Living in Orlando, it's tough to get up to games often. Consequently, I made it a point to book the Ole Miss game preseason. My thought was Ole Miss would most likely be a night game with an electric atmosphere. I figured it would be a great way to introduce my wife to my other love affair, The Auburn Tigers.
We got in Friday night and checked into a great bed and breakfast, The Fountionview Mansion (highly recommended) and went out for a bite. We got up the next morning had breakfast with four other couples that were in from as far as Texas and close as Birmingham. We drove down to the stadium for the Tiger Walk. I took my wife over to Samford Hall to show her a campus landmark.
Walking around campus was awesome - I thought to myself I need to make sure I soak up this late October Saturday on the Plains. Scalped a couple tickets and we were in. Upon grabbing our seats there was an old timer sitting next to me and he was a hoot. His first comment was "you know we are almost Vanderbilt". I laughed that one off. His next one was, "If we lose this game this place will be red for the Iron Bowl." I had to stop him there and said if you recall we are one year removed from beating Bammer for 6 straight years. He laughed and said it was nice to have some optimism.
The guy to my left asked me if I followed recruiting and I said of course and he pointed out Marcus Lattimore one section over. He seemed to be enjoying himself with some other recruits. Think about the potential class we have coming in: Dyer-Reed-Seastrunk- these are just possibilities. We already have numerous four stars committed according to www.rivals.com. Gene and the coaches are getting top talent interested in Auburn.
The stadium was not quite a sellout but still was an awesome atmosphere. After the win I took my wife to Toomer's Corner for the festivities and to the store for lemonade. On the way home she said, "I can see why you love Auburn so much. The traditions are great and the people are so friendly."
Sitting here thinking about the weekend - There is no other place in the world like Auburn on a Saturday in the fall and I know why I love Auburn so much. I won't let so much time pass between games. It looks like ESPN has us going to the Outback Bowl. I am firmly convinced Gene is our guy and the team is moving in the right direction. War Eagle Everyone.