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Some AU Fans Are Angry Someone Wrote Something Nice About Bama

A natural disaster can bring everyone together, right?  Right?

Well, not everyone.  Especially when you’re talking about a natural disaster that took place on the campus of one of the school’s involved in the over-the-top hatefest known as the Iron Bowl rivalry.

CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel penned a piece earlier this week in which he said he’d like to see Alabama’s football team go on a post-tornado run just as the New Orleans Saints went on a post-Katrina Super Bowl run.  In his view, Bama is the biggest dog in the state, so some Tide wins this fall would make everyone feel a bit better.  It would help bring some joy to people who are currently going through a lot of pain.

Naturally, a few Auburn chuckleheads — as well as some bozos from other parts of the country — took issue with him for trying to write something nice about Alabama.  He includes some of those folks’ comments in his weekly review of his hate mail.

Someone named Robert Burton sent him this one:


I’m sorry for the loss of life.  I have two relatives who were in Tuscaloosa at the time.  Your column was written from one perspective: your football team.  So I give you the following to think about.  The trees at Toomers Corner killed by the Alabama fan who poisoned them?  Well, look around — you now have no trees.  Maybe God was trying to send you fanatics a message: I am an Auburn fan, do not mess with My trees.


The bad grammar and punctuation belong to the emailer’s.  (Usually it belongs to me.)  Doyel is actually a Florida grad, but anytime someone writes something positive about School X, many dimwits assume the writer loves School X.  Dimwits like Robert Burton, apparently.

Someone named Larry sent in this one:


First, bringing football into the same conversation as the devastation from the tornados is a terrible thing to do.  Second, Auburn has 24,000 students, only slightly less than Alabama’s 28,000 — so I don’t think one university affects the psyche of the state significantly different from the other.  I think you have to apologies that are due.


Doyel — who we usually find abrasive and obnoxious — replied with the appropriate amount of abrasiveness and obnoxiousness:


You’re right, Larry.  Here’s the first one: I’m sorry you’re so stupid.  And for my second apology… I’m sorry you’re so stupid.


It should be noted — and we have noted it previously — that many folks from Auburn University as well as AU fans from across the state of Alabama have helped in the relief efforts in Tuscaloosa.  The vast, vast majority associated with Auburn understand that life is actually a bit bigger than football.

But these two kooks show that nothing can fully cool the Iron Bowl rivalry.  Absolutely nothing.  Death and destruction take a backseat to Bama-Auburn in the eyes of some folks.  (And, yep, you’d have some Tide fans acting just as stupidly if tornadoes had hit The Plains.)

Too bad the many, many sensible UA and AU fans can’t completely drown out the nimrods in their ranks.  Because folks like these and the Harvey Updykes of the world are giving both schools a bad name.

 


31 comments
Paula
Paula

Wow I am not from Alabama but now live there actually live just south of Tuscaloosa, my husband is from here and is a big Tide fan and if something like this were to happen in Auburn I don't think he would comment like the two that did. How sad to say God had anything to do with the trees being taken away? If you read your bible God is love and not hate. He would never take punishment out on people. Though those two he might reconsider. And for what one person did to those trees does not reflect on all the others in Tuscaloosa. Every town has a idiot to do stupied stuff or write it. (not mentioning any names) But that don't make everyone else idiots. We would go anywhere at anytime to lend a hand to those in need and it would not matter who's team you liked or not we are all humans and should treat each other that way!

CrimsonBell
CrimsonBell

When did you we ask you to root for the Tide. I am a student at the university and lost 4 very close friends. I would love to see the Tide win it next year and restore our broken city. The rivalry should remain the way it has always been. We aren't looking for band wagon fans because we were devastated by a tornado were just looking for a little compassion from people. Clearly no one realize how bad the tornado was, I lost my home and all my belonging. Why don't you nay sayers get off your lazy butts and actually go down to Tuscaloosa or other towns in Alabama and volunteer.

