A Warning to Fair-Weather Auburn Fans

Posted by Tiger Histalmos | 7:40 PM | 1 comments »

I cannot tell you how angry I was when I heard the most disgusting noise in the world directed to Chris Todd and the Auburn Tigers.

I was at the game when the boos rang out at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but it was not directed at Tennessee. Instead it was meant for one of our guys.

Again, I was angry. This is not the first time this has happened, but I never want to hear it. It just shows how the fair weather fans have made the game too serious and do not realize what those young men do to play on Pat Dye Field.

Most of these kids are 18-21 years old. I know I could never do what the players do on that field each time out. I do not care if we are winning by one or two points each time out.

Heck, I don't even care if we lose big each time out. Those guys play their hearts out each and every snap. That's all you can ask from them every game.

Now, if I could address the fair-weather Auburn fans directly, I have something to say to you.

Auburn is not the most perfect place in the world (though it is darn near close), but it is our place. It is our home. True Auburn fans hold themselves to a better standard than booing the team.

Winning is the point of the game, but there is so much more to a football program than winning. Forget what the school on the other side of the state is doing, and concentrate on supporting the young men in the blue jerseys.

I have been through the highs and the lows in my years of following Auburn football. I will still bleed orange and blue until the day I die. My allegiance will not falter with how a season goes. I will support the team in any way possible. I realize there is much more to the team than just winning games. I saw this first hand when I was sports director at WEGL.

One more item I want to chew on with the fair weather Auburn fans. We have something called The Auburn Creed. It lays out the beliefs of true Auburn men and women. One line touches home when turmoil happens:

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

As far as football is concerned, be the first one to lend support for those guys. Don't be the first to criticize. Auburn players and fans in the past went through some tough times. Be thankful that we haven't had those times for quite a while.

I'll say it before, I'll say it again, and I'll say it until I die.



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