January 25th, 2007

2005.09.01-19.26.59/au-logo.jpgIt looks like Auburn’s basketball team may have begun to turn the corner at long last. I knew Auburn and Alabama were playing this week, and I knew Auburn’s play was greatly improved this year, with the Tigers have racked up a home win against number 22 Tennessee, but I still didn’t have the nerve to watch to the Tigers play at home against number 12 Alabama. I should have watched anyway, because I’d have seen a historic performance as the Tigers ran away from a one point halftime deficit to spank Alabama by 24 points. Say it slow: Twenty. Four. Points. It is the Auburn basketball program’s largest-ever margin of victory when playing as an unranked team against a ranked opponent. And with the win, the Tigers have already matched surpassed their win total for all of last season. A pretty good night indeed.

It reminds me of a Wednesday night when I was in school at Auburn, probably in the spring of 1984. Me and some of my buddies didn’t have anything to do, so we walked over to the coliseum to watch Auburn play Kentucky. As I remember it, Auburn was a decent team on the cusp of becoming a very good team, with Chuck Person and Charles Barkley, but was unranked. Kentucky, of course, was an excellent team, and was ranked in the top ten. We expected Auburn to compete, though not necessarily to win. But win they did, by a whopping 18-point margin. Bread Truck pulled down every rebound in sight, and Person nailed every shot. In the late going, as the game really got away from the Wildcats, we even got to see a couple of Barkley’s patented monster jams. Just like last night’s win over Alabama, it was an unexpectedly good time.

It was nice of the Tigers to play well last night and remind me of that old Kentucky memory. Mighty nice indeed!

2 Responses to “HOLY COW!”

  1. Steve Says:

    I’ve been to two games: Texas A&M and Florida. I think I may be barred from attending for the remainder of the season.

  2. Jim Says:

    Yeah, Steve, both those games pretty ugly. Next time just stay at home, open a six-pack and turn on the radio!