Thursday, August 23, 2007
“Football, football, Ole SEC Football. It brushes your teeth; it combs your hair; It makes you feel like a millionaire! Football, football, Ole SEC Football.”
Some of you probably recognize the paraphrase of “Street Cries, Street Cries, Ole Southern Street Cries.”
With the start of the SEC season a scant two weeks away (more or less), there is no use in trying to hold down that unbridled feeling which has been simmering since the last gun sounded in the national championship game. We have endured, yes endured, the offering of the interim sports which take up the slack in the “off season.” All of us are fully aware that football has long since eclipsed baseball as the national pastime.
And here in the SEC, right here close to home, we watch our teams (Mississippi State, Ole Miss, sorry Vols fans, this isn’t your week) looking for that spark of optimism which will buoy the spirit and make us proud.
What will the Bulldogs bring to the table this season? If one listens to fourth year head coach Sylvester Croom, Bully fans have a lot to look forward to. He believes that Mississippi State is at the niche of commitment which will unlock the cellar door and return them to the level of 1998 when they lost to the Vols in the SEC Championship game.
Last season they were hampered by injuries to key personnel but managed a shocking win over the Crimson Tide. For the past decade they have slipped below .500 in total wins, have made only three bowl appearances and have reached the top 25 just two times.
It would appear that the Bullies and the Rebels have been playing in the same sand box. Head coach Ed Orgeron is entering his third season at Ole Miss and is still struggling to rid the program of its quarterback woes. He is high on the local product, Seth Adams, who has pleased all his handlers in the practice season. If Seth does perform at the optimum level, he is a senior, and will still leave a void after the season is over. His mettle will be tested on September 1 at the University of Memphis.
The Rebels are playing above .500 for the last 10 years and have reached six post-season bowls. No SEC title appearances, but they have been in the top 25 three times.
In addition to watching to see how far the ’Gators will go this season, the SEC genre is going to be putting the microscope on the Crimson Tide. It would seem that the Tide has ended its coaching travails with the acquisition of Nick Saban. Saban, a proven performer, is expected to help the Alabama group reclaim some of the fame earned by the legendary Bryant.
We mentioned that the SEC “combs your hair,” but did we mention that it can also cause you to bite your nails?
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