If you read today’s Plainsman, you’ll learn that I’ve never been drunk, which would seem to suggest that I’m ignorant when it comes to the culture of alcohol. Which I am.
So maybe I just don’t know what passes for libationary propriety among professionals. And I definitely don’t know what drinks cost then, nor what they cost now.
But it’s just kind of hard to believe that Auburn footing a $2,000 bill (calculating for inflation—actual 1977 cost: $499.15, including bartender and hospitality room… and you gotta have napkins) for beer and whiskey at an AU hosted high school coaching clinic would, like football players posing with coeds in Playboy, go over well in the age of the Auburn Family, etc.
I don’t know – maybe it wouldn’t be a big deal now, like it apparently wasn’t then; I mean, there’s Pres. Philpott on the guest list.
Regardless, what’s important is that now you know how much Barfield (more like Bar-Filled… more like Beer-Full) and the boys (and let’s be honest, we know who soaked up the most) put down out at Stokers on April 30, 1977, and that stuff is important for a healthy Auburn imagination, Reddit-worthiness notwithstanding… “TWER at its TWERiest” as someone recently put it. Yes, TWER at its TWERiest. You know you love it. And I know you love it. Or I really hope you love it. (Do you love it?)
I’ve got the brochure and the schedule for the 1979 clinic, too, just not the Stoker’s receipt… which may have been a little more that year. Guest speaker? Woody Hayes, his knuckles still bruised purple.
In the words of Ron Anders, Doug Barfield was a good man.
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