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 Damn, Auburn. Way to wait until the last possible minute to show up.

That is all.
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AUBURN 22, OREGON 19!!!!


Dec. 13th, 2010 10:43 am
kiranlightpaw: (auburn)
It's been 25 years since Auburn had a Heisman Trophy winner. The last one? A guy by the name of Bo Jackson.

Saturday night, Cam Newton took home Auburn's third Heisman Trophy. It was fitting, then, that Bo Jackson was sitting in the audience - and, as it was not coincidentally reported, the first time he's been to the presentation since he was awarded the award himself.

What a crazy year this has been. WAR EAGLE! GO TIGERS! BEAT THE DUCKS!
kiranlightpaw: (auburn)
Six years ago, I was in Atlanta. It was my senior year at Auburn, and my dad and I watched as my undefeated Auburn Tigers beat the Tennessee Volunteers 38-28 to take the SEC Championship. But, alas, it was a bittersweet moment as we also watched UCLA fall short of beating Southern California, thus insuring Auburn would be left out of the three-way tie that would result in Southern Cal and Oklahoma playing for the National Title.

Southern Cal walloped Oklahoma 55-19 in that game. I'm not saying Auburn would've won, but I can damn well guarantee we would have put more than 19 points on the board. So Auburn went on to beat Virginia Tech in a meaningless bowl game and I got drunk (because, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's fucking drinking).

But at the same time, I thought, that was the end of that. It had been 11 years since the last time Auburn had gone undefeated, and I thought it would be just as long until we might have a chance of doing it again. In the meantime, we went through the hell that was the 2008 season, fired Tommy Tuberville and made the strangest hire in Gene Chizik, who was 5-19 at Iowa State.

We had a respectable 2009, but stood on the sidelines as the fucking Alabama Crimson Tide won a National Title.

Fast forward a year. I watched (well, halfway before I had to leave for the company Christmas party, followed the rest on my phone) as Auburn absolutely walloped South Carolina to the tune of 56-17 to cap another undefeated season and bring home another SEC title. But this time it was different.

But unlike 2004, Auburn isn't standing on the inside looking out. Auburn is ranked number one in the BCS.

Not in a million years did I see this coming this year. We stared out way back at 22. Now, we sit at number one, and with only 1 team in the top 10 now that started the year there, it proves what a wild season it's been (and how useless pre-season polls are).

So it all comes down to this. I can't believe I'm even typing this: January 10th in Glendale, Arizona, Auburn will play Oregon for the NATIONAL TITLE.

Auburn Trip

Oct. 4th, 2010 09:45 am
kiranlightpaw: kiran_likeshine (Default)

Me, in front of my first dorm room - F-106 - 10 years later

Wife and I went down to Auburn to watch the Tigers destroy Louisiana-Monroe 52-3. We actually left Friday night and stayed at a Best Western in Alexander City, Alabama (about 30 minutes from Auburn), driving the rest of the way to Auburn the next day since kickoff was at 11am in the morning!

It was a fun game to watch, such a difference from the last couple Auburn games which haven't been decided until the final minute of the game. Afterwards, we went to Momma G's in Auburn - the original. The food at the one in Huntsville is the same, but you can't beat the atmosphere.

Unfortunately, neither of us had had very much to eat all day other than a small breakfast and some popcorn at the game. While I'm a fatty and can deal, Sarah nearly passed out in the restaurant while we waited for ah our to get our food. Thankfully, the lady behind us was diabetic and gave her some sugar pills to get her blood sugar back up.

Afterwards, we drove over to Opelika to visit [ profile] sarakazi, [ profile] snowmew, [ profile] ceralor and other members of the current [ profile] auburnfurs at Sarakazi and Mirage's house. Nice place they have there, and I got to ride with Mirage in the Lotus. And yes, we did top out at over 100mph at one point. :P

Then, it was a long, boring drive back to Huntsville. We stopped outside Birmingham and ate dinner at a Dairy Queen before continuing the rest of the way back home.
kiranlightpaw: (oldschool)
In keeping with my "10 years since..." theme this year...

On this day 10 years ago, I loaded almost everything I owned into a hatchback and drove five hours and two states away, to start a new life in a town I had only visited before.

I was living with a guy I knew from my local area, and I had just gotten the car a few days before I left. It was a manual transmission, and I was still learning how to drive it. We left that afternoon because we weren't going to be able to move into the dorms until the following morning, so we decided to leave and stay at a hotel. I remember having real fun trying to master the manual transmission in stop-and-go traffic on the downtown connector in Atlanta. We ended up staying in a hotel in LaGrange, Georgia, for the night and then, first thing the following morning, we drove to Auburn to get checked in. I was so excited!

The following morning, my Dad arrived from Tennessee with a few other items I'd forgotten. We went to Lowes in Opelika and bought a big rug for the room, then went about setting everything up. We also went to Kroger - the one on Dean Rd. - and he nicely bought me my first round of groceries.

And then, he left. And that was the only time I teared up slightly as the enormity of being "on my own" for the first time finally hit me. In order to get my mind off it, I hopped on my bike and biked around campus a bit. To give you an idea of what it was like then:
  • All those fancy new dorms weren't there, and there wasn't even parking in most of that area yet. Where the "Village" dorms are now was the drill field, and there was an old airplane hanger. A section of Wire Rd was a one-way street from just past Donahue to just past Roosevelt.

  • Thach Avenue ran all the way through campus, and you could drive on it all the way too.

  • Where all the parking is at the Western end of campus now was the old Village dorms. I eventually met a few people that lived back in there.
I remember biking for hours all over the campus, just taking it all in. I eventually ended up eating at Milos (where the Chik-Fil-A is now) because the Student Union wasn't open yet.

After all the time and all the dreaming, this was it! I was here!

That night I got my computer hooked up. Remember when I fired up Napster - yup, the good ol' days of Napster - and being massively shocked when an MP3 downloaded in about 10 seconds. I had gone from a "high-speed" ISDN line at home to the University's stupid-fast WAN. Hell, I'm just now getting back to the speeds I could draw when I lived on campus.

I remember that MP3 was "Desert Rose" by Sting, because I had heard it in the car while driving down and made a mental note to download it.

One of my biggest regrets from my years prior to about 2002 or 2003 is that I didn't take nearly enough pictures. I wish I had taken a lot more, frankly, because I love looking at the memories. Here's a handful of shots that I do have from those first few weeks.

Read more... )

It's amazing I can remember everything about that day. The sights, the smells, the sounds. I remember what I was wearing and everything that I did. Hell, it still feels like it just happened, and I have such a hard time realizing that it has really been a decade since that warm summer day.

The next four years would take me places I never thought I'd go, and I'd meet people I never thought I'd meet. I'd go from being a nerdy kid to a mature (well, mostly) functioning adult over that wild period. But, for me, this is where it all started. My first step into the bigger world.
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War Eagle.


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