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A Clothing Conundrum

By on September 26th, 2013 in Football, Memories 13 Comments »

5027Some might say it was the weather. Others our defense yet to gel. Still others might say Nick Marshall just is NOT the man (at least not this year). They are all wrong. The reason we did not come out of Death Valley with a win was that I did not wear my Auburn belt.

All during 2010, I wore the same outfit every single game week. The same jeans, the same t-shirt with the big “AU” on the back, the same hat I have had since I was a student, the same Chuck Taylors, and of course, the lucky socks (about which I have written here earlier). The only difference was whether or not I added a sweatshirt if it was cold enough.

For the Clemson game, I slipped and forgot to wear my newest piece of regalia: my belt with the football-shaped Auburn belt buckle, given to me, incidentally, by my died-in-the-wool Georgia Bulldog in-laws (I get some of my best Auburn stuff from them). We went into overtime on that one. I didn’t ever forget that belt after that.

In the Kentucky and LSU games in that magical year, the men in blue went deep into the fourth quarter tied up, before getting the final score of the game.  I also didn’t wear the lucky t-shirt next to my skin, but had a sweatshirt under it for a layered look. Coincidence? I think NOT!  You can be sure that didn’t happen again, and any Auburn sweatshirt added to the ensemble went on the OUTSIDE of the t-shirt after that.

35424_s_634545813936208844The debacles of the past two years’ seasons got me thinking that the clothing factors in the universe might have shifted, given the t-shirt and belt-buckle weren’t pulling off anything anymore. So, this year, I decided to break myself of the superstition. In fact, other than the new lucky socks (the old ones gave out after 2010) and the game-day hat, I was determined not to worry about what particular shirt I wore, as long as it had something Auburn on it. I wore the belt for the first three games, though, and AU seemed to come through each time.

But NO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O (in John Belushi voice), I had to wear running shorts with my (different) t-shirt to be COMFORTABLE watching the LSU game at home–no place for the belt. I forgot to wash the lucky socks from last week before game-time, but put them on anyway–but “Who needs the belt?” I thought to myself.

The rest you know. You can cast your derision at me for the grave sin of upsetting the magnetic fields of luck and football bounces by leaving that belt in the closet. But you don’t have to worry; that will not EVER happen again, at least not this year. In fact, I may have to pull out the old lucky t-shirt again, and the Chuck Taylors, and part my hair just right, and sit in the right chair throughout the whole game, and only eat potato chips, and. . . .

Michael Val

(who now puts in a cheap shot for comments asking what lucky clothes you wear every game-day)


  1. mccullars says:

    Last year I made it to two games, Clemson and that little team from Louisiana that took us to overtime. I wore the same shirt to both games and for the remainder of the games I watched at home: a navy #43 jersey.

    I love the jersey but will NEVER wear it again on an Auburn game-day. I have a new collection of t-shirts for that.

    If only I could remember which shirt I wore for the LSU game…

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I hate to disappoint, but at home on gameday I usually am wearing whatever yardwork clothes I threw on, unless I did actual work in the yard, broke a sweat, and had to shower again that day. This is typically black Levi jeans and some sort of T-shirt, along with some cheap black $20 Walmart velcro tennis shoes. I collect and discard T-shirts all the time. My favorites are really loud lime green ones, but those do show dirt and BBQ sauce pretty easily. Black garments and really bright lime green T-shirt under whatever top dress shirt is basically my ideal look. Can’t do it all the time, but black and lime green really inspire me. If not lime green, I also like black T-shirts. I have a grey-lettered black “Capone” one I got from a friend in Chicago that works well, too. Red and black is a look I’m fond of, too, but it needs to be predominately black. Did I mention that I like black, a LOT?

