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You Want Oregon? Really?

By on November 18th, 2013 in Football 18 Comments »

                                                                                                                       photo: Todd Van Ernst
I can’t tell you the exact number of times I heard it this season, I can however tell you that many of my Alabama fan friends talked all preseason, and up until the Oregon loss to Stanford, that they wanted to play Oregon in the title game. Not “if” they got to play in the title game, when

Why not? ESPN was trying its best to arrange that very game. The big discussion every week on College Football shows centered around who Alabama was going to play for the title. Oregon it seems, was the likely choice. Don’t get me wrong here, Alabama deserves all the media love they are getting. After all, they are the two time defending BCS title holder.

Recently there has been a rash of signs from the fans that they, meaning their team “Wants Bama.” I can assure you that most of them would lose rather emphatically.

All of that was to lead to this. We here at Auburn do not “Want Bama” nor do we desire to listen to the driveling media circus that this game will foster in the coming weeks. We get to play Alabama every year, and we don’t need signs that state the need to. We understand, perhaps better than anyone else on Earth what it is like to play with Alabama.

We have a heated rivalry with them, it is called the “Iron Bowl”, maybe you’ve heard of it. We deal constantly with their fan base, we live in the same state as they do. Our neighbors are either ‘Bama fans or Auburn fans. Even if you are an alum of another SEC school, you have a side in this game. It is that big, and always has been. That is why it named the greatest rivalry in college football.

The players may be willing to play anyone. As a competitor you want to take on the best in the country. This year, two of the best in the country will go toe to toe. The last BCS Champion vs the last BCS Champion not named Alabama, our name is AUBURN!


PS: Auburn defeated Oregon in our BCS title game.


  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    The only point in your article that I take issue with is the part about Alabama being the two time defending BCS title holder. They do, in fact hold that title, but did not deserve to be in the title game season before last. That fact was indeed questioned by an acknowledge authority on college football.

    “How can you play for the National Championship if you didn’t even win you own conference championship?”

    Nick Saban – 2010

  2. AUglenn says:

    “Our name is Auburn!”

    Love it koolBell!

  3. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Ha, who said they wanted Bama? Not me! I would be more than happy to play Kentucky in two weeks. LOL.

    I am however very happy to play Alabama every year and be one side of the greatest rivalry in College Football…at least between the alums. The sidewalk fans are the ones who make it nastiest rivalry in college football.
    Hey, give the devil his due, he has built the best program by far in college football. I admit I didn’t think he could do it. I thought Saban would struggle to get Bama on its feet, the alumni would be impatient and they fire him and eat his big contract before he got a chance to succeed. After going 6-6 his first season, I thought I was right, because Shula did not leave the cupboard bare. One thing Shula did very well was recruit and Saban had plenty to work with….and then he lost the last four games of the season including the last two to La Monroe and us. Somehow Saban weathered that storm, went 11-0 before thumping Tubby into the unemployment line, finished the season 12-2 and then it has been almost complete dominance since then.

    I have a lot of respect for Saban and the Tide. They play football the way I think it should be played….by training and practicing hard, being disciplined, and lining up and imposing your will on the opponent on both sides of the ball. Saban rarely tries to trick you, he just expects to execute his plays and have that be enough.
    Like it or not….”the process” works. Fortunately for us, we have a workaholic of our own that has shown an ability to DISRUPT the process.
    Do I WANT Bama?? No. But lets get it on anyway!!!

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Saban has built an organization to be admired and emulated, but there is room enough for two heavyweights in this state. Early indications are that Gus has laid the foundation for something special. Look for Auburn to close strong in 2014 recruiting and make major inroads to more elite recruits in 2015.

      This is just the beginning.

      • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

        I would agree. Sooner or later these kids are going to wise up and say, “I can go to Bama and ride the bench for three to four years or I can go somewhere else and PLAY for three years”.
        Gus did a FANTASTIC job his 1st year both ON and OFF the field. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER….and I was NOT a big fan of the hire. I thought he was as good as we could get at the time, but I just wasn’t sure Gus was the right guy to replace Chizik, since he was here most of Gene’s tenure and I thought it was only reasonable to assume that if he was willing to take in problem child Michael Dyer, Gus must have been part of the problem too. I am glad that my reasoning was faulty.
        Win or lose in two weeks, Gus is going to put a major dent in the Bama recruiting machine. 2014 is setting up to be another great year for Auburn. Marshall and most of our weapons will be back. The defense should improve and almost all of our main rivals will be starting new QB’s. If we don’t scale the mountain this year, we will be in good position to do it next year.

  4. mvhcpa says:

    Great read, KoolBell. What is interestingly overlooked with the “We Want BAMA” signs in other stadia across the country is what that statement really means, which is “We want recognition as the SECOND best team in the country”–hardly an inspiring sentiment, and probably more of a snivelling proposition than any fan would like to espouse.

    As opposed to the “WEEEEE want BAAAAA-ma” chant resounding through Jordan-Hare last Saturday, which meant “We are looking forward with great anticipation to this game this year, and Bama better be ready for it!”

    Michael Val
    (who is also glad to be looking forward to the Iron Bowl again!)

  5. aubb says:

    i get annoyed by the “sidewalk fans” vs “alumni” sentiment…i became an auburn fan when i was a kid like most fans…most of my family went to auburn. Am i a lesser fan because at 17 i chose a college for the courses it offered and not its football program (though that was hard to do)? and its on tv…

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Don’t misunderstand the sidewalk fan thing. What this is referring to is not people like you who had most of your family attend Auburn. That is not the definition of a “sidewalk fan”. The sidewalk fan everyone refers to has the following characterstics.

