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El Toro! It’s time to suit up!

This “column” (if you can call it that) is just an excuse to unveil my pilfered and slapped together illustration of “El Toro.” I think I’ve got a crush. Our own WarBlogEagle author, Jerry, wants to call him “The Lawnmower.” We’ll throw the names out and see what sticks. I’ve got an illustration. How can Jerry make his lawnmower look tough? The ball’s in your court, sir.


Like a few others back in the chaos of December, notably our fellow Auburn bloggers at AuburnTron, I needed a shot of Auburn spirit.

I got that with new linebacker and junior college transfer, Eltoro Freeman.

“I talked to Coach Chizik and told him ‘War Damn Eagle!’” Freeman said. “I told him that I was going to sign with Auburn and there wasn’t any doubt about it. I’m so ready to be a part of the Auburn Family. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

We’re coming back. Me and the boys are coming! I’m ready! WAR DAMN EAGLE! I just can’t wait to be a part of the Auburn Family.”

Freeman said he had a message for the decommitments and other potential recruits.

“If Auburn can’t get’em, we’ll beat’em…If we can’t get’cha, we’ll beat’cha,” Freeman said.

We need the swagger (I know, it’s been said dozens of times by dozens of people but it’s true). And here’s hoping like hell that El Toro delivers Saturday against Louisiana Tech’s Bulldogs. I like to think that if he inspires me with his words that he’s doing the same in the locker room. God, I hope so.

According to a story last month from Jay G. Tate, Freeman growls. HE GROWLS!!!!

“Teammates say Freeman, the Tigers’ top option at weak-side linebacker, is the most energetic player on the roster. He growls on the field. He sings along the sideline. He dances in the locker room.”

That description reminds me of Auburn alum and NFL free agent Marcus Washington. And I absolutely love Marcus Washington’s attitude. I loved watching him dance all by himself in between plays while he was with the Redskins.

It’s infectious. It’s fun. And I’m hoping that “El Toro” Freeman can play a big part in making Auburn football fun for its fans again.

About J.M. Comer

J.M. graduated from Auburn in 1998 and again in 2000 with bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. He is currently a copy editor in Washington, D.C., and lives in Baltimore, Land of Pleasant Living. If you find yourself in beautiful Baltimore, he recommends Faidley's crab cakes, a stop at Atomic Books, an O's game at Camden Yards and plenty of Natty Boh.

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