As the year 2012 comes to a close today, it's time to take a look back at 366 days worth of blogles and view the ten that piqued your interest the most. Given that this year was not kind in any way to the Auburn Tigers, I'm as ready to get to the new year as anybody. When the big three sports combine for a 45-57 record, it's hard not to look ahead, but you don't know where you're going unless you know where you've been... or something like that.
As it was last year, my uniform obsession seems to have seeped into your brains and taken a stronghold. Of the top ten most read blogles, four were uniform-related. Apparently it's not as pointless as some may suggest. It's fun, isn't it?
As far as the 'Blogle and all things 'Blogle are concerned, there was a slight drop in overall page views, but we all know that has to do with the fact that nobody wanted to read anything about Auburn after around October. Twitter followership did jump up around 9,000 sheep, uh, followers to over 25,000 in the year 2012, so there's that. As a guy that just does this as a hobby, I'm pretty proud of that. And as last year, I beg you, just give me a dollar a month. How hard would that be? I'm only slightly kidding.
Another year has passed and the 'Blogle is still here, so we can call it a success. I have many things planned for the new year, but I'll lay those out in my Resolutions post in the next day or so. For now, take a look back and feel free re-read the top 10 blogles of 2012.
10. Clemson Fan Goes to Auburn, Talks Much Trash (8/17/12, Views: 8,200)
In case you needed something to help you get a little amped up for the opener against Clemson, "Mr. Clemson Tom" here will give you plenty to get amped about. He seems to know a lot about Auburn, while also making every lame joke that we hear from every fan base, but it doesn't stop there.
While talking trash to a camera, he slaps Cam Newton's statue, makes fun of Aubie, and rubs his feet on Pat Dye Field. All grounds for public execution I say. And what's with the "ALL DAY" shirt? I thought they were "ALL IN."
9. Bad News on the Origin of the Old Tiger Head Logo (2/29/12, Views: 8,472)
Brace yourselves. Seriously. Sit down. I have some bad news for you. Are you ready?
The old Tiger head logo that Auburn has recently brought back to hats and t-shirts, the one I wrote about Missouri also using a few weeks ago, and the one that most Auburn fans call their favorite vintage logo.... yeah, according to this article, it was created by an Alabama graduate. Wait, it gets worse.
Not only did he graduate from Alabama, but he created it for LSU before it came generic clip art for other teams that use a tiger mascot like Princeton, like Missouri, and yes, like Auburn. Talk about a double whammy.
The man was W.A. Prescott, was from Brewton, AL, graduated from Alabama in the 1920's, and moved to Baton Rouge where he opened Coop Bookstore in the early 1930's. Read the rest...
8. "Auburn Arise" Teaser (2012 Preview from A96) (8/7/12, Views: 9,149)
After taking the entire 2011 season off (and let's be honest, we all sort of did), the man, the myth, the legend, A96 (or autiger96) returns to give you a heart-pumping, chillbump-inducing preview of your 2012 Auburn Tigers.
You only get a little tease today, but the full version named "Auburn Arise" will be released next Tuesday, August 14. Enjoy this taste for now. If it excites you, the full version will make your head explode. Believe me.
7. It's Time for Auburn to Wear a Real Throwback Uniform (7/31/12, Views: 9,231)
Whether it's about blue helmets, blue pants, mock Nike Pro Combat uniforms, completely off-the-wall uniform concepts, or orange jerseys, uniform talk is always a big pull on the 'Blogle. I don't know why, but I have always loved talking about Auburn uniforms, and apparently you love reading about them.
I remember being in my early years of college (the Tuberville era) and hearing a rumor about Auburn possibly wearing orange jerseys for a game. At the time, I thought it was awesome. As I have grown older, I realized that for the most part, I am a traditionalist. It wouldn't kill me, but the idea of Auburn wearing an orange version of their current uniform doesn't really excite me. Yes, all of the rumors from the past few years have intrigued me, but in general I'd like to see Auburn keep what they have in the uniform department. Read the rest...
