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Cook Out: If you build it, they will come
Food is an essential part, if not the most important part of a student-athlete’s daily grind.
Getting from lifting to class to practice becomes that much harder without fuel — just ask any college freshman who has improperly planned their day out and missed a meal. For SEC football players, food is serious business.
That big sack that brought you to your feet? It probably doesn’t happen if a defensive lineman isn’t getting enough protein. The 60-yard run that had you high-fiving your friend in the seat next to you? Might not occur if a running back isn’t energized or consuming enough carbs.
While good nutrition leads to impact plays on the field or court, it’s also a big part of a student athlete’s social life. Sometimes the only spare minutes a student-athlete has during the season are spent at a table in the dining hall surrounded by teammates. Eating breakfast, lunch or dinner can be a window to sit and enjoy a few minutes with friends.
Food can also be a power source or a stress reliever after a long day or a rough practice. Studying for an exam and celebrating the end of conditioning is usually better with a milk shake or french fries in hand. And while there are countless options for fine dining in Auburn, one thing seems to be missing:
Auburn needs a Cookout
— Jeremy Johnson (@JJJ_AllDay) January 5, 2017
Now, it’s not what you think (First of all, this tweet came from Auburn baseball player Jeremy Johnson.); we’re not talking about a gathering or a party.
Cook Out is a privately owned fast food restaurant chain with roots in North Carolina. There are locations in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Maryland.
Depending on your choices or taste buds, it’s not usually the most healthy option. But if you’re looking for burgers, fries, hot dogs or an assortment of other options, you’re probably going to find something you enjoy on the menu (I mean, there are more than 40 milk shake choices.).
It’s open late (usually 3:30 a.m. or even 4:30 a.m. on the weekends), which makes it the perfect addition to a late-night cramming session. To top it all off, it’s inexpensive.
Johnson wasn’t the first student-athlete to call for a Cook Out and he won’t be the last (His tweet earned some attention, if you take note of the likes and retweets.).
Now, here’s where this becomes less of a joke.
There’s a Cook Out in Tuscaloosa. There’s a Cook Out in Athens. Alabama and Georgia, respectively, have the best recruiting classes in the country. Of course, top high school stars aren’t choosing to attend these schools or join these football programs because of a fast food restaurant.
There’s not a Cook Out in Baton Rouge (LSU has a higher-ranked recruiting class than Auburn.), but there is a location in Knoxville (Tennessee’s 2017 class is ranked lower than the Tigers’.).
This restaurant won’t be a cure-all. It won’t guarantee the signing of every top recruit and cheeseburgers won’t be a direct correlation to national, or even conference, titles (Cook Outs opened in Oxford and Starkville this year and both Mississippi schools finished at the bottom of the SEC West.).
Still, the evidence is there to suggest there’s something to this palace (There’s a location in Clemson, S.C.). It’ll put smiles on the faces of at least some young recruits and make them feel at home.
Worst-case scenario, Auburn residents will be able to get delicious fast food at a reasonable price. And in a perfect world? Well, let’s just build one and see.
The better of two evils
For Auburn fans, watching the national championship game on Monday night is going to be difficult. Not only did the Tigers fall to the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl in late November, but Gus Malzahn’s team also let a chance to beat Dabo Swinney’s squad slip away in September.
So, when evil is playing evil, who do you root for?
There’s always the argument that fans should want the team from its conference to succeed and reign supreme. But in this case, Auburn fans might rather root for another group of Tigers, instead.
Then there’s always the better of two evils: just make fun of both of them.
Here are some of the best memes from the national championship matchup last season. There’s a lot of drama and hype surrounding this title game, though. That can mean even more creative, humorous memes and more fun for Auburn fans.
The end of football season means players have a chance to breathe.
They can collect their thoughts and relax after a long, hard season. There might even be an opportunity for Tigers to take pleasure in other activities they enjoy.
For some, that means spending time at home and with family. For others, that means binging on Netflix and not moving from the couch (For many, it’s probably a combination of both, especially around the holidays.).
And for a select group, a few days without practice means the chance to spend some time becoming active outdoors. Here’s what Ike Powell, the Tigers’ long snapper, was up to after the Sugar Bowl:
This is how we have fun in the off-season ?? pic.twitter.com/SQ6pytrawm
— Ike Powell (@Ike_Powell60) January 6, 2017
And, of course, the antics of wide receiver Kyle Davis shouldn’t be surprising anymore.
Along with his outrageous feats of athleticism, he’s become a recognizable performer (Most of the time he’s dancing or choreographing moves for himself and his teammates.). If you see Davis on the Auburn campus, he’s probably with a large group of people or athletes. Unlike lots of other quiet freshmen, Davis seems to feed off of energy from others.
Yep, that means animals, too.
The details of Davis’ horse remain a little unclear, but love in its eyes, definitely not.
get you someone that looks at you like i look at my horse ? pic.twitter.com/4ZsRgKZ1QV
— KD (@KDSZN) January 5, 2017
- The Columbia Tribune says, per Auburn’s official announcement, Missouri’s secondary coach is headed for the Plains.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says these are the 5 things you need to know about Auburn’s new defensive backs coach, Greg Brown.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk highlighted commits’ reactions to the hiring of Missouri’s Greg Brown.
- Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover says these are the 3 reasons why the Tigers will win more than 10 games next season.
- AL.com says one senior lineman doesn’t think the improved record of 8-5 this season was good enough.
- SEC Country explains how the Tigers are focused on their next SEC game after a third straight conference loss on Saturday night.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn softball started practicing for its season opener in February.
? "Trust the process"
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) January 6, 2017
And the Tigers also added a little bling to their jewelry collection.
The 2016 Auburn Softball SEC Tournament Champions ring ??
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) January 9, 2017
Auburn women’s basketball beat the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday afternoon in Auburn Arena.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) January 9, 2017
Auburn gymnastics competed in its first meet of the 2017 season but fell in a close one to Oregon State.
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) January 7, 2017