Alabama fans celebrate Sugar Bowl win, rush to buy specialty merchandise


The Alabama football team celebrated a New Year's Day win at the Sugar Bowl ahead of a face-off with the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship game Monday.

Some of the fans said they were nervous about whether the Crimson Tide would pull off the win, but once they did, they couldn't wait to get their hands on some of the specialty gear ahead of the big game.

"I thought it'd be closer than that, but hopefully we can beat Georgia the same way," Scott Tubbs said.

Younger fans like Caroline and Jack Campbell were just excited for another week to watch football.

"Georgia and Alabama, two southern teams going at it," Jack Campbell said, "I like it."

Scott Patterson was already checking out the national championship gear at Academy Sports and Outdoors. He believed it was Da'Ron Payne who led The Tide to victory.

"He showed out, I just laughed my head off when I saw that big boy running," Patterson said, "[They] had to horse collar him to bring him down."

If Alabama does win in the national championship, Academy said they will reopen their doors to sell commemorative memorabilia Monday night.

"I will probably be in line to get the new shirt," Scott Tubbs said, "I've got all the rest of them."

Academy Manager Tim Fischer was already planning for a big crowd.

"We're going to win next week, so when they come, we'll open the doors and as soon as we know they have won and it's official, they'll come in and we'll get them taken care of."

A spokesperson for the football team told ABC 33/40 Tuesday was a rest day for the players, but they'll be busy getting ready to meet Georgia Monday night in Atlanta.

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