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A look back at the BCS build up

Published 5:52pm Monday, January 10, 2011

By the time you read this, either Auburn or Oregon will be BCS national champions and I’ll be on the opposite end of the country, hopefully celebrating an Auburn win.

But win or lose, it’s been a great season to be a Tiger.

I’ve had a blast tailgating and attending the home games, and always get excited when I have the opportunity to write an Auburn-related story for the paper. And thanks to our perfect season, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to do so.

  • The BCS excitement set in after Auburn’s big SEC win, and I made the rounds to area stores to talk to managers and shoppers about AU merchandise flying off the shelf.
  • On Dec. 15, I was invited to a Christmas party at Benjamin Russell High School where BRHS alumni and Auburn players Michael Goggans and Eltoro Freeman surprised students in LeAndra Denney’s classroom. It was heartwarming to see the smiles on the children’s faces as Freeman, a linebacker, and Goggans, a defensive end, signed autographs and posed for pictures with them (I may have even gotten them to take a picture with me, too.)
  • Several days before Christmas, I wrote a column titled “T’was three weeks before Glendale” in which I relayed a story in The Birmingham News detailing one lawyer’s request to postpone a Jan. 10 trial so she could attend the big game in Glendale. The lawyer, LaBella Alvis, evoked “The Night Before Christmas” in her creative trial-delay request. Opposing counsel Patrick Lavette responded with his approval through reworked lyrics to “Silent Night” and then Jefferson County Circuit Judge Scott Vowell granted Alvis’ request in verse to “The Night Before Christmas. I then wrote my own plea, in the same verse, explaining how my flight and hotel to Glendale were booked, but I was still in need of a ticket. I have a ticket now, by the way.
  • Right before the New Year, I wrote a story about local residents planning trips out West to attend the game. I’d like to extend a big thanks to Tommy Spraggins and Pam Robinson, who both helped me find sources for the story.
  • I also wrote two stories for the last weekend paper, one about the best spots in town to go to watch the BCS game and the other about when Auburn BCS merchandise will be available in local stores in the event of an Auburn win.

Like I said, I’ll hopefully be celebrating an Auburn win in Arizona by the time you read this. And should the Tigers win, I’m certain I’ll even more Auburn stories to write when I return from my trip, but either way – War Eagle.

Natalie Nettles is a staff writer for The Alexander City Outlook.