Harvey Updyke goes fundraising on Facebook (seriously)

These T-shirts will soon be available (what a stocking stuffer!).

These T-shirts make a great stocking stuffer!.

Every once in a while there’s a story that you just wish would go away, except that something insanely stupid but funny keeps happening, and you think, “OK, let’s keep this around for entertainment value.”

I give you: Harvey Updyke.

We have seen stories of Updyke being on the run after the Auburn tree poisoning and living in his car. We have seen Updyke go on (and off) Twitter (and I got a personal confirmation from his son, Bear!). And, of course, we’ve seen Updyke keep going back on radio and TV to somewhat state his case, against the advice of his attorney, Glennon

This is from Updyke's new Facebook page.

This is from Updyke's new Facebook page.

Threatt, to the point that Threatt, quit.

Now this: Harvey Updyke is fundraising on Facebook.

There’s a new “Roll Damn Tide” Facebook page which is not to be confused with the “Free Harvey Updyke” Facebook page – that reportedly has been set up by his daughter to raise money for Updyke’s legal expenses.

It seems that since al.com first reported this, the webpage has been stripped down a bit. But the info page still reads: “Keep checking back for more updates! Harvey Updyke T-shirts Coming Soon! Email: rolldamntide@ymail.com.”

The T-shirt pictured above actually is from the “Free Harvey Updyke” Facebook page. So I guess there are freaks everywhere.

The al.com story reported that the webpage will be selling “T-shirts, stickers and 8×10 autographed photographs.”

From the story: “The website, created by Updyke’s daughter, says he has ‘experienced financial strain due to court costs and his travels to and from Alabama. We, ROLL DAMN TIDE!, hope to relieve him with his this fundraiser.’ In a conversation via Facebook, Updyke said his financial issues involve a $50,000 bond, transportation back-and-forth from Louisiana and for his wife’s “major back surgery.”

Updyke’s next court date is Jan. 5. His trial is scheduled for March 17. Supporters should be easy to spot. They’ll be the ones wearing dumb T-shirts.

Now come on. You really don’t want this story to go away yet, do you?

I’m contributing a nickel.

By Jeff Schultz

151 comments Add your comment

Erik

December 15th, 2011
12:49 pm

I’m So not buying that!

Al from Dadeville

December 15th, 2011
12:50 pm

I think owes me sum money Shultz, for usin’ my pitcher.

Atlanta87

December 15th, 2011
12:56 pm

The sad thing is Alabama fans will buy this.

Kelly

December 15th, 2011
1:04 pm

You gotta’ figure it’s gonna’ be collectible at some point in the future.

It's me again

December 15th, 2011
1:09 pm

Jeff — You can’t make this stuff up. Updyke is an unfortunate stain on the Bama fanbase, just as the entire Lowder bunch and the older guy with the Big Yeller Cowboy Hat are for Auburn. And as red panties are for ….. well. you get the picture.

Paula

December 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

@It’s me again – sorry, bammer…you can’t compare Updyke to Lowder and Rane – they have college educations and have never committed a criminal act.

It's me again, yet again

December 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

And, per Kelly, this probably will become a collectors item at some point. Snap ‘em up while you can.

JCD

December 15th, 2011
1:12 pm

Real Bama fans are not like Updyke. He is an embarrisment to humanity not just Bama fans.

can’t wait till 1/10/12 when you have to write an article about our 14th NC instead of a story about that white trash idiot.

Remenber this…..Bama fans do not live in the past, however our past(present/future) is better than yours

It's me again, yet again, and again

December 15th, 2011
1:12 pm

There is no way Lowder3 and Yeller Rane have college degrees, unless they attended Auburn. Just sayin’

DC

December 15th, 2011
1:15 pm

his family is as crazy as he is…

The Monitor

December 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

Public records indicate that Harv has changed his name for security reasons. He’s now “Harvey Upyours”. Film at 11 (10 CT).

Jay

December 15th, 2011
1:28 pm

If you want the story to go away, then why are you promoting it on Atlanta’s biggest newspaper??? Pot, meet kettle.

Lost in Space

December 15th, 2011
1:29 pm

I liked him better when he was that invisible gigantic rabbit in that movie with Jimmy Stewart.

Dawg Gone

December 15th, 2011
1:29 pm

This entire sad and twisted tail is just so Alabama to the core…not the schools the state. Jerry Springer could not have written this better. As a old friend that is a physiologist once told me “Hey I can’t make this stuff up” Well at least its not the tragedy unfolding at Penn St.

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GTT

December 15th, 2011
1:34 pm

Suggested alternate ending.

I’m contributing my two cents worth.

GTT

December 15th, 2011
1:34 pm

Nah, probably too cliche.

Bryant

December 15th, 2011
1:37 pm

Hey Paula, Do you really believe Bobby Lowder has never broken the law. He has just never been caught. The justice dept. has never finished the investigation into Colonial Bank. He is one of the biggest crooks in Alabama. Talk about stupid his 17 yr old daughter was having an affair with Terry Bowden. Thats why Bowden was fired at Auburn. He should have been arrested for that!

Alabama

December 15th, 2011
1:39 pm

And my home is in ALABAMA, 13 National championships, and auburn & their plants ain’t worth a damn.

Big Crimson 75

December 15th, 2011
1:39 pm

Who is the ass here Schultz? Updyke or You for continuing to harp on it?
We get it : You don’t like Bama.

Updyke and outta sight....

December 15th, 2011
1:40 pm

Mah t-shurt sales done lit up, Jeff! Thank ya fur all you done, Boy!

