Speak Out: Disgusted with the hatred, anger over the Iron Bowl
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Dec 02, 2013 | 1684 views |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After seeing “grown-ups” acting the way they have on both sides of the Alabama-Auburn fence today — actually, over many years, but I guess it boiled to a head today — I am sickened to admit that I pull for either team.

It’s a game between two universities that 99.99 percent of us never played a down of football for, and it causes such hatred, anger, arrogance and pain. I would rather that they ban it completely for all youth and school levels. If this is what being a sports fan or a college supporter is supposed to be about, count me out.

I have had friends and family shed blood, fight and die in wars, as most of us have. I have had friends die way too young and family leave way too soon. We live in a country that is being eaten away with treason, immorality and indifference.

Ask someone you know that served in Vietnam, the Gulf Wars or Afghanistan, who carried their best friend back to their base in pieces, how much that football game means. Ask that child who lost their mom or dad, or that parent who lost their child, how much that game means.

The friendly ribbing, lighthearted joking and cutting up with friends is fine. Death threats, actual fights breaking out and so on is pathetic.

Congratulations to both teams on great seasons this year, and congratulations to Auburn for a well-earned win. But if this is how people have to act over a game that most of us played as kids for fun, I guess I will just “take my ball and go home.”

Greg Ford
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