Tag:Mal Moore
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:36 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 8:59 pm

Alabama fans start 'Tide For Toomer's' charity

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the wake of the herbicidal attack by Harvey Updyke on Auburn 's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees , there's been no shortage of people wondering if the Iron Bowl rivalry had finally, well, "gone too far." Alabama athletic director Mal Moore immediately condemned Updyke's actions , of course, but condemnations don't bring trees back.

Fortunately, a group of Alabama fans are committed to fixing precisely that problem, and have started a "Tide For Toomer's" fund to help raise money to restore or replace the stricken oaks . Better yet, the group is already wildly successful ; almost 20,000 people have become fans of the the charity on Facebook in its second day of existence, and the charity has raised over $8,000 (and counting).

As with all good charities, every penny raised is going to Auburn's "Toomer's Trees and Tradition Fund," so there's no impropriety here, it's just a solid gesture from thousands and thousands of classy Alabama fans. See, fans of the rest of the SEC? They do exist.

Not every Alabama fan is enamored with the idea, of course; a cursory glance at the comment section at Roll Bama Roll indicates some resistance to the gesture, calling it presumptive and not the Alabama fanbase's responsibility. Both of those things are true, but the entire point of a classy gesture is that it's above and beyond responsibility, and that's what we have here. There is no nobility in declaring that a crisis is somebody else's problem, no humanity in arrogantly admonishing victims. It's good to see that nearly 20,000 Alabama fans have acknowledged exactly that, and that Updyke has been reduced to a cowardly, sad buffoon in the eyes of both Alabama and Auburn fans.

Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:02 pm

Idaho AD Rob Spear can finally fly Horizon Air

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last year the Idaho Vandals were getting ready to board a plane to head to Boise to take on in-state rival Boise State when athletic director Rob Spear refused to get on the plane.   Why?  Well, the plane was painted in orange and blue, which happen to be Boise State's colors.  It's one of many planes that Horizon Air has given college themes, including planes for Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.

Well, Spear said at the time that he wouldn't fly on a Horizon Air plane until they'd painted one with an Idaho Vandals theme.  It looks like he won't be missing any road games in the near future.

Horizon Air has announced that a Q400 aircraft will be painted in Idaho silver and gold. The plane will be available for service in November, a year after Spear made headlines for declining to board the Boise State plane.

In a statement, Spear called the Vandal plane a "bold recognition of Idaho's flagship university."

So I guess you can say that the plane has been Vandal-ized.  Oh man, trust me that one hurt me just as much to type it as it did for you to read it.  Seriously, though, this hardly seems fair.  George Clooney's character in Up In The Air had to fly ten million miles just to get his name put on an airplane, and Spear just has to throw a hissy-fit and he gets his own personally themed plane.

Who knew the athletic director at Idaho could have so much pull?  If I'm Alabama AD Mal Moore I'm demanding my own airport.

Hat tip to the good Doctor.
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