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An even better view of the Auburn helmet visor

An even better view of the Auburn helmet visor

Here’s an even better view of the curious Auburn helmet visor that dual-hat-threat legends David Langner and Mike Fuller used to stupefy both the sun and coverage units in the early 1970s. That writing on top? Yep, his jersey number. You can read the story behind (and even see video of) the visor here. h/t […]

That time a Morganna the Kissing Bandit impersonator busted in on Pat Sullivan at an Auburn club meeting

That time a Morganna the Kissing Bandit impersonator busted in on Pat Sullivan at an Auburn club meeting

Pat Sullivan. Morganna the Kissing Bandit, or at least a Morganna the Kissing Bandit impersonator and her over-sized shakers… what a fun, perfectly mid-80s night it must have been for members of the Northwest Georgia Auburn Club. Speaking of Morganna? h/t @AU_History / photos via the Auburn Alumni Association. If you’d like to help TWER […]

Rare photos of, reflections on Jimmy ‘Big Red’ Phillips

Rare photos of, reflections on Jimmy ‘Big Red’ Phillips

Jimmy “Big Red” Phillips passed away last Wednesday in Auburn. He was 79. And he was such a good football player. Wikipedia says it’s only 10. Wikipedia is wrong. There’s some Plainsman story from back in the day that says Red was on nearly twice as many All-America lists in 1957, 18 in total. That’s […]

That time Aubie busted in on an Auburn coed in the shower during the Blizzard of ’93

That time Aubie busted in on an Auburn coed in the shower during the Blizzard of ’93

Most people in Auburn remember the Blizzard of ’93 for the half a foot of snow. Britney Barker Byrne, 41 as of today, mostly remembers it for the masked intruder. She hadn’t been in the shower long. She was cleaning up because the talk was that they’d go out, marvel at the Loveliest Ghost Town […]

The true, criminal origins of the Toomer’s Corner tiger paw

The true, criminal origins of the Toomer’s Corner tiger paw

The true history of Toomer’s Corner, as it pertains to Auburn tradition, is in large part a history of Auburn vandalism. No, it wasn’t some ancient form of communication—the toilet paper was a slow-developing ritual of rambunctiousness gradually granted immunity from legal tsk, tsk, tsks because hey, Auburn won, who cares? But the questions of […]

Never-before-seen photos of Leonard Nimoy’s 1974 star trek to Auburn

Never-before-seen photos of Leonard Nimoy’s 1974 star trek to Auburn

“On a humorous note, Nimoy began speaking of experiments conducted by Dr. Werner Von Braun dealing with flashes of light. He related the flashing theory to the Auburn crowd by saying the flashing is happening now in the form of what we call streakers.” Yes, it was a heck of a week for Spock to […]

That time Bruce Jenner came to the University of Alabama Auburn University

That time Bruce Jenner came to <s>the University of Alabama</s> Auburn University

Bruce Jenner has recently transitioned from sideshow to the center ring of Cirque du Kardashian. Thanks to his evolving sense of self, the reality star and one-time Olympic golden boy is earning headlines at a rate not achieved since his days as America’s buff breakfast buddy. How big a deal was Bruce Jenner after destroying […]

That time Shug Jordan bailed out the entire Georgia basketball team

That time Shug Jordan bailed out the entire Georgia basketball team

Unlike other iconic college football coaches from yesteryear, Shug Jordan actually found time to coach basketball for a few seasons. And coach it well. In a 1968 interview, Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp said Shug was “as fine a football coach as he was a basketball coach.” Not only is Jordan Auburn’s fifth winningest basketball coach, with […]

VIDEO: The story behind the 1986 Coke commercial filmed in Auburn

VIDEO: The story behind the 1986 Coke commercial filmed in Auburn

In the summer of 1986, Coca-Cola started doing these college-themed commercials for that stuff that briefly masqueraded as Coke to run in local markets across the country, and they were shot at actual colleges (you can’t beat the real thing). A Montgomery-based advertising firm got the nod for the two Alabama commercials—one for the good […]

Auburn’s first amazing new scoreboard

Auburn’s first amazing new scoreboard

The impulse that will possibly soon raise a spaceship over Jordan-Hare: IMPROVE THE GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE. It is the mantra, mantra, mantra of Auburn Athletics. And it was always thus. Forty feet wide, 15 feet tall: These were the jaw-dropping specs for Jordan-Hare’s first scoreboard — “one of the most modern in the country” — that […]

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