Don’t blame fandom for Toomer’s Corner oaks poisoning

Let's keep the blame for the poisoning of the Toomer's Corner oaks where it belongs. (Associated Press)

Let's keep the blame for the poisoning of the Toomer's Corner oaks where it belongs. (Associated Press)

The temptation among some in this whole sorry Toomer’s Corner oaks affair is to shake their heads and say, “Those crazy Alabama fans,” or huff and puff about SEC football and its fans being out of control.

But it’s patently unfair to take the actions of one individual who uses his fandom for a college football program as an excuse for destructive behavior and lay them at the feet of the school or blame the intensity of big-time college football. Just as it makes no sense to take anyone who commits a shocking crime and somehow attribute it to his race or religion or make the leap to blaming it on society in general.

Remember the guy who threw security into a tizzy and briefly shut down the Atlanta airport a few years back by running down the “up” escalator, and how some idiots tried to use it as an opportunity to bash the University of Georgia simply because he was a Dogs fan on his way to a game?

That was illogical and unfair, and so is blaming the University of Alabama, Crimson Tide fandom, the Alabama-Auburn rivalry, the SEC or college football in general for the poisoning of the oaks.

I like the way the Senator put it at Get the Picture (though I have to sanitize it for a family newspaper’s audience): Sometimes people behave like complete [jerks] simply because they’re complete [jerks].

IT’S NOT TOO LATE…

I speculated here a while back that for those young Dogs fans who haven’t been able to afford the minimum “buy-in” level of a Hartman Fund contribution to get season tickets, the aftermath of a disappointing season might make this the year to make the move.

And, indeed, it looks like donations to the Hartman Fund, aka the Bulldog Club — which entitle the donor to buy season tickets — must be flagging this year. The donation deadline was Tuesday, and yet two days after that a notice was put up on Georgiadogs.com that “If you have not yet made your 2011 contribution, please donate today to ensure you receive season ticket priority for the 2011 season.”

In other words, the deadline has passed but they’re still soliciting donations.

Even if you don’t want to buy season tickets for 2011, a donation of at least $100 to the Hartman Fund makes you eligible to request tickets to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome between the Dogs and Boise State.

So what are you waiting for?

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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

382 comments Add your comment

Dawg_Mike

February 18th, 2011
10:38 am

No, Bill but if the shoe fits………

DawginLex

February 18th, 2011
10:39 am

Go Dawgs.

2011 a big rebound year for richt.

2012 may be his best team ever.

Those tickets will be hard to find and get after 2011 season.

Hate away TRolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jablonski

February 18th, 2011
10:50 am

Bama fans are without doubt the worst in all of sports. We all know it…this proves it. For Christ sake Bill, its ALABAMA.

jablonski

February 18th, 2011
10:52 am

He named a child of his “Crimson”. Jesus, what is wrong with you people. Seriously…

BubbaDawg

February 18th, 2011
10:53 am

But as momma says… “stupid is; as stupid does…”

JaxDawg05

February 18th, 2011
10:53 am

I guess I better abandon my idea of heading down to Green Acres Retirement Home in Gainesville, FL and kidnapping Mr. Twobits.

Hilton

February 18th, 2011
10:57 am

Every time we go to a GA game, we have to
ask Ga fans not to cuss, or be classless.
NO GA fans are the worse. Just because you grew
up in GA, doesn’t mean you have to be classless all your
life. Good grief, you are there to learn aren’t you.

Mark C.

February 18th, 2011
10:58 am

Very true Bill, but every Alabama fan had at least one family member, friend or acquiantance that they couldn’t completely rule out as being the culprit.

woebegong

February 18th, 2011
11:03 am

In your opinion Hilton, what fans are the best? Just asking because in the games I have gone to, and that includes teams from the midwest, northeast, far west and the south, there has not been a lot of difference in fan behavior.
You aren’t a Tech. fan by the way, are you?