    …..Attending Auburn games, warm games I wear navy cargo shorts with my metalhead steel-studded belt that I bought in LA 20+ some odd-years ago, or the darkest/newest blue Levi jeans I can find in my drawer if it’s going to be below 70. To protect my feet in the mob, (and to hike endlessly around campus) I always don black steel-toed boots and wool hiking/sport socks. I usually wear one of several Auburn-themed polo-type shirts, and an Auburn ball cap. If long sleeves are called for, I wear the nice blue oxford-cloth button down AubTigerman gave me! I also have some rubber Auburn spirit bands for my right arm. If it’s cool, my black cowhide biker jacket gets added. It has lots of interior pockets. If it’s going to drop into the 40s, I break out my black wool P-coat, and matching black Isotoners. It’s a weird deal. The coat was $39 at Sam’s Club, and the Isotoners were $40 at Macy’s. If I had to lose one or the other, the gloves would go. I’ve also got a pretty heavy-duty navy poncho for rain games.

    …..I typically carry in (besides aviator shades, keys and wallet) a Radio Shack AM/FM radio and earbuds, Nikon Coolpix S9300, spare batteries, band-ades, aspirin, Bullfrog Quickgel sunblock, a printed out cheat sheet/roster, and a 5-hour energy drink for the drive home.

  3. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    I wear different Auburn shirts on game day and I have 4 different hats. I usually will replace a hat if I wore it on a losing day. Last year that practice became a little expensive.

  4. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    Now we must beat you with said belt for allowing this to happen.

  5. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    I’m not superstitious BUT my husband sure is. If Auburn wins, I have a hard time getting the shirt he wore away from him to wash it. He taped a couple of games one season to watch later but since Auburn lost those two he said he would never do it again. Now he has to get someone else to tape games for him.

  6. tigertracker says:

    Off topic, but watching Va tech/ Ga Tech and realized this is scott loeffler vs ted roof!
    “Now, when men get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two men enter; one man leaves. ”
    Name that movie…

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..The Loeffense has actually been on point, but Tech did miss a read on Va Tech’s first TD. Loeff lined up for one of those typical runs into the boundary, BUT… he had his tight end on the short side, too. That never really happens, if Loeff runs it to the short side. He believes stoutly in “NO LEAD BLOCKERS ALLOWED!”

    …..So Foster and co. sold out for that short side run, and Loeffler dragged the tight end across the formation for a short pass, and run for a TD. Nicely done.

  8. BeachTiger BeachTiger says:

    I wear an orange “Auburn University” tee-shirt with an Auburn tiger eyes logo between Auburn and University. It was given to me by a nephew who drove down with his family from D.C. and stopped through Auburn to buy me the shirt. That was the summer of 2004… need I say more? I have worn it for every game since that year. As you well know, it hasn’t brought me luck every game, but I just can’t bare the thought of watching a game without having it on.

  9. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    My favorite AU shirt was from a csx giveaway at homecomming 4 or 5 years ago. Its just orange with really dark navy blue lettering on the front that reads “the tigers will rock you” and on the back “and and so will trains”. Ive always thought that was funny for some reason.

    I used to be so superstitious watching games that if we were doing well I would not move out of the position I was sitting in. I’d just stay where I was. Nowadays if I start feeling the superstitious bug I try to shake it by doing the opposite.

  10. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    In my student days the common practice was to take flasks to the games and drink a shot at ever score (in addition to spiking the cokes). That way high scoring wins were properly celebrated and losses didn’t hurt nearly as bad.

    Luckily for me and my liver, I met my future wife in time to put the brakes on that particular practice. I distinctly remember getting well pickled over the Tennessee loss (42-0) and don’t recall much of the last quarter of the Richmond game (55-16) in 1980. Vandy (52-35) and NC State (44-31) in ’79 are also pretty much a blur.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..We used to take the whole pint of Bacardi in. It was the perfect size to fit down one’s pants where it wasn’t going to be found unless they took you to the police station. That was 1979, when those Vandy and NC State games happened. I weighed *maybe* 125 pounds back then, and drinking a whole pint would absolutely have me LIT!

      …..Luckily for the rest of my Auburn career, I was in the band, and Dr. Walls likely would have taken a pretty dim view of drinking on the job!

  11. Malakai Malakai says:

    I dressed only in BLACK for the Auburn games in 2010. I wouldn’t even let my memorabilia stay within sight of the TV. In 2011 and 2012 I started dressing in my usual AU polo or t-shirt. Now I have returned to wearing only BLACK for AU games.

    Strange I know.

  12. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Enjoyed the article Michael. Most of the time I’m all Auburn – All Orange on game days whether I’m at the game or at home.