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>The trees at Auburn

February 17, 2011

>In or around 1877 some oak trees were planted at the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue in Auburn.

This Auburn University picture of Toomer’s Corner was taken in 1890.

Over time the trees grew and became the welcome to the campus of Alabama Polytechnic Institute.

More time passed and a tradition of rolling the trees with toilet paper after big football wins by Auburn University began.

This is Toomer’s Corner after Auburn won the BCS Championship this year.

The weekend after the Iron Bowl some jerk head poured a strong poison around the trees with the intent to kill them, and then bragged about it on the Paul Finebaum radio show. Listen.

I am so glad that most, and I emphasize most, Alabama fans view this as a cowardly despicable act. But then there are some that are downplaying the incident on Facebook and elsewhere, with comments about them being “just trees” and worse.

Although I realize that this is an act by an individual, and that an individual in any state can do something stupid, this just goes to show you how hatred dominates our state.

When a football fan can brag about something like this, and respond with “Do you think I care,” when asked if it is against the law to poison a tree, what are we to think. His hatred goes beyond the law. And over a game.

Oh I know he claims he is retaliating after something that happened 28 years ago, but still, its about a game.

And even if I were not an Auburn fan I would feel the same way. You don’t go around destroying century old trees that are part of a tradition regardless of how you feel.

And, Mr. tree killer, you just gave the people in the other 49 states another reason to believe that the people of our state are backward uneducated rednecks.

Let me just say this. You can kill the trees at Toomer’s Corner, but you can not kill the Auburn spirit. War Damn Eagle, Mr. tree killer.

THE AUBURN CREED

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.”

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
-George Petrie (1945)

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>War Eagle – AU National Champs!

January 11, 2011

>Unless you’ve been under a rock you have to know that Auburn defeated Oregon 22-19 in last night’s BCS game. I’m part of that Auburn family that Coach Gene Chizik speaks about, having spent 9 years of my life in the Loveliest Village.

I did many of the things that students do (or did during those years a few decades ago).

I’ve raided the bathrooms in academic buildings to steal toilet paper from the bathrooms to throw over the trees and power lines at Toomer’s Corner. Access to buildings was much less controlled back during the 1970’s. Here’s a live web cam of Toomer’s Corner.

Toomer’s Corner web cam.

I sat in Legion field as a freshman in 1972 and watched Bill Newton block an Alabama punt and David Langner pick it up and run into the end zone. I then watched the same thing happen again, same two players, and I saw my first Auburn victory over Alabama as a college freshman.

I saw Bo Jackson electrify the crowd as he put it into second gear and carried the ball about 90 yards for a touchdown.

I was in Jordan Hare Stadium on December 2, 1989 and saw Auburn defeat number 2 Alabama 30-20, when Alabama first came to the Plains to visit.

My time as a student at Auburn ended in 1981 on the night of the graduation from vet school, as I skinny dipped in one of the ponds at Conway’s trailer park the night of graduation with a bunch of fellow new graduates.

That was a long time ago. And cell phone cameras didn’t exist, thank heavens.

Auburn defeats Oregon 22-19 to win the BCS Championship

There were many standout players last night, of course, but let’s look at kicker Wes Byrum.

This picture is from his twitter page

He tweeted this early this morning:

What a blessing and unbelievable experience… War Eagle. We national champs baby!!!

In part, of course, because of his last second 19 yard field goal.

Then he tweeted this:

Shout out to all the fans and the whole auburn family! We love you War Damn

I like this tweet from a few days ago.

About to take a much needed nap. What a blessing it is to know everything I’ve worked for since I was a little kid is only two days away!!!

And this one:

War eagle to the best fans in college football!

Thanks Wes for being such a positive person and for being an inspirational player and…for putting it through the uprights to secure the National Championship for the Auburn family!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!

>Auburn greatness

July 28, 2010

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The 2004 Auburn tigers rocked, winning all 13 games including the Sugar bowl where they beat Virginia Tech.

Now they are likely to be awarded the National Championship for that season, since USC has been sacked with NCAA sanctions for that year and had to vacate 14 wins including the national championship game.

Congratulations, Auburn! A little premature, perhaps.

But there is more to Auburn than football. I’m a product of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Here’s a bit of what’s going on with the Vet School.

Canine Detection

Auburn’s Canine Detection Research Institute is the largest program of its kind in the nation.

The animals that come out of the program provide protection and security for U. S. soldiers and others in Iraq and Afghanistan by detecting explosives and narcotics.

EcoDogs have been developed for the A. U. School of Forestry and Wildlife Services and can detect scat related to endangered or invasive species, tree fungus and invasive insects that are affecting our habitats.

The Auburn trained bomb sniffing dogs patrolled the NBA All-Star game this year and will provide protection at the 2011 Super Bowl.

They have a Vapor Wake Detection canine team that can sniff body-worn explosives in a person in a crowd.

