After high school I moved to Auburn, Alabama, home of the great Auburn University. I never attended the university, actually I went to the community college down the road, where all the less than average students enrolled but still lived among and partied with the Auburn students. I’ve been an Auburn fan all my life. These days I’m more of a fair weather fan but a fan nonetheless. If you are from the South then you know college football rules all. You can’t drive 100ft without seeing an Auburn or University of Alabama (Auburn’s long time rival) paraphernalia pasted on someones bumper or sweatshirt. Seriously, it’s God, Family and football, in that order.
Two years ago EPSN the Magazine sent me down to Auburn to photograph Toomer’s Corner, the epicenter of Auburn’s campus. On Toomer’s Corner sat two live oak trees that the students, yours truly included, rolled with toilet paper after every Auburn win. It’s one of the biggest traditions at Auburn. When I was there the live oak trees, shown above, were dying thanks to a deranged Alabama fan who dumped a ton of poison into the soil. They’ve been trying ever since to save the trees but it is now fact that they did not make it. Just two days ago they cut them down. It’s a tragedy. Imagine NYC w/o Times Square, seriously, that’s what’s like. Here is a link to a recent ESPN piece about the removal of the trees.
WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!