Are You Kidding Me?

Toomer's Corner, freshly "rolled" after a Tiger victory is an Auburn tradition. photo credit:dannychisolm.wordpress.com

I made it to Auburn for the first time in October 2009 for the Kentucky-Auburn game.  It’s nickname is “The Loveliest Village on the Plains”.  You can’t really argue that either.  The town, the campus, the people, the food, the traditions were all great.  Everything I had either heard about  or read about happened just like I had heard or read that it would.

For example, I had heard that the people of Auburn are really nice.  Every fan base has good and bad but all the Auburn fans I met were great.  I was decked out in UK blue of course.  But several times throughout the day little kids, elderly ladies, and everyone in between would come up and say “Welcome to Auburn”.  They were great.  I had heard about Momma Goldberg’s Deli.  When you go to Auburn you have to go there and get a Momma’s Love Sandwich.  It was as good as advertised.  Of course I also had to get a famous lemonade from Toomer’s Drugs to go with it.

The Cats won 21-14 so I didn’t get to see Toomer’s Corner get “rolled”.  That will have to be another trip for another day. College football Saturdays are great, the rivalries are great, SEC football rivalries are the greatest.  Alabama-Auburn is arguably the greatest of them all.  But the recent incident at Toomer’s Corner crossed the line.  Speaking of making a fan base look bad, Harvey Updyke, a 62 year old Alabama fan, poisoned the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner.  I’ll say that again for emphasis so it can sink in.  He poisoned the oak trees, the 130 year old oak trees, at Toomer’s Corner.  It looks as if they won’t survive.  He may or may not have had help.  That’s beside the point.  It doesn’t matter if he had help or not. You have to be more mature than that.  This could lead to an ongoing Hatfield-McCoy type feud between the two schools.  Will an Auburn fan feel the need to get even and pull a stunt like this in Tuscaloosa?

The college football universe revolves around the state of Alabama right now.  Mark Ingram won the Heisman and led Alabama to the National Championship in 2009.  Cam Newton does the same thing for Auburn this past season.  You would think both fan bases would be fat and happy.  But the idea of Auburn following up Alabama with a title was more than Tide fan Harvey could stand.  If this was 1911 instead of 2011, maybe this would be a little more understandable, maybe.  But people should be past this by now.  It’s okay to root against your main rival, enjoy beating them, and engage in a little back and forth with opposing fans, but enough is enough.

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About the Author

My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.