Georgia-LSU game creates friendly rivalry at Watts house

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 28, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI/rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comFrank Watts, an assistant football coach at Northside High, played defensive end for the University of Georgia, and his wife, DaNae Lacy-Watts, was a student trainer for the LSU Tigers. Their daughter Laci, 2, wears either a UGA or LSU cheerleader outfit, depending on which team plays at home.


It has been an interesting week in the Watts house.

It started last Saturday when Frank Watts, a former defensive end for the University of Georgia, posted a picture of Bulldog running back Todd Gurley on his wife's Facebook page. DaNae Lacy-Watts responded like any good LSU graduate who spent three years as a student trainer with the Tiger football program would. She told her husband he was on his own for dinner the rest of the week.

Today, Frank and DaNae will be in Georgia's Sanford Stadium as his Bulldogs play her Tigers in a battle of Top 10 teams at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

"I fired the first shot," Frank said Friday.

Yes he did.

"We had set rules of engagement for the week," she said. "And one of those rules was no bad posts on the each other's Facebook pages."

A picture of the dominant Georgia running back before LSU had even taken care of business against Auburn constituted unsportsmanlike conduct.

It didn't take Frank long to figure out he blitzed when he should have been playing a little less aggressive. Frank used Laci, the couple's 2-year-old daughter, to make amends.

"When I got home Monday, he had her dressed in an LSU cheerleader outfit," DaNae said.

And, DaNae's family back in Bossier City, La., has gotten in on the game. Her father posted a picture of Laci in a Georgia cheerleader outfit.

"Of course, she was crying," DaNae said.

It's been that kind of week.

DaNae promises to proudly wear her purple and gold into Athens today.

"I have been in enemy territory before," she said.

DaNae is as connected to her football team as Frank is to his.

She has a connection to the current Tiger team, having known star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. since he was a baby.

"I have taped his daddy's ankles," DaNae said. "And I have changed his diapers."

Frank knows what it will be like today -- and he is ready for it.

"She's a crazy LSU fan," he said.

But he is not worried about her wearing her LSU colors and cheering for her team because he will be decked out in his red and black and barking.

"She'll be fine, and she can cheer away," he said. "I don't think any of my friends are going to disrespect my wife."

They have been married three years, and it was a push from DaNae that encouraged Frank to complete his college degree in educational psychology two years ago.

She has also encouraged the former Baker High standout to pursue his master's.

"She really has pushed me to get the degrees," Frank said.

On New Year's Eve, Frank went with DaNae to the LSU-Clemson Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

He wore purple and gold. And after a picture of a "Damn Good Dawg" in enemy colors was posted on Facebook, Frank heard from friends and former teammates.

"I am still hearing about it," he said.

DaNae is not worried about what others think, and she is still laughing about all the gruff he caught over the picture.

"I will tell you this, he may be a Dawg," she said, "but he's also a doggone good husband."

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