Well here we are on Monday and yes, for those of you who are watching the news and are aware that the south east is getting a record amount of rainfall. The last time we had flooding like this in Atlanta was after Hurricane Ivan. Y’all see a hurricane on the radar? Nope. Its just been raining…for DAYS. And it ain’t stoppin’. I just saw news footage of people in a row boat using a WEED WHACKER as a motor. Damn, we rednecks are crafty folk. A dude rescued his cat by floating it out of his house on a bean bag. Too bad his lava lamp didn’t survive. But you can bet your ass if there was a football game to be played in weather like this, it would be played.
Oh wait, it was!!
Did y’all SEE the footage from the Auburn vs. West Virginia game on Saturday? Take a look at THIS video and come back. The singing in the distance? That is the Auburn student section. When they EVACUATED the stadium (yes, evacuated – in all my years as an Auburn fan I don’t think thats ever happened) the majority of the students stayed and partied their asses off in the rain. They sang along to the music and kept their energy level up the entire game. It was originally a 7:45 p.m. EST kick off. The bottom fell out beforehand and the stadium was evacuated because there was a severe weather advisory. They had to wait until 30 minutes after the last confirmed lightning strike before they could kick off. So at 8:49 p.m. EST the game finally got started. And I sat on the edge of my seat, thanking God I wasn’t down there in the rain, praying to GOD our defense finally realized that Noel Devine is one fast SOB. That dude is a blur. Jager joked last year that he saw him run by his window in Baton Rouge and I wouldn’t doubt it. Shiza! So I endured the good (yardage), the bad (interceptions!), and the ugly (our tackling is ATROCIOUS) to see our Tigers prevail in the end. Huzzah. We’re 3-0. Normally that would mean we are ranked but Auburn is going to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the SEC this year. They get no respect. Frankly I’m not quite ready to declare victory yet either. WVU is unranked and although Noel Devine is a candidate to play The Flash in the movie adaptation of the comic book, I am still cautiously optimistic. Yes Superman, STILL. I’m glad we won. Now lets go beat a RANKED opponent, mmmkay? And speaking of watching from home, what is UP with all the Scientology commercials on ESPN2 during the game? Uhh, hello Scientologists. God has this Bible and it’s got a BELT and the BUCKLE is in Alabama. I think you missed your target audience by a few time zones. Aim your radar at UC Berkley, ok? The largest campus organization at Auburn (last I checked) was still Campus Crusade for Christ. So unless you can prove that Jesus was a Scientologist or L. Ron Hubbard was a Disciple, I think your mission is futile.
As for the other games…USC lost, heheheheh! I loved Sarkisian’s comments at the end of the game. He answered every question with the same answer just worded differently. "Our kids played HARD!" "We won because we played HARD!" Hey coach, INTERVIEWING is HARD, aint it? There’s this little thing called Media Training, you may want to look into it…along with Lane Kiffin. So UT bothered to show up for the game but if Monte hadn’t been covering for his son’s ass with a strong defense (and Tebow needs to get straight with the Lord because he was OFF during that game) UT would have gone down in flames. I’m just glad UF won because if not, Shug and I might have had to sneak back home because Gator Dad has this amazing Incredible Hulk impression when the Gators don’t do well and my puppy is only 6.5 months old. At the very beginning of the game, Gator Mom screamed like someone was attacking her when the UF player got attacked via facemask. She was shrieking and startled Dad and I. Shug had NO idea what do do. He would jumpup and run to the people when they were clapping and yelling, thinking they were saying "YEY PUPPY! It must be because I’m good!" and when we were screaming at the television he was cowering trying to figure out what he did wrong. So cute. I’m glad no one in our household yelled, "Go Dawgs!" during the UGA game (it was more like, "KILL THE HAWGS!") because that would be really confusing to him and frankly thats pushing it. We’re supportive to a point. After that…don’t expect me to sing your fight song or anything. NYC Bro doesn’t even return the favor and cheer for Auburn or UF so frankly, this is a one sided support system anyway. But I digress…so UGA looked ok against Arkansas but wow, that game had me worried for a bit. Where was the defense? On either side? Seriously. That was slightly alarming. We have more games to play and the even more alarming was the fact that Arkansas is showing some progress. #$%^!! Finally, do I even need to mention how badly Alabama beat the ever living bejesus out of North Texas? Damn Nicky Saban…that was harsh.
Getting serious now…
I will admit one thing impressed me a LOT so far with this regime change. Gene Chizik has apparently been making the team recite the Auburn Creed. He’s been emphasizing it as their foundation as a team and as their tie to the university. For those of you who know me, you know how much the Creed means to me and to many of my fellow Auburn alums. Its the basis for our philosophy and a way to live. I learned it the first time I stepped foot on campus and lived it for the rest of my time there. I have it framed and hanging in my office. The one thing that always annoyed me when one of our football players was interviewed in the past was that they didn’t seem to know about Auburn. This university that loved and supported them…and they had no foundation. They didn’t know our traditions. They didn’t know what it was to be an Auburn Man or an Auburn Woman. And what I heard the players saying again, and again…and again…was that they all had the same vision. They were all on the same page. When Kodi Burns wasn’t named as the starting quarterback, he didn’t cause division on the team. Instead, he stood up and made this statement, "The coaches chose to go in another direction. I worked really hard. I tried to prove myself. Obviously, things didn’t work out. But I believe God has a plan for me. They went with Chris. That’s a good thing. It’s a good thing for the team. I’m 100 percent behind him. Chris Todd is the quarterback and I have no problem with that. It was a great year and a great competition. I really appreciate the coaching staff…" This article summed it up well, Kodi Burns is the definition of an Auburn Man. He’s a true example of the Auburn spirit and someone who is living the creed. Thank you Kodi and thank you Coach Chizik for starting to lead our team back to their core values. Just keep it up!
So on that note…
and while there’s a lull in the rain so I can go start working on the foundation for my ARK, here is the Auburn Creed.
THE AUBURN CREED
I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.
I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.
I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.
I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.
I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.
I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.
I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God."
And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
-George Petrie (1945)
….now some folks in the Auburn Athletic department would have done well last year if they had remembered some of the key points above. Ahem…