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“Cody (not) at the Tee” (with apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer)

By on November 18th, 2013 in Baseball, Football, Memories 7 Comments »

                                                                                                                      photo:Shanna Lockwood/USA Today Sports
The outlook wasn’t bright for the old Auburn Eleven
The down was Fourth, the distance long, the score 38-37
Nick had just been sacked on Third, the Dawgs having their way
If only we could get closer, Cody Parkey might save the day

The Tigers talk it over, a timeout being called
Gus and Rhett and Nick discuss just how to move the ball
Auburn will have to throw it, to make the line to gain
To have a chance for Cody to kick it through again

Big Blue lines up, the ball is snapped, the play is underway
The Bulldogs rush, but somehow Nick stays up through all the fray
The Auburn faithful holds its breath as the pass takes to the air
Hoping at the other end a Tiger will be there

The pass goes up, the pass comes down, two Dawgs seem right at home
A pass knocked to the ground, you’d think, would earn them both a bone
But one tries intercepting, and knocks it straight back up
Ricardo Louis catches it, now Auburn’s five points up!

The Bulldogs can’t believe it, they all fall to the ground
The home crowd never doubted that the Tigers would come ‘round
Parkey just prepared himself to take the vict’ry home
Now all Cody has to do is boot it through the zone!

In Auburn, hearts are happy; in Auburn, trees are rolled
L.A. and Tallahassee’s games saw wins their teams unfold
Somewhere fans are laughing and somewhere the crowds have roared
But there is no joy in Athens, for Auburn has just scored!

Michael Val

(who still has trouble believing this game unfolded the way it did!)


  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Ernie (or is it Larry?) would be proud!


  2. AUglenn says:

    Enjoyed the post, Good Stuff

  3. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Normally I roll my eyes at these attempts to reword a classic poem to fit a recent event. But that was superlative, dare I say AUSOME!
    Nice job Michael!

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Agreed! Bravo!

  5. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    Haha! Love it!

  6. mvhcpa says:

    Thank y’all very much–I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    I knew I couldn’t come close to the original, but living here right next to Athens, you could physically FEEL the depression over the game right along with the drizzly weather. So, when that classic line “There is no joy in Mudville” popped into my head, I knew I had to do something with it!

    Michael Val
    (who thinks he’ll take on Grantland Rice next…NOT)

    • mvhcpa says:

      P.S. Thanks to whichever blog staffer much better versed than me in things technological tidied up the line spacing and put that great picture up on this post! MVH