I know I went over my favorite calls from Jim Fyffe on the 10th anniversary of his death last week, but then I found this video yesterday (thanks to @AU_History). It includes 25 of Jim Fyffe's greatest calls from Auburn games past, put to the video of the plays he was calling. Some you will remember, some you will not. That's what made it so great for me.
This is YouTube user rscotta831's countdown, but the order of the videos doesn't matter. They are all beautiful. Given that it's 25 plays, the video is a little long (28+ minutes), However, I promise that after you watch one or two, you won't care. You'll want to watch it all day.
We used to kill Georgia... a lot. Soon.
It's hard to believe it, but today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of the legendary voice of Auburn, Jim Fyffe. He will forever and always been linked to his simple, yet perfect way of yelling "Touchdown Auburn!" after each score, that he admittedly screamed in a somewhat obnoxious way because he was once told by an Alabama fan that he didn't like it.
Jim was part of some of the best years of Auburn football, and gave us some of the best calls that any fan of any of team would enjoy. Here are my top three calls, followed by a montage of his best below:
1. Reggie Slack to Shane Wasden (Florida 1989) - With 26 seconds left, on 4th-and-11, Reggie Slack found Shane Wadsden alone in the back of the end zone. Fyffe yells the call with almost an angry excitement. You could just feel him grabbing Charlie Trotman and pulling him around by his shirt.
As you probably know, Gus Malzahn released the post-Spring depth chart for the 2013 season yesterday afternoon. There were a few surprises, but it was mostly what should be expected. I must remind those that are acting like this is what we'll see on the field on August 31st, that a lot will happen before then, and Auburn will take in 20+ more players before then.
This chart should be used as nothing more than something to talk about as we approach the full and true offseason.
So that's what I'll do. Let's have a few words about what Gus have given us now that his first Spring practice as Auburn's head coach has ended.
QB: Jonathan Wallace OR Kiehl Frazier
Ah, don't you just love a good "OR" on a depth chart. That right there should tell you how much we should put into this whole thing, but I guess I'll go on. We knew this was coming. Neither separated himself from the other by A-Day, and considering Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson are coming in, it's best to just wait and see what happens.
Back in December, Coach Gus Malzahn called parts of the Auburn Family as a sort of "glad to be back." I say "parts of" because I didn't get a call. Still bitter.
Yesterday, Cam Newton, apparently using the same call list, dialed a few numbers of the Auburn faithful as well. His message was one of thanks and bewilderment at the large crowd on A-Day. He also included a reminder about the 2013 season opener against Mike Leach and his Washington State Cougars. He concluded the call with his unorthodox way of saying "War Eagle" that we all grew to love in his speech at the 2010 National Championship celebration.
If you were like me, and weren't lucky enough (or enough of a contributor) to get a call, you can listen below.
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Dang, he must really hate Auburn, but anyway. Maybe one day I'll get on this call list. Did you?
Prior to the final rolling of the Toomer's Oaks, ESPN told TWER that they would cover the event. A few weeks later, following a certain bombshell that ended up being only a shell, ESPN told TWER they would not be covering the event themselves. They claimed that other stuff had come up. Sure. They just didn't want their trucks flipped and set ablaze.
However, even though the "Worldwide Leader" wasn't in town, their own Tom Rinaldi, the guy that makes you cry on Saturday mornings in the fall, did put together this nice little piece on the history and tradition of the Oaks.
The sun rose this morning. The trees were not there. Nothing but mulch covered the two stumps that were once the feet of the famed oaks that held so many good memories.
If we can learn one thing from this photo from the illustrious @wardamnphil is that the days will go on. The games will go on. We must move on.
This Auburn-themed song is called "Great to Be" by aspiring country singer, Donica Knight. It was played before and after the 2013 A-Day game this past Saturday. I've heard a mixture of reactions, but many have asked where they could find it. I will not offer my opinion because I'm a nice guy, but I actually already did.
Supposedly it was an independent venture, done outside the money and marketing of Auburn. If you want to buy this song, you can do so here. What are your thoughts?
I had no less than 100 people ask me if the A-Day game would be televised this year. It was tape delayed by CSS, and here it is, in it's entirety. I'm not sure how long it will be up, but watch it now. If you can stay awake through the 2nd half, or tell me which color gets points on each touchdown, you win something.