Iron Bowl is More than a Football Game – It’s About Southern Pride

Tomorrow is one of the biggest days of the year for Alabama and Auburn fans.  A fan base that hates each other so much, the weeks are now titled: Alabama Hate Week or Auburn Hate Week.  This is one of the biggest rivalries in all of the South.  So much so that it has become known as the Iron Bowl.

This year they are playing in Tuscaloosa, giving the Crimson Tide the home field advantage.  As we speak, tailgates are being set up all over campus.  Fans are ready to leave the comfort of their homes and go brave the cold breeze to watch these two fight it out on the gridiron tomorrow.

The New York Times recently reported that Alabama has the highest concentration of college football.  Of course, everyone has a team that is THEIR team, however, here in Alabama, we do things a little differently when it comes to college football.  It’s more like a religion for us.  We take it that serious.

Faith, Family, Friends & Football

When a child is born her parents immediately start teaching her the “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle” chants.  Some people even name their kids things like “Crimson” or “Pat” in honor of their beloved teams.  And I can’t tell you how many dogs I know that are named “Bama” or “Bo”.  The love for our school runs deep here in the South.  It’s in our blood, our DNA, it’s one of the very first things we are taught as kids.

When you start grade school you ask every kid you see “Who you go for?”  (That’s Southern for “Are you an Alabama fan or an Auburn fan) and they proudly exclaim “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle” to which you decide to punch them in the face OR you become best friends.  It’s that important to us.

Most fans think that this game is more important than any other.  You hear things like “I don’t care if we win a game all year as long as we beat Auburn.”  And it’s true.  Bama fans can take a beating and keep on ticking and there have been some tough years along the way.  However, if the Crimson Tide beats the Auburn Tigers, everything is right in the world…for another 364 days.

What’s at stake tomorrow is the bragging rights for the rest of the year.  Also, if Alabama can beat the Tigers, they will secure their place in the College Football Playoffs and the SEC Championship game as well.  If they continue to win, they will play for the National Championship.

Lots on the line tomorrow folks, be sure to wear your lucky shirt!

Roll Tide!

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