It's not quite the live preseason scrimmage between Auburn and Alabama our Dennis Dodd proposed as a quick -- and highly lucrative -- fundraiser for tornado victims this past May. But it might be the next-best thing.
Planners with the relief organization "HeartinDixie Foundation" have announced a flag football game to be played between Tide and Tiger football alumni in Hoover Aug. 13. The game will be part of a three-day weekend of activities to raise money for the Foundation, a "non-profit organization comprised of Alabama and Auburn supporters united in relief efforts following the April 27 tornadoes."
Though rosters for the two teams have yet to be finalized, some of the legends from either side scheduled to appear during the weekend will be Auburn's Bo Jackson, Pat Dye and Joe Cribbs and Alabama's Gene Stallings, Bobby Humphrey and Cornelius Bennett. The athletic directors at both schools have lent their support to the project:
"HeartinDixie is a chance to show the nation and the world that we are united and committed in helping Alabama rebuild and recover," Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "We learn the most about each other in difficult times, and what we have learned about Alabamians since the devastating tornadoes is that what binds us together is much bigger than what sets us apart."
Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore described the weekend of events as a "unique opportunity" to assist the state.
"While the world has moved on, we still have much work to do," Moore said in a statement. "Events such as this not only serve as a reminder that we still have much to do, but also provides us with an opportunity to come together to accomplish a single goal."
Of course, once the game begins, we're going to be looking at two teams made up of dedicated athletes with fierce Auburn and Alabama ties working towards very different goals. It could get interesting ... which is why it's probably also going to raise a sizable chunk of money for an excellent cause.