In the early 2000’s, it really was a time which it was GREAT to be an Auburn Tiger. I had the privilege of being in Auburn during some great times: beating Florida with a last second field goal, the “thumb”, honk if you sacked Brody, and an undefeated season in 2004. There are more memories than I can count involving Auburn football, but one really stands out for me: The Iron Bowl of 2002.
Many people already know the story: we beat Bama on their home turf, and a large portion of that victory was due to a stellar performance by a 4th string running back named Tre Smith. Jason Campbell was developing as the QB who would lead us to an undefeated season two years later, and this was also the beginning of a long run of victories over our arch-rival, Alabama.
However, this memory is important to me because of a slight, marching-band themed twist.
I don’t remember all the specifics, but Alabama had something special going on that day they wanted to commemorate with their marching band and asked if the Auburn University Marching Band (AUMB) could do a shortened halftime show. Our directors had no problem agreeing to the change, but it’s evident they wanted to have a little fun in doing so. As a result, we planned to do our regular pregame show at halftime, which was shorter in length than most of our halftime shows.
Normally, this would be no big deal, but this time, it was special. We were up 17-0 at the half – on their turf, and for halftime we shoved some good ole Auburn propaganda down their throats.
We took the field and played AU-themed songs. I’ll never forget the silence from the Bama fans and the roar from the small Auburn section when we played “War Eagle,” and “Glory, Glory to Ole Auburn.”
Then, we marched down the field towards our fan section playing “War Eagle” and concluded with the loudest “Thumb Cheer/War Eagle” I will ever remember. The Auburn section was full of energy, the rest of the stadium was silent.
Then, halftime ended. The game continued. We won. It was epic.
Ever to conquer, never to yield.