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A GRIDIRON YESTERYEAR (1972)
The throaty throng did thrill the ear
When once, a gridiron yesteryear
Gave thee and me good cause to cheer
“War Eagle” into the night.
When eight were won and one was lost,
The Tigers’ path day did cross
A Tide who’d tag us one more loss.
Ah, but it WOULD be a fight!
Three quarters quelled by ‘Bama’s force –
SIXTEEN TO ZIP (looked even worse),
As once again the Crimson Curse
Displayed its mighty might!
Forget the grit of Auburn’s team –
A glimpse of glory? (merely a dream)
Victory that day would not be seen,
Until… JETT stepped into the light.
With fourth and five, his kick sailed through!
Too late, it seemed, for the ‘Orange and Blue’
To topple the Tide’s deep crimson hue
From its exalted height.
But Auburn held, would not abort,
And when time was short, BLITZED the red fort
With Newton and Langner from starboard and port -
Ahhhh, ‘twas a pretty sight!
The spiral was blocked by Newton’s storm,
And ‘Bama was SHOCKED, their fans so alarmed,
As it bounced from the turf into Langner’s arms!
(But still, they knew no fright…)
Now SIXTEEN TO TEN, with time running out!
Yet the block of that punt gave rise to a shout,
As Aubies sensed THAT play had, no doubt,
Set the scene JUST RIGHT!
So ‘Bama received and TRIED to return.
THRICE came the hike and THRICE they were spurned.
So the down came again ‘ere BEFORE they were burned.
(Would a replay seem trite?)
Yet on fourth and nine, as ‘Bama aligned,
With hearts in our throats – both yours AND mine –
Came Newton and Langner AGAIN to the line
To BLOCK the punt from flight!
Now, SIXTEEN APIECE, as the shadows of Legion
Symbolically shaded the Elephant section,
And the quiet of the stands SHOUTED of tension
As Beck… knelt… for the hike…
Yes, winners may come and winners may go,
Though few find the fame of Jett’s golden toe,
Except to say Newton and Langner…
Although the WHOLE TEAM did all right.
…Remember that day it wasn’t in the cards
For ‘Bama to lose to the Auburn upstarts?
Ahhh, but we can’t forget the glee in our hearts,
As that pigskin was SPLITTING THE UPRIGHTS!
© Copyright 1982 “A Gridiron Yesteryear” by J. Frank Dunkin
This post was edited by WePa 20 months ago
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Doesn't matter if they have happened. You know how "miracles" happen? With heart. This team has none. Game will be over by the end of the first quarter.
I was going to put a witty joke here, but I forgot bama fans still use picture books. So I thought I'd expedite the process for you...
No chance, bruh.
I agree this is different. I was there in 1972 and even though AU was 8-1, we were given no chance to win. That 1972 team was small and very gutsy and tough. We all left the pep rally on Wednesday night believing that AU would win somehow based on how pumped up the players and coaches were. WDE
David Langner had twice as much heart than this 2012 has combined. He was not a bright mind either but he knew 10 times more about football than CGC. Just move the dash and that might be closer to the score of this game. 1-716 Bama. Silly I know but we have nothing but a bunch of players who just want to get this game and this season over. I do too.
Coach Chizik should be ashamed how his leadership has not only striped this team of any strategy to victory, but the heart to compete. I cannot wait till he is gone and his stubbornness the past six games won't even garner a thanks for the 2010 championship from me. He had the opportunity to succeed by the balls and he dropped them. I think he lost his mind.
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