Archive for the Category ‘Vintage’

Ahem Corner: A Pat Dye cough compilation

Ahem Corner: A Pat Dye cough compilation

Of all Pat Dye’s loveable idiosyncrasies, The Cough may be his most endearing. And enduring. How do you do a Pat Dye impression? To this day? You cough. It’s not mocking—Dye knew about the cough. He knew you knew about it. Everyone who settled into their recliner for the Auburn Football Review from 1981 to […]

Hut, Hut: That year Auburn football players had to live in tents

Hut, Hut: That year Auburn football players had to live in tents

The four-stars like four-star facilities, so the thinking goes, and so Philip Marshall has issued a warning: Get nicer, fancier, swanker lobbies and gyms and showers and stuff, Auburn, or pay the price in recruiting. It ain’t 1920 anymore. From the Plainsman: Talk about being in the doghouse. Related: Zelda Fitzgerald, Auburn fan. Do you […]

Lewis Grizzard’s thoughts on the 1986 Auburn-Georgia game ‘between the hoses’

Lewis Grizzard’s thoughts on the 1986 Auburn-Georgia game ‘between the hoses’

  Lewis Grizzard wrote that he loved David Housel. He wrote he thought Auburn fans had class. Despite being a devout Georgia fan, he even wrote one of the finest columns on the Amazins you’ll ever read. But he turned his typewriter on us after the 1986 Georgia game. (See if you can guess which […]

That time Auburn tore down the goalposts after upsetting undefeated Georgia and put them up at Toomer’s Corner for a week or so

That time Auburn tore down the goalposts after upsetting undefeated Georgia and put them up at Toomer’s Corner for a week or so

There were no automatic lowering mechanisms or whatever. No rent-a-cops to stand guard. Back in the day, the only thing to keep you from tearing down the goalposts after a win were the fists of rival fans. But for Auburn students in the 1930s and 1940s, black eyes were a small price to pay, at […]

Poor communication by official cost Auburn a win over Florida in first game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Poor communication by official cost Auburn a win over Florida in first game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Auburn fans leaving the most recent game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium were bitter and confused. Ditto the Auburn fans leaving the first game played in Jordan-Hare 75 years ago. Rules change. Uniforms turn into space suits. Stadium capacities quadruple. But bad officiating—ah, that is college football’s one constant. Actually, in Auburn’s first (varsity) game played […]

Kay Ivey in college

Kay Ivey in college

You most likely know her as Alabama’s newly reelected Lieutenant Governor, but she’ll always be Auburn’s lone representative at the 1965 Maid of Cotton contest… … and a 1966 Miss Homecoming candidate… … and Student Government Association Vice President to me. and not just the Women’s SGA mind you—she was in there with the big […]

Former Auburn coach John Heisman first proposed college football playoff in 1928

Former Auburn coach John Heisman first proposed college football playoff in 1928

Only one of the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings ever was coached by John Heisman, and the former Auburn thespian would be proud—not only for his old (and no doubt favorite) team, but for the entire game of football. It was Heisman, after all, who, in addition to first implementing normal […]

1892 Auburn team had to overcome artificial noise from cowbell-wielding Georgia fans (who went to Georgia Tech) to win first ever football game

1892 Auburn team had to overcome artificial noise from cowbell-wielding Georgia fans (who went to Georgia Tech) to win first ever football game

Auburn fans were the first to ring cowbells at games, so first we rang them at our first game: That’s the ironic bombshell dropped in a thread on The Bunker a TWER reader named Blake Burgess pointed me to. The evidence? A line from The Weekly Athens Banner’s coverage of the first installment of the […]

VIDEO: The Auburn Football Review of the 1993 Ole Miss game, Terry Bowden’s first

VIDEO: The Auburn Football Review of the 1993 Ole Miss game, Terry Bowden’s first

Here’s the first Auburn Football Review of the Bowden Era—Terry and Bobby, who makes a locker room cameo right at the beginning. You can watch the first commercials of the Bowden Era—Terry and Bobby—here. (Can’t see the video? Try here.) Video: Auburn Obsessive. Related: Watch the entire Auburn Football Review after Auburn’s 1991 win over Ole […]

Zelda Fitzgerald, Auburn fan

Zelda Fitzgerald, Auburn fan

The Wall Street Journal recently did a story on the secret pigskin passions of F. Scott Fitzgerald, about how his mostly unknown or forgotten or ignored devotion to Princeton Tigers football qualifies him as “a pioneer of the fanaticism that characterizes so many college football fans today.” There’s even this wacky you-never-know theory that his […]

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