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What a story and experience for you. Bucket list or not you met and experienced a true football fan and someone who loved what we all take for granted. I can only hope all Auburn fans are as good a fan as the man from Oregon.
We are very lucky....Every day I wish i was in AU at some point during the day. The village the university the people. My friends and family still live int he area and are always telling me how lucky I am to be able to go all the places i have....Well what they dont know is that I have always WANTED to be in Auburn.
Auburn is a special place to me. both my grand parents are burried in teh Cemetary next to Auburn High. My sister and her children live aorund the AU/Op area. My uncle cousins live in Opelika.
Sometimes you have to be removed from that place to understand just how special and amazing it really is.
This is a great story and a wonderful reminder of just what we have!
WAR DAMN EAGLE!!! thanks Sam!
If you cant be honest....whats the point of being anything?
Fearless and True!
You have no idea how much this story touched my heart. Thanks so much for sharing! My only wish is that man could know how much his story meant to so many of us. Thanks again Sam!
If you ever get the chance, go to some other conference rival game, I have been to two big time rival games. You will then know just how special a game at AU really is. I have seen more excitement from the fans in a blowout AU/Vandy game in the pouring down rain than i saw at either of the two big time rival games one of which was ND/USC.
I'm so glad, it really affected me as well. I walked out of the stadium thinking to myself (even after a loss) how this night would go down as one of my favorite AU memories. I told my daughter about it today and she said, "awww momma I'm gonna cry"
Thanks Sam. Great story
Great story. I certainly can't top that one, but we had a couple of interesting things happen this weekend that made me proud of Auburn. Shortly after taking our seats, three LSU couple sat in the seats in front of us. Based on my past experiences with LSU fans, I was a little worried about how the night might go. One of the young men turned around and asked where the eagle would fly from. It turns out that he travels with LSU to all the away SEC games. He began to tell his new bride all about the eagle. Then he turned around to us and said Auburn is his favorite SEC venue other than LSU. (He added that Tuscaloosa was his least favorite and he told us why he hated Bama fans. We found we had a lot in common!) He asked about how "War Eagle" began and we really enjoyed the game with them--each cheering loudly for our teams. At the end of the game he turned around and congratulated us on a game well-played and we shook hands and went our separate ways. He left me with a new perspective regarding LSU fans and a realization that our own fan behavior shapes how others see Auburn. Returning to our tailgate where the wife of one of our regulars is a Bama fan, she made the statement that she finally gets it. She said as we were all relaying our stories from the game, "I'm still a Bama fan, but tonight I finally understand it. You all truly are a famly." It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!
I have run out of upvotes. However, there is always more than one way to skin the cat:
I sat in the Oregon section at the BCSNC game in 2011 and after the game all the Oregon
fans around me were coming up and saying great job, congratulations and good game. I
remember telling those fans that they would be back and , hopefully, Oregon would win.
It was great to win, but it was even greater to enjoy the Oregon fans.
It's worth it. I have been a season ticket holder since 2007. Each year now I ask myself if
should do this again. I don't think I'll ever quit.
Touching story. Thanks for sharing. It will ALWAYS be GREAT to be an Auburn Tiger.
I am not sure I have ever seen anything written that had 215 upvotes ! Got mine for sure.
I wish you could have gotten his name and town so we could pour letters into his mailbox.
It would be good to tell him that what he did for his bucket list has lifted up some 200+ folks
besides himself. I don't know how to get hold of him but he will surely have my prayers for
all he needs for an abundant life to come his way.
Sam, thanks for this. I 'spect your were the perfect person to sit next to him to fulfill his
bucket list .... I know you were for sharing it with us.
War Eagle Mr Oregon Tiger . God bless.
You know what I regret so badly that I didn't. I had planned on taking pictures with him before the end of the game but he left. I thought he was going to the restroom or something. He was pouring sweat, I didn't know if it was just the southern heat or whatever he had going on in his life that placed him on his path to Auburn last night. The people that sit with us one row had went up for a drink and she came back and told the other man with him that she could have swore she saw him heading towards the gate. The guy who stayed said yeah he isn't feeling well and he saw want he came to see. I never saw the other guy again. Then before I knew it the game got intense and although we talked with the other man at length about the game as it occurred it didn't occur to me in the heat of the moment to get anymore info. I regretted in immediately because as soon as the game was over he was gone too. I wish I had got some info or that picture I planned to get. It also taught me to live in that moment. I shouldn't have put it off. Missed opportunity for sure but still a valuable experience for us!
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