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A Day to Circle the Wagons

By on April 22nd, 2013 in Football, News 8 Comments »

A few weeks ago in this spot I questioned the wisdom behind holding a final rolling celebration for the Toomer’s Oaks. Would fans be in the mood to celebrate and say good bye to something that’s meant so much? It turns out I got it wrong – big time wrong.

Saturday wasn’t so much a day to say good-bye as it was to proclaim to the world that Auburn is back. The picture above says it all. Nothing anyone says or does will keep Auburn people from loving this place.

After enduring nearly three years of negative, unsubstantiated attacks from the likes of Selena Roberts, Paul Finebaum, Danny Sheridan, HBO and ESPN, Auburn people sent a clear message to those who’ve worked so hard to cripple the program: You’ll never win; you’ll only make us stronger.

You can poison our trees, poison the air waves and with a poison pen.

Bring it on.

We’ll just punch back harder. We’ll call the cavalry home like we did Saturday. Auburn people came from far and near for a college reunion that’ll likely never be duplicated anywhere again.

Auburn has been hurting. Saturday was a time to circle the wagons.

It was a day to say we don’t care how many national championships you’ve won, you’ll never have this – ever. Try as you may, there’s no place like the loveliest village on the Plains.

Despite the worst football season in a generation and an athletic department in constant turmoil, Auburn has never stood stronger than it did Saturday evening. Close to a 100,000 people gathered to say, “Auburn, we’ve got your back.”

Saturday’s celebration won’t stop the critics. It won’t translate to nine wins this fall and it won’t make the issues in the athletic department go away. However, it was one hell of a show of strength that’s sure to piss off those on the other side of the state.

What makes Auburn so special is what erks so many others. Auburn is not just a football team. It’s not just a university. It’s a family. It’s walking down the street in Honolulu like I did this past week, and someone shouting War Eagle!

As hard as they try, they don’t have this in Tuscaloosa. They don’t have weekends like this past one. Try as they may to bring us down, we just keep coming back like a bad Rocky movie.

It’s enough to make some want to poison our trees.

And by the way, they’ll be back too….



  1. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    You nailed this post Jay.

    The entire time I was looking at video and pictures Saturday night into Sunday, I couldn’t help but remember the Pointer Sisters song – We Are Family. Your descriptions here were perfect!


  2. wde21 says:

    I was there Saturday with my grown children celebrating our great memories at the corner from when they were toddlers I was worried the day would be sad but it was definitely an atmosphere of celebration and solidarity within the Auburn family. It was a great day to be in Auburn and you could really fell the AU closeness. It will go down as one of my all time favorite days in Auburn! I believe in Auburn and love it! Very well said in the article!

  3. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Wow. Nice. I’m not interested in what happens across the state. Only interested in my family. I believe in it and love it!! For those of us who couldn’t go ~ thanks to the rest of the Auburn family for supporting this university and loving it for us! For those on the outside, they don’t understand and never will. But that’s okay we will persevere and the Spirit of Auburn will live on.

    What makes Auburn so special is what erks so many others. Auburn is not just a football team. It’s not just a university. It’s a family. THIS.

  4. Im4Auburn says:

    Great article!
    There is no doubt where the Auburn family stands. We believe in Auburn and Love it!

  5. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Great article! Auburn is special and always will be. I had a similar “WAR EAGLE” experience several years ago while walking down a street in Pesaro, Italy, a very small town South of Venice. Saturday was one of the best days I have ever spent in my entire 74+ years. There’s not another institution of higher learning in the World that could have had such a special day. Even the biased news media outlets had praise for it. It’s a shame that everyone can’t know how GREAT IT IS TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER!!! We ARE Family !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  6. audude audude says:

    Every time I read a TET post, I get the feeling someone has heard the thoughts rumbling through my mind. Jay, you do this effortlessly. Thank you!

  7. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Good stuff Jay. And right on as usual.

  8. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    Really good piece Jay.

    It’s still great to be an Auburn Tiger!