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Iron Bowl Saturday!

Just for fun!

Today’s the day!  Either way in my family there will be cheers; I would say tears but I doubt it — either way!

Iron Bowl
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Iron Bowl is the name given to the Alabama–Auburn football rivalry.[1] It is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the football teams of the two largest public universities in the U.S. state of Alabama, the Auburn University Tigers and University of Alabama Crimson Tide, both charter members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The series is considered one of the most important football rivalries in the annals of American sports.[2][3]

As the rivalry was played in Birmingham, Alabama for many years at Legion Field, the name of the Iron Bowl comes from Birmingham’s historic role in the steel industry.[4] Auburn Coach Shug Jordan is credited with coining the rivalry game’s nickname as the “Iron Bowl” in a 1964 interview. Auburn coach Ralph Jordan was asked by reporters how he would deal with the disappointment of not taking his team to a bowl game, Jordan responded, “We’ve got our bowl game. We have it every year. It’s the Iron Bowl in Birmingham.”[5]

For much of the 20th century, the game was played every year in Birmingham at Legion Field, with Alabama winning 34 games and Auburn 19. Four games were played in Montgomery, Alabama, with each team winning two.[6] Since 2000, the games have been played at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn every odd-numbered year and at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa every even-numbered year. Auburn has a 9–5 record in games played at Jordan–Hare Stadium and a 7–4 record in games played in Tuscaloosa,[6] with 5 of those wins coming at Bryant-Denny.

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