Nobody asked for my opinion, but I’m going to give it anyway.
In 1983, I started my freshman year at Auburn. I loved Auburn, because my dad and my brother went to Auburn. I don’t remember making a conscious decision to attend; it was just going to happen. I still love Auburn.
I probably became football-aware several years prior to this. Since that time, I am certain that I could count on one hand the number of times that I have not been at least aware of an Auburn football game while it was being played. By that, I mean that I have either been in attendance, watched on television, listened on the radio, or otherwise looked for real-time updates. That’s thirty plus years of Fall Saturdays dedicated to Auburn football.
Everybody knows we don’t have much of a chance against Georgia today. I picked against Auburn in the Yahoo pool. That’s not being a bad fan, it’s just being a realist. I don’t know what the right decision is with our head coach and athletic director. I have my opinions; so do all of you.
Here is what I do know: Win or lose today, I will still be an Auburn fan. I will watch the game until the end, like I always do. I will still read about them tomorrow in the paper and on the internet. I will follow them for the rest of the year, and I will follow all of the off season nonsense just like everybody else. Regardless of whether we keep or fire our coaches, and regardless of who we might get as a replacement, I will continue to be a fan.
As hard as it is to believe sometimes, Auburn is a lot more than football. I owe my livelihood to the degree I got a Auburn. I met my wife at Auburn. I still have relationships with some of my closest friends, whom I met at Auburn. Auburn is a big deal in my life.
All of this is said to make one point…..I’ve read more than a couple of comments on this site the past several weeks saying, to paraphrase, “if we don’t do this or that, I will never support Auburn again, or I will never attend another game, or I will etc”. My response is….good riddance, and don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out. If that is your attitude, then you are not a fan.
Critical comments are great, opinions matter, and you don’t have to like everybody. But at the end of the day, you either love Auburn or you don’t. If you do, I will respect your comments, even if I don’t agree with them and / or challenge them. But if you don’t, save us all some time and energy and go somewhere else. War Eagle.