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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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>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!!!

Tired of War (and posts about war)?

March 19, 2007

Well I am. I was tired of this war before it started. But today marks a milestone, the 4th anniverary of the invasion of Iraq. Nothiing more needs to be said if you have checked out Ava Lowery’s site, www.peacetakescourage.com.

But just in case you didn’t look, here is a video created by 16 year old Ava, called “California Dreaming.” Remember Ann Coulter talking about Iraq? “Basically, um, it is like California with Bagdad as LA…” Every time she opens her mouth, she loses credibility. Good thing we have freedom of speech here, Ann. http://www.peacetakescourage.com/index2.php?subaction=showcomments&id=1171045569&archive=&start_from=&ucat=&page=blog

And for those who really can’t get enough, here are the death threats that Ava received when she was just 15 years old, for expressing her opinion. http://www.progressive.org/mag_mc042406

Ava contacted me yesterday and thanked me. I should be thanking her. Her site got over a million hits a month during recent months.

I want to apologize. I neglected to mention the AUBURN TIGERS women’s basketball team when I said no teams from the state made the NCAA tournament. Well, they didn’t make the NCAA but they are in the NIT, and beat UAB yesterday. They play Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

And how about the Auburn Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams. National Champions (again). Five in a row for the men. And two in a row, and five out of the last six for the women!

Cesar Cileo was named NCAA

division 1 men’s swimmer of

the year.

Steven Segerlin was named NCAA

divison 1 men’s diver of the year.

War Eagle!!! That is an acceptable type of “war.”

Tomorrow, I promise (unless something noteworthy happens) I will not write of war or scoundrels in Washington. Spring is approaching.

>Tired of War (and posts about war)?

March 19, 2007

>Well I am. I was tired of this war before it started. But today marks a milestone, the 4th anniverary of the invasion of Iraq. Nothiing more needs to be said if you have checked out Ava Lowery’s site, www.peacetakescourage.com.

But just in case you didn’t look, here is a video created by 16 year old Ava, called “California Dreaming.” Remember Ann Coulter talking about Iraq? “Basically, um, it is like California with Bagdad as LA…” Every time she opens her mouth, she loses credibility. Good thing we have freedom of speech here, Ann. http://www.peacetakescourage.com/index2.php?subaction=showcomments&id=1171045569&archive=&start_from=&ucat=&page=blog

And for those who really can’t get enough, here are the death threats that Ava received when she was just 15 years old, for expressing her opinion. http://www.progressive.org/mag_mc042406

Ava contacted me yesterday and thanked me. I should be thanking her. Her site got over a million hits a month during recent months.

I want to apologize. I neglected to mention the AUBURN TIGERS women’s basketball team when I said no teams from the state made the NCAA tournament. Well, they didn’t make the NCAA but they are in the NIT, and beat UAB yesterday. They play Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

And how about the Auburn Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams. National Champions (again). Five in a row for the men. And two in a row, and five out of the last six for the women!

Cesar Cileo was named NCAA

division 1 men’s swimmer of

the year.

Steven Segerlin was named NCAA

divison 1 men’s diver of the year.

War Eagle!!! That is an acceptable type of “war.”

Tomorrow, I promise (unless something noteworthy happens) I will not write of war or scoundrels in Washington. Spring is approaching.