Wednesday's Sugar Bowl will be especially sweet for one Wesley Chapel family with ties to both teams.
Brotherly love will be tested for Kamran and Hunter Joyer. The Wesley Chapel High School graduates are Sugar Bowl-bound. Kam plays on Louisville's offensive line and Hunter is a fullback for the Florida Gators.
We caught up with their number one fan, mom Kirsten Joyer, over the phone about first finding out about the family feud.
"I was elated and horrified all at the same time. At first I thought, 'Yay! That's great.' Then I thought, 'Oh no! Who do I root for?' " Joyer laughed.
She says the brothers have been battling it out in the family room and on the football field since they were toddlers...and the trash talking isn't stopping now.
"Kam kept reminding Hunter, 'I knocked you in the dust when you were in high school, remember that?' Hunter keeps saying, 'Gator bait! You're going to be Gator bait!' " she said.
Whichever way the game goes, fans back home in Wesley Chapel say they have two winners. Family friends are holding a watch party at Beef O' Brady's, renaming the game the "Joyer Bowl". Family friend Howie Dewitt hopes that Kam pulls off a scheme to share the field at the same time as his brother.
"Perhaps they can put him on special teams, so there might be an opportunity. We're really hoping for it, but we're not holding our breath," Dewitt said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, mom already resolved the real game changer: what to wear alongside 19 family members in the stands.
"It's a white shirt that incorporates both colors so we're just going to go with that," Joyer smiled.
Wednesday's watch party at the Wesley Chapel Beef O' Brady's has special meaning for another local family: 15% of the proceeds during the party will go toward the family of Aaron Klingebiel, a Weightman Middle School student who is currently being treated for a brain tumor.
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