Auburn beat LSU 68-63 in basketball last night in front of a raucous student section and half-full old folks crowd. It could have even been more raucous, but students who had already been granted their (free) admission were turned around and led out the door. The 1500-seat free student section was full.An Auburn official responded to these reports on Twitter stating that the policy has always been that the first 1500 students are let in free, while the remaining students can purchase $5 tickets if Auburn Arena is not sold out. Some of the students that were shown the door said they were told no such price, prompting them to leave instead of paying for the $15 ticket.
After that thing that was supposed to be a football game last night, the 2012 football season came to an end. It was terrible in every way, wasn't it? I mean, really, take away the fact that Alabama is Auburn's rival. Think about the season as a whole. It just wasn't a good one. I'm not even talking about Auburn. It was boring, and less exciting than I remember college football being in a long time.
One person that may have enjoyed last night, as much as an Auburn fan could have enjoyed last night, was the winner of the 2013-2013 WarBlogle.com Bowl Pick 'em. As was the case last year, ESPN doesn't tell me this person's real name or email, so I'll just have to put it out there in hopes that come calling for their prize.
So Mr. or Mrs. bljonespc08, come on down. You are the winner. Wait, is that Barret Jones? Come on, man. But seriously, Mr. or Mrs. Jones took the top spot with a record of 27-7. No, he didn't even make a pick for the first game and he/she didn't touch his confidence points. Makes you feel good, doesn't it? He/She has won their choice of a WarBlogle.com t-shirt or my worst Christmas present, which has to be this awful Cliff Huxtable-style sweater I got from my Aunt Marge Blogle.
Here's the top 10, or go to the group page and see where you landed (I was 51st out of 267).
Thanks again to everybody who joined. To everybody who did not, you're so cool. Let's do it again next year.
Chris Rushing loved Auburn. Chris Rushing was an Auburn man. Chris Rushing died unexpectedly on Christmas morning in his parents' house in Macon, MS. He was 30 years old.
Chris was born on September 25, 1982, in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a degree in Journalism. He worked for Media Relations in the Auburn Athletics Department throughout his time at Auburn. At the time of his passing, he was a sports writer for The City Wire, a newspaper based out of Fort Smith, AR.
Chris's family and friends wanted his funeral to be a celebration of his life and his love of Auburn, so along with the songs "It Is Well," "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," and "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)," they also sang the Auburn University Alma Mater. Chris was carried out of the chapel to the Auburn fight song. His pallbearers wore Auburn gameday polos and visors.
But the best touch (to me) to salute the Auburn man that Chris was is seen in the video below, done by Alan Brazzell, who also does the intro videos for Auburn. Chris loved rolling the trees at Toomer's Corner, so to honor him, his family and friends rolled a tree following the funeral.
War Eagle, Chris.
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.
When you look at the side of Auburn's football stadium, you will see the name "Jordan" followed by the name "Hare." Before the stadium was known as "Jordan-Hare Stadium," it was known as "Cliff Hare Stadium." As you probably know, Cliff Hare was a member of Auburn's first football team, playing in the first Auburn football game ever against Georgia in 1892. He went on to become the Dean of Chemistry and Pharmacy and leave a legacy as one of the first and one of the greatest Auburn men the Plains have ever known.
Hare's legacy now lives on through his great-grandson, Cliff, through his downtown Auburn store appropriately named AuburnArt.
You've all seen the paintings of famous Auburn football plays and the typical art found at most bookstores. They are great, and I mean no discredit to the artists or the stores that sell them (AuburnArt sells them too), but when you walk into the store, located just next to historic Toomer's Corner, you will see that they take turning Auburn into art to another level.
Hare, the great-grandson, graduated from Auburn in 2007 with a degree in Industrial Design. From there, he attended the Art Institute of Colorado, where he studied photography and graduated in 2010. After that he returned to Auburn where he acquired AuburnArt and turned it into what it is today.
You may think that the big story of the day for iPhone fans is the release of iOS 6, but that is not so. Today, after much hard work from Dave Cowart, I can officially announce the launch of the WarBlogle app for iOS. It's a banner day for the 'Blogle.
The app will serve as a central hub for all things WarBlogle from around the webz, with a tab for all posts (blogles), tweets, wallpapers, etc.
The most unique may be the "Blogle Me" tab which will allow you to become a member of the Blogle family by taking a picture, or choosing from your camera roll, and add the WarBlogle logo over your face, as all pictures of me somehow do automatically. There is also a "More" tab that includes links to the WarBlogle Facebook page, Instagram, YouTube channel, etc.
The app is free and can be downloaded for any version of iOS on any Apple device that runs on iOS. You can get the app here, or just by searching "warblogle" in the App Store.
We already have a few extra features and enhancements in the works for version 2.0 of the app, but feel free to leave suggestions in the comments section. I want this to be an app for the Blogle people, by the Blogle people.
Let me let you in on a little secret about ol' Blogle. I love Kathie Lee and Hoda, otherwise known as the two sexiest cougars on the 4th hour of the Today Show. I don't if it's just my love for live television or what, but I always watch it anytime I get a chance. I'm dead serious. I don't know if you know this but they show a replay of it after Carson Daly's show goes off in the wee hours of the morning. Yes, I'll even watch it then.KL and Ho-Dawg, as I call them, but probably not the best nickname for Hoda, are holding a contest where they will visit the campus of the schools that show the most spirit. All it takes is tweeting them on why they should visit, with pictures and videos, including the hashtag #KLGandHodaU. I mean, look at it. The hashtag already ends in AU. It's a no-brainer where they should go.
The city of Atlanta is going to be one busy place this weekend. On top of the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff doubleheader on Friday and Saturday night, the Phillies are in town to take on the Braves, with Lynyrd Skynyrd performing after Saturday's game. There's also a NASCAR race and a Black Gay Pride convention going on. I'm serious.
However, as many people as those events will bring to the ATL, none will bring as many as "the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film", also known as Dragon*Con. In short, it's one of those conventions where celebrities from the sci-fi world come to do interviews, sign autographs, etc. for the type of people that like to live our their favorite books, movies, and tv shows in costume.
The convention takes over all of downtown and most of the larger hotels in the area, which means that anybody traveling to Atlanta for the game this weekend will no doubt run into these "spirited" fans of legend and lore.
Back in college, there was a girl in my major named Katie who was one of these people that I speak of. She just so happened to reach out to me and asked to use this platform to help you better understand what you may encounter while you walk the streets of Atlanta. She's encountered a few other SEC fanbases in her past visits to Dragon*Con and just wanted to let Auburn fans know how they should act if they see Chewbacca walking down Peachtree.