If you’re an Alabama fan who can’t stand the Wolf, blame the horse.
“I have caught more hell from Alabama fans for mentioning Auburn on the air,” says Weather Channel meteorologist Reynolds Wolf.
Thankfully, he was used to it.
“I grew up in Alabama and as a kid in the 1970s, my dad was a huge Alabama fan, my neighbors were Alabama fans. If you were an Auburn fan, you were the odd man out.”
But if you had a sick horse, you didn’t take it Tuscaloosa.
“In grade school, my family owned horses,” Wolf says. “It must have been third or fourth grade. I came home, got off the bus. My mom was hysterical because one of the horses was dying, and the vet came over to put the horse down.”
When the vet saw the look on Wolf’s mother’s face, he decided to offer one last glimmer of hope.
“He said ‘there’s one thing we could do. There’s an equine center down in Auburn. I can’t guarantee anything, but these kids can work miracles down there.'”
And that’s what they did. Comida the Arabian pulled through. War Eagle.
“Sure enough, we drove the horse down to Auburn, and sure enough, they saved the horse’s life,” Wolf says. “As a seven or eight-year-old kid, that’s a pretty pivotal thing. When you have a university that can save your horse, that can definitely switch your allegiance.”
Wolf, who started at the Weather Channel in 2012 after six years at CNN, wound up attending Jacksonville State University. He got his certificate of meteorology from Mississippi State. Doesn’t matter.
“I did not go to Auburn University, but I kept my allegiance. I’m a proud member of the sidewalk alumni.”
Make that a very proud member.
Come fall, Wolf, a big believer in bowties, regularly mixes ‘War Eagles’ into his weather.
“Especially in the fall, we’ll show Toomer’s Corner during a weekend morning show,” says Wolf, who is currently the weekend host for the Weather Channel’s America’s Morning Headquarters. “Usually if it’s a great week, and Sunday morning, Toomer’s is just awash in toilet paper. It’s fantastic. So yeah, I’ll always throw in a ‘War Damn Eagle.’ I’ve done the Boda Getta cheer on the air more than a few times.”
This season, he guarantees he’ll do a few more, and not just from Weather Channel HQ in Atlanta.
“I plan to make it to at least four (Auburn) games,” he says. “Definitely going to be there for Georgia, definitely going to be there for the Iron Bowl. I hope to be up there live at Toomer’s Corner early in the morning that Saturday.”
Wolf says most of his fellow Weather Channel meteorologists are loyal to their alma maters.
“Some are very familiar with recent history in Auburn, so it gets a little fun (come football season), so to speak,” he says.
“You have a lot of them from Florida State, many of them from Penn State, many of them from Oklahoma.”
Do any of them say “Roll Tide?”
“No,” he says. “Surprisingly, there’s no Alabama representation inside the building, which is nice.”