I did a double-take the first time I saw it. It was some years ago, at the old Lovelace Museum at the athletic complex, and I was still crying from seeing my first video and hearing my first audio of Shug. And then up on the movie screen: Angie Dickinson telling Frank Sinatra that Auburn beat Alabama by 12 points* in the original “Oceans 11” (1960). Thank you, David Rosenblatt.
It’s a landmark in Auburn pop culture references, not only for being certainly one of the earliest instances in film, but for the icons involved. It’s also nice for the fact that thanks to its recent national championship, Auburn was popular enough at the time (the movie was filmed in 1959) to be included organically into the script, rather than sneaked in by a screenwriter’s Auburn fan cousin or something. Not only that, Auburn’s half-decade dominance over Alabama was, you know… probably common enough knowledge to explain the eye roll in her voice, the ‘duh’ nonchalance of the delivery.
This year, as always, I feel the same way.
It’s expected. Done deal. Take it to the bank, Ol’ Blue Eyes… put it all on “2”.
*Auburn won by 6 in 1958, Bear Bryant’s first year. But hey.
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