COLUMBIA — Alabama's "Crimson Tide" flooded downtown Columbia before Saturday's football game against Missouri.
Crimson Tide fans were eager to offer their insights on the Tigers' first year in the SEC. Dave and Martha Dougherty said Missouri fans are less intense. Alabama football fans' love for their team is ingrained at birth.
"Our lives revolve around football. Once it’s over, we’re looking forward to it again the next year," Martha Dougherty said. Even though the Doughertys live in Huntsville, Ala., they have a condo near the football stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Lifelong Alabama fans Leslie and Brenda East say most Crimson Tide fans aren’t realistic — they always expect to go undefeated.
"Mizzou fans don't have that expectation," Leslie East said.
MU students are quickly gaining a reputation for hospitality among visiting Southeastern Conference fans.
"All the students say 'Hi and welcome,'" Martha Dougherty said.
Even the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau demonstrates southern hospitality. While they have always welcomed football fans, the bureau now offer complimentary snacks to visitors.
While some traveling fans accuse Missouri fans of being too kind, others appreciate it.
"When you all rotate for the return visit," Alabama fan Peyton Powell said, "we would like you to come down to Tuscaloosa to show you some Southern hospitality."
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