Archive for the Category ‘Vintage’

Turquoise Tigers: Auburn wore ‘Somewhat Greenish Blue’ jerseys for the 1941 A-Day game

Turquoise Tigers: Auburn wore ‘Somewhat Greenish Blue’ jerseys for the 1941 A-Day game

I was doing this huge post on the history of A-Day—about how the first “A” Day in Auburn was in 1926, but the first A-Day football game (as opposed to just a plain ol’ spring game) wasn’t played until 1940. But trying to finish it before A-Day got kind of overwhelming and I’m in a […]

The eternal final second of the 1982 Iron Bowl

The eternal final second of the 1982 Iron Bowl

For Auburn fans, especially those for whom Bo going over the top relieved of nine, long, win-less years of pain, the 1982 Iron Bowl never ended. But according to the scoreboard, it technically never ended for anyone. We’d seen the pictures, tons of pictures. But that the game’s final second wasn’t just the moment when […]

Watch Pat Dye sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Randy Campbell after the 1983 Auburn-Florida game

Watch Pat Dye sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Randy Campbell after the 1983 Auburn-Florida game

If someone asked you which Auburn coach was more Andy Griffith you’d probably go with Shug. But I’ll be dad-gummed if this ain’t the most Young Griffith—I’m talkin’ first season, almost No Time For Sergeants young—rendition of “Happy Birthday” ever sung. (Can’t see the video? Try here.) Nineteen eighty-three was a hell of a year […]

A photo of Auburn football legend Walter Gilbert with his freakishly strong great-grandfather

A photo of Auburn football legend Walter Gilbert with his freakishly strong great-grandfather

Walter Gilbert, phenom of the mid-30s, is an Auburn football legend: captain of the Tigers’ first bowl team (that’s him you see shaking hands with the yankee), Auburn’s only three-time All-American (I think), and a College Football Hall of Famer (inducted in 1956). His great-grandfather, who according to The Plainsman could  “pick up a 52-gallon […]

Rare photos of Heisman Trophy winnner Pat Sullivan in all of his Pat Sullivan-ness

Rare photos of Heisman Trophy winnner Pat Sullivan in all of his Pat Sullivan-ness

Beano Cook did an interview with Pat Sullivan back in the early 90s for an episode some Heisman history series called “Heisman Heroes.” (Beano had fond memories of the Super Sully campaign.) I found a tape of it. But it’s not that great a copy. The picture’s constantly jumping and stuff. But it does include […]

Noted Auburn alumnus bought, brought century-old eagle statues to Toomer’s Corner after spotting them in driveway of wealthy Philadelphian

Noted Auburn alumnus bought, brought century-old eagle statues to Toomer’s Corner after spotting them in driveway of wealthy Philadelphian

Last week we learned that what little we thought we knew about the history of the eagle statues at Toomer’s Corner was wrong, duh… because this is Auburn, and that’s what happens when you’re dealing with traditions tied to Toomer’s Corner (see: everything). But that century old Philly connection obviously isn’t the whole story. Sure, […]

[UPDATED] On The Mysterious Origins of the Toomer’s Corner Eagle Statues: Marble birds may have once perched on a building in Philadephia…and may be 150 years old

[UPDATED] On The Mysterious Origins of the Toomer’s Corner Eagle Statues: Marble birds <s>may have</s> once perched on a building in Philadephia…and may be 150 years old

Toomer’s Corner is, like, the Bermuda Triangle of Auburn tradition. Dates disappear, memories go haywire, origin theories appear out of thin air, facts vanish without a trace. The Toomer’s Oaks were a million years old. I mean 85 or something. Check out this picture of one of the Toomer’s Oak on my shirt—ha, made you […]

Shug smoking it up with the Sewell Hall stuffed tiger and some guy

Shug smoking it up with the Sewell Hall stuffed tiger and some guy

We currently claim the top two (here and here) Google search spots for “Shug smoking” and we’re goin’ for three. Here’s ol’ Lefty danglin’ a cigarette in his righty circa ’74-ish with that Sewell Hall stuffed tiger that showed up in, like, every other photo back in the day. And that guy. No idea who […]

Shug Jordan’s last name was once included in the ‘Pronunciations’ section of Auburn football media guides

Shug Jordan’s last name was once included in the ‘Pronunciations’ section of Auburn football media guides

Love thinking about the double takes from the cub reporters their first day on the job. It’s be a great short scene for the Shug biopic. Jimmy pours himself a cup of joe, loads a sheet into his new Smith-Corona Skyriter, and cracks open the crisp 1960 media guide for the Auburn Tigers. Jimmy: “Jordan? […]

Thankin’ Our God, Thankin’ Our People: Rare locker room footage of a teary Pat Dye praying after Auburn beat Alabama the 1982 Iron Bowl

Thankin’ Our God, Thankin’ Our People: Rare locker room footage of a teary Pat Dye praying after Auburn beat Alabama the 1982 Iron Bowl

You’ve probably seen video of that “I’m gon’ go back out there and thank your people” line before, but you probably hadn’t seen them actually thankin’ our people. I hadn’t, at least. And I hadn’t see that teary Pat Dye prayer. Oh man, that prayer: “I want to thank You for… what Auburn University stands […]

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