You know those old pictures from the 1970's hanging in random Auburn establishments showing an aerial view of the Auburn campus and surrounding areas? Well now, thanks to @wardamnphil of 1L Photo, we have an updated view.
This past weekend, there was an airshow at the Auburn University Regional Airport (the site of many great events in Auburn history), which gave Phil the opportunity to hop in a helicopter, as part of his day job, and take a few shots. Among them are many views of Samford Hall, as well as the first tree-less aerial view of Toomer's Corner that I've seen. They are beautiful and should be hanging in Campus Barber Shop or Byron's Smokehouse someday.
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.
Workers began removing limbs this morning around 7:30 am. After 2-3 hours, the smaller limbs were gone. An hour later, the tree on College Street was nothing but a trunk. Shortly after, it was laid on the ground. The Magnolia Avenue tree then became a bare trunk before meeting the ground the same as its counterpart. The College Street tree was then carefully placed into a truck, with the Magnolia Avenue tree following shortly after. After almost six hours, the trees were gone. The trees are gone.
Have you heard? It's a new day. Auburn is starting over/going back to what worked a few years ago, and Gus is making it happen. To make sure you know of this return to glory, Auburn Athletics is putting up five Lamar billboards displaying Gus and his new motto starting today.This one is on Geneva Street in Opelika, and four others will be on Pepperell Parkway and Opelika Road before the day is over. Have you seen one yet?
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.
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.
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.