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And, Here We Are (Kudos to Auburn’s 12th Man) !!!

By on November 13th, 2017 in Football, News 10 Comments »

If you were not at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday afternoon/evening, then there is no way I can express exactly how loud the environment was. I keep going back in memory to 1989 when Auburn first welcomed Alabama to the Plains and, to me at least, Saturday night was louder. I could try and convey to you, TET members, a loudness that words cannot do justice, yet those words, if I could find them, would fail.

It was Veteran’s Day and while I only served in the Air National Guard for four years as part of the 187th Tactical Reconnaissance Division as a new 1st Lt on the RF-4 C aircraft we, nonetheless, felt as if we were making a difference. That flight line was loud, let me tell you, but Jordan-Hare Stadium was louder.  It really was. I could, literally, feel the stands moving at times. No joke.

The flyovers, of which there were two, as SEC Nation, broadcasting live from Auburn, received its very own flyover, still paled in comparison to the noise being made by the Auburn faithful—literally, from the opening whistle to the clock winding down to zero. It was an event that will forever remain in my mind. And I hope for bigger and better when the Tide make a visit this year.

We were in our regular seats and even had some Georgia fans, who paid a monetary value of which I know not, to witness one of the greatest games in this series. It was a game that was almost totally demoralizing if you happened to wear the wrong colors, but give credit where credit is due, these UGA fans were great and stayed till the end.

Yes, it was a match-up of two top-10 ranked teams but, with that said, only one of those teams came into this game ranked Number One—and the home team, by Vegas standards, was an underdog by 2.5 points.

Who would have thought that by the end of the day the favored team would not cover that spread but would, in fact, lose—yes lose—by 23 points? And it probably could have been worse, but sometimes it is best to take the win and take a knee. There was at that point no need to try and obtain more. Auburn had proven any and everything it needed far before the end of regulation, and there was simply no reason to go further.

And let us not discount Georgia in any of this. We faced a really good team, and the schedule allowed this to be fought out on the Plains of Auburn.

This game could have just as easily gone the other way. Think back to the second half of the LSU game. Auburn was fully in control with a 20-point lead, then went overly conservative and ended up losing a game that it should have won.

Thankfully, that did not happen in this game. Auburn—and the coaches—learned their lessons well.

No ill will toward Georgia, which has a great team that Auburn may well meet again, but the Auburn coaching staff, during this game, did not “assume” anything and took this game to the house by not letting up and keeping the “pedal to the metal.” To borrow a phrase from an iconic movie, “We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there…”

What does Auburn do next? Well, my thought process is to rest as many regulars as possible when facing the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe and then gear up and be ready for the invasion to the Plains of the Crimson Tide of Alabama—who, for the record, almost lost to Mississippi State in StarkVegas. That Bama loss didn’t happen due to a very dangerous quarterback and a couple of dangerous wide receivers.  Auburn will need to be on the lookout. 

Until the next time, War Eagle!!


  1. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    You could tell over the TV that it was a loud. I was at the first ever Iron Bowl in Jordan-Hare and I can’t imagine it being any louder than that. It really must have been wild! Thanks for the post.

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Thanks for giving the kudos Atl. It’s well deserved. We were there and I don’t know if it was the loudest ever but it was the loudest I’ve ever heard it inside JHS. And as a guy from Georgia I got to say it was sure nice to go to work this morning around my dog friends (for a change). I’ve taken a lot of ribbing the last couple of years and I’m sure they expected me to be on ’em but all I did was smile.

    • mvhcpa says:

      I just let my attire do the talking at my job in Atlanta…

      • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

        Same here — I have a couple of co-workers who are UGA fans and there is a running bet that the “loser” wears the opposing team colors on the Monday following this game.
        I was pleasantly happy to see those Dawg fans wearing the “Orange and Blue” today!!

  3. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Living in coastal Ga, I was hesitant about being optimistic. I knew we had the team, just not sure about the coaching and leadership yet. That was long over due and it felt so good finally dominating UGA and not depending on fluke plays. UGA folks around these parts are stunned, to say the least. They definitely have their tails between their legs and have absolutely nothing to say to that beat down. My neighbor congratulated me and emphatically said, we’d beat bama and that UGA just isn’t there yet… He’s a good guy and kinda felt sorry for him because he’s not one to rub losses in my face. Other friends, not so much. Finally proud of our coaching staff and felt like they finally got it right. Texting UGA friends during the game couldn’t get over Carlson kicking from the midfield logo. It’s like they were being introduced to our team for the first time. And who’s this “Carry-on” kid you got in the back field. Is that his real name? He’s got a great motor!… Very proud to be a fan of this team.

  4. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    FINALLY, the bad taste left over from last year is gone!
    Sweet victory.
    See you at ULM.

  5. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    Another Ga. boy here and I too am thankful for the beat down. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!
    And Way over due! I hope it’s the start of a long winning streak against the dogs.

  6. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    May as well check this out as well…

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..My loudest live Auburn game attended was the 2005 Iron Bowl, at least in the first quarter. Auburn folks were going CRAZY, as the home team sacked Brody 5 times in the first quarter, and roared out to a 21-0 lead.

    …..It quieted considerably, with the Tubershell that followed….

  8. Tigers5711 says:

    The crowd was extremely loud and the video board didn’t hurt either with a flashing message to get loud with colored letters shaped like lightning bolts. Most of team danced on the sidelines as the game neared the end. Also Auburn’s band did a tribute to Vegas with colored laser lights on their hats and drums….no kidding