Auburn University’s Rolling Of The Toomer’s Corner Oaks Named Top Sports Tradition

| March 13, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Preston Sparks
Auburn University

It’s a lofty ritual rooted in victory and celebration – a paper roll and a toss of the hand unique to Auburn University and now recognized as the nation’s top sports tradition.

The rolling of Toomer’s Corner at Auburn has been named the nation’s “Best Sports Tradition” by the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The tradition is one in which Auburn fans of all ages have celebrated football wins for decades by throwing rolls of toilet paper onto the branches of the oaks at the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue. The result is a view of white paper-plastered trees resembling a snowy landscape.

“The rolling of Toomer’s Corner is a cherished tradition that is unique to Auburn and is such an exciting and fun example of how Auburn fans far and wide come together as a family and celebrate the spirit and success of Auburn,” said Mike Clardy, assistant vice president for communications and marketing. Although there have been various legends as to how the Toomer’s Corner tradition began, one of the more popular stories centers on when Toomer’s Drugs had the only telegraph in the city. As the story goes, during away football games, when employees of the local drug store received news of a win, they would throw the ticker tape from the telegraph onto the power lines.

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