No Walt, We Were Not
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox took some heat on Twitter after Auburn's NCAA super regional win sending the Tigers to the College World Series on Monday night. The now-infamous Tweet from the Druid City's longtime mayor claimed that the city's residents were all watching in support of the University of Alabama's historic rival, fighting words for some of the Crimson Tide faithful.
Here's Maddox's full Tweet from Monday night:
"This morning, at the Big 10 Mayor’s Meeting, I told Mayor @ronanders2020 that we were all @AuburnBaseball fans tonight. We know this means so much to @CityofAuburnAL and to you as an avid @al_auathletics fan. Congrats!"
While Maddox may have meant the message to be congratulatory to his colleague, Auburn Mayor Ron Anders, most Alabama fans took exception to the notion that they were "all" pulling for one of their school's biggest rivals.
Many Tuscaloosa residents and Alabama fans from around the state were left puzzled by the support. Tide 100.9 radio host and Alabama sports media personality Ryan Fowler asked, "Has someone hacked the mayor’s account?"
Former Alabama basketball player and current Crimson Tide Sports Network analyst Bryan Passink echoed the sentiments of many Bama fans in his response, adding, "It’s not often a politician on Twitter can 100% unite people but after reading the comments you’ve done it."
Maddox, who was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, has been the city's mayor since October of 2005. He graduated within walking distance of the University of Alabama from Central High School in 1991 and continued his education while playing college football at UAB.
Auburn's appearance in the 2022 College World Series marks the program's sixth trip to Omaha, Nebraska to play for a title in its history.