the iron bowl.


If you’re a sports fan, an Alabamanian, or married to a sportsfan or an Alabamanian then you know that last weekend residents of our great state had a little civil war reenactment. No, not that civil war. (Although an alarming number Alabamanians like to do that too). No, last Saturday we celebrated the annual day when sports fans in our state divide brutally down the middle and battle almost to the death but most certainly to the forfeiture of all pride and dignity — the Iron Bowl. It’s a beautiful thing.

Our little neighborhood crew is split quite nicely down the middle with two families pulling for Alabama and the other two (wiser) families standing behind the BCS ranked #1 Auburn Tigers. If you’re a football fan or an Alabamanian then you already know what happened last weekend. If you’re neither of those things then you probably don’t care. Suffice it to say the Cobbs left happy. And really, does anything else matter?

About 4 months ago the men of our compound decided that a huge Iron Bowl event was in order. And by “huge” I mean bouncehouse, 

event tent, 

temporary orange fencing  (to secure  the “Cam Newton Pay-for-Play Children’s Area”),

 and, well, a port-a-potty. SEC football fans don’t mess around. Make a note.

All the usual suspects were there.


Along with a few, um, invested fans…

We’ve also recently added a couple of local outcasts to our group — Tennessee fans.

Which of course explains their jovial spirits. When your team has nothing left to play for you can focus on what really matters – color coordinating your outfits and taking BYOB very, very seriously.

We were also lucky to have much of our family in attendance. Like my Dad (the Alabama fan) and my FIL (the Auburn fan)…

And my stepdad (the cigar fan)…

(Yes, that is my stepdad lighting my Dad’s cigar. And yes, that is bizarre and delightful all rolled into one. Get it? “Rolled into one”? Oh, nevermind.)

There was much pre-game camaraderie thanks to Brian’s pancake griddle and pitcher of mimosas, but once the game started so did the war.

In the end the game came be summed up this way:

The first half went something like this for the Auburn fans…

But the second half left the Alabama fans feeling like this…

Which means this Auburn family left the party,

feeling like this:                            


AmyJDecember 1, 2010 - 9:21 pm

Fun post!!! GREAT party!!!
Your compound has some seriously mad partying skills.
I think E must have been upset about wearing a red jacket (on this day) – ha!!!

DonnaDecember 1, 2010 - 9:34 pm

I have been a War Eagle for most of my 48 years. Through good and bad and I am SO happy they are UNDEFEATED!!! Go Tigers! My best memory is being elementary school age (don’t remember the year) and listening to them on the radio when they beat ‘Bama 17-16 by blocking 2 punts (or something like that). It was so awesome that they made a 45 record (are you old enough to remember those) and called it “4th Quarter.” It was AWESOME!

Lorena MoraDecember 1, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Looks like some fun competitive get together. Love it!

GramaDecember 2, 2010 - 7:02 am

It was a fun party, indeed! And the end was the best part!!! (that, and B-Ro taking a much-needed nap in the middle of it all!)

KellyDecember 2, 2010 - 7:56 am

Erin, You know I love you so I’m going to pretend that this post (and that game) never happened! 🙂 Looks like a fun time though!

LaraDecember 2, 2010 - 8:03 am

This weekend was the big WVU-Pitt rivalry game, too! (The Backyard Brawl, it’s called.) It was decidedly more lopsided than the Iron Bowl, BUT earlier this season, we played our in-state “rival” (WVU fans argue that it’s only a “rivalry” if the teams trade wins) with Marshall University. It was just 2 short weeks after my wedding, and, well, I’m a WVU fan and my hubs is a Marshall fan. The game was played at Marshall this year. The first half was demoralizing for WVU fans. We were the Auburn of that game. It really looked like Marshall was going to win — finally. My husband was SO excited. Oh, and did I mention the part where Marshall’s new head coach had just left WVU, where he had been an incredible recruiter for the ‘Eers? Yeah. The first 3 1/2 quarters were MIS.ER.ABLE. And then, about half-way through the 4th quarter, WVU rallied. They tied the game up at 21 in the LAST SECONDS and then won on a field goal in overtime. Let me tell you, it was NOT an enjoyable win for a few reasons… Anyway, we went back to our hotel after the Backyard Brawl and caught the Iron Bowl. Definitely one for the ages!!!

AnonymousDecember 2, 2010 - 8:18 am


Kathryn ReynoldsDecember 2, 2010 - 8:43 am

Mmmm… sorry. I love you and your blog, but ROLL TIDE!!!!

heather mayberryDecember 2, 2010 - 10:56 am

ok, this is funny. i was going to email you today, because i feel like i can finally talk about it. i am an alabama fan. my husband’s family hails from birmingham and his grandfather graduated from there. needless to say, sad game for us. good for y’all. awesome for the sec. in that i can say war eagle! great post. the party looked like fun!

NatalieDecember 2, 2010 - 12:43 pm

That was some game! And your party looked like a lot of fun too! 🙂

ellen pattonDecember 2, 2010 - 3:00 pm

My brother’s first journalism job out of college was in Scottsboro, AL and he used to talk about the rivalry (and say “War DAMN Eagle”).

RhondaDecember 2, 2010 - 3:57 pm

War CAM Eagle!

JenniferDecember 2, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Man you people really know how to Par-Tay! I love it!! But I will confess, for some reason I always find it odd when I see people in the South bundled up. I’m not sure why I seem think it’s always warm there!!

Aunt LuDecember 2, 2010 - 5:11 pm

I don’t even like football and I watched this game…WAR EAGLE BABY!!!

Terry D,December 2, 2010 - 5:35 pm

Our Civil War is this weekend and if University of Oregon beats Oregon State, we will be meeting you Auburners (is that a word?) in the BCS game in January.

Can’t wait! keep your fingers crossed we meet.

KyraDecember 2, 2010 - 7:58 pm

This post almost makes me want to move to Alabama…at least for the neighborhood parties!!!! (And, Jennifer as a Yankee transplant in the South, I’ll let you in on a little secret–sometimes Southerners like to dress like it’s cold when it really isn’t!!!! Although, I can’t speak to these specific Southerners 😉

AmyDecember 2, 2010 - 10:07 pm

Port-a-potty!? Seriously! I’m equal parts impressed, amazed, and thinking you guys have gone off the deep end.

Great shots, btw! Poor B-Ro. If he wasn’t so adorable with those tears I’d almost feel bad for him!

TinaDecember 3, 2010 - 12:05 am

How fun…I’m going to side with your dad here, losses & wins I say “Roll tide!” But as a graduate of UA, I’m sure you understand! We can still be friends! 😉

Jenny ChapmanDecember 7, 2010 - 2:10 pm

I know that neon Auburn sign!

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