WDE

February 18th, 2011
11:04 am

Hilton I mean this with all the respect and love you deserve…go away and stay there..Thanks ! Good article Bill.

AltamahaDawg

February 18th, 2011
11:09 am

perhaps not, but still an interesting exercise to bash the Alabama folks for this IN the Dawg blogs, since the only ones that would even know it would have been in here for the sole purpose of bashing UGA fans.

bdaamwag

February 18th, 2011
11:12 am

They should cut those trees down and build a special oak jail cell on the corner of Magnolia and College and lock that tree hating bammer in it……

bdaamwag

February 18th, 2011
11:14 am

Kind of like a Chris Angel stunt…….

AltamahaDawg

February 18th, 2011
11:15 am

Hilton, fans at a football game are not there to learn. Good grief, what are you talking about?

Way Too Easy

February 18th, 2011
11:16 am

No question the SEC is the best football conference in the country. Also no question, it has the highest percentage of idiot fans who have never set foot in a college classroom, and the largest group of “lunatic fringe” fans in the country.

Flatwoods Dawg

February 18th, 2011
11:19 am

If the trees can’t be saved medically, call in a taxidermist and have them stuffed. I did that with 36 LB catfish. It looks better than a live one.

AltamahaDawg

February 18th, 2011
11:20 am

Actually I think this represents real grown from the Bama fans. It’s not like they are shooting their neighbors anymore.

Fleischman in Chattanooga

February 18th, 2011
11:22 am

All I know as a Bama fan that after the “Blackout” game that didnt work so well for the puppies, I was cussed at, spit on, and even had a few beer bottles tossed in my direction. Face it puppy fans, every school has there fringe element fans. Not just Bama.

WIN WITH RICHT

February 18th, 2011
11:23 am

Way Too Easy

If you are not an SEC fan , why are you on this blog? As for your description of SEC fans. I resemble that remark.

Ted Striker

February 18th, 2011
11:23 am

I fear there are more folks out there who would do worse.

UGA_2001

February 18th, 2011
11:24 am

Can we get back to calling ourselves “Dawg fans”, not “dogs fans”? It sounds really lame.

Rodney King

February 18th, 2011
11:28 am

Can’t we all just get along??

Beast from the East

February 18th, 2011
11:28 am

This guy could have easily been a fan of any school. It just so happens he chose Bama and the University certainly cannot help that. Hope he gets the full ten years and they make him sit in a temp holding cell on Toomer’s Corner every Saturday during the football season watching replays of last year’s Iron Bowl. That would be just.

bulldogmaniac

February 18th, 2011
11:29 am

Bama fans are inbread

Beast from the East

February 18th, 2011
11:30 am

“Bama fans are inbread”.

White or whole wheat?

Dawg Tired

February 18th, 2011
11:34 am

You’re right on this one Bill. Now the guy that this this is, IMHO, must worse than a jerk. He’s actually sick, sick, sick. You must be below low to do this.

Dawgman566

February 18th, 2011
11:35 am

At least it was a Bammer fan that did it. It would have been too embarrassing if it had been a Dawg fan.

jablonski

February 18th, 2011
11:37 am

That was funny…definitely white bread “inbread”

Ternor

February 18th, 2011
11:39 am

This is about one pathetic loser. I mean think about it, how pathetic must your life be to view killing trees as a means of bringing value back to your existence because your team lost? I’m not a Bama or Auburn fan but clearly this is someone trying to combat the impotency of their own pitiful existence. Every fan base has them. The thing is that usually they are far too inept to pull off anything beyond a blog rant or Sports talk show phone call.

Boobie Bowden

February 18th, 2011
11:41 am

The state of Georgia has some great schools with awesome fans like Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Georgia SUCKS.

gagirl

February 18th, 2011
11:43 am

It is a shame that the UA will be blamed for something that a non alum did. I was spit on in Athens where we were there on a football recruiting trip for my son. One jerk can ruin it all.

