Fog on a never end cycle of rain in the south in the winter. You can see the puddles around the tree swing, and the dreariness in the air. Somewhere Spring is coming.
Auburn went back to the conference play today and we went to see the 1:00 pm start in Auburn against Vanderbilt. Perhaps a game Auburn should have won but in the end Auburn came up short. It was all offense on both sides today with no one playing a tight defense. As always Deb and I enjoyed the game but as I sit here and watch the Florida vs Tennessee basketball game with a packed house, I would like to see the same thing down here in Auburn. It isn’t an ACC thing and SEC doesn’t have basketball teams, they have plenty of good teams, Auburn just hasn’t won games in a few years now and not many come out to support the team on a consistent basis.
For Deb and I that isn’t what the games are really about. It is about spending time together and getting away from the normal routine of work and distractions to enjoy something together. Out of all the sporting events that take place at Auburn, Basketball is probably Deborah’s favorite. It is indoors, she can bring her knitting, and no one generally dumps a rum and coke on your camera or throws up their lunch a few seats next to you (both happened at the football games this past season).
Nope, the games are usually quiet, plenty of seats, not a crowded area, generally no commercial time-outs, tickets are CHEAP, and the games only last 2 hours at most. Of course, we actually hope that changes when the new area opens in 2011, but either way, we will still try to go to the basketball games when the weather outside gets cold. Here are a few photos I took at the game today. Click on the images below to see the larger size.
Today we went to see the #6 Auburn Tigers vs #10 Tennessee Vols basketball game, which drew an all time record crowd of 12,067 fans. This was the largest crowd to see a basketball game in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum ever in its current configuration. Listed as a maximum as a 10,500 feet arena, it was certainly the largest crowd I have ever seen at a basketball game here in Auburn, and oh, did I mention, it was the woman’s basketball team.
This was actually the first woman’s basketball game we had been to in all the years of going to games, and at a time when the men’s basketball team is lucky to have a crowd of 5,000 show up, the woman played a fantastic game, shot well, made free throws, and overall totally impressed the over 12,000 people that showed up for the game.
At the beginning of the game that had a moment of silence for Kay Yow, the North Carolina State’s Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach who won more than 700 games died on Saturday of breast cancer at the age of 66. The first photo was of one of the woman holding up the warmup shirt they all wore today that said Kay Yow. It was a great game that left the Auburn Tigers still undefeated for the season with a 84-68 win.
Today Auburn finally ended up with a win after 4 straight losses starting with Vanderbilt back on October 4th and ending with Mississippi last week, a 37-20 win is a still a win. The weather was great and the game moved along nicely since it was not on TV this time. No “red hat” referee was even on the field which was nice and the pre-game and homecoming festivities were enjoyable as well.
This week was the Ag Roundup in Ag Heritage Park where Auburn showcased the Auburn University Mobile Gasification Unit which converts wood chips and woody biomass into electricity (see more at the NRMDI website or their blog) and they also offered up some great southern food at the Taste of Alabama.
Below are some of the photos I took throughout the day. You can see more of the photos from today at the Auburn vs Tennessee Martin gallery. (Sorry for those who are not on DSL here). Most of the day was spent in the sun (the North endzone will do that) but it was not so hot you couldn’t stand it like previous day games. I was able to get some pretty good shots of the band this week. The Auburn band is usually pretty accessible and this week was no different. So for those band mom’s out there, just click on the gallery above to see more like the ones below.
The next two weeks will probably prove to be very difficult for Auburn. All we have left in the season is Georgia, who always seems to be able to win in Auburn no matter what kind of season we are having, and of course the Auburn vs Alabama game on November 29th in Tuscaloosa. I am sure all those Bama fans are licking their chops at this point. For them, I would hate to get over confident and loose out on a national championship birth by loosing to Auburn but stranger things can happen.
This week Auburn seemed to be lucky to squeak out a win over an unranked 1-2 Tennessee team, but a win is a win, and 14-12 is a win. The remaining games are not going to get much easier, and next week what would seem like an easy game now seems to be a tough conference game against an undefeated Vanderbilt team. This week the game was played at 2:30 on CBS and was sunny and hot, but still made for a few good photo opportunities. Below are some of my favorite from the game. The first shot above is a hand off to Ben Tate (#44).
If you have photos from the game I would love to see them… please post a comment below so we can take a look. Hopefully there won’t be to many more really hot, full sun, games left, it should cool off down here sooner or later. See you here next week for Vanderbilt.