soon, we were being surrounded by Auburn fans wanting to know what was going on, and I kept getting louder with my relay of the Jim Fyffe calls. When Chris Schelling made the final interception in the Auburn end of the field, there seemed like there were at least a hundred of us dancing in the middle of the intersection. 

We had more than a few invitations to join folks at their tailgate location, and so began my introduction to the Auburn Family tailgate.

Since then many things have changed, except one constant. The open arms of the Auburn. Just stop by almost any tailgate, and start talking to the families, or groups of people and you soon will be invited to join in on the entire experience. 

In recent years I have joined my buddy Paul and his wonderful family at their tailgate before each game Always welcoming me with open arms. 

Last season I had the pleasure of joining Marsha, Bill and their family at their tailgate. Once again proving the hospitality of the Auburn tailgating experience. 

There is nothing else like it. Proving without a shadow of a doubt that Auburn Tailgating is one of the Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.

WAR EAGLE!