“Roll Tide” knows no borders, not in the south, not in the United States, not in the world.
Late-night host Conan O’Brien, host of Conan on TBS, found that out while in Jerusalem, Israel filming another edition of his special episodes, Conan Without Borders. The host and his crew visited The Heart of Dixie Alabama store one night during their trip.
Take a look at a variety of photos from their visit via Benyamin Cohen of From the Grapevine here.
Cohen reports that the store owner is 1989 Alabama graduate Hani Imam, who “opened the store in 1995 to honor his alma mater. It is believed to be the only shop in Jerusalem dedicated entirely to an American university.”
Conan and his team shot footage from inside the store for a little under 10 minutes, according to Cohen, and Imam had a good time taking shots at the host, who graduated from Harvard.
“Harvard people are snobby,” he said. “Alabama students are more down to earth. Harvard is a good school, but they can’t play football. They don’t have time for it.”
Conan, smartly, did not fire much back, knowing he didn’t have much evidence to back him up.
“Conan is indeed a Harvard man, which is why he wisely steered clear of any football trash talk,” Jose Arroyo, one of the show’s writers, told Cohen. “It’s harder for a Harvard football player to get into the University of Alabama end zone than it is for a University of Alabama football player to get into Harvard.”
According to Cohen, Arroyo says that footage from the shop is in the running to appear in the final cut of the show, Conan Without Borders: Israel, which will air on TBS on Sept. 19.