This Is Wrong

This is wrong.  Just wrong.  That’s all there is to it.

In case you haven’t heard, some nutcase poisoned the 130-year-old live oaks at Toomer’s Corner in downtown Auburn.  A caller to the Paul Finebaum Show who identified himself as “Al From Dadeville” confessed to the deed.  As the week progressed, we learned that the identity of “Al From Dadeville” was none other than 62-year-old Harvey Updyke, a rabid Alabama fan.

Okay.  I get that college football is a very exciting sport and that its fans feel tremendous amounts of passion for their favorite teams, especially in this part of the country.  Sometimes this passion motivates them to do crazy things.

This was completely and totally uncalled for.

I could understand (possibly) if the perpetrator was a young, obnoxious frat boy seeking to play a prank against his school’s most hated rival.  You expect that sort of thing.  You hate it, but you expect it nonetheless.  But a 62-year-old man?  Come on.

This is wrong.  Just wrong.  That’s all there is to it.

I don’t care if you are an Auburn fan, or a fan of one of Auburn’s most bitter rivals.  This is wrong.  If you feel any regard for the game of college football, you should be thoroughly upset that someone should take such a malicious action against one of the most hallowed traditions of one of the most storied programs in all of college football.

College football has long been one of my greatest pleasures in life.  Alas, it is a guilty pleasure.  And this week, it just got a whole lot guiltier.