Auburn is about more than football championships, that’s for sure.

But, we’ll take it, if they award it.

War Eagle!

>Auburn on top in recruiting

February 3, 2010

>It looks like Auburn wins the recruiting war in the state, at least so far and according to Rivals.com which has Auburn ranked number 3 and Alabama number 5 in the nation.

Let’s focus on Bessemer City’s LaDarius Owens.

Photo credit Phillip Marshall

al.com reports this:

Bessemer City linebacker LaDarius Owens woke up this morning and starting thinking about his future. Then he started texting. The Auburn commitment sent out text messages to about “16 or 17” future Tigers he’d gotten close to during the recruiting process. “I texted all of them this morning,” he said. “It said ‘Go ahead and get your letters in and get this over with’ and ‘Let’s get ready to play at Auburn’ and “I love all of you guys’ because I wanted all of those guys to know we are brothers now. We’re in the Auburn family.”

Owens said both he and Pelham’s Jake Holland have been praised by Auburn coach Gene Chizik for their skills as linebacker prospects and recruiters. “Every time I talk to Coach Chizik he says that Jake and I are the best recruiters,” Owens said. “He said we were a big part of the success of this recruiting class. Jake and I would share numbers and we’d go about talking to guys and making sure they were coming to Auburn. We went to work recruiting this class, too.” That allowed Owens to be a pretty astute prognosticator when it came to the prospects of “Big Cats” like South Carolina runner Marcus Lattimore and Louisiana’s Trovon Reed signing with Auburn.

“I knew Lattimore wasn’t coming because he wasn’t tight with any of the guys in this class after ‘Big Cat’ weekend,” Owens said. “I knew Trovon was coming because he texted me this morning saying he was. He kept everyone else waiting.” Owens said about the only guy who was tight within his circle that didn’t come to Auburn was Lincoln’s D.J. Howard. “I really don’t want to talk about that,” Owens said. “D.J. let me down but I don’t hate him for it or anything. He’s still like a brother to me.”

Owens had a little Signing Day drama today as the school fax machine was not functional. He had a teacher drive him to the Bessemer Board of Education in order to make sure he complied with that text message he sent out to all his future teammates. Owens actually tried to get all the Auburn signees in the Birmingham area to sign together as a class instead of at their respective high school. But logistics and school loyalties proved to be tough. “We are all going to be teammates soon,” Owens said. “I wanted to get (Springville’s) Jeremy Richardson, Chris Davis from Woodlawn and Jake (Holland) and me and anybody else all to sign in the same place. It would have been cool to already sign together as teammates.”

Owens held his ceremony at 1 p.m. today at Bessemer City High School.

Here he is at the signing ceremony today at Bessemer City, sporting his Auburn jersey and surrounded by Auburn folks and balloons.

Picture credit Western Tribune

Watch LaDarius here, in this composite video from 2008. Watch out QB’s.

War Eagle!!!

>Stories that caught my eye

August 14, 2009

>To see Bill Clinton get heckled (sort of) and his response (and explanation of DADT and DOMA) visit Bham Gay community Examiner.

Major press problems delay B’ham News But our paper arrived around 8:00. At least they were up front this time about the delay, unlike the numerous problems we had a few months ago.

Chris Todd named starting QB Kodi Burns supports. War Eagle.

Michael Vick named back up for Eagles Now, you all know that I am all about people getting their chance after they have paid their dues. But…

Pitino story gets weirder every day Why can’t guys keep their pants zipped up? Really. Anyone?

Bessemer council approves withdrawal from Colonial Bank You mean Bessemer has $144,000???

Rickwood plan for museum honoring Birmingham’s baseball heritage This is my favorite story of the day. I love Rickwood field, used to go there as a kid. Haven’t been back in decades, but this is big.

Some Negro league baseball players were in the front row at a symbolic groundbreaking that was held outside of historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Ala., Thurs., Aug. 13, 2009 for a baseball museum dedicated to the city’s baseball heritage. The museum will feature the history of the former Negro League as well as that of the Southern League. Both the Birmingham Barons and the Black Barons played at Rickwood. The City Council in May approved spending $7.5 million to restore the century-old ballpark and build the museum. The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale).

>Tuberville

December 5, 2008

>If I had taken the time to go upstairs and plug in a few extension cords, the picture I posted of the house would have looked better. Like this.

The trees upstairs were there already. The candles in the window to the right were prompted by readers.

Lights on the eaves and gables was also suggested, but that would involve a tall ladder. It’s not that I don’t have a tall ladder, its that I don’t do tall ladders. Hanging the 5 wreaths (there is one on the side as well) is about as high as I go.

Tuberville

I have purposely remained silent on the Tommy Tuberville situation and still we don’t have all the answers. Sportscasters are saying it doesn’t add up. But here is what I think.

