Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Look Back

The streak is over.

After seventeen straight wins, my beloved Auburn Tigers walked off the field in defeat.

Some of you may not realize this, but I graduated from Auburn University. I used to write a weekly blog on Auburn football in addition to doing a parenting blog. I eventually gave up on the football blog to concentrate on the parenting one.

I’ve always thought of Auburn football as an adrenaline rush. When I was in school, I never missed a game. In my sophomore year, I played in the marching band. I have many fond memories of those days, with the notable exception of the band needing a police escort to get out of Neyland Stadium (University of Tennessee) after Tennessee upset then #1 Auburn 34-20. (The students tore down the goal post and tried to run over the band with it.) Auburn football has always been a cardiac affair.

I have to admit, the streak was fun while it lasted. Out of the 17 games, over half of the victories were by a touchdown of less. Nearly three quarters of them were come-from-behind wins and at least five of them were by double digit totals. The last three games alone were in doubt until the last minute.

That’s Auburn football.

It’s so nerve-wracking that Auburn fans get nervous watching videos of the team play.

And for seventeen games, including both a National Championship, and an SEC title, it was wonderful.

This year’s team has struggles. The defense has more holes in it than the relationships at the end of The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows.

But it’s still Auburn football, win or lose.

So, to all my Auburn friends, I say only one thing.

War Eagle!

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