Thursday, February 17, 2011
Today's news reported that an Alabama fan poisoned the 130 year old trees that Auburn students "roll" to celebrate victories. These trees were at Toomer's Corner and were part of Auburn tradition for several generations. One man is accused of applying herbicide.
I am not an Auburn fan, although my son went there for graduate school. This man killed trees that were 130 years old. He killed a tradition. This man is an Alabama fan. This was done after the comeback win by Auburn over Alabama. Yes loss is a hard thing, killing is not acceptable. You lost a game! This man is in his 60's. You think he would know better.
To me this is the same thing as someone poisoning a mascot of a college. Every college or university has some tradition that their rivals don't like. Alabama didn't like that Auburn "rolled" trees in celebration and I am sure Alabama has a tradition that Auburn doesn't like.
I am not an Auburn fan. I am a fan of traditions. I am passing on my sympathy to Auburn fans everywhere. I hope trees can be planted to carry on the tradition.