Ashes of Possible Auburn Fan Dumped on Field After Saturday’s Game – What To Do With Yours? [POLL]
My wife asks me this question occasionally, for which I really don’t have an answer:
“You need to tell me what you want me to do with your remains when you die!”
I usually come back with something like, “…just cremate me and spread the ashes wherever!”
Not satisfied with that, she then asks, “…well, let’s see, where were you happiest?” To which I say, “…right here, just dump them in the back yard!”
So while I deliberate over that one, some others have already made that fateful decision.
Such as one possible Auburn Tigers fan who’s ashes were placed on the playing field immediately after the Tigers’ emotional win over rival Alabama in last Saturday’s game.
Probably no better place for that fan’s ashes to be placed than on the field of victory.
Auburn’s epic Iron Bowl win led to fans storming the field and at least one temporary resting place for the cremated remains of someone who might have once been an Auburn fan.
The remains were discovered near the 40-yard line along the Auburn sideline inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Monday, two days after the Tigers’ 34-28 victory against Alabama in the Mother of all Iron Bowls.
Auburn officials are not sure if the remains are human, but bone fragments were discovered scattered within the ashes.
“It could have been grandma or it could have been grandma’s dog,” said Scott McElroy, associate professor for turfgrass and weed science at Auburn University.
Auburn turf and grounds director Eric Kleypas’ crew discovered the remains while cleaning and repairing Pat Dye Field, where thousands of fans celebrated a victory in the final seconds against Alabama on Saturday night. McElroy saw the remains for the first time at 11 a.m. on Monday.
Auburn officials believe this is not the first time a fan has dumped the remains of a former family member on the field.
“It happens a lot more than you think,” McElroy said. “People want their final resting place to be Jordan-Hare Stadium.
McElroy is not certain what the grounds crew did with the remains, which have since been removed from the field. Kleypas was not available for comment.
“You don’t know if it’s human. Hopefully it’s not,” McElroy said. “Hopefully it’s someone’s long loved pet.”
Cremated remains can quickly kill the grass and contaminate the soil, so the turf and grounds crew removed the grass and two to three inches of soil at the spot Monday.
“People think this is the last resting place and I’m doing a good thing by putting out organic matter on the field, but it’s actually quite detrimental to the grass,” McElroy said.
We’d all like to leave a bit of us once we leave this earth in places that have some significance.
Like my mother in law, who’d like her ashes spread along the beach in Coney Island.
(Not a pleasant thought considering the number of “Coney Island Whitefish” found bobbing in the surf!)
Have you given any thought to where you’d like your ashes to be spread, and do you think it was creepy to leave cremated ashes of an Auburn fan on the football field after Saturday’s game?