Toomer’s Corner has become widely known and hated by the opponents of Auburn over the years, especially Alabama. In 2010, Alabama and Auburn played each other in what is known as the Iron Bowl. This is one of the biggest rivals in sports and both teams and fan bases have equal hatred for the other. After an Auburn victory and weekly Toomer’s Corner celebration, one Alabama fan did the unthinkable. Harvey Updyke called into the Paul Finebaum Radio show and claimed that after the Alabama loss, he went to the university and poisoned the famous oak trees at Toomer’s Corner. “The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Ala., because I live 30 miles away, and I poisoned the Toomer’s trees,” he said on live air. He also went on to mention how he used Spike 80DF and that the trees will surely die. When he ended his call, he last said, “Roll Damn Tide.” Police traced the phone records to Updyke, who was then arrested and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief. Sadly, the trees did not survive the poisoning, but a few months later, new Oak trees were placed on the site. After that, Auburn football team went on to win the National Championship in 2010.
Today, the tradition still lives on. Toomer’s Corner has even lately been renovated and enlarged to appeal to the very large crowds at one time. Still, after each football win or big win in other sports, the Auburn faithful gather at Toomer’s Corner to decorate the trees and celebrate their school’s success.