April 22nd, 2011 09:29 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Auburn
Tags: Harvey Updyke, Iron Bowl, Roll Damn Tide, Toomer Corner
Alleged tree-poisoner and alleged assault victim Harvey Updyke made an appearance on the Paul Finebaum radio show yesterday afternoon. With his attorney in the studio with the host, Updyke phoned in and answered questions about his initial call to Finebaum, his alleged involvement in the poisoning of Auburn’s oaks at Toomer’s Corner, and the attack he alleges befell him on Wednesday.
On the show, Updyke admitted to being “Al from Dadeville,” the caller who in February announced on Finebaum’s show that he had poisoned the trees at Toomer’s Corner. Updyke — and his attorney tried to make sure of this by interrupting his client — never admitted to actually poisoning the trees.
Apparently we’re to believe that he just happened to call in with knowledge of the exact poison that was actually used… before anyone knew the trees had even been poisoned. Uh, yeah.
For the guts of the story, turn here to Evan Woodberry’s report for al.com. In it you’ll find that while Updyke apologized to the University of Alabama for causing the school troubles with his phone call he did not get around to apologizing to Auburn.
To Auburn: “If I was in Auburn’s place, I would be upset, too.”
To Alabama: “I have hurt the University of Alabama and that’s the last thing I want to do. I am an Alabama fan. I’m not apologizing for that… I apologize for what I’ve done to the university.
He even ended his interview with a “Roll Damn Tide.”
You can find a partial transcript here at Finebaum.com.
One last point — during the interview Updyke said that he has lived in Texas for most of his adult life but that there’s nothing in that state — Texas versus Texas A&M, for example — that comes close to the Iron Bowl rivalry in terms of heated passions. “There’s nothing like this in Texas,” he said.
Indeed, there’s nothing like this anywhere else in college sports.
The Iron Bowl rivalry — thanks to a number of fringe element fans — has become a punchline in American sports. It’s a shame that normal, well-adjusted AU and UA fans are given a bad name by tree-poisoners, conspiracy theorists, finger-pointers, and angry, ranting callers to Finebaum’s nationally-syndicated radio show. But it’s happened. It continues to happen everyday.
When it comes to many fans across the country, the face of the Iron Bowl rivalry is now Harvey Updyke.
Just think about that.
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