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Phillip's blog: Healthy or hateful?

A football game of great importance rushes ever closer. For Auburn, Friday’s Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium is an opportunity to move within one game of playing for a national championship. For Alabama, it’s an opportunity to hold on to the state championship for another year, to perhaps squeeze into a BCS bowl game.

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor,

It will be one of the bigger games ever played in our state. But remember while the game is being played …

Young men and women the same ages as those playing game are fighting and dying in on the other side of the world.

While we await the next play with anticipation, there are parents in this land of plenty who will be wondering how they are going to feed their children and keep a roof over their heads.

While fans make plans to attend bowl games, thousands who have lost their jobs fear the foreclosure notice will be in the mail.

Friday’s Iron Bowl ought to be a celebration of all that is good, a celebration of the dedication and determination of the young men who will perform in front of a crowd of more than 100,000. But will it be?

Or will it be an ugly scene that shows what is not so good about our state’s passion for football. Will it be about healthy competition or will it be about hate? Will it be about pride that millions across the nation will be focused on our state or will it be about adults ridiculing college students who happen to play for the other team?

There’s no game bigger than the Iron Bowl for those who play. They compete with ferocity, give all they have and respect each other when it’s over.

It’s sad that so many fans can’t do the same.

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