Butch Roberts
Butch Roberts

Did anyone notice that most of the players for Alabama and Auburn come from the state of Alabama. Your best friend from high school, from down the street. One person wants to be a Lawyer and one a Doctor. So we should make them to be different. Alabama and Auburn are great football schools, if your so stupud and not recognize that then go back to 8th grade and read just a tad more., Who care's if your english is correct as long as you get the meaning. I'm happy; I don't hate the person who lives next door just because his dad raised him to like this school or that one. I'm a fan of my collage and will not go insane just because someone else does. Let the guy next door go stupid, just don't go with him.

Butch Roberts
Butch Roberts

OMG. Believe it or not in the long run it's a game. My next door friend is a fan of the other team. If my team wins he gives me a doller signed and my teams call. Most of the players come from my state and if your so stupid that where your friend goes to school makes you hate each other than I feel sorry for you and the rest like you. I am a true fan but have done research at both schools. Needing a research from both. It's a school of learning in all means of education. I'm guessing that most of the people who really believe those of the other school are of lesser upbringing did not finish 9th grade. The Idiot who killed the trees, or the dumb a$S who thinks this is the mood of everyone. Get a life. I love football and proud of the players from the state of Alabama. No; English is not my strong subject. So what, If you can't understand this than your just as stupid at the guy who kills trees just standing there.

coolmom4
coolmom4

I appreciate the Auburn fans who continually help out with the Tornado relief. I appreciate the Alabama fans who responded to Auburn in the tree poisoning showing support and dismay that someone would do such a thing. However, I do not appreciate an Auburn fan (Robert Burton) putting a tree above people who died and total destruction to a town because someone wrote something they did not like about football. I especially am offended that he would suggest God did this to teach Alabama fans and the town a lesson. That is not the God I know. He apparently is one of those self-righteous Auburn fans who would think it is beneath him to help out his fellowman especially if they are for Alabama. This is not about football it is about human beings and may I ask him WWJD. Maybe he knows what that means.

sprizzle2182
sprizzle2182

THE ONLY THING IM GOING TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS IS THANK YOU TO THE AU FANS WHO ARE SENDING THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OUR WAY, AND FOR THE COUNTLESS HOURS OF HELP/DONATIONS. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND SHOWS THE GOOD IN PPL.IM NOT GOING TO BRING DOWN THE GREATER GROUP OF THEM BY TALKING ABOUT THE FEW THAT STILL THINK THAT THIS IS ABOUT FOOTBALL...ITS NOT WORTH THE TIME., SAVE THAT FOR NEXT NOVEMBER.

Redstardad
Redstardad

It should be remembered that not all of those adversely affected by the tornadoes were UA fans. I'm sure that there were fans of every university in the state of Alabama and fans of other universities as well that also suffered devastating losses. Football had nothing to do with what happened in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee or any other state that suffered loss at the hands of Mother Nature.

Greg
Greg

This isn't even worthy of comment....RTR

Mary G
Mary G

Alabama is a strong University with a lot of pride whether its about the school or the people that live there. This was a tragedy for the entire state not just the university. Everyone should be thankful if you were lucky that it didn't affect them. So many people lives were completely ended in death or losing everything they own. This was Gods doing not man-maded. Things like this happen for a reason its beyond our control. We should all help one another and be thankful you have what you have. Alabama is a remarkable University and state. Auburn is part of the state also so why not come together and support each other. Its not football season why not use your heart and not your mouth. I'm thankful and proud of my state and the Alabama University for having a heart and showing the world that they care. GOD BLESS ALABAMA. KUDOS to NICK SABAN ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!! By the way I'm from Alabama but live in Texas and I don't know the tree killer.

