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Netflix Iron Bowl 2012: Trends in Auburn and Tuscaloosa Movie Rentals: Week 3

A documentary that “follows the 1994 exodus of refugees from Cuba to Miami.” Interesting choice (again), Auburn.

Time is marching on and with it, college football season. Week 2 of the season saw Alabama making the most of a non-conference game against a non-Top 10 team. Week 2 saw Auburn score 10 points in their first loss to Mississippi State in 10 years (actually only 4). So where does each team go from here? Will Alabama continue on their early season tear against Arkansas? Will returning to the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare help Auburn an 0-3 start? Let’s see what fans are thinking using our Netflix Fan Psyche Technology (NFPT—patent pending).

One doesn’t need the sophisticated technology of our NFPT to figure out that it’s probably been a rough week in Fayetteville. After all, the Razorbacks lost in overtime against ULM in what is arguably the biggest upset of this young season. So it’s no surprise that one of the top movies for Hogs fans was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Arkansas fans are looking for any tips they can to help defend their beloved fortress from an evil wizard and his minions. Hogs fans can only hope that Razorback Stadium doesn’t take the beating Hogwarts did.

Speaking of losing to ULM, in overtime, at home…Razorback fans have been looking for any evidence that regardless of how dire your circumstances, you can make your way back. This obviously explains the appearance of 127 Hours in the Fayetteville’s  Top 10 local favorites. Sure, it hurts to get your arm trapped between rocks. It’s terrible to be without food and water. It’s also a bit of a pain in the ass to cut your arm off with a pocket knife, but if you keep your head up and hold on to hope, you can climb out of the valley back into the light. Of course, if the lessons Aron Ralston’s lessons are too intense, there’s always the more genteel, British way, watching videos of Fayetteville’s own Iron Lady.

Fans in Tuscaloosa are still in high spirits according to the NFPT. Now that the Tide is finally going to begin conference play, fans can’t wait to see this team work towards achieving it’s ultimate potential. Chronicle is a Top 10 movie in Tuscaloosa. The film follows young men working through the impact of their newly found superpowers. Will they be able to handle all of the power? Will the Tide’s players be able to heed their coach’s advice and continue to focus on each opponent, regardless of their stature or record?

The No. 2 local favorite shows fans in Tuscaloosa have faith in their young men. T-Town residents have been watching Trespass as their team prepares to lay siege to Razorback Stadium. It seems the Alabama Nation has thrown down the gauntlet to their first SEC opponent. Bama fans’ warning for the Hogs is Tresspass’s tagline, “When terror is at your door, you can run, or you can fight”. We’ll get Arkansas’ answer Saturday afternoon.

Fittingly enough the team that shocked the Razorbacks last week rolls onto The Plains to take on Auburn this week. The NFPT shows that fans in Monroe are enjoying the ride, while struggling with their new place as SEC West Giant Killer (ULM beat Alabama a few years ago—never forget). The mood in Monroe this week has been light…one could say this week has been A Little Bit of Heaven. Of course, the good folks of Monroe know that with great power comes great responsibility, so to avoid becoming too big for their britches ULM fans have been watching Hal Jordan as he becomes worthy of being the Green Lantern.

Learning from the mistakes and triumphs of Hal Jordan isn’t the only preparation Warhawk fans are doing. The citizens of Monroe are also preparing for Auburn by watching the Samuel L. Jackson vehicle, Arena. The film’s story parallels that of the Warhawks. A young man is forced to fight in brutal battle after brutal battle to prove he has what it takes to survive. Fans obviously know that beating Arkansas was huge, but they also know that no one will be talking about them in Week 4 unless they knock off a second consecutive home favorite.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the No. 1 film in Auburn. Just like last year around this time, the documentary Balseros has made an appearance as a local favorite in Auburn. The film documents “the 1994 exodus of refugees from Cuba to Miami”. The NFPT and I both agree that the film is probably showing up on the list because after 2010 and even 2004 the Auburn raft seemed to take on a few extra passengers. It seems that a few losses have these wonderful people looking to jump ship before we make what they believe to be a rough landing, or worse yet, become lost at sea. If you are one of the newest passengers, please feel free to take your leave, this ship really only has room for family…

As always, the Auburn Family has made sure to let their Tigers know that we’ll always be around for them. Through good and bad, thick and thin, in sickness and in health. At Auburn we love our team; they’re our family. Anyone who has ever sung the alma mater or recited The Auburn Creed knows what Auburn is about. Being an Auburn Fan means sticking with your team regardless. Auburn fans have taken The Vow.

Dramatic reenactment of the NFPT machine giving us this week’s results.


Stephen Savage, Auburn Man exiled to Baton Rouge, is currently working on his PhD in Political Science. In his free time he enjoys watching movies and writing about them on his blog, Movies N’ Munchies. For more evidence of how Netflix movie rentals reflect the psychology of local fan populations, click here.

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