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Davis’ Game-Winning TD Ball From Iron Bowl Could Be Worth $100,000

chris-davis-return-in-iron-bowlFirst 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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Auburn To Show Iron Bowl In Hoops Arena For Free

auburn-arena-480x237Ticket prices for next Saturday’s Iron Bowl are a hot item right now.  How hot?  Well, the lowest price for a pair of upper deck tickets on StubHub.com is $750.  That’s $375 per ticket on the low end.

On the other end of the spectrum, you’d have to pay $3,450 for a ticket on the lower West sideline at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  (And, yes, we’re ignoring one ticket offering of $30,000.)

With prices so high and limited room in the stadium, many a fan will be forced to watch this year’s Alabama/Auburn clash on television.  For Auburn fans, that’s not as disappointing as one might think.

AU officials have decided to open up Auburn Arena so Tiger fans can watch the game with fellow fans on the videoboard inside the facility.  Concession stands will be open and fans will be allowed to bring in food and drinks as well.  The best part?  Auburn is opening up its arena free of charge.

With schools struggling to milk every last dime from their supporters and boosters, it’s nice to see an SEC school give its fans a little something for free.  Kudos.

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