Did Auburn Take a Subtle Jab at Alabama’s National Championship Claims?
Lost Lettermen posted a story on Tuesday about a mistake on an Auburn football ticket package advertisement that showed an incorrect helmet for Washington State. In the ad, which you'll see has been corrected below, a Washington Huskies helmet was used in place of the Cougars' helmet. This would be the equivalent to someone on the West Coast using an Alabama helmet in place of an Auburn helmet.
The corrected version:
What the story failed to mention was the helmet used for Alabama. Sure, it appears fine to most college football fans but not to anyone familiar with the Crimson Tide's use of the number on the side of the helmet will notice a discrepancy. That number has always reflected the current number of Alabama national championships.
While the university might never say so officially, the licensed Alabama merchandise always matches that championship total. Here is an example of something sold before the 2013 BCS National Championship Game and then something sold after the Crimson Tide won its 15th national championship over Notre Dame.
Now, who knows whether this use of a #13 helmet is an intentional shot at Alabama, but there's no question that the number of national championships is often a talking point against the Tide for other college football fans, Auburn included. So why not slip in a subtle jab at your in-state rival if the opportunity presents itself?
What do you say - intentional or not?