Walker
Walker

The barners have been slowly killing those damn trees for years with a juvenile tradition and now they want to equate the self inflicted slow death of trees to the wrath of mother nature upon poor people who had very little to begin with and now have absolutely nothing, THAT is what is wrong with this world. The prevalent theme is "It's all about ME". Not innocent people or this sense of fairness that should prevail, but my pohr pittyful scrawny oaks are dying because we have slowly killed them for years. Someone tell me how Updyke could have placed enough poison around those trees in plain sight of people that was of volume enough and effective enough to kill them? A small bag of Spike 80d50 costs about $149. That goober didn't have $150 to spend for a herbicide much less have the equipment to deliver it. I don't believe the frenzy on the death of those trees and how people think this moron could have actually pulled it off. $150 was probably his entire month's Texas retirement check so I don't see him spending that much to kill those trees. Hell, have you seen how much Roundup costs for a small container? And if this Spike 80d50 can kill two large trees with a small bag then why did we use agent orange in Vietnam? So in the wake of the tragedy in Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama people should be more concerned with the suffering that has ensued and drop the damn talk about a couple of trees. Alabama will wins games regardless of any other outside circumstances and did not need a tornado as amotivation to win. Auburn may need to buy players to win and blame a Texas goober to motivate their team but Alabama does not. Never has never will.

sweet13
sweet13

and the trees are still alive

Adam
Adam

To Larry: Alabama currently enrolls over 30,000 students (and is the third largest university in the SEC), but nice attempt to twist the facts the way most barnzoes do. Secondly, Auburn University nor was Auburn, AL affected by this tornado. For once in your lifetime, can you not allow your little man's syndrome to control your mind? Dear God, a tornado destroys T-Town, yet Aubarn fans are still crying because they're not mentioned in the same light as UA. You inferior subhumans have officially hit an all-time low, though I'm not surprised. Go argue with Troy, AL because everyone knows your boring, backwoods sorry excuse for a "college town" is on par with Troy's.

To Robert Burton: Your fans endlessly threatened to kill Updyke and his family, which is why they he was forced to live in a camper for weeks and had to delete his Facebook and have his number changed. Plus, some of your fans attacked him at a gas station. Should I also mention that your fans vandalized our campus four times following the Iron Bowl Bobby Lowder bough, as well as Nick Saban's house (twice) and some of your fans also defaced Bear Bryant's headstone? Should I also mention that one of your lunatic fans uploaded a video of himself urinating on a photograph of Gene Stallings and his deceased son? Also, you guys celebrated the death of Bear Bryant by rolling your stupid tree (that's currently dying)? Should I also mention you guys randomly started false rumors that Alabama players were killed during the offseason AND you stalked INNOCENT KIDS WHO COMMITTED TO ALABAMA and their families during the ludicrous operation Red Dog case? By that logic, I'm sure a hurricane is brewing that will wipe Aubarn, Al off the map, though there's not much to wipe off besides a few trailer parks, rodeo grounds, cow pastures, and a third-rate university that resembles a junior college on steroids. Other than that, there surely isn't much else in Aubarn, AL aka Mayberry aka the most boring, backwoods college town in America. Aubarn fans have done a lot worse to Alabama, but we're so accustomed to it, we don't blow it out of proportion the way you guys did when some nut FROM TEXAS WHO DIDN'T EVEN ATTEND ALABAMA poisoned your trees.

Tammy
Tammy

Robert Burton YOU are a Freaking IDIOT!

Joel
Joel

Human life>stupid trees

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Okay, and we all wish Tuscaloosa, its people and its university, a speedy recovery. But when my Hogs visit Tuscaloosa this September, I'll be pulling for Arkansas. Nothing personal, I always root for Arkansas!

nick
nick

There are enough fools on both sides of the fence that make us all look like idiots, the fool who runs this site loves to give them publicity because he enjoys seeing what he can stir up, he is just as bad as them, this article should never have seen the light of day, but the fool running this site just could not help himself, what a loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

nick...

We cover stories that A) impact the SEC or B) show the SEC in a good or bad light nationally. This story fits that description.

