News that both Toomer’s oaks now show signs of poisoning makes the prospect of rolling the trees come fall even less likely. Unless the powers that be surprise us with a “roll’em while you got’em” policy, that particular tradition — at least, at that particular spot — could be history.
There was a similar sense of loss in 1978.
That’s when the power lines that typically bore the brunt of the toilet paper tossed by Auburn fans were buried underground forcing the focus of victory celebrations almost entirely toward the Toomer’s oaks. The lead for the Plainsman story detailing the “Downtown Project” renovation?
“A part of the traditional Toomer’s Corner victory rallies on Saturday may be doomed.”
(Funnily enough, the story ended with talk of replacing “the hollowed and diseased oaks that once hung menacingly over power lines and buildings” in the newly narrowed median in front of Samford Hall.)
Nature found a way once. Can it find it again?
* Harvey Updyke in high school
* That time Green Day played an Auburn house show
* Fantastic photos of Bjork inside Jordan-Hare Stadium
* Auburn buses still driving around Phoenix
* David Foster Wallace wants to be your best friend
* Behind the scenes at the New York City Heisman Tiger Walk
* The Mysterious Auburn Man
* Preacher from ESPN ‘Roll Tide’ commercial repents
* Sleigh Bells bring out the pompoms
* Stanley McClover (prints) get sacked
* Playboy at Auburn! Pics!111!!!!!11!