Win Or Lose Tonight, Auburn Still Wins

Jan 6, 2014 by

Win Or Lose Tonight, Auburn Still Wins

I just had lunch at my local Wing Stop, figuring it’ll be too crazy to get in there tonight with Auburn and Florida State University playing for the final BCS National Championship. I went in wearing a sweatshirt I received for Christmas heralding Auburn’s chance to play in tonight’s game, and ESPN was playing with no audio at both ends of the store. Across from me, two men spied me watching as Coach Nick Saban commented about Auburn’s defense. Auburn Logo

When I sat down, almost like he was trying to pick a fight, one of the men looked over at me and said, “They’re not going to win tonight.”

I greeted him and responded with, “We weren’t supposed to win the last two, either.”

That was the end of the conversation. It was like talking to a Bama fan up until Wednesday afternoon. (BTW: The best joke so far today–“How long does it take to beat Alabama?”–Answer: “A second, or Sooner.”) Where does such arrogance and outright anger come from anyways?

What The Man At The Table And Most Others Don’t Understand

I’ve been an Auburn fan since we moved from Atwater, CA to Montgomery, AL  in 1981.

In Alabama, you have two options, you’re either an Auburn fan or you’re “One of them.” (An Alabama fan.) Bama has a much longer tradition of winning than Auburn does. One of my friends, in a put down earlier this year, said, “Alabama seniors have won more national championships than Auburn.” Quite biting, yes, and true.

Tonight, Auburn has the chance to win it’s third national championship in the school’s history. No, that’s not as storied as Bama, or Notre Dame, or USC’s past programs. And yes, there’ve been many years at Auburn when we’ve had to just chalk things up to “next year.”

But here’s the part others don’t understand–Auburn was never expected to be playing tonight. All year long we were beaten down by Alabama fans and the news media. Bama fans, up until the last play of the Iron Bowl were constantly crowing about their being on the way to their 16th national championship. All they had to do was push pitiful Auburn out of the way.

So without the expectation of even being here, with a 3-8 record last year, a horrible showing in the Iron Bowl and one of the worst losses ever to Alabama, Auburn’s team this year did something special–they ignored what EVERYONE was telling them and they went inside for something all of us should do day in/day out–they found an inner strength and a determination to not let go of their dreams.

#AUBURNWINS

ESPN is running a nonsensical, non-scientific Twitter poll right now. If you think FSU is going to win, you Tweet #FSUWins, if you think Auburn, #AuburnWins.

In many ways, it feels like I’m back in the Alabama Governor’s Office today waiting for 7 p.m. when the polls close. Then all the pundits and nonsense can stop and the real poll can be conducted.

I hope Auburn wins tonight. But even if they don’t, I’m still going to be very, very proud of what this group of kids and our new coach have done. And we have about 320 more days to remind Bama fans of how long it takes to beat them…..

 

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Today’s Sports Section of #Auburn–Please clip and send

Jan 11, 2011 by

Hi,

I’d like to ask if you’re reading this today that you do me a small, but very special favor.  Please pick up a copy of your local newspaper today and find the section in it about Auburn winning the BCS National Championship last night. 

I’ve been waiting for 31 years for last night to come and it’d be great to have a collection of clips/articles/pages of the newspapers around the country and globe even, marking this memorable event.  If it’s on your front page, would you just send the whole page?

If you’d be so kind to send them to:

Claxton Creative, LLC,
PO BOX 800844,
Balch Springs, TX 75180

It’d mean a great deal to me.  I’ll also mention you back in a thank you post for your efforts.

Thanks,

Donny

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Brent Musburger Biased? Toward Auburn? Not Last Night

Jan 11, 2011 by

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About a month ago I wrote here on DaddyClaxton.com that the thought of Brent Musburger calling last night’s BCS National Championship Game featuring the Oregon Ducks and my Auburn Tigers made me want to vomit. (Brent Musburger Calling Oregon/Auburn Game Makes Me Nauseous)

I so expected Mr. Musburger to pull for Oregon and fully expected Auburn to struggle throughout the game.  In big games like last night’s, that just seems to be the way they play.  It’s been like that since I became an Auburn fan in 1980.  This isn’t the first group of Auburn Cardiac Kids; they were just the latest edition.

And so, with trepidations, I turned on the sound to the game last night to hear Musburger and “Herby” do the game.   And I have to say I felt like my fears of Musburger pissing me off were not realized.  I think he actually did a balanced job.

I’ve already seen that fokes have been coming here to DaddyClaxton.com under searches like “Musburger biased toward Auburn,” and “Why is Musburger biased?” but really, today I have to stand in defense of him.

Last night’s game with the Oregon Ducks was probably one of the most unique and inspiring football games ever in the BCS-era, and maybe even the national championship game itself.  The game literally came down to the wire–0:02 decided win or tie or lose.

There’s not much more one could ask for in a game like that.  Oregon and Auburn seemed almost uniquely matched.  Oregon did a great job of shutting down Cam Newton.  He did well in the game, but it was nothing like any of the previous games in the season.  And once he got hit hard a few times, he realized he was in a tough game.  The smile and skipping stopped.

Michael Dyer

Last night for Auburn was a glimpse of the things to come.  Newton will be going pro soon and who knows who will be quarterback.  At the beginning of the year, someone asked me about our QB and I told them we didn’t have one.  My brother corrected me.

But it was cool for true FRESHMAN Michael Dyer to become the offensive player of the game last night instead of Newton.   I even heard at one point Dyer got more rushing yards this year than Bo Jackson in a single year.  Hello!

Back To Musburger

I know I have felt many times in the past that he’s been biased.  Just listen to him say, “Ohio State Buckeyes!”  It’s just a little too happy.

But for last night’s game, I thought the man was as close to balanced as we could have asked for.   Your thoughts?

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Congratulations Oregon Ducks, And The Auburn Tigers

Jan 11, 2011 by

Wow.  What a great, great game. 

I’m Auburn thru-and-thru, but Oregon, you’ve got absolutely nothing to be upset about.  You played one of the best games I’ve ever seen.

And Brent Musburger and ESPN, I commend you and want to take back what I said before.  Musburger, you did a balanced job tonight and I appreciate it.

And now I go on to celebrate.  Congratulations Coach Chizik, Cam, Michael, Nick and company.  That was one for a lifetime.  .

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