Why it is on the list: No wonder Auburn wanted to make sure its season opener against Southern California was scheduled for the afternoon. It wants those boys from Cali to sweat.
Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium (Getty Images)
Obviously, it tends to be hot, humid and totally crazy on The Plains that time of year. For first-timers, Jordan-Hare Stadium's architecture seems even more claustrophobic. It seems to rise straight up on all sides, trapping the noise.
The SEC can tell you. Auburn rivals have tried to avoid Jordan-Hare Stadium for years. Auburn wanted the Alabama game at their place after playing in Birmingham all those years. "It won't happen," former 'Bama coach Ray Perkins said. It finally did in 1989.
Georgia didn't come to Auburn until 1960. Tennessee didn't make it there until 1974.
|Year built: 1939|
|Did you know? In 1973, the stadium was renamed from Cliff Hare Stadium to Jordan-Hare Stadium honoring Auburn's all-time winningest football coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan.|
The RVs start showing up on Thursday for a party that doesn't end until Saturday night. They come to participate in Tiger Walk, the tradition that began in the early 1960s. The team walks from Sewell Hall to the stadium down Donahue Drive, where fans cheer them on.
After really big wins, they go to Toomer's Corner in the center of town to TP the trees and anything else that isn't nailed down.
The most revered tradition is that of War Eagle. Legend has it that an Auburn student, wounded in the Civil War's Battle of the Wilderness, spotted a baby eagle on the battlefield. After both regained health, the eagle appeared with the student at an Auburn-Georgia game in 1892. The eagle, now grown, flew over the field with onlookers shouting "War Eagle," and it died the same day.
Auburn fans have used it as a greeting ever since.
Feel free to insert your own exhortation such as, "War Bonds" (when Barry hits a homer) or "War Peace" (for the president) or "War An Extra Dry Vodka Martini With Olives I've Had a Tough Day."
Personal Experience: An outmanned Kansas team was getting blown out so badly in a 1988 game at Jordan-Hare that both teams took advantage of an obscure rule. I found out a couple of days later that the coaches (Pat Dye and Glen Mason) had reportedly agreed to let the clock run without interruption in the second half. No wonder the game lasted only 2½ hours.
I shudder to think what the final score would have been had the clock stopped for out-of-bounds plays, etc. Auburn won 56-7.
Quoting: "Auburn coaches in several sports trace their individual athletic successes to a community spirit that permeates the 'loveliest village on the plain.' At crawfish boils hosted by the football staff, gymnastics coaches mingle with baseball coaches. They say each program feeds off the accomplishments of another -- football coaches share in the euphoria of a national-championship swimming sweep ... volleyball coaches applaud the men's basketball team's Sweet 16 run ... -- Scripps Howard News Service this month.