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The last minute, cold-battling equipment management decisions that helped Auburn win the 1993 Arkansas game

The last minute, cold-battling equipment management decisions that helped Auburn win the 1993 Arkansas game

Long sleeve undershirts. Blue tights. Some random, just-sittin’-on-the-desk samples of some magic hand muffs. When Auburn traveled to arctic Fayetteville in 1993, football equipment manager Frank Cox decided he’d better be packin’ heat. And thank heavens. Because Otis Mounds’ hot temper couldn’t keep everyone warm. (Can’t see the video? Try here.) h/t Auburn Obsessive Related: […]

Football rules ‘and other pointers of interest’ from the 1914 Auburn-Vanderbilt program

Football rules ‘and other pointers of interest’ from the 1914 Auburn-Vanderbilt program

Football looked a whole lot more like football one hundred years ago than it did the first time Auburn took the field in 1892. Still embryonic, I guess, but in 1914 you could definitely make out the hands and legs and the face of the sport it would grow up to be. Players had been […]

Bo Jackson’s 1989 ‘Say No’ to cocaine commercial

Bo Jackson’s 1989 ‘Say No’ to cocaine commercial

Before Bo was The Ballplayer, he was The Anti-Drug Crusader. But even if you turned your back on crack (per the poster’s instructions), there was still the temptation to open your brain to cocaine, the pure, powdery, snortable kind. This time—late 1989 to be exact-ish—the greatest athlete of all time took the case for clean […]

Pat Dye, belly dancer

Pat Dye, belly dancer

New Years Eve eve, 1989. Busch Gardens. The legendary Pat Dye, about to lead his Auburn team to victory over John Cooper’s Ohio State Buckeyes in the 1990 Hall of Fame Bowl, lays his guts on the line, as it were. Phil Snow: “And Dye appeared to grasp the subtleties of the exotic dance much […]

[UPDATED] That time Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told Bama students he hated Auburn, then wore an Auburn shirt to apologize

[UPDATED] That time Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told Bama students he hated Auburn, then wore an Auburn shirt to apologize

“I hate Auburn.” That was the second sentence of Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s October 1993 speech at the University of Alabama. “I’m a big fan of Alabama football, and I’m not just saying that that. I hate Auburn. I hate it, not just the football team, the whole school and I would say that if […]

VIDEO: Charles Barkley vs. Barney the Dinosaur on 1993 episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’

VIDEO: Charles Barkley vs. Barney the Dinosaur on 1993 episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’

In 1993, Charles Barkley hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live (here’s the promo—Nirvana was the musical guest). And he posterized a purple dinosaur. (Godzilla had to cancel at the last minute.) The one-on-one Barkley on Barney showdown was part of Barkley’s monologue. “Hey, Barney, thanks for doing this on such short notice” Barkley says […]

VIDEO: Auburn linebacker coach Reggie Herring goes berserk in locker room after beating Florida State in 1990, leads AU players in FSU war chant

VIDEO: Auburn linebacker coach Reggie Herring goes berserk in locker room after beating Florida State in 1990, leads AU players in FSU war chant

It’d been so dang close the last few years, what with the FSU secondary, in the words of the ABC announcers, “getting away with manslaughter” and all. But 1990 was going to be the year. The Florida State game was such a big deal—Auburn was ranked 5th, FSU 7th—even Paw Paw, who isn’t really that […]

Rolling (Tanks Through) Toomer’s: How the City of Auburn celebrated the Fourth of July in 1956

Rolling (Tanks Through) Toomer’s: How the City of Auburn celebrated the Fourth of July in 1956

I always think that the first thing George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or someone from way back would notice were they gigawatted to modern times—2014 Auburn, say—would be the power lines. We totally don’t think about them, but if you go outside your house right now you will see all these crazy wires in the […]

Three fun plays you never see in highlights from the 1994 Auburn-Florida game

Three fun plays you never see in highlights from the 1994 Auburn-Florida game

That’s because they’re, as Jeff Shearer called them, lowlights: Sunday Night Lowlights. (Can’t see them? Try here.) Jason Taylor’s was actually a pretty dang athletic play, and given that he possibly either thought the ball was fumbled, an ambiguous resident of that weird behind-the-line gray zone where even the most expert football rulesman falls on […]

VIDEO: Beano Cook tells ESPN Auburn No. 1 in 1993

VIDEO: Beano Cook tells ESPN Auburn No. 1 in 1993

You’d see the quotes floating around citation-less in message boards and stuff—“If they’re (Auburn) the only undefeated, untied team on the night of Jan. 1, they would get my first-place vote. Why not? I go by the way a team performs. Auburn has done everything in a tough league—but, ah, now let there Beano doubt […]

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