Visiting AuburnTigers.com today will feel for a moment like visiting a Star Wars fan site. (Or a Vigo the Carpathian-centric Ghostbusters 2 site, depending on how you look at it.) Not that we would know what that feels like, but the bust of Bear Bryant pictured on the homepage and given to the recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award— this year, Gene Chizik —certainly resembles the gruesome expression of one Han Solo, frozen in Jabba’s carbonite.
And then, before you can even process the macabre juxtaposition of Chizik’s classic grin cheek to cheek with Bryant’s death mask, a hologram of Auburn princess Nell Fortner appears out of nowhere and asks you to help that great rebel alliance known as Auburn Women’s Basketball in it’s quest to defeat Darth Summitt this Sunday at Auburn Arena. (You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious. And loud.)
As Justin wondered, we’re not sure which is the better Jay Jacobs hire: Gene Chizik for bringing Auburn its first national championship since 1957 (and it’s third Bear Bryant Award in as many coaches), or Nell Fortner for being just generally awesome (“click, click”).
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He looks more like the emperor in Return of the Jedi than Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Can’t you just hear that thing say, “I can feel your anger.” Or perhaps, “Use your aggressive feelings, boy.”
I love the wry ironic smile on Chiziks face.
I’m going with Bear Bust = Emperor in Carbonite and for good discussion:
Chizik = Luke
Malzone = R2-D2
Trooper = Han
Luper = Wookie
Barbee = Lando
Saban = Darth Vader
Aubie = Jar Jar Binx
Foy Onion says
Bellhead, please refrain from referring to our beloved Aubie as Jar Jar Binx. Also, Darth Vader was seven feet tall. Saban is more like a jawa or an ewok gone bad.
Saban more resembles “Dark Helmet” from a Mel Brooks movie, IMHO
This article is hilarious!
That trophy scares the heck out of me.
Jaybird & Elibird says
Yes! We luv us some Coach Nell! She IS, and I mean IS, awesome.
Auburn Elvis says
Speaking of Saban, did anyone else catch his enunciation difficulties during the BCSCG? I fully expect him to give Corso, Holts, and Sylvester the Cat a run for their money in a few years.