Auburn's War Eagle Nearly Escapes Horrible Season, Feels Guilty and Returns

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 29, 2012

Poor Spirit nearly got away. 

The mascot of the Auburn Tigers, Spirit the War Eagle, took a bit too much time flying around the stadium on Saturday, giving fans a moment of concern they would be deserted in their time of need. 

The video (h/t SportsGrid) features Spirit on his usual jaunt around Jordan-Hare Stadium with the added twist of the eagle seemingly getting a better idea in the middle of his flight. 

As you can see, the mascot takes far too long and actually leaves the stadium for a spell. 

Dan Fogarty who writes for SportsGrid reminds us of the one big reasons to worry Spirit may want to flee the premises. 

Auburn football has been dreadful. 

The Tigers would go on to lose this game against Texas A&M, and it wasn't even close. Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel passed for two touchdowns and ran for three on the way to a 63-21 thrashing. 

That left the once-proud Auburn program at 1-7 on the season and an abysmal 0-6 in the SEC. 

So you could see how a member of the pep squad, human or not, would have second thoughts about seeing out the rest of the season. 

I like to think Spirit saw open land and imagined flying off to some safe respite until things turned around, but being all class he returned. 

And that's all that matters. War Eagle. 

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