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Enough Already

By on April 26th, 2013 in Featured Article 17 Comments »

new-day signThe more that is written about Auburn, the more obvious it is that not many people understand what it’s all about. The Auburn Family isn’t something dreamt up by Gene Chizik and Trooper Taylor over drinks with Milton McGregor. Auburn is *not* on probation. We aren’t the “War Eagles.” The Auburn Oaks weren’t just special for football celebrations. Ask any average person from across the country and they wouldn’t be able to tell you about any of these things, but they could all tell you this – Auburn is dirty. Or Auburn did something wrong. Or Auburn is in trouble for this, or that. Or Cam gives my children nightmares; can’t we do something to Auburn for that?

Earlier this week while driving to work, I caught a segment on Bill King’s XM college football show discussing Auburn’s A-Day attendance and the general state of Auburn athletics. He marveled at how many fans were eager to venture out and support the football program after experiencing two disappointing seasons. King mentioned the recent Selena Roberts report as well as the recent ESPN story on the usage of spice during Auburn run to the national championship in 2010, but what struck me most by surprise was how much sympathy he had (or implied at least) for Auburn.

Our innocence or guilt was not expounded upon (he left that up to the listeners *wink *wink) and he seemed genuinely beside himself at the commitment displayed by the Auburn Family. As if we were acting in unison as some religious cult; converging on Jordan-Hare in our matching jumpsuits in preparation for a most joyous Kool-Aid tasting. The Auburn Family isn’t simply “right” or “wrong” about Auburn any longer; we’re half dedication and half delusion. Of all the mud slung Auburn’s way of late, this is the ultimate disrespect. It is one thing to be loved or hated, but to be pitied is the worst.

Auburn has conveniently gone from public enemy number one to Oliver Twist. True and false don’t exist in our reality anymore. We’re just a tainted product that happens to still have a large group of people willing to support it, or so some would lead people to believe. We’ve been an example of how not to do things, a punching bag, a scapegoat, an easy target, a honey hole, a dead horse, but we won’t be anyone’s charity case. I guarantee you that the Auburn Family didn’t attend A-Day to feel sorry for one another. The only real pity present in all of this is that Auburn has been under a microscope for nearly three full years now, and no one’s learned a single genuine thing about it. 

17 Comments

  1. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    At first, I thought you were going to complain about the New Day slogan. :) I’m ready for that to be done with….too much along with the edge and hard nosed football. If Gus isn’t careful ~ it’ll be day by day.

    I love Sirrius and they are usually pretty fair. Especially Jack Arute who was with us through the Cam saga. But I’m with you! Enough Already!! It is time to start fighting back. Maybe they’ll use Chiz (since we are paying him) to be our spokesman. Of course, the damage is done. And once out there a Good reputation is hard to get back. But why do recruits keep coming? They give us a chance and realize that everything they hear is not correct. So we will survive. And what doesn’t kill us ~ makes us stronger. And when the AU faithful are backed up against a wall, they usually pull together and fight back.

    We believe in Auburn and love it!!

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      You want to know why the recruits keep coming? Because we pay them and hand out free designer drugs that go undetected in our lax drug testing procedures… Oh, and we pay the NCAA to look the other way. Oh and don’t forget the free stuff, tons of free stuff.

  2. mikeautiger says:

    Absolutely no respect. One of the media darlings, Oklahoma, won a national championship on probation and they are never had a disparaging word against them. How did it get to be this way with Auburn.

    For the record we are the most winningest number two state school in the country, we took that title from Miami, another media darling that they gave our NC to back in 83. We are the 14th most winningest school in college football history and still get called 2nd tere or nor one of the upper eshelon teams. Except for the Bear yeas we have a winning record over bama before and after bear and the only other SEC team to have a winning record over us is LSU. In the toughest conference in the toughest division in college football! So why is it we get treated like a red headed step child? I do not know but maybe it is a prejudice against second state schools.

    These idiot reporters who have been to Auburn over and over again and still call us war eagles show their lack of professionalism! A student reporter could at least get that fact right. Auburn reflects the Auburn Creed and no matter what those goofballs have to say we have self respect and that is more than any reporter can usually feel so they do not understand the greatness of Auburn as a whole, as a football team, or a family. We will continue on and be back on the winning side of things this year. I see another NC coming sooner than most people think, maybe then we will be a feel good story again…..but I dought it, but we will feel good about our family.

  3. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Auburn getting good press for contribution in war on terror.
    http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2013/04/26/ac-pkg-kaye-vapor-wake-dogs.cnn#/video/us/2013/04/26/ac-pkg-kaye-vapor-wake-dogs.cnn

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

    Right on, Derrick. I was having a beer or two last night after hitting some balls at the driving range (yes, MyAuburn, some of these balls were actually airbourne :)), and a friend brought up how he saw the ‘Outside the Lines’ show on our ‘Spice’ epidemic. Thankfully, he was highly skeptical of the reporting, but that didn’t stop me from going on a tirade about the actual facts of the case.

    Look, Bill King, it is not Auburn folks who need your pity. If YOU continue to sip the ESPN KoolAid and want to take the Roberts’ report on it’s face, despite hard facts to the contrary, well, that says much more about you than it ever will about the Auburn Family. Good day to you, sir.

    Me? I’m just getting ready for the football season, business as usual. And here’s a Friday song for you guys: http://youtu.be/B6PI09LcuHo.

    You’re Welcome, TET.

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      Oooh! Ouch! Bo Jackson and Kevin Greene were on the field when that song came out… 11-1 Sugar Bowl champs. Maybe it’s a sign.

