Undoubtedly by now you’ve seen the emails and announcements proclaiming Saturday night’s game with Florida an “All Auburn, All Orange” game. Is that really necessary? Maybe I’m missing something but I’ve been to virtually every home game since Tommy Tuberville made his plea for fans to wear orange and I’d have to say that 99.9% of the stadium is in orange – for better or worse.
Aren’t all games now “All Orange?” Here’s what part of the university press release says…
One home game during each sport season and all nationally televised home football games will be designated as an “All Auburn, All Orange” event. At each designated event, fans will be encouraged to wear orange.
Fans may purchase an “All Auburn, All Orange” t-shirt at Auburn area retail outlets, as well as on-line at www.auburntigersshop.com. T-shirts will also be available for purchase on game day at novelty stands located in and around Jordan-Hare Stadium. A percentage from each shirt sold will benefit Tiger Habitat, the Habitat for Humanity program at Auburn University.
Do you know what the key word there is? Percentage. “A percentage from each shirt sold will benefit Tiger Habitat.” How much of a percentage? How much is the university and the vendor making? This kind of stuff drives me crazy.
Wasn’t it enough that Tuberville made me buy all new orange shirts a few years back? I mean, crap I probably had a thousand dollars worth of perfectly good blue ones. And to make matters worse, I had to go out this year and buy over-priced, under performing, Under Armour shirts and hats. I mean, I’ve got to be cool. I can’t be caught dead wearing a Russell Athletics shirt. That’s so last year.
And wouldn’t it make sense now to have an all Auburn, all blue game? People have been asking about having a throwback weekend. Why don’t us fans have one? Besides, we’re playing Florida and don’t they wear orange?
I like what Coach Dye said when someone asked him about wearing orange jerseys. He said that would never happen on his watch because Auburn’s colors are navy blue trimmed in orange, not orange trimmed in navy blue. I think us fans should follow that advice at least once a season – for old times sake.