Regardless of why Tommy left, and in spite of any bad feelings, Auburn will have a new coach soon. Fans and students will rally around the new guy, and next year will be an emotionally charged year.

Alabama better enjoy their 1 game winning streak against Auburn.

I understand about losing to Alabama. After all, I spent 9 years at Auburn and after my freshman year victory (Punt Bama Punt), my next 8 years saw losses to Alabama (part of Bama’s 9 year win streak). So during my “formative” years I learned that the world does not end with a loss to Alabama.

But I also learned that a win (17-16) lives forever (thanks in part to YouTube).

Warrrrrr Eagle!!!

>Three Different Things

September 28, 2007

>Three things that make me smile.

1. I don’t think I have ever written about college football here, but I am glad to see that Barrett Trotter of Briarwood Christian has made a commitment to Auburn. Kodi Burns, who has been compared to Tim Tebow, might turn out to be very effective, but it will be good to have a guy who was 20 of 26 with 267 yards and 4 touchdowns last week (Trotter against Anniston) on the roster. Trotter has been a lifelong Alabama fan, saying “I grew up an Alabama fan. But when all this recruiting stuff started coming up in the 10th grade, I liked the Auburn camp better. When recruiting comes up, you have to put all those previous feelings behind you. I’m an Auburn fan from here on out.” Me too, Barrett. War Eagle

2. The U. S. Senate passed the Matthew Shephard Hate Crimes Bill adding sexual orientation to the list of crimes covered. This legislation helps local law enforcement prosecute attacks on gays. The legislation was attached to the 2008 Defense Spending bill. Will Bush veto the spending bill to keep from passing the “social legislation,” as Lindsey Graham called it?

The House has already passed the bill, as a stand alone bill, so it should not be stripped out of the final bill as happened in the past before it goes to the president.

The bill was co-sponsored by Republican Oregon senator Gordon Smith, who said ”We cannot fight terror abroad and accept terror at home. Story

No word from W. We will just have to wait and see.

3. This doesn’t really make me smile. Well, yes it does. To some, “White Party” may bring up images of shirtless circuit boys dancing in Miami, as the popular party week approaches in Florida but the real White Party met last night at Morgan State University in Baltimore at a PBS sponsored Republican debate. The front runners were absent due to schedule conflicts…yeah right…Fred Thompson was raising money in Tennessee, Mitt Romney was raising money in California, and Rudy Giuliani was raising money also in California.

Decisions, decisions. Money?…Appearing before journalists and an audience of color?…hmmm.

Money!

What more can the White Party do to embarrass themselves? We hardly have time to digest one foolish move before another comes out. Oh well, the Republican Party: the gift that keeps on giving.

Three Different Things

September 28, 2007

Three things that make me smile.

1. I don’t think I have ever written about college football here, but I am glad to see that Barrett Trotter of Briarwood Christian has made a commitment to Auburn. Kodi Burns, who has been compared to Tim Tebow, might turn out to be very effective, but it will be good to have a guy who was 20 of 26 with 267 yards and 4 touchdowns last week (Trotter against Anniston) on the roster. Trotter has been a lifelong Alabama fan, saying “I grew up an Alabama fan. But when all this recruiting stuff started coming up in the 10th grade, I liked the Auburn camp better. When recruiting comes up, you have to put all those previous feelings behind you. I’m an Auburn fan from here on out.” Me too, Barrett. War Eagle

2. The U. S. Senate passed the Matthew Shephard Hate Crimes Bill adding sexual orientation to the list of crimes covered. This legislation helps local law enforcement prosecute attacks on gays. The legislation was attached to the 2008 Defense Spending bill. Will Bush veto the spending bill to keep from passing the “social legislation,” as Lindsey Graham called it?

The House has already passed the bill, as a stand alone bill, so it should not be stripped out of the final bill as happened in the past before it goes to the president.

The bill was co-sponsored by Republican Oregon senator Gordon Smith, who said ”We cannot fight terror abroad and accept terror at home. Story

No word from W. We will just have to wait and see.

3. This doesn’t really make me smile. Well, yes it does. To some, “White Party” may bring up images of shirtless circuit boys dancing in Miami, as the popular party week approaches in Florida but the real White Party met last night at Morgan State University in Baltimore at a PBS sponsored Republican debate. The front runners were absent due to schedule conflicts…yeah right…Fred Thompson was raising money in Tennessee, Mitt Romney was raising money in California, and Rudy Giuliani was raising money also in California.

Decisions, decisions. Money?…Appearing before journalists and an audience of color?…hmmm.

Money!

What more can the White Party do to embarrass themselves? We hardly have time to digest one foolish move before another comes out. Oh well, the Republican Party: the gift that keeps on giving.

Riley says Slow Down, Edwards Upbeat

March 23, 2007


Yesterday we learned that Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, has a reoccurrence of her breast cancer that was announced just after the last presidential election.

