Alright, it's time to stop sulking. It's time to get back to giving you what you long for each day. It's time to give you good, quality, Auburn craftsmanship. It's time to blogle. I can't avoid it any longer. Note: if you have no idea what I'm talking about, or why I haven't finished this list just yet, you should follow me on Twitter for updates like that. But for those without the Twitter, here's a brief update...
So my 30th birthday was Saturday (5/19), which was the whole purpose of this thing. As my birthday present, Beautiful Blogle and I took a trip up to Nashville. We left Saturday morning, and on the way, I wrote the last blogle of this list (#1-6). I had no internet connection so I just saved it on the Macbook, and planned on posting it when we got to the hotel in Nashville. I threw the Macbook in the back seat on top of my "Backpack of Almost All Electronics That I Own," and enjoyed the ride through beautiful Tennessee. Note: if it wasn't for that whole Tennessee Volunteers thing, it probably would be my favorite state.
We got to Nashville a little after lunch, and instead of checking in at the hotel, we decided to leave our car in the Sheraton parking deck and walk down to Broadway to eat. About four hours later, we came back to the hotel to check in before dinner. I pulled on the rear driver's side door and it was locked. I unlocked the car, opened the door, and pulled out our luggage. I then went around to the front passenger's door to get the backpack of electronics. It wasn't there. Oh, that's right. I threw it in the back seat. Nope, not there either. Which means...
Four of the six entries in the 4th day of the countdown occurred in games against Florida. Growing up, they were always at the top, and always seemed unbeatable. However, Auburn always seemed to beat them. For some reason, the internet police hates Auburn/Florida football videos so the quality of a few of these is pretty bad. I'm working on getting the actual broadcast footage of a few.
Today is all football, but I promise some baseball and basketball tomorrow in the final day of the countdown (and my 30th birthday). If you missed them, go ahead and check out numbers 13-18, 19-24, and 25-30.
12. Go Crazy Cadillac - Alabama (2003, 21 years old)
On a national level, this game didn't mean as much as normal Iron Bowls, but to Auburn fans who were wondering what was going to come out of Jetgate, this opening play of the game definitely helped calm their nerves. Ben Obomanu's almost identical run after catch a little while later helped as well. I witnessed this play from the student section, and I fell down a few rows of bleachers due to my celebration.
Day three of the countdown was tough. We're getting down to the really good ones, and it's almost possible to put one above the other. I have no idea where I'm going for the next few days, and at this point I still don't know what #1 is going to be. If you'd like to see the previous entries in the countdown, you can do so here and here.
18. Rudi Johnson carries half of Wyoming down the field (2000, 18 years old)
This run could easily go down as the best run in Auburn history if only it hadn't come against Wyoming and in a situation where it was actually needed to put the game away late in the 4th quarter. This was my first game as a student at Auburn and the beginning of my current 12-year streak of home games. Obviously, I witnessed this play in the Auburn student section.
Day two of my countdown of the top 30 Auburn moments of my 30 years (I turn 30 Saturday) brings in some basketball to go with an otherwise football-heavy list. You may think some of these are pretty low, but it's my list. If you think it's wrong, go make your own list. For the pre-requisites for a play to be considered, as well as numbers 25-30 in the countdown, go look at yesterday's post.
24. Ben Leard to Ronney Daniels at Georgia (1999, 17 years old)
Ben Leard is/was a Georgia boy, but he hates/hated Georgia. He took that out on the Dawgs on that November night in 1999. This play has always stuck with me because I loved how Ronney Daniels was basically just slapping the guy as he ran down the field. It summed up the rest of the 38-21 blowout perfectly. I watched this play from my couch in the home of my parents.
This coming Saturday, I will have completed thirty years of life on this great Earth. In these thirty years, I have witnessed many great sporting moments, but none are greater than those that involved the Auburn Tigers.
As you may or may not know, I love a countdown. Actually, I loathe others' countdowns because they are usually very wrong, but I love doing countdowns (proof). So for the next five days, I am going to count down through my top thirty Auburn moments of my thirty years (that's six a day for you liberal arts majors).
These moments may have come during a loss, and they may have ended up being insignificant in the long run, but at the time they made me lose my gourd. If they made me convulse in pleasure, dance like no one was watching, cause week-long hoarseness, or for whatever reason just stick out in my mind as a memory from childhood, they were up for this countdown. I also had to have seen them live in person or on TV, so that will nix some of the ones from my earlier years, which means there are no Bo moments. Side note: his first year at Auburn was my year of birth. Coincidence?
There were certain games that had many great moments, like the LSU interception game or the "Sack Brodie" game, but I'm keeping this countdown for singular plays that linger on in my now thirty-year-old brain. Oh, and they won't all be football moments, but obviously most will. Let's get to it...