Well, it looks like there's a new low in college sports rivalries. If you're an Alabama Football fan, and you're reasonably sane (I know, but there might be like, you know, 2 or 3 of them out there) you're probably wondering exactly what the retribution will be after this deranged 'Bama fan, better known as Harvey Updike, poisoned the trees at Toomer's Corner.
If you haven't seen or heard about this, here's a link.
All I can say is, if I were Alabama, I would be doing everything I could to make a show of support to the University of Auburn. Yes, that would mean acknowledging the acts of one blockhead that made a stupidly foolish decision to literally start a war with what he sees as his enemy. Problem is, Auburn more than likely has their fair share of morons on their side of the fence as well. You did hear about the fan that cleverly used rye grass a few weeks back to etch "28-27" (this year's Iron Bowl score) semi-permanently in the grass in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium's Walk of Champions, didn't you? If you didn't, it's classic....'Bama had to tear up the grass and replant, but it still leaves a spot that's different...Reminds me of fertilizing the prior year's score of a rival in High School in their high school stadium a couple of weeks before the game...Hee-hee....
And do you think they're all plotting about what to do for revenge? This is the SEC...Do I really NEED to answer that question? Really?
If you don't want to have to put a 24 hour guard on the legends walk at the stadium, I highly recommend doing something, however small, to show that you don't want to be associated with this kind of destruction. Because if you don't, the bill on what Insane Auburn fan will do could add up very, very quickly. And the resulting war you will have on your hands will only get worse...And possibly come to a head with a much worse outcome than some trees dying. Yes, I'm infering that someone could lose a life over something as trivial as a football rivalry. And while that life would more than likely be un-employed, uneducated, and inebriated most of the time, is it really worth it?
So, what do you do? What do you do with a fanbase in Alabama that has no other major sports outlet (There's no NFL, NBA, NHL or even MLB franchises in Alabama.) I happen to agree with Clay Travis: Take the game away. If you are too stupid or immature to simply enjoy hating somebody else without permanently vandalizing property belonging to them, then you simply don't deserve the game.
That might actually, in a weird SEC way, make some sense.