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It’s Time to Make an Auburn New Year’s Resolution

They say confession is good for the soul. So here today, I am publically confessing that I am an addict. That’s right I am addicted to following every bit of news I can get on the Auburn Tigers. Now at first glance that wouldn’t seem to qualify me as an addict; not at least until one reads Webster’s definition of addiction: “to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively.”

My wife has told me that at times I am too obsessed with what goes on in Auburn sports. I have to say, it’s been hard to admit the truth. But she’s right; I need to spend less time wrapped up in everything that happens with the Tigers. Don’t get me wrong, Sherry is one of the most ardent Auburn fans I know; she just wants me to not allow so much of what happens on the Plains to affect my wellness.

On reflection, I guess I can see her point. When Auburn is struggling and having a poor season, I hang on every bit of news I can scrounge up about the Tigers. When Auburn is going through a coaching change, I hang on every bit of news I can scrounge up about the Tigers. And when no coaches are on the hot seat and all is well on The Plains … you guessed it, I still hang on every bit of news I can scrounge up about the Tigers. Every year I promise myself I will slow it down, I will ease off, I will not be so enslaved to Auburn Sports.

Since it is New Years (and Auburn is not in a bowl game) I thought what better time to make the resolution to stop being so obsessed – that I regularly skip meals and lose sleep to read or write about the Tigers.

After all, the New Year is a time to make a fresh start, a time of reflecting on changes needed. It’s a time to be resolute, to determine to make those changes for the coming year.

While there are several things I need to resolve to change in my life, I realize I need to pick one and concentrate on fixing it before I move onto other areas. Noted writer Frank Ra (author of the New Year’s resolution book “A Course in Happiness”): recently told CNN News, “”Resolutions are more successful when shared with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution.”

Therefore, I would like to share with my friends here at Track ‘Em Tigers, that I will be a changed man in 2013. I will get my obsession under control. I will not surrender myself to habitually follow every tidbit of information about who Gus Malzahn will hire to complete his coaching staff.

I will not stay up late to listen to Coach Flo’s Tigers continue their winning streak. I will not follow every move of the men’s team, looking to see if Coach Barbee can keep his seat from getting warmer. I will not follow what Juco players Malzahn is close to signing, I will not follow what 17-18 year old high school students are committing, decommitting, or taking visits to other schools.

Hey wait, National Letter of Intent (signing) day is just 36 days away. I can’t realistically make that resolution – not now. I mean there is not much point in making a New Year’s Resolution till after we see how Auburn does on national signing  day. Besides, every Auburn fan knows it’s important to see where Malzahn’s first recruiting class will rank nationally.

I’ll wait till Feb. 6th. No wait, we need to see if the Basketball teams make it into the post season and oh yeah we have to see how Malzahn’s first spring game goes too. And don’t forget, the Baseball and Softball Teams have challenging seasons ahead of them. And a big question looms out there for Coach Pawlowski. If he doesn’t get his Tigers into the NCAA this year, will he be back to coach in 2014?

Then there’s the swim team, equestrian, soccer, and volleyball. And that’s not to even mention summer workouts with the annual question of who will be chosen as Auburn’s starting quarterback. And I can’t swear off my obsession at the end of summer camp because the 2014 football season will begin. So I’ll guess I will have to wait till after the football season to start work on my resolution.

No, I can’t do that then either. I have to see if the Tigers get into a bowl game and then see if they win, and then see if they are ranked in the top 25 in the final poll. And then I can make that resolution. That’s it. That’s when I’ll make the change … next year. There will be plenty of time to think about that then.

Right now, the football team is not settled and we are in the middle of basketball season. I’ve got to stay focused –  Can’t let up now.

War Eagle …. Go Big Blue!


  1. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    Heh, heh, heh!!! Rots of ruck.
    Happy New Year – 2013 can only be better.

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……I’m with Calvin, on the subject of resolutions! I do try to “leave things behind,” to a degree. Happy New year, everybody! I’m finally home from work, just a little shy of 8:00 AM. Time to nod a bit, then maybe enjoy an afternoon and evening bowl.

    …..I say I’ve watched fewer bowls this year because of Auburn’s bad year, but the truth is that I’m not getting home from work till they are already over, these days.

  3. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Right there with you!! I listen and watch more sports than my husband!
    I will say that when I didn’t live in Alabama for about 30 years ~ it was a lot easier because you couldn’t find news! But with the Internet – all things are possible. Now I must peruse my favorites sites every morning before getting to work. 😉 I believe that’s called addiction.
    Love my Auburn Tigers!!

