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The Oaks At Toomer’s Corner In Auburn Are No More

toomers-cut-downThe two famed oak trees at the edge of Toomer’s Corner in Auburn have been cut and are being removed today.  Al.com is providing a live stream of the activity on the corner as workers continue to cut, clean and remove.

The two 80-year-old oaks were poisoned by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke following Auburn’s victory over the Crimson Tide in the 2010 Iron Bowl.  Updyke was sentenced to three years in jail for criminal damage to an agricultural facility earlier this spring.  He must serve at least six months of his sentence.

Regardless of the punishment handed down to Updyke, eight decades of Auburn and SEC tradition were finally felled this morning as a small crowd silently stood watch.

A damn shame.

And further proof that for some dimwits, sports are as much about anger and keeping people apart as they are joy and bringing people together.

Which is even bigger damn shame.

 


2 comments
BAMANOLE26
BAMANOLE26

Couldn't agree more. As Bobby Hartin said on the radio yesterday, he didn't kill trees he killed a tradition and he should've gotten a longer sentence.

I4Bama
I4Bama like.author.displayName 1 Like

Those who are true sports fans and human beings are sorry to see the oaks go, regardless of our loyalties.  Harvey Updyke and his ilk do not represent Alabama football.  Sorry to see them go, Tigers.  Roll Tide.

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