Spread Eagle, We Hardly Knew Ye


Last Saturday night we were in Montgomery, so the Auburn-Arkansas game was blacked out, PPV only. I’d been following the game online and when I realized that Auburn was trailing–and driving–with minutes left, I yelled for Number One to follow me to the car so we could listen on the radio.

With first and goal inside the 5, at home, I just knew Auburn was going to gut it out. When they failed to score on 4th and goal, Number One and I, rather than celebrating wildly, just looked at each other, shocked and speechless.

When the Hogs intercepted Kodi Burns’ last pass, I thought about the many people I knew in that stadium, dear friends all, and I looked at Number One and said, “You know, I’m actually starting to feel a little sorry for them.”

Number One would have none of that kind of talk. In fact, I think if I hadn’t been his father, he would have slapped me.

“No, no, NO! Don’t do that! You gotta understand–they’ve gotten spoiled. They expect to win all the time, like it’s their birthright or something. You don’t have to worry about them, they’ll be back. But right now, they’ve got to suffer, just like we did. It’ll be good for them.”

I considered those words of wisdom and knew in my heart that he had spoken the truth. And then I followed him back inside where he and Number Three set about plastering their Auburn friends’ Facebook pages with a wide assortment of taunts, teases and “Roll Tides.” I laughed out loud at their creativity and joined right in–because you never know how long the good times are going to last.

Roll Tide, Roll.

  1. That Girl

    I guess I’m the only Auburn fan that NEVER goes into a game expecting to win. I’ve been a fan long enough to remember the REALLY bad days. This is just another blip on the Auburn radar screen.

    I was at the game and in the middle of the 46 hog fans present (ok – maybe it was 92) and it was a fun game to watch. It didn’t even hurt that bad to lose because I pretty much expected it going in. Still… War Eagle!!!

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    So, how was the drive back to Searcy? Was it quiet or loud? Did you have to kick him or tell him to shut up at any point?

    Yeah, I’m nosy, but I bet I’m not the only one.

  3. Donna

    I think it is funny we can’t even enjoy taunting them because of our fear of November. Maybe this will be our year…..but I might just quietly enjoy it….

  4. JRB

    Being myopic, I’m just fired up that losing to Vandy was not Auburn’s low point.

  5. Mike the Eyeguy

    Donna–we are pathetic, aren’t we? Dreading the home stretch and so accustomed to losing that we’re careful of whipping up to much schadenfreude lest it boomerang back upon us.

    Maybe this team will make us forget all that and help us get back our swagger.

    JRB, I’m hoping Auburn’s lowest point is yet to come–on 11/29.

  6. mmlace

    I’m not sure whether or not to be offended at this post…

  7. Mike the Eyeguy

    Huh, wha? Oh, I guess I forgot the “Sooooo Piiiiig!”

  8. mmlace

    The fact that a loss to MY team would make you start to feel sorry for Auburn…and there was that comment bout a loss to Vandy not bein their low point…

  9. mmlace

    ”Man, you guys know it’s bad when they start losing to ARKANSAS!” 😉

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