COLUMBIA — Mike and Kathy Bold are ready for their Tigers to take home the SEC championship on Saturday.
There's just one problem — they're cheering for different Tigers.
Mike Bold, MU class of '81, met his wife, Kathy, Auburn class of '86, working at a newspaper in Sacramento. They live near Washington, D.C., now, but they are still loyal to their alma maters.
Kathy said they were both shocked when their teams made it as rivals to the SEC Championship Game.
"My first thought was 'Let's have a party and have fun with it,' rather than a rivalry," she said.
All hope of a party was crushed when they looked at the calendar — it conflicted with their 13-year-old son's swim meet.
"We're going to try to watch some parts somehow," Mike said. "We both know not to push this too far."
For the past few days, Kathy has been figuring out how to live-stream the action. If that fails, she said, she's going to beg someone at the pool to find the game on TV.
She said she'll be wearing orange and navy in any event, and wants her two kids to do the same. Each has an Auburn sweatshirt she bought several years ago.
"I've been trying to get them to wear them to stick it to their dad," she said. "If we had a Mizzou one, we'd make them take sides."
Mike, on the other hand, said he likes to keep evidence of his school spirit more subtle.
"My son's swim-team colors are black and white," he said. "So at least I'll have the black."
Although Mike won't admit it, Kathy said it can get heated in their household.
"We're pretty competitive at board games," she said "We're not the kind of parents who let our kids win, but we won't be hostile."
The couple agrees the score will be close. Mike predicts MU will prevail 28-27. Kathy is looking for Auburn to win 27-24.
But they're not putting down any serious bets.
"Whoever loses might just have to drive to the next swim lessons," she said.