On Monday, January 10, 2010, Auburn University brought home the BCS National Championship after 53 years without one. It was a stellar year, marred only by a little controversy, and our team made every Fan/Alumni’s heart swell with pride.
The images from that night in Phoenix will be forever burned into my hard drive (aka brain). I regret not having a ticket to the game but I know I probably would have had a heart attack if I’d been there.
This past Saturday, over 80,000 Auburn Faithful gathered at Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare stadium to celebrate this amazing season. It was our turn. After being undefeated in 1993 and 2004 and not having a shot at the championship game, THIS was our time to celebrate. We celebrated for every Auburn student who ever walked the Concourse or sat in Foy Union. We celebrated for every player who gave 110% to have a shot at “winning it all.” We celebrated for those who couldn’t make the trip to Auburn for any games or the celebration because they were serving our country. We celebrated for AUBURN and the Auburn Spirit.
There were dignitaries there. Well, Auburn dignitaries. People we love. David Housel, for one. Mr. Housel was the Athletic Director and the Sports Information Director at Auburn for many many years. He’s considered the foremost authority on All Things Auburn. He dedicated over 35 years to Auburn University’s Athletic Department in various capacities. He spoke on Saturday. He’s clearly getting older and hobbled to the podium. Looking, well, older and wiser, he spoke. He talked about many things but the part that caused tears to stream down my face was when he talked about the Auburn Spirit.
I have looked all over hoping that the transcript to his words were printed, but they weren’t so I replayed the celebration and took the liberty of transcribing them for you. If you’re an Auburn man or woman, you will understand. If not, I’m sorry you don’t understand. It’s an amazing feeling to have this Spirit.
The words of David Housel on January 22, 2010:
Everyone in that stadium (except my Georgia Bulldog husband and a few renegade Bammers) were Auburn Men and Auburn Women. It was like a home football game but without an opposing team. It was a sea of orange and blue. It was a wave of happiness. It was peaceful and respectful. It WAS Auburn.
As much as it may surprise you all, it wasn’t a Cam Newton love-fest. He spoke. Nick Fairley spoke. A few other seniors spoke. It was very tasteful in its pomp and circumstance. Those few outsiders there may have thought the number of times the Fight Song was played was a little obnoxious but the good thing was, Henry now knows the words to it!
In closing, after the Coaches Trophy was presented and the new stadium accessory (National Championship Flag) was lifted, Gene Chizik had a few other words.
I will say it again. It’s not kinda….sorta…. almost. You are the best fans in the United States of America. War Damn Eagle!
And then my 6 year old turned to me and said “War Damn Eagle. It’s ok to say Damn now, isn’t it?” And the answer to that is, “Yes, baby. As long as you’re wearing orange and blue and it’s got War and Eagle around it.”
For the full Championship Celebration go here.
For the Tunnel Video they played at the Celebration go here.
For the Highlights Video (which is AMAZING) go here.