OK, so I didn’t realize until I moved to Georgia just how nuts people in the South are for college football. Coming from the Bay Area, Cal and Stanford occasionally had good teams, but I can’t say I ever paid attention to them. But on any fall Saturday in Georgia, you’ll see people showing their college colors on T-shirts, hats, magnetic car decals, radio antenna pennants, house flags, etc. In the South, one is born into a family collegiate alliance and seldom does one switch allegiances.
If your team wins on Saturday, you’re happy all week. If it loses, you’re in a profound funk until kickoff next week. Incidents of domestic violence spike when the good ol’ alma mater loses.
So given these facts, people will do just about anything to get tickets to these games. That’s why the Lee County (Ala.) Sherriff’s Department nabbed nearly a dozen people suspected of unpaid child support using their college football habit as the bait. In Operation: Iron Snare in Opelika, the suspects were sent a letter saying they won two tickets to the Iron Bowl, the Auburn-Alabama rivalry game this year. All they had to do was show up with the letter and a photo ID. This video from the Opelika-Auburn News website shows it all going sideways for these deadbeat fans.