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Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:36 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the wake of the herbicidal attack by Harvey Updyke on Auburn 's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees , there's been no shortage of people wondering if the Iron Bowl rivalry had finally, well, "gone too far." Alabama athletic director Mal Moore immediately condemned Updyke's actions , of course, but condemnations don't bring trees back.

Fortunately, a group of Alabama fans are committed to fixing precisely that problem, and have started a "Tide For Toomer's" fund to help raise money to restore or replace the stricken oaks . Better yet, the group is already wildly successful ; almost 20,000 people have become fans of the the charity on Facebook in its second day of existence, and the charity has raised over $8,000 (and counting).

As with all good charities, every penny raised is going to Auburn's "Toomer's Trees and Tradition Fund," so there's no impropriety here, it's just a solid gesture from thousands and thousands of classy Alabama fans. See, fans of the rest of the SEC? They do exist.

Not every Alabama fan is enamored with the idea, of course; a cursory glance at the comment section at Roll Bama Roll indicates some resistance to the gesture, calling it presumptive and not the Alabama fanbase's responsibility. Both of those things are true, but the entire point of a classy gesture is that it's above and beyond responsibility, and that's what we have here. There is no nobility in declaring that a crisis is somebody else's problem, no humanity in arrogantly admonishing victims. It's good to see that nearly 20,000 Alabama fans have acknowledged exactly that, and that Updyke has been reduced to a cowardly, sad buffoon in the eyes of both Alabama and Auburn fans.


Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

Stop looking for class from UGA fans, you will never find it.  I realized this for the first time watching the Sugar Bowl when they beat Hawaii.  An SEC, at the time considered an elite school's fans, chanting "overrated" to a bunch of fans and players from a small school in the WAC.  To make it even more funny, UGA has been ranked number 1 in the recent past and how many NCAA championships do  they have the past decade?  Past two decades?  Talk about overrated. 



Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

a State like Alabama, which is considered to be one of the more "backwards" States by many Americans, to show that they are more tha just a bunch of moonshining drunks who'se only existance is for Alabama or Auburn Football and watching grown men and women drive around in a counter-clockwise circle for four hours at Talladega. 

And Georgia is better........... how?

Why post something so negative in a thread wherein the better sides of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry are shining through?

You should be ashamed of yourself.



Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

Reading posts like this from the likes of *Big Daddy* make me ashamed that I now hail from Georgia.  Dawgs are still having a hard time getting over the loss to Auburn this year and will take every opportunity to strike out at the Tigers even in situations that involve them in no way whatsoever.

Pathetic.

War Eagle

Roll Tide

(Dawgie -- go back to your dog house)




Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

What I would like to know, sir, is how do you know that Auburn is only going to win 6 games?
FYI....The Cam Newton controversey actually had nothing to do with Auburn.  It involved Mississippi.  Auburn won thier Natonial Championship fair and square.  That is a whole different can of worms and does not need to be discussed here.
As far as AU fans accepting the nice gesture that Bama has extended to us I can tell you with full confidence that 99% of AU fans have welcomed the help and from the bottom of all of our hearts we truly apperciate it.  Like I said in my post if anything like this happens at Tuscaloosa then AU would also offer their hand in help.  This is a neighbor helping a neighbor.
I do not think that you should put all AU fans in the bad boat just because of what one, I am almost willing to say Band wagon, fan had to say.  I do not put all Geroiga, Flordia, Bama, LSU fans in the same "disrecpting, white trash, toothless moron" boat.  The "Bama" fans that are outraged at the help that Bama is giving AU are not true Bama fans.  They are like the "band wagon" AU fans that are spitting at Bama. The guy that did this was not and never will be a "Bama" fan.
I apologize if you think that all AU fans are morons because, not all of us.  I am also not trying to be hostile to you.  
AU AND BAMA FOOTBALL IS ABOUT A HUGE FAMILY GETTING TOGETHER, WATCHING SOME DAMN GOOD GAMES, EATING WINGS, DRINKING A BEER AND THROWING A FEW JOKES AROUND!!
War Tide Roll Eagle!!!



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

Just like everyone else I have my own two cents that I am going to put it.  Everyone needs to overlook the fact that this is an Auburn / Alabama war.  We need to focus on the fact that this guy destoried public property.  Auburn is a very beautiful area and the city works hard to keep it that.  They want people from all over to come to Auburn and say "Wow this is a nice place to, live, send our kid to college, retire, raise our family...."
If you want to take it to the whole level of a rival doing something rude, inapportiate, and disrepectful we can.  Auburn has plenty of money to help the trees.  I think it is a very respectful, nice, and responisble act that the TRUE ALABAMA fans are doing.  Reguardless of the football we still live in the same state.  THIS IS HOW ALABAMA FANS AND AUBURN FANS NEED TO TREAT EACH OTHER.  I can promise you 100% that is something like this happen in Tuscaloosa AU would be right there to say "Hey what can we do to help you."
This is not about the money, fame, or football.  This is about one neighbor helping another neighbor.  Any self respecting fan or Alabama or Auburn would see that.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 10:11 am
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

I think it is very important for a State like Alabama, which is considered to be one of the more "backwards"
States by many Americans, to show that they are more tha just a bunch of moonshining drunks who'se only existance is for Alabama or Auburn Football and watching grown men and women drive around in a counter-clockwise circle for four hours at Talladega.  The fans of the University of Alabama are doing their best to reach out to the Auburn fans in a show of support.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Auburn fans may want to accept that, because their team will be lucky to win 6 games this season, and soon will have it's illegal N.C. stripped from them.  Auburn fans should accept all the charity and offers of frinedship it gets.  I commend the University of Alabama and their fans for this effort.  Auburn fans, try showing a little class.  I know that most of you will have tolook that word up, especially the football players who never attend class, but here is a hint.  I am not talking about the rooms that you park your tails in.



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:42 am
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

If you watch the press calls, the experts are going to try several ways to try to save the trees. There are considerate people stepping up with possible solutions. There is one prcedure where they have a special vacumn process, and more. These are going to cost money and this beautiful gift will really help. What a wonderful thing that the evil of this one person has united so many for good!!!



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:25 am
 

Wow, kudos and thanks... friends/family/rivals!

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Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:23 am
 

AMAZING, kind, wonderful - what class people do!

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Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 12:11 am
 

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

Its a classy gesture...you wouldn't understand


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