      No college graduates in the family
      4 or more magnets on their red truck
      Less than 23 teeth
      Address in a trailer park
      Plenty of Natural Lite in the fridge

      I too went to undergrad school at another school and finally got to hang an AU Masters shingle on my wall. But my Dad finished in 1941, my great uncle in 1927, Other family members in other years.
      I was an Auburn fan before I even sat foot on the campus as a student. With your father living and breathing Auburn you had no chance.
      I refer to someone who came in to my place of business with an UA Alumni sticker on their vehicle. When I inquired when he graduated he response was…”Oh I did not go there, if you give them money they will make you an alumni”
      That is the ultimate “sidewalk fan”
      Be proud of your family heritage with AU. You are NOT a sidewalk fan and don’t misunderstand the reference.
      War Eagle Auburn Man!!

      • KoolBell KoolBell says:

        I too have to take umbrage at all of this sidewalk fan stuff. I never went to Auburn. Nor has any of my immediate family ever been to school at Auburn. I have had one cousin attend AU and that is it. I have been an Auburn fan since I was old enough to make the decision.

        I find it offensive to label people simply on whether they, or some member of their family, went to school there.

        If you have any doubt about whether I bleed Orange and Blue, I humbly request that you go back and read any of my writings about the Auburn Tigers of any sport.

        To question the validity of my fanhood based on whether or not there is a scroll hanging from my office wall pisses me off. This is the exact thing that I felt the Auburn family stood apart from the rest of the college fan world.

        I also believe that our creed separates us from such haughty beliefs as these. I believe in a practical world… one that understands that in no way could all of us possibly attend Auburn University. I believe in work, hard work… the kind of work that allows a 52 year old husband and wife to retire and enjoy being Auburn fans. I walk humbly my GOD… because I know without a doubt that I could never be where I am today without his blessings.

        And because Auburn men and women believe these things, I believe in Auburn, and love it!

        • wpleagle wpleagle says:

          Hey Kool Bell, I don’t think the comment applied to you. I live in Georgia, but I’ve always heard the so-called Alabama alums that never went to school there shifted their allegiance depending on who was winning the most games. Wouldn’t surprise me if some of them went Blue and Orange when Auburn was on top!
          I think you are safely NOT in that category. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts (even if you don’t always get your apostrophes right), and I don’t think there’s a doubt in the world that you’re a DYE HARD Auburn Man!!! War Eagle.

  6. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    I personally am not buying into the hype yet – only repeating it. But on Siruis tonight Phil Savage was quoted in saying the only 1 loss team with a chance to get into the BCS Championship game is…. wait for it…. wait for it…. A-U-B-U-R-N! You got it!

    He made a pretty good argument. Pac 20 has pretty much ruled itself out… and he points out that voters will remember Oregon’s loss to Stanford. And Stanford’s two losses to USC and Utah. Further that they will go back in history and remember that the last time Oregon got to the big show… why they lost. To whom? Oh yeah…. A-U-B-U-R-N.

    He brings up the chink in our armor: AU’s loss to LSU. He made it out to be that folks would remember that game was early in the season – back in September. Heck they would be sympathetic to us.

    He mentioned that Clemson had no chance… because folks remember the shalacking it got from FSU.

    But also, no matter what happens for this to happen – we would need a heck of a lot of help! Baylor needs to get beat by OK ST. Ohio State would need to get beat by MSU.

    This all would have to be predicated on AU beating bama in the iron bowl and playing a highly ranked Mizzou in the SEC championship game. And then play an FSU for all the marbles??? Oh hell yes!

    It could happen. I believe! And what’ more… I am seeing the vision uttered by David Housel… years ago. Two NC’s in four years? Heck… at the time I didn’t think we would win one…. in my life time!

    Life is good!!!!!!!!!! I told my son tonight… you are living in AU’s time. Regardless, I am proud I got to earn my stripes through the rough and tough years late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and into this century. Through it all… it never changed my love for all things Orange and Blue!!!


    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Everything you said could happen easily. We could beat UAT, Mizzou, and Ohio State will have their hands full with MSU. Ok St could handle Baylor as well.

      It would have to be a perfect storm for Auburn. The odds are more than long that it will happen but how long were the odds that we would be 10-1 at this stage of the season.

      War Eagle
      Hate Bama….Beat Bama

  7. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    If God (and the entire FREAKING rest of the country) is for us, who could be against us?

  8. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    We comin’

  9. sparkey sparkey says:

    We are not playing in the national championship. I refuse to get my hopes up too much. If we beat Bama, and that’s a big damn if, FSU, Baylor, and OSU all have to lose. Oregon will play before us in the championship game if they still have one loss, period. On top of that, those three are not ALL going to lose a game. Baylor is not about to lose to anybody. For that matter, neither is Florida State. Ohio State is going to run rough shod through their games as well. Hell, I was thinking about it. Even with next year’s format we wouldn’t make it to the one of those two games. There’s four teams ahead of us.

    You guys have to forgive my cynicism here. I watched in fury as we didn’t even get a chance to play for it all going undefeated back in 2004. We are not the media darlings that are Oregon. Missouri, IF we make it to them, will give us all sorts of hell. They match up perfect against us. They have four wide receivers around 6’4 or 6’5 and all of them can jump out of the gym. That is the kind of offense that goes perfectly against us. For that matter, it will give Bama all sorts of hell too if it’s Bama. Sorry, but I’m not dreaming big like this. I’m sticking with winning against Bama. The rest is really too much pie in the sky for my taste.

  10. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Here’s the deal. I actually want Bama. I want to play them and I want to beat them. And by beat, I could care less if we own them or if we win in a squeaker. We can compete in this game and I can’t wait! War Eagle!!