Forget the top-five showdown. Forget the incredible, inexplicable finish. Forget the tradition and prowess of the Alabama and Auburn football programs. It’s the fans that make this rivalry the best in college football, possibly in all of sports. More specifically, it’s the sometimes wacky actions of Tigers and Tide fans that make this heated coexistence so special.
Monday morning, the Auburn University field crew discovered that Jordan-Hare Stadium is the final resting place for more than just the Crimson Tide’s national title hopes. Apparently, an overjoyed fan dumped the cremated remains of a loved one near the 40 yard line along the Auburn sideline while thousands celebrated the Tigers’ incredible 34-28 Iron Bowl victory Saturday night.
According to a report on Al.com, Auburn officials believe this is not the first time a fan has dumped the remains of a former family member on the field.
But Pat Dye Field will not be the final resting place for this or the other former Auburn fans whose remains have made their way onto this hallowed ground. Cremated remains can quickly kill the grass and contaminate the soil, so the turf and grounds crew removed the grass and two to three inches of soil at the spot Monday.
Unfortunately for Alabama, its dreams of a BCS three-peat will remain buried at Jordan-Hare Stadium amidst the legend of Chris Davis and “Kick Bama Kick.” That memory that will be resurrected for decades to come.
If any Iron Bowl could resurrect a departed Auburn fan from the grave it would be this year’s. Maybe it did. Maybe the spirits of all who came before these Tigers were present in Jordan-Hare Saturday night, guiding Davis toward his destiny as one of the central figures in Auburn football lore.