Hate Week: That one Iron Bowl

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November 21, 2017 by adamburt13

Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) scores a 100-yard touchdown on a missed field goal attempt during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium. Auburn Tigers won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Written by Adam Burt

We are currently midst the best time of the year for some great football. With great football comes great rivalries, and what better rivalry is there in college football than Alabama and Auburn?

In my opinion, none, but that’s me being biased as an Alabama fan. I look forward to this game every college football season and the Crimson Tide lead this series (45-35-1) over the Tigers.

But let’s bring on hate week, shall we?

The Nosebleeds are ready for hate week and you should be as well. Make sure you get to enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends this Thursday and be sure to indulge in a few scoops of food while you watch the games. Now, “The Game” this week in reference to Marlon’s hate week article is actually the Iron Bowl this Saturday, so stay woke. And if you couldn’t tell by the intro to this I HATE Auburn, So let me start this thing off with a little story…

It was November 30, 2013, and I was amped to see AJ McCarron lead the Tide into Jordan-Hare stadium for the 78th Iron Bowl showdown. This was all in hopes that the Crimson Tide would run it up and stun the Auburn crowd. You know for the fun stuff like trash talking about leading all time in this game, being far superior, and all of that fun stuff. But then one play turned it all around, and I’ll never forget this as long as I live.

I was at a Buffalo Wild Wings for the game with a few of my boys, and per usual on a college game day the place was packed tighter than one of Squishes nukes. Everyone was fairly quiet for most of the game except for this one outrageously loud Auburn fan in a Cam Newton Tigers jersey who was dead center of the dining area. If Auburn even runs for a first down, you better believe this fool was clapping and screaming like an idiot drawing all the attention of the restaurant to himself.

(He was sitting alone. No one likes Auburn fans.)

So the game goes on and it is finally down to the wire and tied 28-28 late in the 4th. After some questionable coaching calls from Nick Saban, it ultimately came down to a reviewed play where Auburn had smothered Alabama running back TJ Yeldon in the backfield out of bounds with 1 second left on the game clock.

This left just enough time to send out kicker Adam Griffith to attempt a 56-yard field goal for a Tide win. Now Griffith is a redshirt freshman at the time who was only out for this kick because the Tides starting kicker Cade Foster had missed 3 field goals earlier in the game, Saban wasn’t having it.

So the play that took my hate for Auburn to an all-time extreme. The kick was left short by Griffith and received by Auburn’s Chris Davis, who then took the kick back 100 yards for a touchdown to win the game as time expired….. I was shook.

As I sat in that Buffalo Wild Wings that night, listening to that idiotic Auburn fan lose his mind, that is when I knew I would never hear the end of it from everybody. And that is still true.

It was truly an unbelievable return by Chris Davis, can’t take that moment away from Auburn that season. I really couldn’t believe it. But it wasn’t the upset that I felt was going to haunt me. It was all of the college football fans out there and that horrendous Auburn fan base that overuses the hell out of the “Kick Six” when talking trash.

“Remember that one time they missed a kick against Auburn?”

“Oh, but remember that one year?”

Or Auburn fans style, “LOLOLOL KICK SIX”

Yeah I get it, the Kick Six happened, and Auburn hasn’t won an Iron Bowl against the Tide after that since 2013 so I’ve kind of recovered from it the jokes are old. And although the Kick Six will live on forever in the memories of both fan bases, my hate for Auburn and especially their fan base will never die.

This Saturday…. Roll Tide Roll!

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