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SEC West Division Champs—Ain’t It Great To Be An Auburn Tiger?

Julie Bennett/

Words cannot describe what it was like to be a witness to No. 6 Auburn’s dominating win over No. 1 Alabama. This r has witnessed some great Auburn wins over the last 50 years but nothing like this year’s Iron Bowl.

I witnessed backup quarterback Mailon Kent coming off the bench to defeat Joe Namath and the Tide in 1963, Pat Dye’s team ending a nine-year Bama streak in 1982, the “Kick Six” in 2013 and, of course, the 30–20 Auburn victory in the first ever Iron Bowl played in Jordan-Hare in 1989—to name a few.

While the ‘89 experience will forever be one of the top 5 most important events in my life, the 2017 edition “almost” fulfilled my long-awaited bucket list.

After Coach Dye forced Alabama to play at Auburn I said I would be ready to go to heaven if I could ever witness a complete blowout of the Tide. But I guess the Lord is not ready to take me just yet. While the 26–14 finish could have been much worse, it was not the blowout score that I’ve dreamed of; nevertheless, it was a dominating win in every category, and it felt oh so good!

The Tide only looked like a No. 1 team for about a minute and a half on their quick touchdown drive at the beginning of the third quarter. The rest of the game was all Auburn.

There was no single hero like Chris Davis in the Kick Six or David Langner in the “Punt Bama Punt” game. However, there were plenty of heroes in this one. And it begins with a rocking Auburn crowd. I’m not sure any visiting team could have won in that loud electrifying environment. The best defense in the nation just fed off their energy all night.  

Of course Chip Lindsey deserves a lot of credit, too. The offensive coordinator masterfully kept the Bama defense off balance the entire evening. And Jarrett Stidham more than proved he’s the missing link the Tigers have needed the last two years.

But make no mistake about it, the coach that many did not want a few weeks ago is the man responsible for this win. After the disappointment in Baton Rouge, Coach Malzahn kept this team together with a single-minded focus on getting to Atlanta. No one outside of Auburn’s locker room believed it would happen. But Gus did, and his players responded.

Standing there in Jordan-Hare and watching the fans storm the field, the band playing, the video on the jumbotron of great plays from this season, and thousands of Auburn fans singing a reverse “Rammer Jammer,” the words echoing around the stadium. It all made for a night to remember. Being there in person or soaking it in from their living room, Auburn fans everywhere joined in the celebration. It was a great night.

The Tigers are Champions of the toughest division in college football and headed to Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game.

Ain’t it Great to be an Auburn Tiger?  War Eagle and …

Beat Georgia—again!


  1. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    YES … It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!
    Good article Tigerman and I’m glad for the great Auburn win but I’m also glad it’s not time for you to go to heaven. Want to keep you around a little while longer.

  2. CapnVegetto says:

    Just made my first member post in about 3 years. It’s been an awesome 3 weeks. Let’s hope we’re ready to show the leg humpers what’s what next week!!

  3. Older Whiskey says:

    Like Tigerman, I’ve been around awhile, and have been wishing for the same thing you are. Hopefully, we’ll both get it. Meanwhile, just want to say that the performance by Ryan Davis was the best receiver work for us against them that this r has seen since the redhead roamed in 1970.

  4. Jason Wright says:

    Good stuff ATM!

    Man was that game fun. I just hope Kerryon will not be out too long. But if he can't go this Saturday, maybe someone else (Kam Martin?) can get the job done in the running game and the defense man handles Georgia again.

    Beat Them Uga-ly dawgs!

    • Jason Wright says:

      Also, your right in giving cred to Gus Malzahn. He’s the one that is responsible for this game and for this turnaround season. I’ve been pulling for him and I’m happy he’s got the Tigers on the right track.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Kerryon said today that he is planning on playing. We all know he wants to be on the field bad, but the coach's need to be careful with him because he will be needed after Saturday. I think Auburn can get the job done with Martin or a combination of the other three backs.

      • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

        I did see KJ using that arm/shoulder to hug his mom following the game so there is “some degree” of movement there. I’ve heard speculation elsewhere that it was a “dislocation” or a “fracture” but these are on opposing fan sites so…
        I think he is just banged up. When asked “if it hurts?”, KJ responded by saying, “Yeah, it hurts, it wasn’t torn off..” — Gotta love the dedication!!

  5. AUJTJarhead AUJTJarhead says:

    I too have asked God not to take me until we absolutely pummel the Tide. I reference my first televised Iron bowl in ’73 when they beat us 35-0. Been in my craw ever since.

  6. meathead530 says:

    Today at the school I teach at (mostly elephant fans), we had a faculty meeting. My principal usually divides us into groups and we our discussions on posters. Today before it began, I made sure every table had blue and orange markers. They all knew it was me. I love subtly rubbing it in.

    Beat UGA again! They team is ready. Gus has got this. I say this confidently now.


  7. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Nothing like being there. Best Damn game atmosphere in the nation.
    Enjoyed the read ATM.

  8. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    ‘Twas the day after Iron Bowl
    And all through the South
    ‘Bama fans were silent
    Not running their mouth
    The TP was hung from the Live Oaks with care
    Everyone knew, the Tigers were there
    The Tide headed home, scratching their heads
    As Bama fans weeped, crying in bed.
    But on 85 North, there rose a great clatter
    The Tigers are coming to settle a matter.
    Georgia rejoiced; they won the East
    But everyone knows, the West is the Beast
    Next stop for the Tigers is the old ATL
    For UGA fans, all is not well.
    Last time they met, them Dawgs didn’t hunt
    They were ranked Number One, but that was a stunt.
    Everyone said, “Fromm was the man”
    But, after the game, all you heard was War Damn!
    Chubb got stuffed, Michel was cut down
    And come Saturday, ATL will be Auburn’s town.
    But, until that day comes, here on the Plains
    Tiger fans yell and scream out great names.
    On Stidham, on Johnson, on Hastings, all quick…
    One face was priceless; the face of ole Nick.

    (Not mine – saw on Twitter; author unknown)



  9. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    And, ATM, He isn’t ready to take you just yet!! You still have more work to do!!