6. Auburn's New Basketball Uniforms Have A Football Feel (10/12/12, Views: 11,026)
No, I am not sports-ist when it comes to uniform love. I don't just keep it in the football realm. Truth be told, though, the other two major sports at Auburn change their uniforms enough that there is no real tradition to them, leaving little occasion to fall in love with them. Did I just say that about uniforms? Yes, I did.
Multiple members of the Auburn basketball team tweeted out pictures of this season's new white home uniforms yesterday, while they were recording their pregame video. Normally I'd say a basketball uniform is just a uniform. You can't get too crazy with them. However, I do love one thing about this year's version. Read the rest...
6. Ole Miss Won't Allow Auburn Marching Band to Perform (10/10/12, Views: 11,027)
Earlier today, I learned that Ole Miss will be holding their Homecoming festivities this weekend as the Rebels take on Auburn.
Wait, what? We're Ole Miss's Homecoming game?! Just continue to kick us while we're down.
But seriously, Ole Miss played their four non-conference games to start the season, therefore they had no choice to put Homecoming against an SEC opponent later in the season. Whereas normally they would play some creampuff in late October in hopes that the easy opponent would mean an easy win for the alumni in town. Oh, well that's not what they're getting this time!!! Right?! ... right? Read the rest...
5. A Visual History of the Auburn Football Uniform (1/5/12, Views: 11,264)
As you saw in my Top 10 Posts of 2011, five of the ten most read posts of the past year were related to Auburn's uniforms. Needless to say, uniforms have been a hot topic over the past few years with Auburn fans. There seems to be an endless debate over whether Auburn should make major uniform changes for one game a year or stick with what some call the "traditional" uniform always and forever.
A few days ago, @GeorgeRBrown pointed me to a Flickr account that he ran across in a random Google search that contained fifteen water color paintings of Auburn's uniforms from 1892 to 2008. After doing a little digging, I was taken back to a site, Heritage Sports Art, that specializes in uniform history for various pro and college teams of all sports. Being the uniform freak that I am, I was floored that I had not seen or even heard anything about most of Auburn's previous uniform designs. Read the rest...
3. A Few Very Eccentric Auburn Helmet Concepts (2/8/12, Views: 11,593)
Let me just go ahead and get this out of the way. These are not connected to Auburn in any way. This is not an attempt to get Auburn to wear these. These are just some concepts from a guy who does this sort thing for fun for almost every Division I team. Now that we have that out of the way...
I was told about Charles Sollars's work a few weeks ago, and after seeing a few of his concepts from other schools' helmets pop up on a few other sites, I figured you may want to see the fifteen different designs he has for Auburn's helmets. Some would never, ever fly. Some might. What do you think? He has told me that if you have any ideas, he will mock them up for us, so leave those in the comments section. Read the rest...
2. Gene Chizik Writes the Auburn Family One Last Time (11/25/12, Views: 12,992)
As you know by now, Coach Gene Chizik was fired earlier today from his position as the head coach of the Auburn University football team. There is plenty of time to talk about this in later blogles, but for tonight, I give you the last email that Chizik sent to Auburn students just moments ago.
Once reading it, you will no doubt feel a little less anger than you may have felt over the last few months. He's just a guy, albeit a millionaire, that was doing his best to win football games at Auburn. For the most part, he did that.
To the Auburn Family:
I am very grateful for the opportunity that I had during the last four seasons to serve as the head football coach at Auburn University. I’m extremely disappointed with the way this season turned out and I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure.
1. Harvey Updyke Pranked, Admits to Poisoning Trees (3/6/12, Views: 14,334)
Harvey Updyke watched Alabama lose to Auburn in 2010. Harvey Updyke poisoned the Toomer's trees. Harvey Updyke called Finebaum to admit and brag about it. Harvey Updyke got arrested. Harvey Updyke was labeled "just one crazy." Harvey Updyke became a hero among many Alabama fans. Harvey Updyke, with help from his lawyer, denied poisoning the Toomer's trees.
Harvey Updyke got pranked by an Auburn fan into thinking he was getting a free ticket to the 2012 BCS National Championship game and admitted to poisoning the trees over many Facebook messages, phone calls, and voicemails. Read, listen, and watch all of those here (WARNING: there's a little language):
Thanks again for reading and making this the best Auburn blog out there (according to Mom Blogle).