While they thought after her treatment that her condition was cured, her cancer has now spread to her rib, the bones being one of the most common sites for this type of cancer to spread, and once in the bone, it is considered incurable. It is treatable, however, and both John and Elizabeth stress that it will be treated and I wish both of them the best, and strength, as they go through this.

They also both affirm that the campaign should and will go on.

Last week I did my PSA on Colon health, so today I will address breast cancer. Some of this information comes from a course I am taking, and some comes from the CDC web site.

Breast cancer is the MOST common cancer in women.

It is the second most common cause of death from cancer among women (lung cancer is the first).

In 2003, 181,646 women developed breast cancer and 41,619 died from it.

Men can develop breast cancer also. In 2003 1,826 men developed breast cancer and 379 men died from it.

2003 is the most recent year for which numbers are available.

Risk factors include:

Getting older
Having your first menstrual cycle at a younger age.
Starting menopause at an older age.
Being older at the birth of your first child.
Never giving birth.
Not breastfeeding.
Personal history of breast disease.
Family history of breast cancer.
Treatment with radiation to the breast/chest.
Long term use of hormone therapy.
Having changes in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
Using birth control pills.
Drinking alcohol (more than one drink a day).
Not getting regular exercise.

Just as colonoscopies and eating right reduce your risk of colon cancer, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Control your weight, and exercise.
Know your family history of breast cancer.
Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, and birth control pills.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
Get screened regularly. Screening includes self exams and clinical exams and mammograms. Mammograms are by far the most effective screening tool to reduce incidence and death from breast cancer.

For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/, or
http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/breast/patient/, or
http://cms.komen.org/komen/index.htm


50 miles per hour. That is the new speed limit on downtown Birmingham’s interstates, ordered by Governor Riley. Will the drivers slow down from 75, uh, I mean 60, the current speed limit. Auto drivers are having to change their behavior because trucks can not secure their loads.

Auburn News:
The previously mentioned Auburn Tiger women’s basketball team moved a step closer to the NIT title by beating Virginia Tech yesterday.

Also, a big welcome to Jay Gouge as the 18th president of Auburn University. It’s interesting to have someone whose background, including a bachelor’s and master’s from Auburn, and a PhD from Michigan State, is in horticulture! I bet it was those flower beds that decorate the corners of the football stadium that attracted him.

>Riley says Slow Down, Edwards Upbeat

March 23, 2007

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Yesterday we learned that Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, has a reoccurrence of her breast cancer that was announced just after the last presidential election.

While they thought after her treatment that her condition was cured, her cancer has now spread to her rib, the bones being one of the most common sites for this type of cancer to spread, and once in the bone, it is considered incurable. It is treatable, however, and both John and Elizabeth stress that it will be treated and I wish both of them the best, and strength, as they go through this.

They also both affirm that the campaign should and will go on.

Last week I did my PSA on Colon health, so today I will address breast cancer. Some of this information comes from a course I am taking, and some comes from the CDC web site.

Breast cancer is the MOST common cancer in women.

It is the second most common cause of death from cancer among women (lung cancer is the first).

In 2003, 181,646 women developed breast cancer and 41,619 died from it.

Men can develop breast cancer also. In 2003 1,826 men developed breast cancer and 379 men died from it.

2003 is the most recent year for which numbers are available.

Risk factors include:

Getting older
Having your first menstrual cycle at a younger age.
Starting menopause at an older age.
Being older at the birth of your first child.
Never giving birth.
Not breastfeeding.
Personal history of breast disease.
Family history of breast cancer.
Treatment with radiation to the breast/chest.
Long term use of hormone therapy.
Having changes in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
Using birth control pills.
Drinking alcohol (more than one drink a day).
Not getting regular exercise.

Just as colonoscopies and eating right reduce your risk of colon cancer, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Control your weight, and exercise.
Know your family history of breast cancer.
Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, and birth control pills.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
Get screened regularly. Screening includes self exams and clinical exams and mammograms. Mammograms are by far the most effective screening tool to reduce incidence and death from breast cancer.

For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/, or
http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/breast/patient/, or
http://cms.komen.org/komen/index.htm


50 miles per hour. That is the new speed limit on downtown Birmingham’s interstates, ordered by Governor Riley. Will the drivers slow down from 75, uh, I mean 60, the current speed limit. Auto drivers are having to change their behavior because trucks can not secure their loads.

Auburn News:
The previously mentioned Auburn Tiger women’s basketball team moved a step closer to the NIT title by beating Virginia Tech yesterday.

Also, a big welcome to Jay Gouge as the 18th president of Auburn University. It’s interesting to have someone whose background, including a bachelor’s and master’s from Auburn, and a PhD from Michigan State, is in horticulture! I bet it was those flower beds that decorate the corners of the football stadium that attracted him.