December 4th, 2013 11:15 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Auburn
Tags: Auburn, Crimson Tide, Gene Chizik, Saturday Iron Bowl
First things first, Auburn University has tracked down the ball Chris Davis carried as he scored the game-winning touchdown in last Saturday’s Iron Bowl. You can expect it to be displayed prominently somewhere on the AU campus moving forward.
But one sports memorabilia expert says that ball could fetch up to $100,000 if put on the market. Brandon Steiner told Bloomberg.com that the game-winning pigskin is “one of the great balls from one of the great games.”
Technically, that ball would be worth whatever the biggest spender and/or craziest Auburn fan would be willing to spend on it. There are probably some well-oiled Tiger backers who’d throw down more than 100K for the ball… if it were to be put up for auction… which it won’t be.
Once retrieved, the ball was presented to Auburn AD Jay Jacobs who’s gone from idiot (“He hired Gene Chizik.”) to genius (“He hired Gene Chizik!”) to idiot (“He hired Gene ‘Frickin’ Chizik.”) and back to genius again (“He hired Gus Malzahn!”) in a span of four years.
Ironically, since Alabama was kicking on the play, the ball in question was actually a Crimson Tide football. But Alabama has no desire to get the ball back and it bears no Crimson Tide logos, unlike most school-supplied footballs of the age. Again, expect it to be put on display somewhere on the Auburn campus.
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