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Airborne is good. Quick piece of advice I used to give all my beginner students. If you are not a professional race car driver you don’t need to drive at high speeds. You will probably wreck. If you are not a professional golfer you don’t need to swing a club at high speeds. You will probably be hunting golf balls a lot. Start as slow as you can, learn to make solid contact, then ramp it up later to find the distance. Keep me posted on your progress.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..That era? Here’s what dominated the FM airwaves in Auburn that year:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQYQTFudrqc

      …..I was much more:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u8teXR8VE4

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        The hair is AWESOME!!! Good times.

  5. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    What’s wrong with ESPN is what’s wrong with our society. There is no personal accountability or ownership for one’s personal actions. Mosely walked into a store, bought drugs with his own money and sat down and got hooked on synthetic pot. He didn’t get help (until he was caught) and because we weren’t testing a substance that the NCAA hadn’t required testing and we were in the process of creating a test, it’s Auburn’s fault??? What the what?!

    And after his dad found out about his son’s problem, he went to the coach and basically said, “what are you going to do about it?” I will tell you this, if my son had the unbelievable opportunity and privilege to play at Auburn and found himself with a drug problem, I, HIS FATHER, would snatch his stupid a$$ up and he would find me, HIS FATHER, as his new roommate. I would walk him to class, practice, and pretty much, intrude on every aspect of his campus life. Then, I would make him go to the coaches and beg for another chance to get his act together. That is called parental love and responsibility, especially for kid’s with the will power of a 9 year old. These idiots robbed their fellow students and now want to place the blame on the institution that gave them an opportunity to make a better life? Unbelievable! Auburn should sue these families for not fulfilling their end of the contract and make them repay every penny that their boys wasted.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      A-A-A-A-A-A-MEN!
      Read the Auburn creed Dakota….you might find some of it useful. Its actually what most of us find “charming” about Auburn.

      You’ve got to love Dakota’s meth-head (did you see his teeth?) dad. “When I found out he was taking spice….I did it myself, to see what it was like.”
      What? I don’t need to take heroin to know my kid shouldn’t do it. Here’s a hint Mr.(?!) Mosely, if its illegal or considered to be dangerous to your SON(I mean WTF???!!), MAYBE you should just say “HEY DAKOTA…YOU IDIOT…IF I EEEEEVVER find out you have touched this spice stuff again….OR ANY ILLEGAL DRUG…..I will jerk a knot in your butt!!

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      I agree. If it were my son… he would be punished at home… and punished publicly. And like some have said… he would go to the coach and plead his repentance…. and promise to do whatever the coach deemed acceptable to earn a spot back on the team.

      Totally unacceptable.

      But I think we are finding out why recruiting is not a science. It’s an art. And it’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination. That is pretty much clear.

      WDE

  6. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Sounds more like disdain and contempt to me. Lets get to the root of the problem. The media casts Auburn as a villain, because at heart, Auburn is run by racists for racist fans. Thats it, you don’t need to look beyond anything else. We are all racists. If you don’t believe me, ask somebody in the media. Why? Well, if Auburn wasn’t a southern rural agricultural/engineering school, we probably wouldn’t be racist, but since we are…we are. Auburn is in “the South”, ALABAMA(!!!), home of racism and bigotry!! Auburn fans are largely southern, white men so it’s perfectly acceptable to disparage them and feed as much hatred and animosity as possible against them…. they are free game in the world of public character assassination. We’re racists, just get used to it.
    Auburn is one of those racist “plantantions” that abuses its “players” to makes vast sums of money off of their labor, playing the game of football. All the players get is a measley education…..however the racist plantation owners also “handsomely pay” its abused players as well, for some reason….at least according to sketchy members of the media. And that of course is BAD! Racist Auburn is taking advantage of these poor kids and giving them an education and “reportedly” WADS OF CASH!! All of this so they can make even MORE money for the plantation and start the cycle fresh every year…bringing in more “players”, that otherwise would probably not be able to go to a college…er, the plantation…..and get an education….er, PAID. What DASTARDLY Mother Fletchers these racists at Auburn are!!
    As a lifelong Auburn racist….I’m ashamed.

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      It feels good to point out the big racist gorilla in the room, doesn’t it? Let the healing begin…

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      Well, I would recommend you read Phillip Lutzenkirken’s thank you letter… and then for contrast read Corey Lemoniers too. I think I understand what the Col is saying… but as he is pointing out… it’s anything but the truth. If it were true – do you think Bo Jackson would stay as loyal as he has?? What about Cam… and I point out he only went to AU one year while he played football. I could go on and on and on. Hell… it’s easy to recognize what Auburn gives you… it gives you common ground. That is what bonds us together.

      I personally think we are being hijacked on two fronts… the first, internal to the SEC… our main competition. And next, the media that loves them.

      I would recommend anyone that wants to keep an open mind – give Auburn a chance. Come to the game and tail gate. If you don’t get offered a beer… I don’t care what color you are… we have been poor host. And our Mamma’s raised us better. If there is any truth in life… it’s that the Auburn family is ALL IN.

      WDE

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        I was extremely pleased with how these young men recognized what AU has done for them. And it shows me that they won’t forget AU.

        AU was blessed to have them!

        Best of luck Phillip and Corey!

        WDE

  7. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Those for whom we should really feel sorry are those poor souls who have never known what it means to truly BE AN AUBURN TIGER. Living in Baton Rouge, I encounter these people every day and I feel sorry for them. They will never know what it means to live in and enjoy the Lovliest Village and to be an Auburn Tiger. It is the “ugly American” way to make fun of or to degrade that which you cannot understand or will never know.

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

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!.