“War Eagle!” is the famous battle cry or motto that athletes, students, alumni, or fans of Auburn University use in support of the sports team or in greeting one another. From January 19, 2016 to January 24, 2016 you would have heard those words used extensively in three major sporting events.
The Auburn Tigers men’s basketball team took on their in-state and bitter rivals, Alabama Crimson Tide on January 19, 2016. When these hated teams meet (in any sport), records are not a factor. So it didn’t matter that Alabama was 10-6 and Auburn was 8-8. What did matter was Cinmeon Bowers scoring 20 points and grabbing 18 rebounds to lead Auburn to an 83-77 win. Kareem Canty was Auburn’s leading scorer with 25 points while shooting 5-8 from three-point range. Alabama was led by Retin Obashohan’s 27 points. He made one of two free throws to cut the Auburn lead to three with 43 seconds left in game. However, Bowers and Canty made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the Alabama come back and win. War Eagle!
Jason Dufner is a professional golfer and Auburn alumni. It has been since 2013 that he has won a Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour event. That winless streak seemed likely to continue on January 24, 2016 at the Career Builder Challenge golf tournament. The par-3 17th hole is nicknamed Alcatraz. Dufner had to escape it by making an incredible chip shot from the rocks. His “one in like 50 million” second shot hit the flag stick and remained inches from the hole, allowing him to tap in his putt for par. Dufner would make par on the next hole to finish 25 under for the tournament and a tie with David Lingmerth. This meant that both players would play the par-4 18th hole again in a playoff. Both players would par the 18th hole, forcing them to replay it again. This time Dufner would par the hole, while Lingmerth didn’t, thus winning the tournament. War Eagle!
While Dufner was hoisting his trophy, a fellow Auburn alumnus was in the middle of the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game. Cam Newton was quarterbacking the Carolina Panthers to a 49-15 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. This game was supposed to be close, considering the Panthers were only favored to win by 3 points. However, Cam and his team had other ideas as they jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Both teams would score touchdowns in the 2nd quarter making the halftime score 24-7 in favor of the Panthers. The second half would be pure domination by Carolina outscoring Arizona 25 to 8. Cam would finish the game with 47 yards rushing, 335 yards passing and four touchdowns. War Eagle!
It is tradition to roll the trees near Toomer’s corner on the campus of Auburn with toilet paper after a victory. I think there is a huge clean-up on “aisle 6” after this past week. War Eagle!