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.
I've already told you once before of Auburn's connection to those of the Irish persuasion, but it wasn't until today that I realized there were so many Patricks in its history.
Coach Pat Dye (seen below), QB Pat Sullivan, QB Pat Sullivan, Jr., QB Pat Washington, QB Patrick Nix, DB Pat Lee, DT Pat Sims are a few from football's past. On the current roster we have OL Patrick Miller, RB Patrick Lymon, and TE Patrick Young. That's a lot. Patrick ain't no John or Sen'derrick or any other common name like that.Auburn also has two athletes directly from Dublin, Ireland. Auburn basketball center, Pat Burke, just so happens to be the first Irishman in NBA history. And did you know that Auburn's placekicker for the 1975-76 seasons, Neil O'Donoghue was Auburn's first soccer-style kicker? Now you do. WPE.
On this date, 120 years ago, the Auburn football team (actually the football team from Agricultural & Mechanical College) took on the team from the University of Alabama at Lakeview Park in Birmingham, AL. It was their first ever meeting. The men from Auburn won that game by the score of 32-22.
In a what turned out to be a terrible decision, ESPN did not the cover the game, so we don't have an video of the event to see. Luckily a few amateur photographers had their cell phones and were able to snap a few shots. Unfortunately, cell phones only took black and white pictures back then. Here are a few:
In the early 1980's, with Pat Dye at the helm, the Auburn Tigers football team, along with Bo Jackson, wore orange facemasks on their helmets. I don't know for sure, because it was around the birth of 'Blogle, but I believe this only occurred for one year. I want to say 1983. Don't believe me? Look at Bo below.So since we've got a little time until next football season, I feel like riling up the old fogies who think that everything they remember from the last 15 years is how Auburn has always done it. I don't absolutely love the look of an orange facemask on Auburn's current helmet, but I don't hate it. And if it's good enough for Bo, then it's good enough for me, and you, and you, and yes you sir over there screaming about Auburn's "traditional" look.
Much has happened since that glorious night in Glendale, AZ two years ago today. Games were won, coaches left, games were lost, coaches have been fired, and coaches have returned. That's a lot for a two year span. In a way it feels like yesterday, but it also feels like it was a decade ago. Either way, we'll always have it.
If you have the time, here's the entire 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Or was it the 2011 game for the 2010 season? Nick Fairley is still confused about that.
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.
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.
Last Saturday, following the Heisman ceremony, most of the entire world settled in for the next hour and a half to watch ESPN's 30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo. It ended up being the highest rated ESPN documentary of all time.
But did you know you there was a previous Bo-themed documentary done by ESPN back in the year 2000? Yep. ESPN Classic used to have a series called SportsCentury that was somewhat an early version of 30 for 30. Many of the same people from Bo's past were interviewed in both shows. You may notice more or less facial hair on some of the familiar faces, and you may notice some of the same footage being used. If you watch in it's entirety, you'll no doubt get a good look at a slightly younger P-Marsh as well. Hey look, there he is down there.
While SportsCentury is about an hour shorter, the theme throughout both is the same: Bo was superhuman, but he got hurt so we'll always wonder what might have been.