Iron Bowl splits some families

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

The rivalry divides homes &045; at least for a while.

Just ask the Ingrams. Sara Ingram is an Auburn fan. Her husband, Stephen, is an Alabama fan. Their 2-year-old is, well, it depends on which parent you ask.

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Mommy goes the other way.

The rivalry began in February 1893 with the first meeting of the schools in Birmingham at Lakeview Park. Early sportswriters called it the best game ever played in the state of Alabama. There were 2,000 spectators present, according to historians.

There may be 2,000 people on the sidelines of this year’s contest.

Auburn is riding its longest winning streak in the series &045; five in a row. Some Alabama fans say, despite the streak, the Tide has the Tigers’ number this year.

Alabama leads the series 38-32-1. Regardless, Myron Smith knows what team he’s pulling for. After all, his birth certificate says Auburn. His engineering degree has Auburn on it.

&8220;I’m going to be disappointed if my team doesn’t win. But, we’ll see. I’m going to do the game at home on TV with family and friends.&8221;