It was really a family affair to pull for Auburn. Sister and her husband moved to Auburn in the early 80's and became Dye Hard fans(a popular phrase relating to our then coach). Sister's mister's father was an Auburn man too so when it came time for my niece to pick a college...you guessed it she came here. We were so proud of her when she made the Auburn University Flag Line. It gave an entirely different meaning to watching the half time show!
When I moved to Auburn in the 80's the tradition of rolling the Oaks at Toomer's Corner was of course a huge affair and if we beat Bama it was even better.
The rivalry runs deeps here in our state and there have been many a hard feeling against life long friends when the other team wins. When the news broke that our beloved Oak Trees had been poisoned it was as if someone had just knocked the wind right out of you. Living here in Auburn, each day I drive right past the Oaks. Prior to the poisoning you could definitely see they were not in great shape, after all the trees were approximately 76 years old. But to have someone deliberately do this to our trees in the name of college football was just unthinkable. It was sad to see those once glorious trees slowly give in to their fate.
I'm glad that our children had the same opportunity that their Father did(he grew up in Auburn) to roll the trees.
Last Saturday marked the end of an era, it was the last time those Oaks would be rolled in celebration of a football game. Record numbers came to say farewell to the Oaks....as we say in the South, we sent them out in style!
I didn't go downtown to see the Oaks removed on Tuesday. Instead I chose to remember them in their glory days of the win of the National Championship.