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Time to Give Thanks

By on November 27th, 2013 in Football 14 Comments »

What a difference a year makes. While I’ve never measured my quality of life based on the results of Auburn football, things do seem to be a little cheerier this Thanksgiving. Funny thing about winning – the leaves are a little more colorful, food taste better and the music sounds better on the radio.

Of course, the real blessings in life are what surround us every day. As is our tradition here at TET, I hope you’ll indulge me for a minute while I give thanks for another great year. I hope you’ll do the same. I believe we can all find things to be thankful for this season.

I’m thankful for a beautiful wife to share breakfast with each morning before heading to work. Sure, it’s usually Frosted Flakes in front of The Today Show, but it’s hard to imagine anything better in the world…

I’m thankful Auburn is less than an hour away from my home. My daughter started her freshman year there this year and it’s sure nice to be able to drop in whenever. She may disagree, but for a father who’s struggled with the move, there’s no better gift in the world…

I write often each year about my grandparents and all they’ve done for me in my life. This past year has been the most trying of them all. Getting old is not for sissies. Despite the troubles, I have both of them for another Thanksgiving. That’s the greatest blessing of all…

I’m thankful to have been in Jordan-Hare Stadium two weeks ago against Georgia. I do believe I’ve officially seen it all…

I’m thankful for that little 13 year-old redhead, who’s not so little anymore. He’s the funniest person I’ve ever been around. Living with him is the gift that keeps on giving…

I’m thankful for that bed at my in-laws beach house. There are few things better in life than an afternoon nap at the beach…

I’m thankful for my rational Alabama friends who can talk football without criticizing Auburn. They are what make the rivalry fun…

I’m thankful to have attended Iron Bowls in Birmingham. It was never fair to Auburn, but it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t special seeing Auburn students and fans on one side and Alabama people on the other…

I’m thankful I was in the student section during the 1989 Iron Bowl – The First Time Ever. The media can talk all they want about how big Saturday’s game will be. Nothing will ever compare to December 2, 1989…

I’m thankful for Facebook. Social media gets a bad rap. It’s awesome to be able to keep up with the lives of old friends and see pictures of their family. That said, I could care less what they cooked for dinner…

I’m thankful for my wife’s white frou-frou dog. When we’re together I’m not exactly the picture of masculinity, but man I love that little sucker. Don’t tell anybody…

I’m thankful for my tailgate friends. There’s nothing more magical than a fall Saturday at Auburn with family and friends. I imagine Heaven as one long tailgate on the Plains with those who mean the most to me – and of course, Auburn always wins…

I’m thankful for my Sirius/XM radio. When you travel like I do, there’s a lot to be said for one continuous radio signal…

I’m thankful for the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru. Why can’t all fast food restaurants be this efficient?

I’m thankful for the wisdom of the search committee that brought Gus Malzahn home. I believe he may be the most significant hire at Auburn since Pat Dye. Now let’s find us a basketball coach…

I’m thankful for all the guys here at TET. From all my research, we are the longest running team specific blog in the SEC. Originally started in 2005 as Football Saturday in the South, we are in our ninth season. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined it lasting so long.

The best part is the continuity of the staff. In an age where media comes and goes, we not only hang around as a name, but the personalities stay the same. I can’t thank the guys here enough. It’s an honor to be your friend…

Of course, most importantly, I want to thank you the readers of Track’em Tigers. We have the best group of core readers in the business. Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by and for sharing all the great comments. It’s what keeps us going.

Happy Thanksgiving and Beat Bama!


  1. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Always look forward to this post Jay. Another one well done.
    I am thankful for:(In no particular order)
    An Auburn family legacy, 5 generations of graduates
    Memories of Iron Bowls past with my Dad, API 1941
    My wonderful wife, how can you not be thankful for one less Bama fan
    Rv’ing with Mrs. myauburn, Cookie the War Eagle dog, and Sparkle the I couldn’t care less cat
    Having my wifes parents and my Mom close by
    Looking down my nose at 85% of Bama fans (See Warblogle article, it is priceless)
    My association with all the great people at TET, they are the best AU folks around

  2. LoveAU says:

    So thankful my daddy and his 2 older brothers went to Auburn (where all 3 played football and my daddy ran track), instead of Alabama, which was the original plan. And proud to married to an Auburn man.
    Thankful I will get to spend the day with family tomorrow. Three very special people will not be celebrating with us tomorrow, but will always be thankful for the special memories we have. Also will miss my daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons, but looking forward to seeing them at Christmas.
    Thankful for all of God’s blessings this holiday season.
    God bless and War Eagle!

