College football fanaticism runs deep and it never goes away.
Tua Tagovailoa saw it Wednesday as he and his Miami Dolphins teammates left a practice ahead of Thursday’s game at Cincinnati.
A Cincinnati Bearcats fan yelled a not-so-nice four-letter word about “Bama” at Tagovailoa as he walked by. Tagovailoa replied with a big smile simply: “You lost for us.”
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The Bearcats fans posted the interaction on Twitter with a simple description: “Tua did us dirty.”
It wasn’t Tagovailoa that did the Bearcats wrong, though. Brian Robinson Jr., back in 2021, ran for a career-high 204 yards and Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young threw three touchdown passes as the Tide beat Cincinnati 27-6 in the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Cotton Bowl .
Meanwhile, the Dolphins and Bengals meet Thursday night in Cincinnati, and both are coming off important wins. The Dolphins are 3-0 after Sunday’s 21-19 win over Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Bengals were winless in their first two games, but dominated the Jets 27-12.
The short week didn’t come at a good time for the Dolphins quarterback, who has a sore back and ankle that have limited him in practice. Tagovailoa is listed as questionable. If he can’t go, backup Teddy Bridgewater will play.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.