Smilin’ Jack didn’t make any songs about beating South Carolina.
He did make songs about Shug Jordan, like “Win For Shug,” on the occasion of the stadium’s re-dedication as Jordan-Hare in 1975:
Tomorrow is James Ralph “Shug” Jordan’s 100th birthday.
Shug’s first conference win as a football player – sadly, it took almost two seasons – came in Auburn’s first game ever against South Carolina. That was in 1930. We played in Columbus. South Carolina was in the Southern Conference then. We won, 25-7. Shug was a junior. He played center. He sucked on sugar cane.
He was a man.
Just listen to him:
I’m sure it will be, Coach, I’m sure it will be. But last time we checked, we’re still Auburn, and they’re still South Carolina. Justin told me that the other day. I’ve been using it ever since. It’s true.
So let’s wish Shug a happy, happy birthday… let’s snap a hat around his venerable jowls, lets’ roll out the cake of conquest, let’s hope the trick candles of our nostalgia indeed never go out.
Let’s win for Auburn. And let’s win one for Shug – 1930-style: three yards and a mouth of blood. Let’s beat the hell out of the Gamecocks and the damn palmetto moon stickers they rode in on.
T-Pain, flip the lights…
Audio clips via.
Photo by B. Ashmore.