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Time to Give Thanks

By on November 21st, 2012 in Football 40 Comments »

It’s hard to believe another Thanksgiving is upon us. Some years seem to go by faster than others. This one falls in that category. While Auburn fans have had little to be thankful for on the football field, I hope away from the game, things have been much better for you. After all, that’s what’s most important.

I hope you’ll again indulge me while I give thanks for another great year…

I would be remiss if I didn’t start off by thanking all of you. Track’em Tigers went through a tough stretch in late summer when we broke away from SB Nation and became independent again.

Through two site moves, you all stuck with us. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me and the other writers here. Through all the changes, our traffic has never been stronger. Our site has never looked better; and we owe it all to you. Thank you! Thank you!

While we’re on the subject, I want to thank the guys who write here every week. I’ve never been around a more resilient group of men. They never stopped believing in TET.

I’m especially thankful for Paul Elder (AubTigerman), who was the architect behind the new look Track’em Tigers. Paul insisted on nothing but the best, and thanks to him we have it now…

I’m thankful for the weekday lunches with my wife. After nearly 20 years of marriage, I cherish even more our time together. Those few minutes out of the day are the highlight of my week…

I’m thankful for this football season. While the results on the field were abysmal, off the field, it couldn’t have been better. You see, this season marks the final year (for a while) that I’ll share season tickets with my daughter.

Next fall, she begins her freshman year at Auburn. She’s been my tailgating buddy for 17 years and I would be lying if I didn’t say next season was going to be damn tough on her old man. I cherished every single moment with her this football season. Despite the outcomes, it may have been the best ever…

I’m thankful for the strawberry pretzel salad my wife makes for Thanksgiving. I know it’s a labor of love, because she complains the whole time she’s making it. It’s the best part of the Thanksgiving meal…

I’m thankful for cool football Saturdays. Where in the world have they gone?

I’m thankful for the Auburn University Marching Band. Although I’ve been going to home football games for 40 years, the hair on my arms still stand up when they come out of that tunnel and crank up War Eagle

I’m thankful for all the many Thanksgivings I had the chance to read Furman Bisher. His annual column is the inspiration for this one. He passed away on March 18th. Thanksgiving and sports writing will never quite be the same…

I’m thankful for that little red-headed boy who greets me each football Saturday morning in that Auburn jersey, ready for another game day. There are few things better in life than throwing a football with your son at an Auburn tailgate…

I’m thankful for a good Phillip Marshall column over at Auburn In a time of turmoil, it’s great to read a familiar voice of reason. He’s a true Auburn treasure…

I’m thankful when my mother-in-law’s routine medical tests come back negative…

I’m thankful for the first Christmas lights of the year and those radio stations that begin playing Christmas music right after Halloween. I can’t get enough of the Christmas season…

I’m thankful for a cool Friday evening on the patio with my dogs, along with my favorite beer and cigar…

I’m thankful to have been able to listen to Beano Cook, one of the great college football historians. Beano passed away earlier this year. His knowledge and wit will be missed…

I’m thankful for Thursday night college football games on television. It makes the weekend start a little earlier…

I’m thankful for the seafood lunches with my Dad each Friday. Talk about fun…

I’m thankful when the phone rings and it’s my grandmother on the other end sounding like she’s 46 instead of 86. Lord, I hope I get her genes…

I’m thankful for the Easter gathering at my aunt and uncle’s house each spring. It’s the one time of the year everyone from that side of my family gets together. It’s one of my favorite days of the year…

I’m thankful for baseball games at Plainsman Park. There’s nothing better than a spring day on the Plains…

I’m thankful for a warm day on the beach with a cold beer in my hand…

I’m thankful that I finally took up running and lost 30 pounds this year. Now, if I can just get the motivation to start back. I’ll wait until the pretzel salad is gone…

Finally, I’m glad to be an Auburn man. There’s no other place I’d rather hang my hat. Even during the tough times, there’s no better place on earth than Auburn, Alabama.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. bmbdaking says:

    As finally a member and a long time reader/fan of trackem I would like to thanks for the years of good ready, up to date info and the connection of family I feel on the site, I hope for many many more years, happy Thanksgiving, War Damn Eagle, Beat Bama!

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Nice post, Jay. We all have tons to be thankful for. God has truly blessed us all with Auburn.


  3. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I’m thankful that I live in a country where everything you mention is possible.

  4. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    I have way too many things to be thankful for in my personal life, it would take up too much space and since this is an AU site, I will limit my thanks to that.

    I am thankful for the feelings I get when I see the Eagle fly, when I hear the fight song, and when I see the toilet paper hanging from the Toomers Trees. These feelings are only Auburn and they are invaluable.

    I am thankful to the Editors here at TET for inviting me to be a part of the site. It has been a real blast and I hope I have spewed forth some worthy posts.

    I am thankful for the other members of this TET community, you all make it truly great.

    War Eagle!!!


  5. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I look forward to it every single year!

    I’m thankful for TET and really thankful for you guys sticking it out to make it happen. I have to say in the weeks that TET was down, I was a little lost. Thank you all for all of your hard work and perseverance.

