Saturday, February 19, 2011
I've just begun following the story of the poisoning of the trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, Alabama. For those of you who do not follow American college football, this story needs some background. (And some full disclosure - my husband received his architecture degree from Auburn.)
Auburn recently won the national championship. To celebrate any football victory the fans collect at Toomer's Corner. (Toomer's is the drug store that is caddy corner to campus at that intersection.) Somewhat quaintly they still engage in the tradition of "rolling" Toomer's Corner - that is, wrapping toilet paper around the trees.
Now comes the dastardly poisoning. Football rivalries, especially in the South, run incredibly deep. Many Alabamans decide whether they are "for" Auburn, or for University of Alabama, at a very young age. So, for one Alabama fan, Auburn winning the national championship caused emotion to overtake reason. This fan took some herbicide and poisoned the trees. The dose was probably fatal, but Auburn's groundskeeping crew is doing their best to save them. The man who allegedly poisoned the trees has been arrested and charges, and Auburn fans are rallying today in sympathy for the trees.
Jamie Baker Roskie