Clemson, Alabama fans take over Clearwater for beach bash

National Championship Beach Bash

CLEARWATER -- The Clearwater Beach Bash had fans, fire and football.

Clemson and Alabama fans packed Florida’s most popular beach to support their teams and have a good time.

"I came down here when I was on spring break 30 years ago and now I’m back here, I just turned 50 so it’s great to be a tiger," said Clay Lowder, who attended Clemson. 

You won’t find better fans than guys like Clay. His dad played baseball at Clemson and that sparked three generations of Tigers in the family.

Florida greeted them with cold weather, but it allowed him to wear his favorite Clemson pants. 

"We wanted it to be a little warmer, but we don’t care. Wherever the Tigers play -- wind, sleet or snow -- we will go. That’s what our coach says."

On the Crimson tide side, we met Reid Lavine.

"It's awesome, I'm pumped," Lavine said. 

He’s a current student and the only one in his family to go there, but now they all Roll Tide.

"It’s awesome, we’re loving every minute of his life," Reid's mom said. 

How did they feel about this weather?

"Like home in Virginia. It’s still warmer than it it is at home, it’s snowing at home."

And, fans got a chance to watch some football before Monday’s big game, a celebrity flag football match.

It included some ESPN personalities and retired linebacker Takeo Spikes. However, the biggest names were the coaches, Jesse Palmer and Cedric the Entertainer.

"It’s a little chilly this weekend, but it’s alright. They know how to do big sports events [in Tampa], we’ve been down here many times -- Super Bowl and other things.


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