It was rather surreal for all of us to hear the story of the poisoning of the 130 year old Toomer’s Corner oak trees at Auburn University. It’s sort of mind boggling that someone would come to think that would be the thing to do.
Full disclosure…I’m a zealot of the southern brand of college football. My particular denomination is LSU. However, I do expand my allegiance grudgingly to other Southeastern Conference schools when they are playing outside the conference…well, most SEC schools. I mean really, I can’t pull for ‘bama ever with that whole Nick Satan…uh…Satan…sorry…Sabin…thing. Of course now we have the poisoning of 130 year old trees where Auburn fans TP themselves…after every win? really? Is that a tradition you want to kill? And then Florida…who really likes Florida except, well…Florida fans. Of course South Carolina has Spurrier…that’s a HUGE strike against them…(read the previous sentence re: Florida). Auburn is questionable at the very least…I mean the Tubberville era…that cigar incident in Tiger stadium in 1999 (enjoy the championship for a few months by the way WAR(read PROBATION) EAGLE). So, I pull for the SEC…oh yeah…GO TO HELL OLE MISS!!!!!!!! (sorry…couldn’t help that…sort of slipped out). So while I’m in Mississippi…I’m still bitter about the beat downs we got consistently by Mississippi State of all people back in the ’80s when I was a poor struggling college student. I mean, who wouldn’t be bitter braving a trip all the way to Starkville, sitting on splintery wooden bleachers and losing! To Mississippi State?!?SERIOUSLY!? (and I received a speeding ticket from a FOREST RANGER while driving my Chevy Chevette through the back woods on that trip…VERY embarrassing). Then there’s Georgia…they whine ALL the time…(I mean, win your “half” of the SEC before you start whining about the BCS). Arkansas…well, they aren’t REALLY an SEC team…they are a SouthWEST conference team that doesn’t matter in the whole scheme of things. Vandy…they’re harmless. Tennessee…”dreamsicle” shouldn’t really be someone’s school color. That’s never a good choice. Then their’s Kentucky…I mean they are basically harmless too when it comes to football. And they really don’t get it that the rest of us don’t really care that much about basketball…it gets us through to baseball season and spring football but…that’s about it…
So…uh…what was I talking about…oh yeah…crazy ‘bama fans…uh…
Maybe we are all taking this a bit too seriously…mmmm
PS: here’s a nice piece about some of the response by ‘bama fans following the poisoning of the trees:
Poisoned Trees Bring Truce to a Civil War in Alabama Football
PSS: These aforementioned universities do have a few other things going for them other than football:
University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University