Ken Stallings

December 15th, 2011
1:41 pm

Even Alabama alumni should be completely ashamed of this criminal! For him to still carry on as though he’s a fan in good order is almost as offensive as his craven act of destroying live oak trees because he says he was infuriated that someone put an Auburn football jersey on the Bear Bryant statue at Alabama!

At least no self-described Auburn fan destroyed that statue in retaliation!

Updyke is the kind of person who should just do the world a big favor and take a long run off a short pier into a very deep ocean — with ankle weights attached. He could do the world a service by feeding the fish!

Kristi Malzahn

December 15th, 2011
1:43 pm

Gus was like, we’re so outta here!

Ted Roof

December 15th, 2011
1:45 pm

I wish we could have defended those trees better. But there were two of them in spread formation.

Ted M

December 15th, 2011
1:51 pm

Jeff,

how ’bout a Tim Tebow blog. We need to discuss “The Tao of Tebow”…

…before the Patriots hammer him and the Broncos.

bamaguy

December 15th, 2011
1:53 pm

Obviously mental illness can be inherited. No only are his kids not ashamed, they are defending him. He is both pathetic and irritating at the same time. I am glad he and his kids have no ties to the university (never attended, never donated, never bought tickets through the ticket office, nothing). He “loved” Alabama so much he named his kids Crimson and Bear but not enough to write even a $10 check. That is a special kind of crazy.

Dawg Gone

December 15th, 2011
2:00 pm

@Ken Stallings actually old Harvey should be a cautionary tale for the rest of the Bama fans. He was a well respected law enforcement agent for 20 years “till his love for the tide turned him to crime” .

Hillbilly D

December 15th, 2011
2:04 pm

The late Harry Caray used to say that longevity will eventually cancel out scandal. There’s a lot of truth in that but first you have to get out of Phase One, which is the scandal. I’d be the last person to tell Harvey what to do but were I him, I’d let things die down so I could get on to Phase Two (The Out of the Limelight Years), which is necessary to get through before you move on to Phase Three (Redemption and Image Rehabilitation). If he does happen to make any money out of his website, he might consider hiring himself a good PR person.

bamaguy

December 15th, 2011
2:05 pm

I said they should lock him in a room with Nick Fairley and Dont’a Hightower (one from each school) for fifteen minutes and see what walks out.

WELL

December 15th, 2011
2:08 pm

When LSU rolls the tide will Saban be on the field asking for the best out of five? Or will the tide be on the field asking to share the trophy since they had two chances at winning it.

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2011
2:17 pm

Why do I get the feeling this family is just like the “Bundys”?

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2011
2:20 pm

If Bama loses to LSU AGAIN this season, will the Tuscaloosa Shopper still crown them National Champions? And will they accept it?

Gorilla Biscuit

December 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

“In a conversation via Facebook, Updyke said his financial issues involve a $50,000 bond, transportation back-and-forth from Louisiana and for his wife’s “major back surgery.””

Jeff, you forgot to add that he also needs to get his red corinthian leather seats recovered in the Hefalump hoopty mobile.

bamaguy

December 15th, 2011
2:30 pm

Jealousy is such an unattractive quality.

invictus mon

December 15th, 2011
2:31 pm

If it’s a penny for your thoughts, but you put in your 2 cents, who gets the other penny?

Ya, that’s right, I asked.

Question is about as dumb as anyone supporting that tree poisoning lunatic.

trupert

December 15th, 2011
2:32 pm

There are college football fans, and there are fanatics, but this could only come out of the state of Alabama.

How much crazier can the fans of Alabama and Auburn get? Stay tuned because these two fan bases are the gift that just keeps on giving!

invictus mon

December 15th, 2011
2:33 pm

Forget Fairly, and Hightower. Put him in with Mount Cody, and Suh. Mount Cody is a beast, and Suh’s just a crazy man who doesn’t need motivated to stomp his butt.

Terry

December 15th, 2011
2:34 pm

Auburn, the only college to make Vandalism of oak trees a tradition, all Harvey Updyke was trying to do, was put them out of their misery.

ARdawg

December 15th, 2011
2:41 pm

Schultz

The whole Updyke thing is just TFF and very A-typical of the Bama fans

The Truth

December 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

@ JCD

Bama claiming 13 NC’s is an “embarissment”. For the life of me I can’t understand how some SID guy put this in all the Bama fans heads and they truly believe it and preach it as the gospel!!! LOL!!

Terry

December 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

Bama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri has emerged as a replacement at Pittsburgh.

ARdawg

December 15th, 2011
2:45 pm

one eyedJack

That answer is Yes, they will….LOL

Gorilla Biscuit

December 15th, 2011
2:47 pm

Alabama’s biggest export is false teeth.

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

Gorilla, I think that would be “false toofeys”.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

Win or lose Bama will claim a 14th or 27th National title. Cause they’re Bama. Cause Bear coached there. Cause Saban is their coach. Just,just because.

ARdawg

December 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

Chin Ho

Regardless of the outcome and score of the game, they will deem themselves champs

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 15th, 2011
2:54 pm

@ ARdawg, as well they should, because they’re BAMA, the Bear coached there, Saban coaches there, just befreakingcause.

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

ARdawg and Chin Ho, unfortunately, the power brokers that be, ESPN, holds that philosophy too.

ARdawg

December 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

Chin Ho

Dayum RIGHT! They are entitled and deserving just because they are Bama

ARdawg

December 15th, 2011
2:59 pm

1eyedJack

Agreed. But the Bama fans really do believe it too. I can’t stand anymore than 10-15 mins of the Finebaum show at any given time. They are truly clueless