A-Day Is a Time for Fun; Nothing More

By Posted on: April 14th, 2014 in Football 4 Comments »
A-Day

Saturday is another one of those milestones. A-Day means we are one step closer to the start of the 2014 college football season. As writer Phillip Marshall noted over the weekend, there are lots of things to do this Saturday, just don’t expect to learn much about the Auburn football team.

“You can tailgate like it was an October Saturday,” writes Marshall. “You can go to the bookstore and buy souvenirs. You can visit the raptor center. You can show your kids where you lived and explain to them that you were a dedicated student who never stayed out later than 9 p.m. You can walk by the new dorms on Donahue Drive and marvel at all the construction that is under way on campus. You can drink lemonade at Toomer’s Drugstore.

“You can do all those things and more. But one thing you can’t do is get any real idea about what is going to happen next season by watching the spring game.”

Amen to that Phillip.

Historically A-Day hasn’t been a place for breakout performances from future stars. Cam Newton barely made an appearance in 2010. Last year gave no indication of what was ahead.

With last year’s seniors gone and this year’s freshmen in the midst of prom season, look for a lot of names on the field that won’t be making cameos this fall.

If you remember to do only one thing, be sure to print out an A-Day roster before walking in the stadium. Forget it, and it’ll feel like you’re sitting at an Arena football game without beer.

The biggest question this week is whether Auburn will top last year’s attendance of 83,000 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. With the game falling on Easter Weekend, it may prove difficult.

If you are planning on attending, there’s lot to do before and after the game. Bo Jackson will be leading his Bo Bikes Bama ride through Auburn starting at 9:30 a.m. and originating from the Jules Collins Smith Museum.

At halftime they’ll honor last year’s SEC Championship Team. Following the game, they’ll be an autograph session on the field that will run for approximately one hour. If you are still looking for more, Auburn baseball is in action at Plainsman Park where they host South Carolina.

Saturday is a day to bring the family and take in Auburn, with less of an emphasis on football. And that’s OK. A-Day at Auburn is always special. Coming off last year’s incredible run, this weekend will be a day to celebrate and look ahead.

It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

See you Saturday.

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  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Good points, Jay. I left last year’s A-Day wondering how bad we’d be at quarterback, and how we’d score points. The offense did very little. This year, I’m expecting more offense, because of the experience returning on that side of the ball. And again, it will mean little come September.

  2. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    The Louisiana/Mississippi contengent is getting ready to roll to Auburn Friday. We have tickets to the baseball game and we sure hope the weather holds off. A-Day is a fun time. We were there last year and I was able to tour the veterinary college and see all the improvements that have been made since I was there in the 60′s. It was a “WOW” day for me. What really struck me was the fact that most of the buildings have the names of my professors and dean on them! I guess that’s a sign of age.

    We’re looking forward to seeing the baseball team in action. They are not yet of championship caliber but they are sure getting close and with seven freshmen starting that last game against the bammers and just losing in the ninth, things are looking up indeed.

    AR, we felt the same as you after last year’s A-Day game. The wonderful crowd made up for it and look how the season turned out! Our “Coaches” consensus was to eek out about 7 wins and get a minor bowl! Were we off the mark?!? Here’s hoping for this year!

    IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIB BLUE !!!

    BEAT THE CHICKENS !!!

  3. ATL_AU_FAN says:

    It is a great time of the year and a great day to be in Auburn — Like others, I don’t have expectations of really “seeing” anything game or roster related. But any day to tailgate in AU is a good day!

    War Eagle!!

  4. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    My arse will be in a plastic chair in Plainsman on Friday and in a metal bench on Saturday…