When I say “hung over,” I’m not talking about drinking. The only thing I had during the Auburn- Alabama game was Diet Mountain Dew.
Yet, the loss hit like a gut punch and it lasted for several days. We led or were tied with Alabama up until the last two minutes, but the game is sixty minutes and not 58 so we fell.
I was proud of the way Auburn played, but had seen the story twice already this year. We ran out of gas in the 4th quarter and lost to Kentucky. At Georgia, we had the momentum on our final drive. I believe we would have tied them. But the injury that interrupted what became our final set of downs shut us down for 20 minutes. And it’s hard to face a critical third down at the end of a game when you’re just flat cold.
And we all know how the final game of the season ended.
A salve to the wounds came out a few days later as it was announced Auburn would be going to the Outback Bowl. As of this writing, I don’t know if our opponent will be Wisconsin or Northwestern. I’m hoping for Northwestern. We’ve already seen Wisconsin twice in the last decade. Let’s get somebody new. Since we weren’t going to be a BCS team, we couldn’t have done much better if we had two extra wins. And, an Outback Bowl gives Auburn a game that sounds more respectable than some of the other opportunities. Also, we get more practice, which we desperately need.
For now, though, we have to put up with the tauntings of the redneck roustabouts. We can be gracious, which we always are, and do what our hearts tell us to do.
For, and every Auburn fan knows the feeling (and it was initially expressed beautifully by one of my Auburn friends on Twitter), I’d rather lose as an Auburn Tiger, than win as anything else.