Roll Tide, is the battle cry we will hear all weekend as we travel deep into SEC country. Wait, is that right? Eh, who cares, Auburn and Alabama love each other. I don't even think the "Iron Bowl" is considered a rivalry. Besides, any bowl named after a wife's main job around the house just seems lame to me. They are still ass backwards in the south.
They can yell "War Damn Eagle" or "Roll Tide" all they want because they won't be able to drown out the singing of Country Roads as Mountaineer fans exit the stadium after a WVU victory.
For the legions of Mountaineer fans traveling to Auburn and those staying at home, here is some information about Auburn we should all know.
War Eagle: Auburn's mascot is a Tiger but they like saying "War Damn Eagle." Why? Here is the crazy stroy behind that "battle cry."
- The most popular account involves the first Auburn football game in 1892 between Auburn and the University of Georgia. According to the story, in the stands that day was an old Civil War soldier with an eagle that he had found injured on a battlefield and kept as a pet. The eagle broke free and began to soar over the field, and Auburn began to march toward the Georgia end-zone. The crowd began to chant, "War Eagle" as the eagle soared. After Auburn won the game, the eagle crashed to the field and died but, according to the legend, his spirit lives on every time an Auburn man or woman yells "War Eagle!"
Tiger Walk: As most things in the SEC, Auburn takes credit for creating something that started eslewhere.
- Before each Auburn home football game, thousands of Auburn fans line Donahue Avenue to cheer on the team as they walk from Sewell Hall (the athletes' dormitory) to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The tradition began in the 1950s when groups of kids would walk up the street to greet the team and get autographs. During the tenure of coach Doug Barfield, the coach urged fans to come out and support the team, and thousands did. Today the team, led by the coaches, walks down the hill and into the stadium surrounded by fans who pat them on the back and shake their hands as they walk. According to former athletic director David Housel, Tiger Walk has become "the most copied tradition in all of college football," although there are older pre-game walks at Stanford and Williams College.
- The intersection of Magnolia and College streets in Auburn, which marks the transition from downtown Auburn to the university campus, is known as Toomer's Corner. It is named after Toomer's Drugs, a small store on the corner that has been an Auburn landmark for over 150 years. Hanging over the corner are two massive old-growth oak trees, and anytime anything good happens concerning Auburn, toilet paper can usually be found hanging from the trees. Also known as "rolling the corner," this tradition is thought to have originated in the 1950s and until the mid 1990s was relegated to only to celebrating athletic wins. However, in recent years it has become a way to celebrate anything good that happens concerning Auburn.
Aubie: Is a fury and Auburn's mascot.
If any 'Barners want to share some other traditions feel free to do so now because you won't want to show your face next week after a Mountaineer beat down.
[All info courtsey of Wikipedia]