On Sunday, the New York Times published a lengthy story, "The Roots Stay Strong at Auburn," that dives into the efforts to save the trees, what is in the future for Toomer's Corner, and the reasons why the now-gone trees were so important to Auburn fans. Those of us here in Alabama know those reasons well, but it was interesting to see a national take on it.
The Times wrote, "The trees, said David Housel, a retired athletic department employee, were never the point anyway. He compared Toomer’s Corner to Times Square, as a central gathering place, a spirit embodied. Someone who never understood that spirit, he said, would never understand how little the actual trees meant.
“'That gentleman who killed those trees thought he was killing something,” Housel said. “He didn’t kill anything. He’s like an old wretch of a landlord. We might have been kicked out of our house, but we just went down somewhere else and started all over again.'”
-- Phillip Tutor