Whenever you have the kind of rivalry that Alabama and Auburn have and you have the kind of finish its Iron Bowl football game had Saturday, emotions and tempers are going to run high.
In Alabama, an innocent postgame meal got contentious between diner and server as the diner, an Alabama fan, was listening to the server, an Auburn fan, chirp about the Tigers’ miracle win.
When the check arrived, the Alabama fan didn’t tip the server. Instead, the bill had the following message where the spot for the tip was: “Don’t talk about being proud of Auburn to an Alabama fan. There’s your tip!” As an addendum, the diner wrote “Roll Tide!” on the bill, which was a whopping $20.25.
OK, so the server got stiffed. But that’s better than the woman who got shot because she wasn’t sad enough over the Crimson Tide’s loss. Or those trees that uber-Bama fan Harvey Updyke tried to eliminate in 2010.
■ MORE RIVALRY NONSENSE — Doing stupid things isn’t the exclusive domain of Auburn and Alabama. Florida and Florida State also are prone to bouts of knuckleheadedness in the guise of school loyalty.
According to the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, after the Seminoles had trounced the Gators in Gainesville on Saturday, a Florida State fan was arrested for allegedly threatening a group of Florida fans with a machete outside a Gainesville bar.
Brant Brown, 27, who police claim was intoxicated at the time, initially tried to intervene during an argument between a man and a woman inside the bar. Things escalated from there, and Brown challenged all the Gators fans in the bar to step outside.
The cops were called, and before Brown could do his version of the Tomahawk Chop, he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.
■ PEYTON DECLINES — Who wouldn’t want to have Peyton Manning attend their wedding? A couple of Broncos fans who are going to tie the knot invited the Denver quarterback to their wedding.
And while they probably didn’t think they had any shot, Manning responded. He respectfully declined the couple’s invitation, but he signed the response card “Best Wishes, Peyton Manning.”
Perhaps the couple would have had better luck had they invited Peyton’s brother Eli, who will have a longer offseason since the Giants aren’t going to make the playoffs.
■ DELTA FORCE — The Florida men’s basketball team was in a bind Sunday. The Gators were trying to get to Connecticut for a nationally televised game Monday, but their charter was broken. Delta Air Lines came to the rescue, though it was at the expense of about 50 passengers.
Delta Flight 5059 initially was going to Atlanta. But suddenly, it became a charter aircraft, and it was headed to Hartford, Conn. Delta had to rebook the passengers, some of whom did not get to their destinations until Monday. They received the usual travel vouchers for their inconvenience along with being put on different flights.
As for coach Billy Donovan’s 15th-ranked Gators, they eventually made it to Storrs on time but lost a 65-64 thriller to 12th-ranked UConn.
COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL