This Photo Friday is an attempt to sway the Universe. Universe, wouldn’t you LOVE to see an Auburn win on Monday? That’s what I thought.
While I graduated from UT—the UT, as in University of Tennessee—I come from a divided SEC household. My sister, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and I all went to UT. My mom went to Vanderbilt. And my dad went to, you guessed it, Auburn.
Growing up, I was much more a Tigers fan than Vols. I knew the Auburn fight song from the time I was a tot. Unless it was women’s basketball—Pat Summitt will always come first—I was rooting for the Tigers, out of loyalty to my dad.
Even though it’s a six-hour drive from their house, my parents have season tickets to Auburn football games (Tennessee, too). Because it’s tax season and my dad’s a CPA, they decided last minute not to go to the national championship game in Arizona on Monday. I know they’ll probably regret that decision come Monday.
When the four of us—Mom, Dad, SVV and me—went to Jana’s wedding in October, we stayed in the campus hotel and decided to get up early on Sunday morning for a stroll around the deserted campus. I had been to Auburn a handful of times growing up—both my sister and I went down for scholarship competitions, then chose to stay in state due to cheaper tuition (and the lottery scholarship for Kari; I was the last class not eligible)—but it was SVV’s first visit.
Having gone to college at a commuter school in San Francisco, he’s not accustomed to campus life and found the sprawling lawns and red brick buildings littered about the campus fascinating.
You see, it’s been a long-standing tradition at Auburn that students toilet paper Toomer’s to celebrate each victory.
I wouldn’t like to be the person who cleans it up, but it’s fun to see the aftermath.
Now, let’s say a little pre-mature victory chant in hopes that Toomer’s Corner will have a reason to be rolled this coming Monday, shall we? All together now: “War Eagles, fly down the field…ever to conquer, never to yield….”
Who are you rooting for in the national championship game? (Don’t say the Ducks! Don’t say the Ducks!)