The one downside to going away to college is that it’s difficult to support their sports teams. I try to go back to Auburn once a year for a football game and have been fairly successful in doing so. I’ve hit a handful of women’s basketball games in Lexington over the years, which have been fun road trips with my niece. Even though she didn’t participate in sports (well, nothing after T-ball), she was a high school manager for soccer and baseball, and is a huge Purdue basketball/football fan and appreciates sport in general.
This past Wednesday I took a quick after-work road trip to Dayton to watch the Auburn men’s basketball team play the University of Dayton at the Dayton Arena. My bike buddy Duane lives just outside Dayton, so I picked him up and headed to the game. He was duly impressed with my behind-the-bench tickets. That doesn’t always happen, so it was a nice surprise.
|Blurry selfie of Duane and me|
|Yeah, but ya'll lost to Auburn, so ...|
The Auburn men have had some pre-season trials and it was nice to see them come together for a great victory over a solid Dayton team.
Next up was Saturday’s SEC Championship football game, pitting Auburn against Georgia. What a difference a week and some injuries make. It was a long, frustrating game. It didn’t help I was fighting a sinus infection. My pep slowly drained as the game wound down. Despite the loss, they had a great season and some crucial wins the past few weeks.
I rounded out the weekend with a shorter road trip to Bloomington to watch the Auburn Lady Tigers play Indiana University. Megan was happy to join me again, despite her being a Purdue graduate. She bravely wore her Purdue sweatshirt over her Auburn T-shirt (we only heard one comment as we walked through Assembly Hall). Again, we had great seats and enjoyed a victory – Megan and my first road win! I can’t remember how many times we’ve traveled to Lexington to watch a lopsided loss. Not fun.
|I'm ready coach!|
|Victory selfie outside Assembly Hall! #wareagle #boilerup|
That rounds out my Auburn trifecta. Two in person games and one on TV in five days. Not too shabby. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger! War Eagle!