You can understand fans being upset when their favorite team loses. Most of us sulk, curse and maybe even throw the clicker at the television set.
We might even get mad at fans of the other team and say things we later regret, although none of us had anything to do with the outcome of the game. But in the state of Alabama ... fans go over the top.
To start with, Alabama and Auburn fans really hate each other. Elections are won and lost according to which university a candidate pulls for. Centuries-old trees are poisoned. People go to jail because their dislike for one another’s team goes far beyond innocent pranks. And last week, in probably the worse case of an outraged fan’s reaction to a loss, a University of Alabama fan shot and KILLED another University of Alabama fan because the fan wasn’t upset enough about their last-second loss to Auburn. Unbelievable!
Did I mention that these were women? Ever notice that women sometimes can be as loud and obnoxious as any man?
I used to think fans rioting and overturning cars in the streets after their teams won national championships (usually in places like LA and Detroit) was bad enough, but this takes the cake! And these women pulled for the SAME team.
I noticed on the Internet another incident where a waiter in a restaurant was stiffed by his Alabama customers after saying he was proud for Auburn because they probably would have lost in overtime. A handwritten note on the restaurant bill said “don’t talk about being proud of Auburn to an Alabama fan! ... There’s your tip.” In the tip space was written “Roll Tide.” The waiter later said he was actually a Virginia Tech fan and didn’t pull for Auburn. The Internet story also said he took a lighthearted shot at the customers who couldn't spare him a few bucks. "I think it was the girl who wrote the tip unless those Nick Saban fans have really girly handwriting," he joked. There you go with those women again.
By the way, this incident happened in Kingsport, Tenn. Go figure.
So you see, we Seminoles and Gators in these parts are down right civil compared to our brethren just across the state line. There’s always some ribbing going on but most of it’s good natured. I don’t think there’s a lot of deep-down hatred between the two sides. Besides, our neighbors, co-workers, parents, siblings and even spouses may pull for the other side. If we can’t live with that, life sure is going to be lonely.
Sports and favorite teams are fun and exciting but they definitely aren’t worth getting killed over.