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Football fever hits local area
The flags are flying -- and many fans are already sporting their team colors.
It's almost time for college football season and most folks are more than ready.
No one is more excited for kickoff than local business owners who cater to the football crowds.
It's Christmas in late summer for Florida-Bama Fever owner Tom Dwier.
"Like a light switch, middle of August it turns on....the fever is here in full swing."
Dwier says college football frenzy translates to more traffic, higher sales...upbeat customers.
We wondered -- is it the calendar change...Slight weather shift...Or habit that triggers the spirit??
Angie Sapp/Super Football Fan; "Yes, it's all of the above. It's the anticipation right now. We're undefeated. I can hardly wait. It's the best time of the year."
Local sports talk radio host Tommy Thrall is beginning his second season of football in the south.
He says interest in intense year round, but beginning this week, it's all most folks want to discuss.
"Constantly, that's what everybody wants to know. Can Alabama really three peat like everyone thinks they can.?"
Buck Mitchell/Seville Quarter; "For the last two months we've had customers come in and go, we have two more months to go, we've got a month to go."
Seville Quarter's Buck Mitchell says he loves the loyalty of the fans and their rowdy camaraderie.
For 26 years team watch parties have been bread and butter business for the complex.
"Saturday's in Downtown Pensacola can be a little slow...Not during football season."
"All about the U baby!"
Dwier says no matter who wins it all this season...It's a historic year for college football.
"This being the final BCS, so whoever wins this will always be known as the winner of the final BCS Champion."
As a fan and a business man -- he's hoping for the SEC BCS streak to keep on rolling.