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There are some wonderful, beautiful, special things even in people that sometimes make your blood boil, like people who insist your planner is stupid, people who put the toilet paper roll on upside down, and Bama football fans.
Okay, I lost a bet.
I wagered on Saturday's LSU versus Alabama football game, and LSU lost in a humiliating defeat! My promise? To post something positive about Bama on Tuesday's Off Topic blog post.
You know I wouldn't be singing Bama's praises (or capitalizing the word "bama") on my blog otherwise.
You see, I remember being 5 years old and listening to LSU football games on the radio. I remember sitting in the stadium, watching LSU win a National Championship, with Alabama's current coach, Nick Saban, at the helm. I earned four different degrees at LSU. I dragged my husband to his first LSU game, in an empty stadium (because LSU, in the early 90s, sucked). I refused to leave until the game was over.
I am a lifetime LSU fan.
All week, my Louisiana friends posted memes about how people in Alabama don't have teeth, or wisdom, or class.
The thing is...the Crimson Tide fans do have teeth, wisdom, and class!
At least, the people that I know who are Bama fans (like my friend who volunteered to model for the picture in this post) are wonderful.
One fan happens to be one of my all-time favorite bloggers. We work together all the time and she has never been less than kind, smart, and friendly.
Another family that I know have given me a standing invitation to crash at their house in Mobile.
My best friend's sweet, wonderful parents? Bama fans.
All week, they took (and gave) a friendly ribbing.
During the game, they showed respect for the rules and only teased a bit when LSU got behind.
And since the game, nobody has bragged or tried to hurt my feelings.
Sometimes - and not just in football - we get so caught up in rivalries that we forget there are people behind those computer screens or faces.
Remember that there are people on the other side of the screen.
People who value things that are completely opposite of what you value have good qualities, if you just stop and look.
Congrats, Alabama fans! We were out-coached and out-played, but you stayed classy.
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