Word from Auburn today confirmed reports of soil samples surrounding the live oak trees at Toomer’s Corner. They have been poisoned with lethal doses of the pesticide Spike 80DF.
The Auburn president issued a statement; the trees are as good as dead.
As for who did it, many point to a caller on the Paul Finebaum show on January 27 who claimed he poisoned the trees the weekend following the Iron Bowl. The test samples were taken the following day and weeks later, the test results confirmed poisoning.
The word “fan” is a root derivative of the word “fanatic”. The definition of fanatic? A person motivated by irrational enthusiasm.
If this act was done by an Alabama “fanatic” or any other opposing fan of Auburn University, it is an inexcusable, detestable act. When fanaticism crosses over to criminal activity…and believe me, it can be a short walk…we all have to take a moment to step back and take inventory of what is and isn’t important in life. Whoever did this should be held legally accountable.
Regardless of how stupid I believe a tradition is of throwing butt paper into some trees following a win, all jokes aside, those oaks were an Auburn tradition and should have been preserved.
That being said, Auburn fans, you started this years ago. You have joyfully desecrated what is dear to Alabama fans for decades. I’m sorry about your trees, but cry me a river. You have done your part to catapult this rivalry into well more than a rivalry, but a manifestation of hate.
For years I’ve heard horror stories of what Auburn fans have done to Bear Bryant’s grave at Elmwood Cemetary. Everything from the trivial (Auburn paraphernalia with Iron Bowl scores) to the extreme (urinating and defecating on his headstone).
Need proof? In the following picture sequence, someone felt compelled to go to his grave and compromise his burial plot, burying a picture of Pat Dye under the headstone. But notice too the defacing of the stone itself. It appears to have been drawn upon with a poor attempt to erase what had been done to it.
Returning to the definition of “fanatic”, defacing and defiling a burial plot is an act of irrational enthusiasm.
How about this little doozy?
Think taping a Cam Newton jersey on the statue of Alabama’s most beloved historical figure was cute? Sort of an in-your-face, wasn’t it?
How about this:
What did this really accomplish? Truthfully what we already knew; that even at the height of your temporary championship perch, your Aubsession with us wouldn’t be complete until you somehow made Alabama a part of it.
And of course, there’s this original offering…sure to be seen 50 to 100 times every Iron Bowl, especially in Lee County:
See where I’m going? Poisoning and killing an Auburn tradition was, is and forever will be classless behavior. But it didn’t just happen.
Hate is hate, and Auburn fans have been openly celebrating every opportunity to defile what is sacred to the Alabama faithful for years.
The problem with revenge is people up the ante every time they strike. They’re not satisfied with an eye for an eye. They want the whole head.
Auburn president Jay Gogue urged the Awbuhn Fambly not to retaliate; Alabama athletics director Mal Moore issued a statement expressing his disappointment over the poisoning.
But honestly, what could Auburn do that they haven’t done the last 30 years (since Bear’s death)? Some report they celebrated the very day he died by rolling those trees, and followed suit last January in the same manner on the 30th anniversary of his death. I can’t think of another classless act that the Fambly could muster to illustrate their subculture behavior in live, living color more than they already have. But with Auburn I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.
What Auburn fans should really do is shift their focus from trees to the reasons the NCAA is currently interviewing people in Louisiana regarding the recruitment of Trevon Reed and Greg Robinson. As some speculate, those trees may not be dying alone.