There is a 50-yard line separating these Alabama and UGA families’ homes.
LOGANVILLE, Ga. – We’ve all heard of neighborhood feuds with stories of people at war over the decor of their home or even what the paint color of their house might be. But for a Loganville neighborhood, that feud revolves around College football.
Brent Howard and Brian Bell kept things calm. Their families are close, they go to the same church, play soccer together and laugh almost every day.
But once it fell and turned, things got serious.
“Literally this time of year, we just subdivide our neighborhood,” says Bell.
And, he’s not figurative. There’s a 50-yard line separating Howard’s house from Bell’s house. The University of Georgia and Alabama mascots sat on opposite sides of the line, looking as if they were ready for battle.
The Bells live and breathe the Crimson Tide, while the Howards are fervent Dawgs fans. For both of them, their dedication to the team is a bond that has been linked through generations.
“My dad went to Georgia, I grew up being a Georgia fan,” Howard said.
Meanwhile, Bell proudly wears a pair of Alabama overalls found by his father.
For the mascots themselves, Bell hand painted the six-foot tall figures for the yard, while Howard purchased the paint and did the “filling in”.
The whole process takes about a day, and once it starts, the fun art of competition will attract people from all over the neighborhood.
Bell added: “It was fun to be able to share with each other, emphasizing that family rivalry is mostly fun….