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Sights and sounds from College GameDay at Auburn Arena



This morning, the ESPN College GameDay crew set up shop at Auburn Arena to preview this evening’s highly-anticipated matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Kentucky Wildcats.

And KSR was there to take it all in and grab a few photos and videos along the way.

Before we get into the hoopla of the event, including the signs, segments, and half-court shots, I have to first tip my cap to none other than the Big Blue Nation.

The first thing I noticed when I walked into the arena? Several Kentucky fans sprinkled in to see GameDay up close and personal, smack dab in the middle of a sea of Auburn fans.

Blue gets in. Plain and simple.

As far as the entire crowd is concerned, the entire lower bowl in front of the cameras was full, with the bowl behind the cameras serving as overflow:

In one of GameDay’s top weekly traditions in both basketball and football, the Auburn faithful came fully loaded with signs, as well:

Some of the best:

“Calipari likes Pineapple on his pizza”

“Astros stole my other sign”

And of course, “Thank you, Kobe. Mamba Forever” is great, as well.

While there were plenty of clever signs, the obvious favorites need no explanation:


Mid-way through the event, the GameDay crew brought out Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl, who proved he is very much ready for his team’s matchup this evening against the Wildcats.

Between the logo kiss and the fist pumps toward the crowd on both sides of the court, it’s obvious he’s doing whatever he can to get fans as animated and wild as possible.

Despite the extra nudge, I don’t think they’ll be needing much help getting excited with the Cats in town.

Even with the impressive crowd and Bruce Pearl doing his best to sure to get them rowdy, the GameDay crew didn’t fall for the antics.

During their final predictions, both Seth Greenberg and LaPhonso Ellis picked the Wildcats to come out on top.

Greenberg predicted a two-point win for Kentucky, while Ellis simply picked up the UK flag and waved it in the faces of the Tiger faithful.

To close the morning out, the half court shot for $19,000 came up just short:

What better time to be another team’s Super Bowl than Super Bowl weekend?

T-minus four hours until tip-off.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

5 Comments for Sights and sounds from College GameDay at Auburn Arena

  1. runningunnin.454
    2:40 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

    Chris G, dude; we can’t see you behind your big sign. Nice sign; but, I doubt Auburn fans remember him. I would wager most Cat fans don’t remember him, either.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:07 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

      Dude, I’m short. Haha. Plus, they zoomed in for that closeup and cut my head off. If you enlarge the crowd shot with me in it you can see just my head!

    • Jack Pilgrim
      5:47 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

      The ESPN people wouldn’t let us get close enough to get solid shots of the signs… Hell of a sign, though!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:13 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink

      BTW, I met the guy whose son was holding the 606 sign. He’s the attorney for Casey County, and that’s where my mom is from. Small world.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:15 pm February 1, 2020 Permalink