Wow I am not from Alabama but now live there actually live just south of Tuscaloosa, my husband is from here and is a big Tide fan and if something like this were to happen in Auburn I don't think he would comment like the two that did. How sad to say God had anything to do with the trees being taken away? If you read your bible God is love and not hate. He would never take punishment out on people. Though those two he might reconsider. And for what one person did to those trees does not reflect on all the others in Tuscaloosa. Every town has a idiot to do stupied stuff or write it. (not mentioning any names) But that don't make everyone else idiots. We would go anywhere at anytime to lend a hand to those in need and it would not matter who's team you liked or not we are all humans and should treat each other that way!
A natural disaster can bring everyone together, right? Right?
Well, not everyone. Especially when you’re talking about a natural disaster that took place on the campus of one of the school’s involved in the over-the-top hatefest known as the Iron Bowl rivalry.
CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel penned a piece earlier this week in which he said he’d like to see Alabama’s football team go on a post-tornado run just as the New Orleans Saints went on a post-Katrina Super Bowl run. In his view, Bama is the biggest dog in the state, so some Tide wins this fall would make everyone feel a bit better. It would help bring some joy to people who are currently going through a lot of pain.
Naturally, a few Auburn chuckleheads — as well as some bozos from other parts of the country — took issue with him for trying to write something nice about Alabama. He includes some of those folks’ comments in his weekly review of his hate mail.
Someone named Robert Burton sent him this one:
I’m sorry for the loss of life. I have two relatives who were in Tuscaloosa at the time. Your column was written from one perspective: your football team. So I give you the following to think about. The trees at Toomers Corner killed by the Alabama fan who poisoned them? Well, look around — you now have no trees. Maybe God was trying to send you fanatics a message: I am an Auburn fan, do not mess with My trees.
The bad grammar and punctuation belong to the emailer’s. (Usually it belongs to me.) Doyel is actually a Florida grad, but anytime someone writes something positive about School X, many dimwits assume the writer loves School X. Dimwits like Robert Burton, apparently.
Someone named Larry sent in this one:
First, bringing football into the same conversation as the devastation from the tornados is a terrible thing to do. Second, Auburn has 24,000 students, only slightly less than Alabama’s 28,000 — so I don’t think one university affects the psyche of the state significantly different from the other. I think you have to apologies that are due.
Doyel — who we usually find abrasive and obnoxious — replied with the appropriate amount of abrasiveness and obnoxiousness:
You’re right, Larry. Here’s the first one: I’m sorry you’re so stupid. And for my second apology… I’m sorry you’re so stupid.
It should be noted — and we have noted it previously — that many folks from Auburn University as well as AU fans from across the state of Alabama have helped in the relief efforts in Tuscaloosa. The vast, vast majority associated with Auburn understand that life is actually a bit bigger than football.
But these two kooks show that nothing can fully cool the Iron Bowl rivalry. Absolutely nothing. Death and destruction take a backseat to Bama-Auburn in the eyes of some folks. (And, yep, you’d have some Tide fans acting just as stupidly if tornadoes had hit The Plains.)
Too bad the many, many sensible UA and AU fans can’t completely drown out the nimrods in their ranks. Because folks like these and the Harvey Updykes of the world are giving both schools a bad name.