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Seems like to me there's a lot of fear in the Auburn fan base today. A reaction to what we came to expect after 2010 and what we've seen on the field since. A reaction to what the program across the state has accomplished and continues to do. A reaction of distrust that our program's foundation is as authentic and as genuine as we were led to believe it was. A reaction that the relationships among coaches, administrators, and "the Powers that Be" have reverted to their old, self-destructive ways.
But it seems to me that all these reactions are just fear. Fear of the unknown, of what lies ahead. But if we come together as one, realize what we were able to accomplish working together only 18 months ago, get realistic about the situation we're in just as Herbie told us to this morning and Phillip and Gene Chizik have been telling us for 4 years, if we focus on the opportunities we have and the optimism we should have that in the end all this talent will come together and produce on the field, then if we do that, we'll have the foundation we need to be successful.
Terry Bowden doesn't get much credit for what he did at Auburn, but he certainly had one thing right: Attitude is everything.
But that wasn't an original thought to Terry. Leaders all over the world have always understood it. Franklin D. Roosevelt stood in the face of a level of despair and hopelessness unknown to the world since the Black Plauge; he saw how other societies reacted to such despair by resorting to tyranny and oppression, and told America the key to finding prosperity out of the despair wouldn't come from an election or a policy choice, but from having the right attitude to succeed.
Intrinsic to the legacy that is Auburn Football, every successful coach has acknowledged Attitude made all the difference. Shug Jordan damn sure knew it. Dye's introductory speech to the Auburn Family, Terry Bowden's AttitUde pens, Tommy Tuberville celebrating with the fans after the 2003 Iron Bowl and guaranteeing success in 2004, and Gene Chizik commanding the Family to be All-In all reflected an unquestionable audacious attitude and confidence of success.
We as fans have to realize the same thing our players do. Our role in bringing success is to have a contagious Attitude of success. Of hope, of optimism, of audacious belief that we will return to the mountaintop; the patience to not be swayed by the emotional disappointment of the moment but to keep our eyes fixed on the direction this program will continue to head with full and undivided support. Win or lose today, the best thing for the program right now is to keep on supporting it and maintain an attitude of confidence and belief.
But that's not enough. We can win today. We can do it. I believe it, and everyone in that stadium has to believe it. Why do I believe it? Because we're Auburn. We ARE a Spirit that is Not Afraid.
Acknowledge reality. Refuse to give in to an attitude of defeat. Never, never give up.
IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER. Believe in it, and love it.
"This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
- Admiral James Stockdale
"I am certain that my fellow Americans expect ... I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.
"Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I shall fear No Evil, because I am the meanest [SOB] in the Valley."
- Shug Jordan
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by mwdeav on 9/22/2012 at 2:56 PM
Started at the bottom, now we here.....better get used to it.
I Believe Auburn and Love IT...4 Life!
You should prepare yourself to live with the consequences of your decisions, whatever they may be.
WE COMING . WAR EAGLE !
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