John

harleymike
harleymike

IT'S ASHAME THERE ARE IDIOTS RUNNING AROUND THIS EARTH. I'M AS BIG A BAMA FAN AS THERE IS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE LIKE ROBERT, LARRY,AND UPDYKE THEY SHOULD JUST STAY IN THE HOLE THAT THEY CAME FROM. THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOTBALL FANS BUT JUST A WANNA BE. TREES ARE NOT PEOPLE'S LIVES FOR ONE THING. BUT THE IDIOT THAT POISONED THEM SHOULD BE HUNG FROM THEM. THEY WERE A TRADITION NOT JUST TREES. THEY WERE PART OF FOOTBALL IN A SENCE THE GREATEST GAME EVER. REAL FANS HAS A RESPECT FOR TRADIONS WETHER YOU LIKE THE OTHER SCHOOL OR NOT. SO TO THE IDIOTS GO CRAWL BACK IN YOUR HOLE........ROOOOOOLLLLLLL TIIIIIIDE

Bridgett
Bridgett

Yes, I probably met the dimwit yesterday afternoon in the Wal Mart parking lot on Hwy 280. He had the audacity to make the correlation between the tornado and the trees at Auburn and ended it with “That’s what you Bama fans get for poisoning our trees”. I just want to point out two things: (1) the acts of Mother Nature are not retribution for stupid acts and (2) Inbreeding occurs in both Auburn and Alabama fans. Roll Tide!

nick
nick

once again you look for the fools to paint all of us with a broad brush, why give these idiots a forum, you know why, cause you think it will stir the masses up, you are a fool, just leave these idiots alone, don't comment on them and they will go away, you are just as bad as them reprinting their rantings and giving them the satisfaction of seeing their goofy asses in print and I think you do it purposely. Give it a damn rest why don't you, I know that will not happen as you enjoy egging it on, grow the hell up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

nick...

These people sent emails on their own to a national writer. The national writer showed those emails to a national audience.

We cover the SEC. The fact that once again people across the country are seeing the worst side of an SEC rivalry is a story.

As for growing the hell up, I'm not the one cursing someone I've never met and using 30 exclamation points like 14-year-old girl.

But thanks for reading,
John

nick
nick

you can reply all you want and call me a girl, very mature I must add, that really hurts, the bottom line is there is absolutelty no reason to write this story except for you to promote the idea that all fans of these schools are morons and you fan the flames for your own pleasure, so yes grow up from a 14 year old girl who sees you for who you are, great comeback, 14 year old girl, made me laugh, top notch journalism from you John, you should be proud!

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

nick...

If you read what I wrote -- and clearly you didn't -- you would have seen that I made it very clear that NOT "all fans of these schools are morons," in your words. I wrote just the opposite.

John

Sweet13
Sweet13

I agree with you John, Nick is the one that needs to grow up.

Vickie
Vickie

For someone to whine about trees when so many lives were lost is beyond crazy!!

Lisa
Lisa

So, the Auburn fan is saying God made sure people in Tuscaloosa were killed, houses, businesses, and tress lost b/c a nut job up the road from Auburn poisioned their trees.... are they actually comparing a lost life to a lost tree ???? the devatastion to the poisioning of the trees ??? really -

Rex Greene
Rex Greene

Sounds like terrible Auburn fans or Bama bashers to me. Do these people remember that Bama fans set up a Facebook page to support Auburn and its trees? So forget about the rivalry and get out and effect someone who is in need. Also the writer did make a mistake in saying only Bama wins will help the healing. The football season in general will do that. ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

garry
garry

I agree, really when you think about it those people who never played the game are the idiots about the game...How often do you see ex-players on here spouting off..? (never)

Southern_Guy
Southern_Guy

I understand what you are saying about the Auburn Alabama rivalry, but I do agree with one thing. I am tired of sports writers saying how great a team run would be after a tragedy. The Saints after Katrina is a good celebration to show the city is back. They were a perpetual loser and made feel good story for the city. The Yankees after 9-11 and the Crimson Tide after this tragedy both have/had recent runs. Having a moment of silence during a game OK, taking donation at the gate OK, but when the game starts it is time to renew rivalry. We are not going to root for our rivals just because of a tragedy. I am not an Auburn Fan.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Southern_Guy...

Neither Greg Doyel nor I suggested Auburn fans should root for Alabama. He said he would. And he was ripped for it.

I understood the point he was making and I think it's ridiculous people took offense.

John

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