Archive for the Category ‘Vintage’

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 […]

Watch the 1993 and 1994 Auburn episodes of Florida Football Highlights with Steve Spurrier

Watch the 1993 and 1994 Auburn episodes of Florida Football Highlights with Steve Spurrier

I’m supplementing the meager Auburn-South Carolina history stories with old Spurrier stuff (when he was at Florida. And San Francisco). Since we won’t see the Gators again until 2094 or something (unless they decide to start playing football and meet us in Atlanta), I feel good about it. The man is the Gamecocks’ coach; I […]

Remembering Spurrier to Beasley

Remembering Spurrier to Beasley

You think of them as legends, but legends in two different realms or universes or Wikipedia categories or something. Finding old articles that don’t just mention them in the same sentence but that document an actual football play that started with one and ended with the other is like what I would imagine reading some […]

The original capacity of Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium was twice as much as everyone says

The original capacity of Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium was twice as much as everyone says

I stumbled across my current favorite example of how almost everything you’ve been told about Auburn history is wrong while doing some digging for an Auburn Magazine story on the history of Jordan-Hare Stadium, this year being its 75th anniversary and all (I mean, I guess it is… who knows…). It’s a favorite because it’s […]

As Kroger expands, we look back at the first and most recent artist renderings of the legendary Auburn grocery store

As Kroger expands, we look back at the first and most recent artist renderings of the legendary Auburn grocery store

Publix’s come, Bruno’s goes, Winn-Dixies shall not rise again. But Kroger… Kroger remains constant. It thrives. It is constantly packed. After work, after church, it is simply impossible for someone who has lived in Auburn for more than five years to walk its hallowed, narrow aisles without trying to avoid someone you don’t have time […]

Did Auburn players ring cowbells during a Mississippi State game in the late 1960s?

Did Auburn players ring cowbells during a Mississippi State game in the late 1960s?

All the talk about Auburn fans giving Mississippi State a taste of its own artificial medicine by bringing their own cowbells to the MSU game? Auburn fan Ann Adams says it’s nothing new, and she decided to have a little show and tell at work Friday morning to prove it. Adams’ brother, Billy Erwin, played […]

Mississippi State considered handheld mirrors, cow tails as replacement traditions when cowbells were banned in 1975

Mississippi State considered handheld mirrors, cow tails as replacement traditions when cowbells were banned in 1975

Tradition, tradition, the cowbells are a tradition. Of course, no doubt, we get it. But forty years ago, when that tradition was threatened, it apparently wasn’t the cowbell, per se, that was so beloved by Mississippi State fans, but what it did: Limited their opponents to only four senses. “Mississippi State officials say they are […]

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