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Faith pays off for Alabama fans

PASADENA, Calif. -- There's nothing like the faith of a college football fan, in particular an Alabama football fan.

Just ask Roy Dixon Jr., Shawn Taylor and Jimmy Messick, three die-hard Alabama fans from Phenix City, Ala.

They decided to drive all the way out to California on the leap of faith that they might be able to buy tickets for the Citi BCS National Championship Game out here. Keep in mind that some of these tickets are going for as much as $1,000 apiece.

Dixon and Taylor are high school football coaches, so what they could afford to pay for a ticket was limited.

As it turns out, their 2,300-mile drive wasn't for naught. Paul Finebaum told their story on his popular syndicated radio show, which can be heard all over the south, and it just so happens that former Alabama All-America defensive lineman Bob Baumhower heard about their plight.

Baumhower, a Pro Bowler with the Miami Dolphins and owner of a successful restaurant chain in Alabama, got into contact with Finebaum and overnighted four tickets to the Phenix City trio.

So they came with no tickets and now have one to spare.

There's something to be said for keeping the faith.