  4. autgr4life says:

    I am an addict but I do not go to meetings because I am not anonymous.

    Although my addiction does seem to be centered around football. While I do follow other Auburn sports I find that I am not obsessed with them the same way I am with football. Since the departure of Chizik I have found a new site that tracks all of the coaching changes within football to make sure I have the news about any new coaches as quickly as possible. I have also done something that I never thought I would do and that is join twitter just to make sure I do not miss anything. If you add in the age of smart phones then I am never really very far being able to track down some new information or lack there of about the tigers.

    But hey we show our love of Auburn by showing our obsession of Auburn right? At least that is what I tell myself.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      I joined twitter during CamGate. I can’t imagine what would have to happen for me to join Facebook….sorry WEA.

  5. mikeautiger says:

    My wife knows I have to read a little about Auburn every evening when I get home or at least some on the weekend. Ssshhhh! She doesn’t know about every morning before work, coffee break time, lunch mid afternoon or news cycle time change reading break I take each day. Addict , ha, just a passion for college sports, hum hum. But we want tell anyone ok!

    AUTigerman, it will be ok, it’s just a phase we are going through. Will we get a new hire today?..,

    War Eagle

  6. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    When Chizik was sacked, I started listening to WJOX streaming online in my office at work. Somewhere in the middle of my science writing or course preparation, there is the random “rudey-poo” and “they’re cheatin’ Pawwwlllll!, or “whose they gonna git to coach em. Ain’t nobawhdy gonna do et’. I nearly blacked out one day when Petrino’s hiring looked eminent……I’ve kicked the habit, for now. I’m not saying its right, I’m just saying it is. Like gravity. I don’t know, if its mid morning in my office, it’s all good.

  7. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    Paul, you beat me to my post for this evening. Why don’t you just do like me and make all your resolutions the ones you know you can keep. Mine are as follows:

    I resolve to get pumped up every time something positive happens at AU and either angry or depressed when something bad happens

    I resolve to pull for every team who plays the Turds.

    I resolve to pace the living room during every Auburn game as if I am on the sidelines.

    I resolve to ask every person I can who displays Nascar and UA bumper stickers what year they finished school at Bama.

    I resolve to roll my Toomers Corner tree (now 9 ft tall) after every win. Saved a lot of $ on TP last year.

    I resolve to get goose bumps every time I see the eagle fly.

    I resolve to reward my Cocker Spaniel with a treat when she barks War Eagle after every Auburn score.

    There are a bunch more but you get the idea. I am hopelessly addicted and infected with the Auburn Spirit. Can’t help it.

    See you at Crooked Oaks in exactly one month. I can’t wait.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Well played, sir. Well played.

      I got my very first driver for Christmas 🙂 #gameon

      • MyAuburn myauburn says:

        New driver huh, get ready for a whole new world of frustration. Nothing conjures up more excitement than a new golf club followed by extreme angst after your first worm burner.

        • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

          Well, it’s my first golf club at all…so thanks for the warning. Since moving to the Prairie, my outdoorsy husband has picked up golf. If we can get childcare, I think it will be a great way to get us both outside to do something together….should be interesting.

          • MyAuburn myauburn says:

            Best piece of advice I could give you, don’t listen to your husband or a friend about how to hit a golf ball. Invest a few bucks in a lesson or two on the basics and they thrash around for a while. Later when you get some more clubs take some more lessons. It is very addicting.

  8. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Living, working and now being retired in Baton Rouge, LA is really tough on a Dye-hard Auburn Tiger like me. I even had a subscription to the O-A News in the pre-internet days. Before the SEC TV blitz, our local group would get together every Saturday in football season, make a long distance call and “listen” to the games via a make shift electronic device (that I still have!) hooked to the telephone receiver! Talk about hooked! I even helped a coach recruit a kid from my local high school on Thanksgiving Day before the NCAA ban on alumni recruiting! I never leave home without something that says AUBURN on my person, belt buckle, hat, tee shirt, etc. 2012 was especially hard to sport an Auburn logo, but I did. My first boss told me that I would eventually become a fan of those other tigers and I tod him, “No way!” I am still 100% Auburn and will always be that way, win or lose. I just wish I was a little closer so I could be there more.

    I resolve to never forget “IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER!”

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!