A love-hate relationship

Updated: January 31, 2008, 5:06 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

The Ezell family's home sits along Charlotte's picturesque Camilla Drive, framed by towering oaks and green winter azaleas. Passersby would never guess that on the flip side of this postcard is a turf war, with 2-year-old Cole Ezell's future hanging in the balance. Father Ron is a third-generation Alabama fan who, on fall Saturdays, drives eight hours to Tuscaloosa with his family's season tickets in hand. Mom Laura is a 1996 Auburn grad, and her eyes sparkle at the mention of Bo, Cadillac and ...

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