True story, just happened:
Stopped by the grocery store for gametime victuals. The cashier looked to be late 50s, early 60s. Something about her earrings caught my eye. Stared at one. Then the other. ROLL TIDE, they said.
"Alabama?" I asked. "I saw your earrings."
"Why, yes," she replied sweetly.
"I'm from Mississippi," I said.
"Ole Miss or Mississippi State?" she asked.
"State," I said. "Y'all always beat up on us."
And then I could have sworn I saw the kind of faint smile that said, "And we always will."
-- R. Trentham Roberts