Thursday, October 25, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
Before I am accused of sitting around all day drinking Kool-Aid and reading non-consequential blogs from ninnies who have a luke warm knowledge of just how football is handled down here in SEC country, let me set the record straight – I don’t read a lot of “blogs.” Heck, I don’t even read a few “blogs.”
But, invariably, somewhere one is going to catch your eye, as this particular one did for me. The blogger asked why SEC teams were always beating up on other SEC teams? I am not going to beat this guy up by questioning the validity of such a query. However, if by chance the blogger should read this, one wonders if he ever heard of the most notorious bank robber on the western hemisphere. No it was not Frank or Jesse James. It was a guy named Willie Sutton. After Sutton had been captured and escaped about a half dozen times, a lady reporter asked why did he choose to rob banks in the first place? To which Mr. Sutton answered without hesitation, “’Cause that’s where the money is.”
So, Mr. (or Ms.) Blogger, the answer is obvious – SEC teams beat up on each other because that’s where the interesting competition is. And it is also obvious that SEC teams beat up on everyone else, also. Ergo, the Florida Gators being the defending champs. You don’t suppose that they earned the title by beating up on a bunch of Girl Scouts, do you?
Given, sometimes the going is pretty rough. Like the games this past weekend. No loyal fan likes to witness his team being beaten 41-17 by an unranked team with a first-year coach. The Vols were ranked number 20. Alabama’s new coach might be new, but he is no rookie. Nick Saban knows how to get things done.
Given, sometime the going is pretty sweet. Put yourself in the shoes of a Vanderbilt Commodore fan. Your team is last in the SEC East. Then along comes the “ol coach” and the number-six-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. They lead the SEC East. Their record is one of the best in the SEC (Along with the Tide, 6-2 and LSU 6-1). Your Commodores take them out 17-6. The first victory over a team with that high of a ranking in 70 years. Heck, the way Vanderbilt played, they probably could have beaten the Buckeyes (Ohio).
I am sure that blogger knew what happened a week ago when Kentucky (number 8) took out the number one team (LSU), also a member of the SEC. But the Wildcats’ fame was shortlived. They were beaten on Saturday by number 14 Florida.
And as a fan of Ole Miss, of course I am not happy with a 44-8 loss to Arkansas (Who wants to lose to Arkansas?). But I know that Ole Miss will have its day, eventually.
So, to the blogger, who might also think that the SEC is a “crazy league,” we can grant you some of that, but at the end of each season the SEC is usually at the top of the league heap, or near the top.
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