Postcard from Auburn


Here’s a case of turning lemonade into lemons. One of my favorite stops at Auburn is the drug store on Toomer’s Corner, which serves the best freshly-squeezed lemonade in the Southeast. But to my disgust, after parking my car and making the half-mile walk from Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, I discovered that Toomer’s Drug Store closes at 5 p.m. on weekdays. I got there about 45 minutes too late. At least the walk was good exercise.

Some random observations from the UF-Auburn game:

* It’s clear that Florida junior forward Dan Werner is in a rut. Werner missed both of his 3-point attempts, including a poorly-fired air-ball, Wednesday night against Auburn. Worse than the shooting, though, was that Werner grabbed just one rebound in 26 minutes. Last year, Werner compensated for his shooting problems with some gritty, physical play inside. I don’t see that same level of intensity from Werner so far this season.

* Say goodbye to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. When Florida next plays here in two years, it will be replaced by Auburn’s new $92.5 million basketball arena/practice facility. Construction already has begun across the street from Beard-Eaves. There’s no ceremony planned yet for the last game Beard-Eaves next season, but it would be interesting if they brought back Charles Barkley, Chuck Person, Eddie Johnson, etc. for Auburn’s final game at the round, concrete mausoleum.