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The Extreme side of Fandom:




I understand this isn't entirely in the scope of a Braves blog but as our favorite team is located in the Southeast I'm sure some of you guys have heard of this thing called "college football." While not the most elegant, subtle or cerebral sport around, college football is inescapable in the South.

Most people in the South (I hail from Montgomery, Al myself) are familiar with the Alabama and Auburn rivalry, and rightfully so. I can think of few rivalries in any sport that can match the competitiveness, intensity, and history of the Iron Bowl rivalry.

But the most recent development (thought I think a lack of development is more relevant to this story) in this rivalry goes far beyond the realm of "rivalry" and into classless hate crime.

The famous Toomer's Corner, an icon in Auburn football lore, has had two of its oak trees poisoned.. A man calling into a Birmingham radio show seemed quite pleased with his deed but confused as to why he did it. He claims that his actions were a response to a t-shirt being taped on Bear Bryant's statue (makes sense right?).

Again I understand that this is completely unrelated to the Braves or baseball in general in fact, but is definitely noteworthy and something that I think any sports fan should use as a cautionary tale.

On the other side, to those who think any of our fellow TCers are maybe a bit too intense, perhaps with a bit too much of a personal emotional investment, we can now all say "well...he isnt as bad as that guy."

Personally I hope he gets caught and thrown in jail in Auburn. I would watch that documentary.

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