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Tiger tailgater trades his colors when Ole Miss plays

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BATON ROUGE - William Day is a key member of local tailgating krewe the Tigertown Mafia Tailgaters, but when Ole Miss come to town he trades his purple and gold for red, white and blue due to long-standing allegiance.

Day is a second generation Ole Miss football player who graduated from the Oxford, Mississippi university back in 1978. To say that college football runs deep in the man's family is an understatement as he even met his wife Lesley, a Golden Girl alumnus herself, at a game in 1977.

Like many houses in the region, it is split down the middle between devotion to the Tigers and Rebels. Day says he draws some flak from his fellow tailgaters in the Tigertown Mafia group, but he says the ribbing is all in sport.

"They make fun of me and I get a lot of the little remarks, but it's a good time. It's really a good time. Everybody understands that we got to stick with our true colors first, but then again, go Tigers and go Rebels." said Day, who was already setting up his spot ahead of tomorrow's huge game.

Despite his decision to remain true to his colors, Day says he expects tomorrow's meeting between the rival teams to be a close one. When the Crimson Tide comes to town, he says he'll be back in his Tiger gear.



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