bcs national championship 2014
With football season quickly approaching us and the fabulous results from the ESPYS last night (we won best game AND best play, war damn!), I felt it was time to share my heart felt post from the BCS National Championship game. In the South, SEC football is everything. The past 5 college football seasons, which happen to be my entire college career, either my alma mater, Auburn University, or the University of Alabama have rotated (hush bammers I know y'all have gone 3 times to our 2 in this stretch) in attending the BCS National Championship Game. To say it has been a proud 5 years for my home state of Alabama, is quite an understatement. I was a sophomore the first time Auburn went, and even from not being in Arizona and just watching in Auburn, it was an experience I will never forget. In 2012, the Auburn Family was heartbroken by the terrible outcome of the season, but with a new head coach we were comfortable and familiar with on board, there was a sense of change coming our way: THE GUS BUS! I think every Auburn fan can attest to the fact that not a single one of us expected the outcome of this unforgettable season. I told friends throughout the fall that I felt like this was a team we would watch a movie about years down the road. Between the first miracle at Jordan-Hare and the :01 that will go down in history as one of the most amazing plays in college football, it was a hell of a ride. Similarly to 2010 with Cam Newton on our side, I think it is safe to say we all spent most games on the edge of our seats, praying for a W at the end of the fourth quarter.
For Christmas this year my dad, bless his sweet heart, decided he was going to take the whole family to Pasadena. I could not believe we were all going and I have always said that if I were to hand pick a BCS title game location, Pasadena would be the one I would choose. Dreams do come true, y'all! We were all uneasy the whole trip, even though we were having a ball. I know how nervous I was, I cannot imagine how the players and coaches felt!
The whole way there, the grin on my dad's face was so cute. I was sitting shot gun because I get car sick (there's a hilariously long and disgusting story of me getting car sick...on RODEO DRIVE...in our rental mini van...needless to say, I was placed in the front from there on throughout the trip), so on our way I was able to get a few good shots.
You really could not pick a more beautiful stadium and if there is one, I would love to go.
Mom and Dad getting the minivan tailgate all set up. These two are the ultimate hosts. No matter where we go, no matter what we do, they are simply the best.
This is a faaar cry from the intensity and elaborateness of our tented Auburn tailgate, but it was awesome nonetheless. If you have had the pleasure to come to the enormously large Covington Flooring tailgate that happens every home game during the season, you can only imagine how funny this was for us. No Tank, no marg machine, no buffet spread, just a minivan trunk...and we made it work.
So blessed Auburn University brought us together.
The best family I could ask for. I love traveling with you crazy people.
Auburn Sig Eps in Pasadena...and Dad totally photoboming in the background!
With this as our scenery and John Legend singing the National Anthem, I had chills on my arms and tears in my eyes. Truly one of those moments that just takes your breath away. The calm before the storm. While we did not leave this stadium with a win, we left with a deeper love in our hearts for Auburn. I am so lucky that I got to end my college career with watching the team from my last semester go to the National Championship game in beautiful Pasadena, California. After going to one big title game, I can surely say that as along as I am alive and well, if when, Auburn goes to the National Championship again, I will certainly do everything I can to get there...or hope for another really fabulous Christmas present.
Until next time, War Damn Eagle!