Thursday, January 13, 2011
We Are The Champions!
I am always proud to have attended Auburn University. The degree I received there gave me many opportunities and has been the foundation of my professional life. This past weekend amidst the roar of the crowd. I became even prouder of MY university.
I know, I hear most of you groan and say “But Football?” Yes, football. It has nothing to do with the fine education you receive from attending Auburn. It has to do with what we call the “Auburn Family.” When you meet a fellow Auburn fan, you say “War Eagle.” Not because of the football but because we are family. It's our greeting to each other. We aren’t a nation or a club – we are family. We love the Plains, Toomers Corner, the eagle flying, Aubie and our proud traditions, just as any college alumni would. We are proud to be the Auburn Family.
At the beginning of this year I hardly hoped that our football team would win eight games. I have attended every home game and some away games for years because I love Auburn. I never expected what would happen this year. All I could hope for back in September (sorry Jean and Stephanie) was that we would beat Alabama. Throughout adversity this year, we never lost hope – not during all the close games or the snide comments about our quarterback. We took the criticisms and we held our head high. We are Auburn. You don’t desert family if there is a problem. And yes, even now, I can hear the comments that this may still end badly for Auburn (shades of USC) BUT so what? We will still have our family, our love of the university and our pride in that university. We will still be FAMILY. For a moment, when Wes Byrum kicked the winning field goal with two seconds left, we all became one, jumping, screaming and hugging complete strangers. We were National Champions! WE WERE AUBURN!
As most of you know, I had the privilege of attending the BCS bowl this past weekend in Glendale, Arizona. Such a surprise, I took a lot of pictures. I thought I would share some of them with you.
I was at the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. I got to the point of if you've seen one cactus, you've seen all of them.
The views were beautiful out there on the desert.
Darling hubby who surprised me with the trip and bought me lots of jewelry in old Scottsdale.
A few Quackers in front of the stadium before we went inside. The stadium is nothing compared to the SEC stadiums but it was nice.
Clicked this banner as it flew over the stadium.
The view from our seats before the game started. We were offered five thousand a piece for those seats before we came inside.
Gee, maybe we should have taken them and gone to the hotel to watch. Nah....
The ESPN crew were right below us. Note "Mushmouth", as I fondly call him, in the center.
The band, which is near and dear to my heart, spelling out Auburn.
The coin toss. You can't see it from this photo but those Oregon shoes were neon yellow, atrocious.
We'd won! Confetti everywhere!
The championship trophy being awarded to Auburn.
I have lots more but didn't want to bore you guys. I had a great time and just wanted to share.