Alabama Fanatic Poisons Trees and Ground Water At Auburn

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IFebruary 16, 2011

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In a normal turn of events in the fierce rivalry between Auburn and Alabama, it was confirmed today that an Alabama fan did, in fact, poison the Oak Trees on Toomers Corner that had been part of one of the oldest traditions in college football.

A caller to the Paul Finebum show, a national radio talk show, who identified himself as Al from Dadeville, Alabama, called in and confessed to committing the crime after the 2011 Iron Bowl. His apparent motive was anger over Auburn defeating Alabama in the game.

He apparently used a substance controlled by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, and there is a threat of the ground water in Auburn being contaminated. There is little hope that the ancient Oak Trees will survive.

It does appear this will become a federal case very soon, as it does involve controlled chemicals and is potentially dangerous to people in the community.

This is just another instance of the intensity of the rivalry. It is almost an every season event when an Alabama fan shoots someone over the loss of a game. This is simply another example of what happens when some fans invest their entire identity into their favorite sports team.