I have two words for the Auburn Police: Caller ID.....
OT: Bama fan poisons trees at Auburn
Living in Louisiana for the past 12 years this is not suprising to me at all.
I find myself hoping for some kind of Ent scenario where Treebeard and friends hunt the idiot down and give him a taste of his own medicine.
It ain't cheap, but you can transplant trees. Major golf courses have transplanted some massive trees overnight to cut off lanes golfers were abusing in PGA events. if I was bama, I'd be looking to buy up a grove of beautiful old trees and getting some enviornmental phds to figure out how to clear the soil asap.
Just like if some dumb UM fan (they do exist) actually physically destroyed sparty I'd be hoping to god the UM leadership paid for a newer, possibly better sparty statue to quell any chances of revenge. Otherwise it could get ugly.
In any case - there are remedies that bama can and should pursue.
Actually, this was my first thought, too. If you can transplant an entire house (ever see the two out-of-place Victorians on Huron Parkway near Washtenaw?), it seems conceivable that you could carefully excavate the trees and their root systems, remediate the soil, and re-plant them. But I'm not a forester, so I have no idea if it's too late for such a response.
I have no idea what the cost would be. But I'm sure that Auburn could raise enough "Save the Trees" donations to defray the cost. To save the trees would be a giant F U to Alabama (and mouth-breathing bottom-feeders everywhere).
I'm sure transplanting the trees is doable, but I feel like cleaning the soil would be significantly more difficult. I'm no expert or anything, that just seems like a big task to me...
Police got the guy. His name is Harvey Almorn Updike:
Shocking. Doesn't look like the type of guy to do such a thing...
This is crazy what an ass. I'm all for painting the rock or sparty statue but killing 100+ y/o trees is terrible.
I think justice will be served. Commit a crime in Auburn -> get tried by a prosecutor, judge, and jury who are all AU alums.
Not to make light of the situation (which is terrible), but I couldn't help but to laugh at this:
A small group gathered and rolled the trees Wednesday afternoon.
Even better, the guy was stupid enough to give his real name, and has already been arrested.
Really really dumb, for real. Hopefully the punishment is more than just a fine.
This is just too much. I was going to tell you to post this as an entirely new thread because it is a different topic, but I saw this was your first post.
Epic job on your first post AMCWolverine.
Why is it a different topic? Heck, it's a repeat post within the topic.
Really? It wasn't posted here when I first went through, or I must have been reading with the blinders on. My bad.
It is different though, maybe not thread worthy, but this was about the incident, then the new part is that the person was caught. It'll be new again when he's at trial.
From the article:
Bond has been set at $50,000, but we mean this quite sincerely: Don't leave jail, man. Don't leave jail, because you will die. This isn't a threat. This is Alabama. Somebody will kill you dead, and finding a sympathetic court to avenge your passing won't be easy, so just hunker down. (For the uninitiated: The thing about the Alabama-Auburn rivalry is the statewide cross-pollination of fans of both schools. It's house-to-house fighting of a sort you'd normally see in an eastern European civil war action flick, and you won't know who's after you until it's too late. One would assume Updyke knows all this already, but again: Gave his real name and hometown to the Finebaum call screeners.)
I think that's roughly 60% serious.
From an article linked from that one he's been charged with Criminal Mischief:
1st Degree Criminal Mischief Laws & Penalties
Criminal mischief in the first degree is committed when you damage property with intent to do so by explosion or by causing more than $2,500 in damage.
This serious property offense is a Class C felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
Got this on an Alabama law site.
saw that tweet by LSUFreek.
is awesome and has WAY too much time on his hands.
Strap him to a chair. Tilt his head back. Put a funnel down his throat. Pour in 12 oz of Jack Daniels mixed with one jigger of vermouth and one-half cup of Spike 80DF. Tell him it's a Roll Tide Manhattan and he'll go happy.
I'm all for rivalries, but this is too far. You do stuff that is easy fixable, and, though possibly in poor taste, doesn't harm life.
You don't have to be a "tree-hugger" to recognize that 130 years is a damn long time, and a campus tradition is a terrible thing to lose.
This is where rivalries go wrong in my opinion. To me, insults, jokes, and good old fashion hatred is fine, but don't let it go to permeant vandalism or violence. For example, when we lost to msu, they painted the rock, yeah, ok, it's really annoying, but that's fine in my opinion. However, they also spray painted street signs, etc. that's too far. This is even beyond that. I hope they catch the guy