Even the Cubs Will Get Their “Auburn Second”

Loving the Cubs... and other problems I have Mark Grissom beaverdamusa.comDedicated to the greatest Auburn fan I have ever known, my cousin.
Gary Grissom
1961  - 1998

Saturday night, November 30, 2013, will be a night that every Auburn fan will remember the rest of their lives.  With one second left on the clock…(thanks to Coach Saban arguing with the ref)…. Alabama missed a field goal short and the Auburn receiver ran the ball back over 100 yards to win the Iron Bowl and defeat Alabama!

I was sitting in my living room of my apartment. I had watched most of the game and I was focused in on the last half. The score was pretty close. Who ever thought the score would be close toward the end of the game? Answer…nobody!

Everyone, including Auburn fans, thought Alabama was going to win. After all, they were undefeated for the season. They were the National Champions from last year. They had a quarterback that was supposed to have been the next Heisman Trophy winner. The stars were all in line that Alabama was going to win the Iron Bowl.

Except for one thing… my cousin, Gary Grissom, was up in Heaven cheering on the Auburn Tigers and screaming “WAR EAGLE” with all his might!

Do I know this for a fact…no. Is that what I choose to believe…YES!

Gary was a huge Auburn fan. His legacy remains on in his beautiful daughter, Brooke Grissom, and all the rest of his family. They were all pulling for Auburn last Saturday night.

The Grissoms are all from Alabama. We are a “house divided” when it comes to Auburn vs. Alabama. Well…. most of the Grissoms are Auburn fans, except for the few in the Martin clan that broke off from the rest of us years ago when my cousin married that dude. Some guy with a weird name like Sherrill or something like that!

But last Saturday night…. for just a brief moment in history… the Grissom Auburn fans had our biggest cheerleader and supporter, Gary Grissom, in Heaven…pulling us through to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!!!

There is another group of fans that can relate to that game and to that incredible win…Chicago Cubs’ fans!

Why is that? Because we have been the underdogs for many, many years! A little over 100 years.

Die hard, life long, Cubs fans…like myself…who have either been sitting in front of our televisions, listening to WGN Radio or sitting inside the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, praying…. hoping…wishing…for that one second that our team pulls through and takes us to a World Series Championship.

For all of us who have suffered for so many years. For all of us who have heard our dads say over and over….”We will get em’ next year, son”… For all of us who left Wrigley Field with our heads hanging down and our ball gloves in one hand and our programs in the other.

For all of us…there WILL be a day we have that “Auburn second” on the clock!  For all of us…. there WILL be a day my cousin, Gary in Heaven, will give out a huge…”GO CUBS” shout!  For all of us…there WILL be a day when my beloved mother, God rest her soul, will look over at the Heavenly Father and say…”Why not, Lord, just this one time…. for my baby boy!”

About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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