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Sampling the Auburn Past (part 2)

That look when somebody copies you and doesn't give you credit....
(photo: ESPN the Magazine)

Last week, I looked at the phenomenon of “sampling” and started wondering what kind of team I would put together if I could do like the music industry and “sample” from the great winning tradition of Auburn teams past.  (With last week’s scare, we might all want to conjure up something solid from our history!)  Previously, I looked at the offense; this time, I’ll look at the defense …Defensive Line

Carl Lawson was termed “unblockable” in earlier practices this year, and the defensive pass rush looked good our first game. However, I think we all recognized back in 2010, something unique in a certain “Number 90” (as I kept calling him during the Miss St game, before I knew his name). Of course we’re referring to Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley. That kind of aggressive play and complete physical domination would be my sample for defensive line play (Song: “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled).


Auburn’s defense has been criticized recently; however, there was a time when our defense was astonishingly stingy–the 2004 undefeated season. Two important components of that defense were the linebacker tandem of Karlos Dansby and Dontarrious Thomas, shown above appearing on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. I think I’ll sample my linebackers from that great defensive year (Song: “Game Over (Flip)” by Lil’ Flip).



One of the casualties of the first SEC expansion was the reshuffling of annual permanent conference opponents. Auburn lost Tennessee (Florida stayed permanent until the next schedule rewrite) but picked up LSU as a permanent opponent – a rivalry that has since resulted in some amazing games even if they didn’t always go AU’s way.

“Doink” in 2005 and “Barn-Burner” in 1996 are just two that come to mind and of course there was the pre-realignment “Earthquake” game in 1988. However, one of AU’s most astonishing comebacks was the 1994 “Interception” game against LSU, featuring five interceptions with three of those returned for touchdowns (plus a fumble recovered for a TD to boot). For this prime example of a defense rising to the occasion, I think I’ll sample a little from this year’s defensive backs (Song: “Don’t Turn Around” by Ace of Base).


Often a forgotten phase of the game, punting can in fact flip the field and turn the tables (to mix metaphors) on the competition. Perhaps Auburn’s greatest example of the punt as an offensive weapon was Lewis Colbert. Colbert’s story of overcoming personal adversity was inspiring in its own right, and his performance on the field in 1985 earned him All-American honors. I’d be glad to sample that year for some punting (Song: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds).

Well, that just about does it for my sampled-up Auburn football team, chosen completely arbitrarily and capriciously.  I’m sure there are wiser selections out there, so go ahead and tell me: Who would you sample for your own Auburn dream team?

Michael Val
(who, to be honest, made some of his selections based on the cool music from that era!)


  1. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    My dream list would include:

    Tracy Rocker – Named to the Auburn’s All-Century team. he won both the Outland Trophy for the nation’s best interior lineman and the Lombardi Award for the nation’s best defensive lineman or linebacker and was placed into the CFB Hall of Fame in 2004

    Carlos Rogers – As a cornerback he is the only Auburn player to win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and was named to Auburn’s All Decade Team for the 2000s.

    Nick Fairley – He led the 2010 defense on the national championship team as a defensive lineman, made All-American and was the Lombardi Award winner.

    • AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

      I wish we had just one of those guys on the team this year. A healthy Lawson might could do it, but the key is “healthy.”

    • mvhcpa says:

      Those are certainly excellent defensive selections–lets hope AU finds someone who can live up to all these fellows! MVH

  2. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Theme song this week is
    “Tonight I’m Gonna Party Like It’s 1999”
    because that’s the last time we won at LSU.

    It’s possible. It’s possible.

    • mvhcpa says:

      It’s definitely “posse-boo” we beat LSU, but it is impossible to get an authentic video of Prince on youtube–here is a “sample”:

      Great appropriate song selection–thanks for commenting!

      Michael Val
      (who hopes we ALL get to party like 1999 this weekend!)