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Top 10 again
The beginning of the week can be a struggle for some people.
On Mondays you have to pull yourself from your bed and sluggishly make your way to work or school. From there you’re just trying to make it to Tuesday.
For Auburn football fans, however, the first weekday might just be the best. Take today, for example.
For the first time in more than 430 days, Auburn moved into the AP Top 10 on Sunday afternoon. There are still several scenarios that could play out in terms of the SEC championship and the College Football Playoff, but at this point it looks like this year’s Iron Bowl could be about much more than the next year of bragging rights.
NEW AP Top 10:
6. Ohio St
10. Texas A&M
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 6, 2016
Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt wasn’t very pretty overall. But there still were plenty of memorable moments. Check out some of the best highlights from the Tigers’ win over the Commodores.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) November 5, 2016
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— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) November 6, 2016
Senior defensive back Josh Holsey has made game-clinching interceptions and funny faces his thing as of late. On a good day mixes the two, first picking off opposing quarterbacks and then making all kinds of amusing expressions. He’s even perfecting different poses after big wins.
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) November 5, 2016
This was a particularly special moment that had nothing to do with all of the action on the field. It was Military Appreciation Day in Jordan-Hare and the Fisher family received a special surprise.
Colonel Sean Fisher surprised his family with a message from Afghanistan.
This moment received the loudest applause of the day from the sellout crowd of 87,451. It became surprisingly dusty on the Plains when this message was being played — even dustier when the family reacted.
(Now might be the time to grab a box of Kleenex).
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) November 5, 2016
One of the funniest moments of the day happened during pregame festivities. Spirit, Auburn’s bald eagle, was released for her traditional gameday flight around Jordan-Hare. Yet for some reason, the Eagle stayed mostly on one side of the Stadium and stubbornly refused to make her landing.
She circled the student section for a little more than a minute before finally touching down to a big “War Eagle” from fans in attendance. Spirit going rogue was definitely an interesting way to start the day.
- Fly War Eagle’s Jake Mastroianni learned two things about Auburn in its win over Vanderbilt.
- The Tennessean’s David Ammenheuser explained how Auburn beat the Commodores.
- AP college football writer Ralph D. Russo says Auburn is back in contention.
- ESPN’s Mark Schlabach says Alabama is in a league of its own after the Crimson Tide’s win over LSU.
- AP writer John Zenor explains why Auburn’s ability to overcome adversity reminds head coach Gus Malzahn of other top Tiger teams.
- Adam Rittenberg, of ESPN, says Malzahn leads the coaches on the comeback trail.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn soccer suffered a tough loss on Friday night. The Tigers lost 3-1 (14-6-0) to Arkansas in the SEC Tournament semifinals.
The Tigers battled until the end, but fell to Arkansas on Friday night.
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) November 5, 2016
Kiana Clarke and Casie Ramsier were named to the All-Tournament team.
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) November 7, 2016
There’s also still time to vote for the senior CLASS award.
Have YOU voted #CR24 today for the Senior CLASS Award? Cast your ballot ⬇️
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) November 5, 2016
MEN’S BASKETBALL: The men’s basketball team won its final exhibition game against Montevallo on Friday night. True freshman Mustapha Heron was heating up for most of the evening and finished the night with 26 points. You can check out the full recap here:
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) November 6, 2016
And of course, wins like these are always the best for Tiger fans.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: Auburn swim and dive throttled Alabama in dual meets over the weekend.
— Auburn Swim & Dive (@AuburnSwimDive) November 4, 2016
The world’s best championship celebration
The Chicago Cubs haven’t stopped celebrating since winning the World Series, and rightfully so.
The team was celebrated and honored with a parade that ended up being one of the biggest gatherings in human history. They got to party in their locker room with actor and comedian Bill Murray and they’ll probably get free Chicago deep dish pizza for the rest of their lives.
Perhaps the coolest celebration, however, happened Saturday night.
Anthony Rizzo, former Auburn Tiger David Ross and Dexter Fowler made an appearance on Saturday Night Live (Their other skits were hilarious, but we’ll let you wake up and go find them later today).
Here’s one of the highlights. The Cubs trio was joined by a special guest for this rendition of Go Cubs Go.
— Billy Krumb (@ClubhouseCancer) November 6, 2016
Ross, commonly known as Grandpa, was a very important member of this Chicago team. The best person to tell you why is probably Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
If you still have that box of tissues by from an earlier highlight, you might want to grab it again. It’s pretty cool that Ross’ last game was a World Series win, but it’s even sweeter considering the impact he had on the young stars around him.
Check it out.
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) November 4, 2016
And then who wouldn’t want to take a selfie with hundreds of thousands of people celebrating your success?
— ESPN (@espn) November 4, 2016