We all know people who can take any situation and turn it into their own personal sideshow. For Auburn's most-famous alumnus, it is an art form.
Charles Barkley was at it again Thursday night, when he opened an NBA broadcast with a bandage on his head, then stating on live TV that he had been mugged while visiting Tuscaloosa. He was joking, clearly.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Alabama fans have a sense of humor. This incident will be laughed off as typical Charles Barkley, AND typical Auburn. Even The Coach chuckled a little at the prank. But it does remind us of the biggest difference between the two state universities.
All over the world, The Capstone is known for class and respect. She is not perfect, but her mistakes are worn with dignity. This will never be said for Auburn. Led by the aforementioned most-famous alumnus, Auburn people don't view "representing their school" as a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Auburn folks aren't embarrassed that the charades of other Auburn folks because they can relate. It's a family deal. Alabama fans will never understand this about their in-state rival.
The Coach has said there was one exception to all this, Shug Jordan. After he left, Auburn people viewed "class" as something you skipped during Sociology.