Brett Lacey bleeds Husker Red. Anna Yeager is a die-hard Georgia Bulldogs fan.
After they decided to marry, their engagement picture featured each of them holding a school flag.
When the pictures were taken in November, Lacey said, the flags were meant to portray two families from a long way apart coming together.
Then the Huskers got matched up with Georgia in the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl.
“As soon as we found out, we looked at each other in silence,” Lacey said. “It's like, 'Here we go.'”
Lacey, who attended Ralston High School before earning a horticulture degree at Nebraska, met Yeager at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
He works for Landscapes Unlimited of Lincoln, which builds golf courses. Yeager got the same degree at Georgia and is on the nursery crew at Augusta.
They started dating 2Ĺ years ago when they worked on the same project. They're planning a beach wedding in Florida in June.
“I've taken her to Nebraska games, and she's taken me to Georgia games,” Lacey said.
It was a bit of a shock for both of them.
“The Georgia Bulldogs like to scream and yell and bark at people,” Lacey said.
Yeager, meanwhile, thinks Husker fans are too nice. And it's too quiet at games.
“Football is huge in the south. It's pretty much our main sport in Georgia,” she said. “It's just a tradition to enjoy all the festivities and what goes into the game.”
They won't be going to the bowl game, but they are planning a party. They'll fly both flags in front of their Georgia home.
Yeager loves to decorate, and Lacey said it's lucky that both teams have red as one of their school colors. Yeager has already repainted some flamingos in their back yard. Originally they were pink. Now they're red, white and black.
“If she wants a Georgia Bulldog somewhere, she knows she has to put a Nebraska Cornhusker right next to it,” Lacey said.
Lacey, 37, is looking forward to the game. There's just one little problem.
“Do you talk smack, or sit there and hope for the best?” he said. “She'll be happy if we win, but deep down inside, she'll be sitting on the other end of the couch or the other side of the room.”
They hope to have children some day, but that creates another thorny question: Will they be raised as Husker fans or Bulldog fans?
“It will depend on what team is better,” Lacey said. “It will be a fair-weather-raising-kid situation.”
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