    I’m also thankful for Paul and Klell who kept up with me in the weeks after the littlest ToTM was born. Those were some dark times and knowing that I had family close and far away meant the world to me.

    I’m thankful for my husband, whose dogged persistence got me back on my feet sooner than anyone expected. I’m thankful for my little boy, who loves dinosaurs and other sciencey things. He also wants to grow up to play football. It makes a Mama proud! His birthday is Saturday, so we know that we have something to celebrate on Iron Bowl day! (Also, Happy Birthday to the Col. Angus twins!!! May y’all have another great year!) I’m thankful for my baby boy, who is super healthy! He is only 3 months and is already filling out 6 month clothes! He’s the happiest baby (the goofiest baby laugh EVAH!) that I’ve ever met and is starting to sleep through the night on occasion. That’s just magical!

    I’m thankful that Pops of ToTM was able to travel up for the holiday. I hate being so far away from home-although FaceTime makes it much easier. But, I miss spending football Saturday’s with Dad. The most homesick that I’ve ever been always falls on the first football Saturday in the Fall. So many wonderful memories with Dad!

    War Eagle! Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

      Thanks for the kind words ToTM. You are a special member of our TET family. I hope you enjoy the family this Thanksgiving! You’ve certainly had an eventful year!

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:


      Glad to know the newest ToTM is progressing so well. Hope you are now healthy and completely back to your old self. Happy Thanksgiving to our Auburn family living in exile in the great northwest.

  6. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    Good stuff Jay. As always. This is by far my favorite time of year.

    War Eagle! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

      Thanks Derrick. It’s great to have you on-board. I always look forward to Fridays! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Thanks so much to everyone who stuck with us! And thanks once again to Jay for offering this gig to me! Who else has an editor who’s never rejected a piece? I really enjoy the lack of a leash, here! Plenty of room to go absolutely nuts! And thanks so much to Aubtigerman and Steven Morgan, who’ve been the architects of this new look. I know they had to have been sick of my emails. “This isn’t working. This is wrong. This crashed. We’ve got spam on the front page again.” I’m thankful for everyone’s patience!

    …..On a more serious note, it’s great to have someone like Jay on the blogosphere who’s going to say the tough stuff from a fan perspective. If Auburn’s leaders need to be criticized, you can count on well-reasoned and thought-provoking words from Jay. What you get on this site is fan opinion. We’re not beholden to a news organization, or Auburn university, or any other agency. What you get here is strictly how we see things, good or bad.

    …..This week is always special to me, so much so that I reserve a week of vacation every year for it. There’s no huge shopping list to get accomplished, no frantic late-night assembly of toys, no pressure. It’s just everyone back home for a great relaxing meal, and lots of downtime, then the Iron Bowl grudge match.

    …..The kids have filtered back in, and are sleeping in this morning. It’s a gorgeous day outside. Shirtsleeve weather for Thanksgiving? When does THAT happen? There’s fresh coffee on the burner, and a big pot of homemade chicken stock simmering on the stove. Life is good. I’ll spend an hour or so on more food prep this afternoon, but nothing too big. And of course, I’ll be reminiscing about Iron Bowls past.

    • Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

      Thank you Acid. I know you’ve got a big Thanksgiving planned as always. I hope you enjoy it to the fullest! I can’t wait to hear about it. And of course, it goes without saying that I appreciate all your hard work here. Nobody can break down a game like you, it’s a true gift!

  8. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! A little food, a little football and a lot of Love to go around.

    I can’t wait for Saturday. I’ll suit up in my lucky AU jersey (which hasn’t gotten much use this year) and take my wife (in her Bama gear [yeah, it’s like that]), break away from the little one and go watch the spectacle that is The Iron Bowl at a bar. Since I live in South Florida I’ll have to endure the Florida fans as they cheer on their team next to me. All with National Title hopes on the line, one way or another.

    I’m thankful for college football – amongst everything else.


  9. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    I am thankful for TET and everything Auburn. It’s tough to live so far away and among those other tigers. It’s still great to be an Auburn Tiger and it always will be. I have three wonderful children, a son and twin daughters, and while they are not all as orange and blue as I am, it’s great to see their children, all six of them, who live so close to me and my wife. The holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are noisy but fun. I am thankful for all the great memories we have. I still get very emotional about all of them and about Auburn.

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT BAMA !!!

    P.S. I would love the recipe for that strawberry pretzel salad. It sounds great. Thanks for a great article.

  10. audude audude says:

    A HUGE thanks to all the Auburn men here at TET… Jay, ATM, Kool, WEA, Derrick and of course Acid. As we all know things are not easy in our lives. Yet we all have so much to be thankful for.

    I am thankful to my wife of 18 years who supports me as my company sputters…my father, showing strength, who before last Christmas had a traumatic brain injury was in surgical ICU for 6 weeks and is still here with us and recovering and rooting for AU even though he never went…my mother who did to go Auburn and also introduced me to AU back before “Punt Bama Punt” and is demonstrating such strength of character taking great care of my father…and TET for keeping me abreast of things Auburn from 600 miles away.

