A new lead for Toomer's Corner


A new lead for Toomer's Corner

By Adam Hart

The day we all feared has come: someone -- or something! -- poisoned a group of trees in Alabama.

Not just any trees -- famous trees. Toomer's Corner trees. No, Janoris Jenkins, offering those kinds of trees as replacements won't help.

What's Toomer's Corner, you ask? It's okay, stupid questions are accepted here at WGS.

Toomer's Corner is where Auburn students celebrate everything they have to celebrate; National Championships, big bowl wins, loss of virginity. It is a jubilant place.

But that jubilance is being replaced by rotting oaks and sadness. See, Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, was reportedly arrested Wednesday and faces the charge of first-degree criminal mischief, punishable between one to 10 years, for allegedly poisoning all those celebration trees. He's a fan of Alabama football, Auburn's most-hated rival.

Open-and-shut case, right? Wrong.

Remember who live in Alabama trees -- leprechauns. They're the kings of mischief making. I once sought the maximum against the little guy who stole the chocolate gold coins from my pre-school leprechaun trap. He was never captured to face judgment. That's right: he's on the loose.

Not to say the police, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department caught the wrong guy, but due diligence should be performed on this leprechaun lead. The ringleader from that leprechaun video thinks so:

"Who else seen a leprechaun, say 'Yeah!'"

In the meantime, a limited number of Toomer oak saplings will be available. Word is the Knights Templar have taken up the cause of protecting the Toomer oak bloodlines. Because it's that important.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford


Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.


“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”