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?
The Auburn men's basketball team lost a close one to the Florida Gators today by the score of 83-52. I can't remember one positive moment of game time, but during the 12-minute timeout in the 1st half, Aubie and the student section, also known as "The Jungle," partook in their own version of the world's latest craze called "The Harlem Shake."
I'm 30 with two kids so I'm not exactly where this thing got started, but I do know from YouTube that everybody and their mother has created one of these videos.
I love Batman and the Joker, but the subtle Florida fan by Aubie, I see you, and never sit in my student section again.
Today, while working towards his degree in a Haley Center classroom, Cam Newton saw the door open in front of him. Two girls, with love in their eyes, and one dude holding an acoustic guitar, strolled in and began serenading Cam with "My Girl (Guy)" as part of a Valentine's Day singing telegram. Just after, he was presented with a card asking to marry one of the ladies. Cam then claimed he already had a valentine. Yeah, me.
Here is the video account of this story, with a few pictures below:
You may or may not be aware by now that the other team in the state has a football game tonight. The importance of the game is, well, not important, but you should also know they are playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The sports world is generally torn over the Irish. On one side, you have Catholics that pull for the team based on their religious faith alone, as well as those that worship them as the Yankees or Lakers of college football.
On the other side, you have those that hate them just for their "royalty," but for the most part, those that don't like them have just grown tired of the Irish getting credit and publicity in the last two decades -- when they've done nothing -- just for their history.
I'm generally in that last group, but the difference is that I don't really mind Notre Dame when they are actually good. I don't like that they are in the BCS basically as their own conference, again, just based on their history, but if they are holding their own, I have no issue with them. I mean, who doesn't love Rudy? Shutup, you all love Rudy. Rudy makes us all try harder.
When Auburn played Oregon in the 2010 National Championship Game, a good many Alabama fans spent their hard-earned money to buy shirts, buttons, and stickers that said things like "Roll Ducks Roll." The sentiment of wanting Oregon to win was fine because Auburn is Alabama's rival (even though they said Auburn fans should have pulled for the Tide against Texas the year before), but most Auburn fans ridiculed the fans that wasted money on a shirt that would only be relevant for a week, and then just plain pointless after Auburn won the game.
Of course you want to see some woman not affiliated Auburn in any way sing "War Eagle" in her own operatic way. Hey, it's a dead period, so why not?
It's like Phantom of the AU-pera, amirite?!? See her sing a few other schools' fight songs here.
The smallest dose of credit possible to that Hotty Toddy Bammer, @RickMuscles.
Given that the Iron Bowl is this week, and that's really all we want to think about (or maybe not), let's roll right on through this review of the Alabama A&M game. It was what you would expect from a game between an SEC school and a SWAC school. From start to finish, the superior talent dominated. It was actually the first and only easy win of the season for Auburn.
The Tigers drove down the field on the first possession and didn't let up from there. I don't think Steven Clark even punted until the 2nd quarter, which was a sign of how the game was going to go.
The running game was consistent which opened up the passing game. The long sustained drives gave the defense a chance to get a breather on the sideline. It's amazing how that works. When you get one thing working, the rest kind of just falls in place and benefits from the other pieces working as expected.
If I have to point out a negative or two, there were some deep balls to Sammie Coates that were overthrown or dropped. You could tell the coaches were trying to exploit that matchup, but it took four or five passes until Coates caught one, which just so happened to be a touchdown.
It's rare for a non-conference opponent to take their band to an opposing stadium, especially when it's a paycheck game, but given the close proximity of Alabama A&M in Huntsville to Auburn, it's going down this weekend. The Marching Maroon & White Band, AKA the "Showband of the South" will bring their two dozen bass drums, ear-splitting brass, and astoundingly sensational dancers (known as the Maroon Mirage) to Jordan-Hare, for what should be, hopefully, an otherwise boring game.
I got nothing but love for the AUMB, but it should be fun to see a band with a style that we aren't used to seeing in the SEC come in from a school that takes their marching band as seriously, if not more seriously than their football program. On a day like Saturday, with a year like this, it will be a welcome addition to normal gameday.
The band, which began in 1890, even existed before the school had a football team. They have represented the state in the Rose Bowl Parade, the Independence Day parade in Washington D.C., and many other national events. They have also been named one of the Top 10 Marching Bands among Black Colleges and Universities by Sports Illustrated.
Yeah, yeah, it's just another band, so what? Ok, I'm just going to say it. I love black bands. I love 'em. I love the beats. I love the dancing. I love the loudness of the horns. I love it all. Is that racist? I can say black, right? I don't care. I'm just being real. I love it.
With Auburn's slow start in two games away from home, it was great to get back in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium yesterday. It felt kind of weird being three games into the season and not knowing what the intro videos for the year were, but seeing them prior to the UL-Monroe game almost made me feel like it was the first game of the season. Oh don't I wish, but maybe it was a brand new start. Let's hope.
The tunnel video, played while the team is still in the tunnel, and also the video that included "All I Do is Win" in 2010, uses the song "Let's Go" by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo. It's nice. Nothing will ever compare to the 2010 version, but it does the job, I think.