Airport turns into a sea of blue and orange Monday morning

Sunny California never sounded so good to football fans doing their best to escape the Alabama deep freeze.

Joe Mims is retired and on a limited income. He had not budgeted for this trip to the West coast{}because he didn't expect it to happen. Mims, however, found a way. "Man, it's great!" Mims said. Mims believes{}Auburn can win. "All season I've said Auburn should lose, but they can win. I'm sticking with that."

The concensus among most California bound passengers{}was that Auburn will bring back the crystal trophy. "We're going to put holes in the Noles," Wayne Chancey predicted. Jason Beaver and his three sons beg to disagree. "I think the Seminoles have got it," Beaver said. "I think we will be the only happy ones on the way back."

Monday morning's delays and cancellations left some passengers in better moods than others. Maria Hodge's flight to California got canceled. She was going for job training. "There are other people here more devastated because they were going to see Auburn play," she explained. "I've seen some people in tears."

Eugene Morton and his friend Rick Harris expect to see a great game and then will fly overnight{}to be back at work Tuesday morning. Harris says the fact that Auburn made it to the championship game has nothing to do with luck. Instead, he says, "it's all preparation and opportunity coming together." This is Harris's first bowl game. His pal, Eugene Morton takes it all in stride.{}He said, "We're looking forward to another victory. We're going to bring the glass ball back home to the state for a fifth time."{}