Alabama senators settle Iron Bowl wager with hat presentation

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The 2014 legislative session began Tuesday with the settling of a wager, and some echoes of the Iron Bowl.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, an Auburn fan, and Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, who roots for Alabama, placed a friendly bet before the Nov. 30 clash between the historic rivals. If Alabama won, Marsh would wear an Alabama cap for the first hour of the first day of the session; if Auburn won, Bedford would have to put on an Auburn chapeau.

The back and forth game ended with Auburn’s Chris Davis returning a missed field goal 100 yards, giving the Tigers a 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide and sending them to the SEC championship.

“Auburn won fair and square,” Bedford said on the floor of the Senate Tuesday. “It took me a minute to realize it, but they did.”

While Marsh wore a standard Auburn baseball cap, he had something else in mind for Bedford, producing a giant orange eagle for Bedford to wear.

“To be a good sport, I brought my hat, and I just happened to have a(nother) nice hat,” Marsh said, presenting the eagle cap to Bedford.

Bedford praised Auburn, saying he rooted for them in every game “except the last,” and said he accepted it in good humor. Marsh, in turn, called Bedford a good sport.

The rules of the Seante had to be suspended briefly to allow hats to be worn on the floor.

– posted by Brian Lyman

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