It's the 30th anniversary of the '89 game, so you're going to see a lot about the First Time Ever, about Dye the Liberator, and everything. And, yeah. But you probably won't hear much about the wacky way Dye wanted to go about righting the rivalry when he first got here. Turns out that back in 1981, minus any movement on bringing Bama to Auburn, Dye's initial idea wasn't for … [Read more...] about Before the First Time Ever, Pat Dye tried to get clever
Auburn's first game against Samford (née Howard) was played in 1903. It was in Auburn and it was amazing. Auburn scored 10 touchdowns. Samford barely ran 10 plays. Because back in the day, believe it or not, you had an option after your opponent scored—receive or kick. Which of course seems insane. Why in the world would you not want the ball? Well, you wouldn't want it if … [Read more...] about Auburn’s first game vs. Samford resulted in the best football headline ever
Forget the Monday Night meow—here's three minutes of a dog weaving in and out of plays during an Auburn spring practice in 1964. Around 1:20 he even gets in on a tackle. No one bats an eye. https://youtu.be/UGiOg2e3WJM As to my theory that Auburn is the college campus exhibit in some sort of Platonic Disneyland, Air Bud: The Dog Bone Formation (or should it be The … [Read more...] about Spring Practice Was Ruff: Dog dominates Auburn scrimmage in 1964 film
It always made me feel a little inferior. I couldn't help it. You're growing up and the CBS and ESPN intros make you feel that Auburn and Georgia are the Adam and Eve of southern football, and that feels good and right. And then one day you realize that maybe they're just, like, the Cain and Abel or something... because, OK, people are now throwing "Deep" in front of it. Oh, … [Read more...] about It’s Pronounced Jordan: Time to rebrand the Auburn-Georgia rivalry?
Emailing with David Hermecz was great. Talking to him was even greater. Amazing stories here about life as an Auburn eagle handler in the mid-70s. Driving to games in a cardboard-covered station wagon. Whacking drug-addict rats. Freaky puncture wounds. TAKE A LISTEN! (And if you want to help keep the podcast and the website and all the other stuff coming, please consider … [Read more...] about It’s Pronounced Jordan: Debunking the Swamp with 1970s War Eagle handler David Hermecz