Archive for the Category ‘Vintage’

Here’s a great Christmas photo of Shug and David Housel (dressed as Santa Claus)

Here’s a great Christmas photo of Shug and David Housel (dressed as Santa Claus)

If they have a print of this–and how in the world could they not?–it has to be at the top of the Grab In Case of Fire list in the Housel household.  Imagine being an Auburn fan, being someone who has devoted your entire young life to Auburn, and being able to dress as Santa […]

Short, silent clip of Pat Dye being introduced to fans at a 1981 Auburn basketball game

Short, silent clip of Pat Dye being introduced to fans at a 1981 Auburn basketball game

Pat Dye was introduced to Auburn fans on Jan. 10, 1981, at the Auburn-Florida basketball game in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. We have an eight-second clip of it. The video is silent, but the place was loud. Dye got a standing ovation. He said that encouraged him. Three years later, Auburn won the national championship. (Can’t […]

VIDEO: That time Auburn fans flew banners over Legion Field to let Alabama and Florida know Auburn was real SEC Champ in ’93

VIDEO: That time Auburn fans flew banners over Legion Field to let Alabama and Florida know Auburn was real SEC Champ in ’93

There was no denying it—Auburn was the best team in the best conference in America. It was obvious, it was on the record. Which is why AU grad Will Collier felt fans attending or tuning in to the Alabama-Florida game on Dec. 4, 1993 deserved to know what they were actually watching: The SEC Consolation […]

Five Forgotten Fun Facts about the first football game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Five Forgotten Fun Facts about the first football game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Everyone has retweeted the commemorative infographics and seen the logo and stuff in the programs and stuff all year, but Nov. 30 was the actual anniversary: 75 years—football has been played in Jordan-Hare Stadium for 75 years. I wrote a story on the stadium’s history for the Winter 2015 issue of Auburn Magazine, trying to […]

Bama grads helped fund Auburn Stadium by purchasing 100 tickets to first game in 1939, given block seating on 50-yard line

Bama grads helped fund Auburn Stadium by purchasing 100 tickets to first game in 1939, given block seating on 50-yard line

Well, it’s awkward, for both sides. That’s probably why it doesn’t make it into the histories. But I prefer to think it a harder pill for Bama to swallow, to have to know about. Yes, they were here, a lot of them, taking part in what you think would have been, should have been the […]

VIDEO: Bear Bryant isn’t sure Bo Jackson got in the end zone for winning ’82 Iron Bowl touchdown

VIDEO: Bear Bryant isn’t sure Bo Jackson got in the end zone for winning ’82 Iron Bowl touchdown

The sun didn’t come up Sunday morning at the Bryant house and later that afternoon. Steadman Shealy, former Bama quarterback and host of The Bear Bryant Show, barely had the strength to open the Golden Flag bag. Losing to Auburn for the first time in 10 games was a big, depressing deal for the Tide. Bear […]

How FDR’s ‘Franksgiving’ fiasco nearly spoiled the dedication of Auburn Stadium

How FDR’s ‘Franksgiving’ fiasco nearly spoiled the dedication of Auburn Stadium

In late March, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stopped briefly in the Loveliest Village of the Plain and gave a speech. He opened by complimenting Auburn’s football tradition and closed by hinting that he may have to pull for the Tigers come fall, presidential neutrality be damned. And in between he talked about how wonderful […]

Werther’s Originals fan Ace Atkins on being a grandfather who won the 1993 Iron Bowl

Werther’s Originals fan Ace Atkins on being a grandfather who won the 1993 Iron Bowl

I mean, everyone had a “tell my kids about this” line in them back during the smoky Auburn locker rooms of yesteryear. But listen to that description. The Auburn Assassin was already writing in the locker room! “When my grandchildren are on my knee and I’m sitting there sucking on Werther’s Originals, I can sit […]

Watch Phil Snow ask Pat Dye about his famous ’60 minutes’ line after the 1982 Iron Bowl

Watch Phil Snow ask Pat Dye about his famous ’60 minutes’ line after the 1982 Iron Bowl

It’s arguably the greatest comeback in football coach press conference history. Or at least introductory press conference history. Those are for coaches to thank everyone they can think of and talk about working hard and building things, not for giving the finger to the arch rival your new team hasn’t beaten in eight years. But […]

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 […]

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