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Auburn victories are punctuated by the rolling of the majestic oaks at Toomer's Corner with bathroom tissue. That tradition has been jeopardized by the poisoning of the trees last year, allegedly by an Alabama fan. Experts won't know until the spring if the oaks will survive. Meanwhile, the rolling of Toomer's Corner will go on this season. If you've never seen it, you may not get another chance.
ALBERT E. GATOR
WHEN TO VISIT
Sept. 17: TENNESSEE
Oct. 1: ALABAMA
Nov. 26: FLORIDA STATE
FORGET, FOR a moment, the sweltering heat, the sheer size of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (listed capacity of 88,548) and the advantage the fans give the Gators (who are 113--13 in the Swamp since 1990). For now let's just give former Florida coach Steve Spurrier his props for coining one of the best stadium nicknames in sports. "The Swamp is where Gators live," he noted at the end of the '91 season. "A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous."
Following a montage of alligators on the video screen accompanied by the theme from Jaws, the Florida players burst out of the tunnel. It's one of the game's great goose-bump moments. As is this beyond-cool tradition: Between the third and fourth quarters, Gators faithful drape their arms around the shoulders of their neighbors, swaying and singing We Are the Boys from Old Florida, "where the girls are the fairest, the boys are the squarest." And, we might add, where the noise is oppressive, the fans are aggressive and the conditions are hot, sticky and dangerous.