Iron Bowl Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Beginning in 1893, The Iron Bowl has been referred to as the biggest sports rivalry nationwide. In the film Roll Tide War Eagle, Cam Newton, former Auburn quarterback, states, “You either have to be crimson or orange and blue.” Greg McElroy, former Alabama quarterback, adds, “And if you don’t pick either one then they both hate you” (Roll Tide War Eagle). Experiencing this first hand, I have seen this turn from a rivalry to an all out war. There is true hatred in this rivalry. No matter where you go in the state of Alabama, you can be sure to see or hear the battle cries of “War Eagle!” or “Roll Tide!” Just hearing those two words invokes great amounts of passion within fans …show more content…
This is one of the many ways Auburn fans rally around the players to show them support and encouragement. This event happens two hours prior to every game, whether at home or on the road. It began in the 1960’s when Auburn players would make the walk from Sewell Hall to the stadium (www.auburntigers.com) Thousands of fans line the sides of the Auburn Tigers’ football team and cheer them on. One Auburn football player described it as this, “ You are focused on the game…of course…but you are definitely feeding off the emotion of the fans…your adrenaline is so high that you feel like you could run through a brick wall or pick up a car” (Stanfield et al 27) Ivan Maisel describes it like this in his account of the Tiger Walk, “The Auburn fans roared, their eyes glazed with a mixture of fervor, pride, passion, and perhaps a bit of Jack Daniels” (Woodbery …show more content…
A 6’5” 248 pound quarterback. This was a game changer for the Auburn Tigers. This brought the Auburn players hope. Charles Barkley referred to him as, “a physical beast.” Before the season started, no one was even considering Auburn for the SEC Championship. They never expected that this team would go on to win the National Championship. Throughout the 2010 season Cam Newton went through much controversy and scrutiny, but the Auburn community stood behind him with full support the whole way. Cam Newton led the Auburn Tigers to an undefeated season, SEC championship, and their first National Championship in fifty-three years (Roll Tide War

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