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Look forward to this post every year. Another awesome job!
    I try to check TET everyday as it’s my fav AU site. Thankyou Jay for all that you and your staff do for the Auburn family. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the staff.

  4. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Thanks for being here! First thing I read every morning!

    We Comin’. #GusDelorean #MarshallPlan #TogetherWeWill #BeatBama

  5. uglyjoe says:

    Thank you

  6. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Thanks, Jay and all you wonderful people here at TET. Even though I am over 400 miles away, TET makes me feel like I’m right there in the Lovliest Village. God bless all of you. I have told my family and friends that there are four things that are very special to me, i.e., God, my wonderful family, Auburn University and chess. If it weren’t for my family, three grown children, their spouses and six beautiful grandchildren all living in East Baton Rouge Parish, I would be in Auburn and trying to play chess as much as possible. Obligations have kept me away from Auburn too much over the years. From now on, I plan to spend as many days in Auburn as God will allow. This is my 50th year of being an Auburn Man and it’s been a great one. Anything else from now on is, as they say here in Louisiana, “Lagniappe”! If I live for another 50 years, I will never forget:


    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT BAMA !!

  7. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Thanks Jay – AUsome read as always…
    Way too many people, places, and things of which I am extremely thankful – a large number for which I am less than deserving – and I cannot list all my thanks simply due to space and time constraints.
    But, thanks be to God, thanks for my family, my wife (Bless Her Heart), our kids, and Auburn. Thanks for other TET readers for being here through times both bad and good and, damn, IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER!!

  8. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    I’m sure you know one of the things the incomparable Furman Bisher wrote was his annual “I’m Thankful” column. Since his passing, there’s been something missing, and your article is right on point. Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  9. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    It’s not Thanksgiving without the TET Thanksgiving post………

    I am incredibly fortunate to have a full life: awesome husband, beautiful family, great career, health, freedom…y’all get the idea. I’m fortunate that Pops of ToTM and my D are here sharing Thanksgiving AND the Iron Bowl with us.

    But you guys at TET, I read you guys when I was in West Virginia, but truly found you in Montana. You have seen me through two big moves, 2 babies, lots of ups and down. When I first started posting, I would spout stats and football knowledge (as I actually have some)… my career and home lives have simultaneously become more full and challenging, well, I’ve devolved to :”I hate Georgia”. Which is as true today as it ever was…but, you know, the content doesn’t have the same teeth……but you guys have always been there. Consistently. I sincerely appreciate your hard work, the fellowship and your love of the Auburn Tigers.

    I’m incredibly thankful that Auburn football is fun again!! I mean, really fun again! So much fun that they have me believing that they can take this very talented Bama team out to the woodshed. Big thanks to Coach Gus Malzahn. After tomorrow, it’s all about Beating Bama. Because lets face it, if your doing Thanksgiving well, it’s really hard to hate anything, even Bama (and I mostly mean that ;)).

    War Eagle, everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s kick the s**t out of Bama!!

  10. mvhcpa says:

    Great write-up as usual, Jay.

    Among the many, many blessings I have received in my life (my folks, my mrs, my friends, my faith, the honor and privilege of being an Auburn man) I am especially thankful that the TET staff invited little ole me to be a part of this mighty enterprise.

    Michael Val
    (who thinks we all have SOMETHING for which to be thankful, even in the toughest times)

  11. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    Always enjoy this Thanksgiving article. Now that I can sit down from cooking for tomorrow, I just wanted to say I’m thankful for a lot of things. I don’t post often but I do love TET and am thankful for being able to read it everyday. I am thankful for my husband and family. I’m thankful for my friends, I ‘m thankful I live in America, and most of all I’m thankful for my Savior. I hope all the TET members have a beautiful holiday with friends and family. War Eagle!

  12. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    I’m thankful for a holiday that is set aside to remind us of the important things in life.
    I need that – especially this time of year.
    It’s good to be reminded that there is more important things to life than college football. Faith, family, friends, health. and children’s laughter to mention a few.
    Thanks Jay for another great Thanksgiving post. Always one of my favorite articles by the founder.
    Happy Thanks giving to all!

  13. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone…. War Eagle!

  14. Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Saturday wasn’t bad either!