Auburn Media file
We start things out this morning on a sad note. War Eagle VII, or Nova as most know him, will retire from major events. Nova was born in Montgomery Zoo in 1999 and was named War Eagle VII on November 11, 2006 as he sailed over the field for the first time against Georgia. According to AL.com, Nova has been diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat.
Nova’s physicians say he would be at extreme risk with prolonged exposure to high heart rate activities. Chiefly among those are Auburn’s pregame rituals, culminating in the famous “War Eagle” tradition of the circling of Jordan-Hare stadium by one of the majestic symbols of Auburn. This tradition has been long celebrated as one of the best traditions in sports, regularly making top-ten, even top-five rankings. It is truly the most unique of traditions.
A long comment on the AL.com article by a reader who goes by Derkong said: “War Eagle! But I have to say if I was an eagle I would rather go out flying than stuck in a cage for several more years…”
While fans may be split on whether this would be the right approach, it would certainly fit with the generally accepted War Eagle Legend, as found on AuburnTigers.com.
Former Auburn softball players have been involved in some prestigious events recently. Kasey Cooper, Auburn’s most recognized and possibly greatest player in program history, played in international competition in Tokyo where the USA National Softball team dropped the championship game to Japan. USA has been dominant for many, many seasons but entered the All-Star series in Tokyo ranked No. 2, just behind the hosts. Many believe this was a precursor to the 2020 Olympic Championship. Japan needed a walk-off grand slam to shut the door on Team USA. Cooper played in two games and recorded only a walk while striking out twice in her four at bats.
In National Pro Fastpitch , the USSSA Pride took the championship. Angel Bunner, Auburn’s six-year pro, added two innings of relief to beat the winless Beijing Eagles for the USSSA Pride in the series finale. Haley Fagan pinch ran for her sister, Sami, in a win for the Racers against the aforementioned Eagles although she was hitless as the designated hitter in the early victory against the Pride.
Emily Carosone was left hitless in a split series against the Texas Charge. Auburn’s Jade Rhodes has been unable to crack the starting lineup for the ScrapYard Dawgs. More info on Auburn’s past players can be found at Profastpitch.com.
Football and basketball news after the jump:
McFarland has done it again. The SEC Network analyst has a penchant for rumor-mongering, most of the time citing anonymous sources in spreading unfounded accusations.
Even though Auburn is one of only two teams to beat Alabama more than once in the Saban era, beating Bama doesn’t come easy. You can’t beat Bama in week one. You can’t beat Bama playing Bama ball. You can’t out-talent Bama. You can beat Bama at …
It’s that time of the year when conversations about the upcoming college football season begin. Auburn has been ranked in the Top 10 preseason polls and noted prognosticator Phil Steele says the Tigers could be one of the teams to make the College Football Playoffs.
After being a long-distance dad for two years, Chizik made a decision to leave football to be able to spend time with his three kids. This weekend he shared his thoughts about the importance of being a dad to Track ‘Em Tigers partner, USA TODAY. It makes for a great Father’s Day read.
The Bulldog offense has been a threat nearly every year that Dan Mullen has coached there. And this this season, MSU poached defensive coordinator Todd Grantham away from Louisville. Grantham was able to improve defenses at Georgia and Louisville by installing a complex 3–4, multiple front blitzing scheme. However, with the package of screens Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey uses, Auburn should be able to hurt the Bulldogs when they blitz. The prediction for this one sees the …
Nevertheless it was a successful year for a team that many thought before the season would struggle to finish above .500. The prognosticators saw a young inexperienced team but failed to see how a young second-year head coach would get his boys to believe.
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