    My God Bless all this Thanksgiving season and beyond!

  11. AUTigerinBR says:

    Thank you Jay for the great column. I love reading your work as well as all the writers on TET. And the new site is wonderful.
    I am thankful that my husband of 25 years today is an Auburn man through and through and that he is the one in the front seat while our 15 year old is driving us home for Thanksgiving! (And I will be super thankful when we arrive at our NW Florida destination)
    I am thankful for so much: the 15 year old and her 2 brothers, that we live in a country where we can worship freely, for great friends and especially for memories of those who are no longer here to celebrate with us. Tonight our family will tell stories and laugh until we cry, then we will laugh again. I am thankful for laughter.
    Even though I fear the Iron Bowl is going to be hard to watch/listen to Saturday, I am thankful for those of us that are going to do it anyway and who will never give up on our Tigers.
    War Eagle

  12. WDEJED says:

    I’m thankful that I finally get my degree from Auburn. I’m thankful that for all the friends, and family, that I have made there. I’m thankful that my parents have put up with me being in Auburn for 6 years. I’m thankful that the good Lord has let me see another Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to be an Auburn Tiger. I could go on and on, I am a truly blessed man.

    Thanks for writing this article, it reminds me of all I have to be thankful for. This is a great site that I am glad Mr. Paul Elder (Aubtigerman) pointed out to me. Keep up the good work guys.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Thanks Jed,

      It was a pleasure meeting you this year at the tailgate site. I hope you will be back there next year after you graduate.

      BTW, Congratulations on graduation!

  13. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    I’m thankful for the opportunity to express my Auburn fandom on TET without all of the comment wars that happen on other sites (incidentally TET is the only site I comment on, kudos to all of you running a great site). I’m thankful for Auburn football even if it stinks this year. I’m thankful to CGC and his staff for 2010, even when CGC goes I’ll remember him for 2010. I’m thankful for a shot at beating Bama, who knows right?

    I thank the Lord for my wife who wasn’t afraid to marry a 20 year old college student three years ago this December, and who gave us our beautiful baby girl, and our four week old son. I’m thankful for my (large) family pretty much all living in town and for all the friends (even the Bammers) I have been blessed to know in my life.

    Happy Thanksgiving yall!
    War Eagle and God bless!

  14. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Damn, Jay –
    I seemingly always get choked up when I hear the AU marching band playing our favorites and I sure as hell was choked up standing in AZ at the end of the MNC game but damn if your words didn’t just do that all over again! And thanks for mentioning the band!!
    Mentioning Furman and Beano also brings back fond memories; I’m thankful that I, too, have a mother-in-law for whom I care and one who treats me as her own (or maybe better)!
    I’m thankful for my wife and my life. And I’m thankful that I can look on the wall and see the tangible evidence of my degree from Auburn although the intangibles are the molds for my life.
    I’m thankful for you and all of the TET faithful who allow people like me to share my thoughts whether anyone agrees or not.
    I’m thankful for living in America and, while not perfect, it’s still the best place to call home.
    And I wish every one reading this a special Thanksgiving and I send my Auburn best to you all.
    War. Damn. Eagle.

  15. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    As usual – Good stuff Jay.

    Like Tiger on the Mountain, I always look forward to your Thanksgiving article. And it always encourages me to be thankful for my many blessings.

    Like Acid, I too am thankful we at TET have an Editor in Chief, “who’s going to say the tough stuff from a fan perspective.” (If tough words need to be said) “you can count on well-reasoned and thought-provoking words from Jay.”

    Thanks Jay! And …

    Thanks to all of the folks who choose to stop by and read Track ‘ Em Tigers.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all !

  16. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Mr. Coulter and thank you for the great articles.

  17. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    I’m thankful for my family, my friends here and elsewhere, and my Alma Matre. Thanks for giving us a place commiserate, debate, discuss and rejoice in the events of our University. I appreciate all the TET editors and authors hard work and all of the fellow members contributions. War Eagle and Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Thanks Jay for the great article and for keeping TET going. There is no better site out there. Checking out TET daily has become a big part of my day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the rest of the TET members.

  19. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    Thanks Jay for this great post. The Lord has really blessed me this year and one of those blessings has been Track ’em Tigers. Thanks for all you and the staff do for us every day of the year. Happy Thanksgiving.

  20. Im4Auburn says:

    Look forward to this article every year. Another good one Jay. Hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  21. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    Thank you for Track ’em Tigers and thank you for this post. It was a blessing. Hope you had a good day.

  22. mvhcpa says:

    Jay, those are wonderful thoughts committed wonderfully to paper/screen. I myself am thankful, honored, and humbled that you guys consider my paltry scrivenings worthy of being posted on the best Auburn blog around. Thank you for asking me to be a part of this worthy enterprise.

    Michael Val
    (who is also thankful that he has a lot more of which to be thankful as well!)

  23. Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

    Thanks to everyone for the nice comments. Hope you are having a great weekend!