The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 24, 2012

Mayors of Auburn, Tuscaloosa place bets on game


Associated Press

— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The mayors of Auburn and Tuscaloosa have something riding on the outcome of this year's Iron Bowl.

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox made a friendly wager on Saturday's game between Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

Ham will make a contribution to the city of Tuscaloosa's tornado recovery fund if the No. 2 Crimson Tide beats unranked Auburn.

Maddox will make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County if the Tigers pull off an upset and defeat Alabama.

Bet or not, Tuscaloosa will get a big economic shot from tens of thousands of football fans being in town for the game. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. CST at Bryant-Denny Stadium.