ATL_AU_FAN

February 18th, 2011
11:43 am

Not blaming anyone except the idiot responsible.

npgator

February 18th, 2011
11:44 am

I agree 100% with this blog. Most Bama fans are quite reasonable and certainly don’t endorse this behavior.

gagirl

February 18th, 2011
11:45 am

Alabama folks are not any more inbred than Georgia folks. Their graduation rate is much higher than the rate in Georgia. THey have more merit scholars to attend Alabama than Harvard or any other SEC school.

ARdawg

February 18th, 2011
11:47 am

ATL_AU_FAN

February 18th, 2011
11:49 am

But I do hope he gets an ORANGE prison jumpsuit…

WIN WITH RICHT

February 18th, 2011
11:50 am

Beast from the East

Don’t you think that ten years is a little extreme for the death of a couple of trees. I mean the guy is not a Manson or Bundy.

WIN WITH RICHT

February 18th, 2011
11:52 am

npgator

How do you know that? Did you coduct a poll?

Beast from the East

February 18th, 2011
11:55 am

WIN WITH RICHT,
No I do not think it is exteme. It was planned and then he bragged about it on air. He’s a 62 year old man….not a kid. What if he’d poisoned Uga? My point is, who knows what this moron is capable of.

D A DoubleU G

February 18th, 2011
11:56 am

I would love to have a roll of toilet paper made from the trees, and use it accordingly…..

D A DoubleU G

February 18th, 2011
11:58 am

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Check out these shirts that Bammer fans are buying……..

http://www.zazzle.com/free_harvey_updyke_tshirt-235358508343555432

hilarious!

AthensDawg

February 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

This guy is an idiot and if you can’t keep your hate for another team on the field, then you don’t need to watch sports.

Fire Mark Richt

February 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

Unfortunately the desire to use sad incidents as an excuse to even personal or political scores or to advance an agenda is all too common. It was only last month that the tragic murder of 6 people in Tucson was used as an excuse to attack political enemies, even though no connection was found. For some reason people have a hard time grasping the concept that there are loony, dangerous people out there. Not everything is a conspiracy or evidence of a corrupt culture.

smitdawg

February 18th, 2011
12:04 pm

I don’t know Bill. I can’t prove anything right now. But going forward, I think it would be a good idea to keep all Alabama AND Auburn fans away from Sonny Seiler’s dogs.

i love that he actually outed himself

February 18th, 2011
12:07 pm

that tells you how moronic this character is… he shouldn’t do time, but he should be forced to clean up the toilet paper for the next 50 celebrations.

Rita Bolero

February 18th, 2011
12:07 pm

Love the inbread comment(s). I’ve also seen imbred – which I believe is a cheese. Together, they sound yummy but I think the insult – if that’s what you’re aiming for – is ‘inbred’. Either way … I’m Alabama alumni and live far away these days. I have Auburn fans in my family and love them just the same – kind of like you love a 3-legged dog whose tongue is always hanging out of his mouth and smells funny. The guy who poisoned these trees is a full on jackass. I don’t care which team he’s a fan of – if he’s actually a fan of anything. He’s not a kid, and has worked in law enforcement and should have, at some point along the way, figured out consequences. What he did is mean spirited and shameful on every level. I hope these trees beat the odds and live at least another 130 years. If they don’t, then maybe new ones can be planted in remembrance of this tradition. THey should reach maturity by the time Auburn wins another championship … wink wink nudge nudge.

AthensDawg

February 18th, 2011
12:09 pm

He won’t be able to clean up toilet paper because the trees will be dead.

duh

February 18th, 2011
12:14 pm

to be fair, uga fans actually are complete morons…

AthensDawg

February 18th, 2011
12:15 pm

Hey Duh Who is you favorite team?

Auburn Fan

February 18th, 2011
12:17 pm

The mullets will now be known in Auburn Nation as the Updykers.