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We had two men sit beside us in our regular seats last night all decked out in AU gear. As we visited with him during the pregame warm ups he reminded us of how special Auburn really is. He said he and his friend were from Oregon. They were Oregon fans. They flew here for our game which puzzled us obviously so we asked if he had family here. He said no, that he has a bucket list. (He never told us if was sick but he didn't look like he felt well, he looked sick) he said he was starting to mark off things on his bucket list and that one of the things on that list was to attend an SEC night game. He picked this one and his friend came along. He couldn't stand for very long at a time, he was very sweaty and tired. He sat there and took it all in with the biggest smile on his face. As the players warmed up and then gathered together right before the run in the tunnel the crowd went crazy and clapping ect., he clapped along and then leaned in and said "what happened, why are we cheering" we explained and he said "wow, this is amazing" As the videos played and crowd grew in size and volume he joined right in. As we did the Auburn spell out he cheered loudly then then starting chanting S-E-C S-E-C. He asked when and from where would "the bird" fly in. He said he has wanted to see this for years. As Nova flew he joined with with the chant and the circling of his hands. When Nova landed at midfield he cheered and leaped and as I watched his experience he had tears streaming down his face. He said he had never experienced any atmosphere like this and how lucky we are were to have this and that we should make sure to always appreciate it. He couldn't stay the whole game. His friend did stay and cheered right along, loud as could be as if he had always been an Auburn fan. He may have came there never have been an Auburn fan but I know they both left there Auburn fans for life. I wanted to share this story because I felt so strong about this stranger's message. I want to win always as much as anyone but sometimes I take for granted what we have at Auburn. The tradition, the atmosphere is unmatched anywhere. I am proud of our players and I was even more proud of the crowd last night. If you weren't there then let me tell you about after the game. The student section and most of the lower sections cheered loudly with a standing ovation to the players as they headed back into the tunnel. That made me smile so big. Those players deserved that recognition. Even after the loss I was damn proud to be an Auburn fan!!!
This post was edited by sam30204 19 months ago
That is a great story, thank you for sharing that..
Everybody upvote this woman.
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"Get in where you fit in." Life is, Too Short TL;DR
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...
Up vote done! Awesome story. I was there last night and there was that special AU feel. The place was electric. I was sad we lost but so proud of our team and our fans. There is truly no place like Auburn!
I have been an AU fan all my life yet I am sure some times I take for granted our AUsome traditions and atmosphere. Last night though, I had the very same feelings as I looked around the stadium and took in the excitement, spirit, watched our wonderful eagle flight and our fans so "loud and proud" of our team. Some people "get it" and some people don't ... what a wonderful story of strangers in our midst who do indeed "get it" ... thank you for sharing an AUsome experience! WE
Outstanding and timely message to all fans of college football and especially to the Auburn family. Thanks.
'64 grad and devoted college football fan.
Great story/lesson. I also agree that Auburn has that special game day atomosphere and feeling. The reaction of the fans at the game to the season so far (cheering/supportive from the start) tells me all the negativity and nashing of teeth etc. that shows up on this board at times is actually the minority. War Eagle!
"An Auburn Man needs no introduction"
What an incredible story...Thank you for sharing!! We have no idea how lucky we are. It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!
What a great story! With your permission, I would like to copy it and send it to my 3 AU graduate kids and their spouses. I know they'll appreciate it!! We are all so blessed in so many ways! Thanks for noticing and taking the time to talk to those two guys, observing and getting it all down.
"Brick by brick, my citizens. Brick by brick"
+1 Thanks for sharing your story sam. Auburn is indeed a special place.
" I do understand the Auburn spirit is real and that it is alive and well."
To borrow from Dave Loggins old song, "There ain't no gold and there ain't nobody like me". That's what I think about Auburn. I love it.
That does it! It is time to go back and be in that stadium again. Season tickets next year for sure! See you there!
Of course, I would be honored. Thank you!
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