Local Tide fans on their way to south Florida for BCS championship game
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 05, 2013 | 4449 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeremy Barrentine, Jeremy Graves, Jason Hartley and Curt Thomasson have attended the last two BCS championship games Alabama has played in, and they are hoping for the same results this time. The group is leaving today headed to south Florida. Photo by: Ron Harris
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Beth Adderhold practically had her bags packed for Pasadena in 2010 to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide face the Texas Longhorns for the BCS championship.

The Sumiton resident was unable to make the trip at the last minute because she had to have her tonsils removed.

This year, Adderhold received free tickets to Monday’s game in Miami only to wake up three days before departure with a sore throat.

“Everybody I know is bringing me medicine because I refuse to miss another game,” Adderhold said Thursday afternoon.

Adderhold is attending the game with her friend, Christal Hoagland, who got the tickets as a Christmas gift.

Other Walker County residents are digging deep to watch the historic Alabama-Notre Dame match-up in person.

“In my 22 years of going to Alabama games, this has been the most expensive ticket ever,” said Ted Killingsworth of Jasper, who paid $1,000 per seat for his family to be in the middle of the Alabama section for the 2013 championship game.

Killingsworth will be in Miami Monday with his wife, Lisa, sons Wesley and Ryan, and Ryan’s girlfriend, Angie.

The group decided to drive down instead of fly in an effort to cut some of the expense.

Alabama football has been a family affair for the Killingsworths since Ted bribed a date out of Lisa with a UA ticket.

Ted Killingsworth was present when Alabama won the national championship against Miami in the 1993 Sugar Bowl and traveled to Pasadena in 2010. He and his family also cheered on the Tide in New Orleans last January.

Killingsworth feels good about Alabama’s chances for back-to-back championships.

“With the layoff that we’ve had, you never know what team is going to show up, but I do feel really confident because Alabama has been there and done that,” Killingsworth said.

However, even if the luck of the Irish somehow prevails Monday night, he won’t regret the money he spent on the game.

“It’s worth every penny because we love Alabama football and it’s a good family trip,” Killingsworth said.

Jeremy Graves, of Jasper Auto Sales, and several of his friends are making the trip to Miami. Graves went to Pasadena in 2010 and New Orleans in 2012. He said he is superstitious when it comes to supporting the Crimson Tide, even to the point of contacting the Daily Mountain Eagle.

“We had our picture taken and were in the paper last year and in 2010, and Alabama won both times,” he said. “I felt like we had to do that again.”

John and Jessica Brasfield of Dora will be sitting on the lower level sidelines at Sun Life Stadium Monday night. The couple also attended the championship games in Pasadena and New Orleans.

John Brasfield said Thursday that with a price tag of approximately $10,000 for tickets, lodging and transportation combined, this trip is shaping up to be the most expensive of the three.

“It’s hard to say that it’s a once in a lifetime chance when you’ve already been twice, but who’s to say when we’ll play Notre Dame again or that it won’t be another 20 years before we get back there,” Brasfield said. “Each time you’re there, it’s potentially the last time in a long time.”