SYLACAUGA, Ala . – Who do you follow on Twitter? Better yet: why?
If you have the app, you know Twitter is one of the top ways to get sports and news information as soon as it happens. It can also provides comic relief, especially in the sports world.
For many of us in the state of Alabama, sports, especially football, are serious. In the fall, some days of worship come a day earlier each week. Football Saturdays are religion, and anyone affiliated with the two major universities in the state will tell you sports just means more here.
Parody sports accounts run rampant on the app…and for good reason. With the high stress of college athletics, a little light hearted humor can go a long away. If you scroll through the Twitter app on a gameday, there is a good chance you have seen the one of the most famous parody accounts in the state, Drunk Aubie.
@DrunkAubie (DA) is a pro-Auburn University account, but that does not stop fans of other teams bellowing over in laughter after reading the account’s tweets. The page has nearly 38,000 followers and 13,500 tweets. DA roots for his own team and trolls others like many other parody sports accounts on the popular social media site.
If you were scrolling through twitter during Auburn’s 15-inning loss to the Crimson Tide last Sunday night, you saw many tweets like these.
When she says she likes seeing guys wear hats pic.twitter.com/tpi0MtTGHW
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) May 8, 2017
Regardless if the Tigers are winning or losing, the account always has something clever and witty to say.
The page has become so popular that SylacaugaNews.com reporter Jeremy Law (JL) sat down with DA for an exclusive interview.
JL: Why start a parody Aubie account and where did the idea come from?
DA: I’ve been a student and lifelong Auburn fan. Gene Chizik’s last year as Auburn’s coach was what most would call “bad” and I needed a way to cope with the lack of success on the football field. I was discussing with a friend that Auburn football is so bad this year that it even brought the lovable Aubie to drink and it just blossomed from there.
JL: When did the idea first come about? When was the account launched?
DA: It was coming into Gus Malzahn’s first season when many picked us to be bad again. I thought it would be a good way to entertain people, including myself, during games.
JL: Did you ever expect your account to take off in the way it has since its inception?
DA: No, honestly I had no clue it would take off the way it did. Never in my dreams.
JL: Some of your tweets have me rolling, even as an Alabama graduate. How long does it take for you to come up with a quality tweet?
DA: The majority are off the top of the head or spur of the moment, but I do tend to look at teams’ rosters before we play them to see if I can work in a good pun or joke. My look-a-like tweets are premeditated.
JL: Do you normally know which tweets will take off? And what team tweets seem to take off more than others?
DA: There are times when I know for sure one will take off and then other times I think, “This is really stupid, but I like it so I’m going to tweet it anyway” and sometimes those take off. Those are my favorite because it is nice to know my humor is appreciated. I’ve learned that if I don’t have high expectations, I’ll never be disappointed in a tweet’s success. I do know for sure that anything bashing the other big school in this state will do well.
JL: Outside of Alabama, what is your favorite school to really go after?
DA: Arkansas. Coach Bret Bielema came in and made a rivalry with Malzahn. Beating them last season 56-3 was the absolute best. Sadly, he blocked me a long time ago so he no longer gets to see my tweets gloating about beating them.
JL: Since your account’s inception, what has been your favorite tweet and what has been your favorite memory?
DA: My favorite Auburn-related tweet came during a presidential debate where I asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton how they planned to stop the war on Toomer’s Corner after the trees have had a rough go since 2010.
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) September 27, 2016
My favorite non-Auburn tweet was when Steph Curry was destroying everyone with ridiculous three pointers. I made a joke about if Steph had built the ark instead of Noah, the animals would have come in sets of three instead of two. It was dumb, yet it was beautiful. I did not expect it blow up.
If Steph Curry would’ve built the Ark he would’ve brought the animals in 3’s
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) February 28, 2016
My favorite memory has to be when we beat Georgia and then Alabama with insane finishes. Twitter was so much fun during that run to the National Championship game. To think, I was able to be at one of the greatest football games of all time [Kick Six] — one that will be a legend to my kids and grand-kids — should a lucky lady help with that — is pretty special.
JL: Do you ever run out of funny ideas and how do you stay fresh?
DA: I’m sure I will become stale at some point, but I’ll ride this as long as I can. There are times I want to post and be funny, but choose not to try too hard and force something. It’s hard to balance that. It’s easy though to follow new memes and make them Auburn related.
JL: Are there any particular opposing team parody accounts you have friendships with like other Auburn Parody accounts you’re friends with?
DA: Clemson has a funny parody account for their mascot, @8BalltheTiger. I’ve always enjoyed @FauxPelini, but he won’t return my calls. For Auburn parody accounts, @evil_cam_newton has always been a great follow because who doesn’t love Cam Newton?
JL: How long do you think you can keep this going? Will you ever pass the torch?
DA: It’ll go until I run it into the ground. Or until Twitter dies. Honestly, even if people grow tired of my attempts at humor, it is something I enjoy doing.
JL: What kind of recognition have you received (from fans, other schools, media, etc.)?
DA: I was mentioned in an Athlon Sports write-up about the top 10 college mascots as having more of an “unorthodox” timeline than original Aubie.
I also once had a tweet read on CNN.
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) July 7, 2015
JL: Have you ever been in any fights with ignorant fans? Let’s hear it!
DA: Opposing teams’ fans will get very upset over some of my tweets. I like to quote tweet them and sit back and watch Auburn fans pile on them so they delete their tweets and block me. The biggest problem with opposing fans who don’t follow me: they don’t get my sarcasm. I’m a parody of Aubie. Don’t take anything I say seriously.
The real Aubie and the Tigers will kick off the 2017 season at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 2 as Auburn hosts Georgia Southern. Game-time has not yet been announced.
Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.