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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Home sweet home

I can't begin to describe how wonderful it felt to finally be home Sunday from a 10-day stint of crazy traveling!! Now don't get me wrong, we had a fabulous time at the beach & so much fun in Auburn for the past 2 w/e's with 2 crazy games that we WON but the 16 hours on the road & the multiple packing/unpacking sessions sure did me in! No wonder I have a terrible head cold that I think is turning into a sinus infection...awesome. Sunday was spent washing loads & loads of laundry & cleaning the filthy part of the house the dogs occupied while we were gone. Thank you to my wonderful brother for taking care of them...I know they can be a handful. Now onto catching up on pics...

ESPN Gameday came to AU last w/e for the Clemson game which meant our usual tailgate spot was relocated just a bit to accommodate all of their equipment. Wish I could have gotten high enough to get a pic of the entire crowd...lots of ppl there.

We lucked out with a good view...

Look how uuuugly their tiger is...those eyes are creepy looking!
It didn't take me long to pick out the other 2 Aubies...they were dressed exactly the same & had a hat on that had the Roman numeral of the year they are Aubie...33 if I remember correctly.
Corso picking us & "rolling" the set...

Our tailgate "The 5th Quarter"...we had the perfect view of who was coming in & out of the bus.
Chris Fowler got in more comfortable clothes pretty quickly...

Erin didn't care to talk to anyone...her head went immediately down as soon as she stepped off the bus.

Our now traditional foursome pic in the stadium...

Ginger, Emily & I
Kelly, G & I

G & I

Jeni & I

Tina, Jeni, me, Amy & her little man Blake
Look how precious little Blake is...those cheeks are to die for!

Someone sent me this article today & I just had to share it...

It just makes my heart smile & is one of the many reasons I absolutely love Auburn...War Eagle!!

Welcome to Auburn.
Seriously. Welcome to Auburn.

Everyone said it - while giving directions, offering food, serving free drinks and speaking to all.

They shook hands. They thanked you for visiting.

And some even apologized just in case someone else was mean to you. It almost felt like there was a planned hospitality committee in this gorgeous, quaint town on the Plains. We all were in awe- the only rude fans we saw were wearing garnet and black.
Jordan-Hare Stadium was an incredible experience due to a raucous crowd, a fantastic gameday environment and a gorgeous eagle that swooped over the stadium and sat on the sideline. The crowd chanted the entire game, but there were no rude catcalls toward USC or untoward motions to the fans, at least from our vantage points.

This small town was the best of the best. Before the game, friends told us all the campus was like Clemson. Not true. This place was pristine with class. It had character. And the people had character. They even recycled.
Contrast that with nine days ago during the USC-Furman game. Our students screamed obscenities at a measly out-of-conference opponent. There were boos when the other team took the field. We were rude to Furman. Yes - Furman.
And that's not even considering Georgia. We all saw horrible exchanges during that game, from our students cursing out older fans to belligerent drunks throwing up in the student section to security guards escorting our students out by the multitudes.
Sure, other schools are rude. LSU and Georgia are among the worst. But as some of us have noticed, we're getting a reputation for being among the worst, too. Do we want that? Football is fierce and intense. But we believe our student body should desire to be above the fray - above the substandard, juvenile conduct of others. What does that say about us? Are we holding to our ideals?

This is not to say we should care less. Let's care more. But let's show some class, some respect and some South Carolina hospitality. Let's not scream obscenities or racial slurs at the other team.
It's sometimes said football is a lot like life. If so, we're leaving a lot to be desired.
Thank you, Auburn. You set the standard for what SEC football should be. If we have to lose, we'll lose there every time. From what we saw, you gave us the best of the South and the best college football has to offer. Let's do the same for Alabama in two weeks.

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