If you've watched the Olympics over the past few weeks, no doubt you've been inspired by the world's elite athletes laying it all on the line not just for Olympic glory, but for national pride and a permanent place in their country's sporting history. Packed stadiums, an international stage, and competition at the world's highest level.
In the classic 1989 film, Field of Dreams, one of the old ball players gazes out on that magical baseball diamond in the middle of corn fields and asks, "Is this heaven?" Kevin Costner replies simply, "It's Iowa."
The BCS Championship Game finally - finally - takes place Monday night in the City That Care Forgot.
Ahh, bowl season. Don't you love it? A handful of quality bowl games leading up to the traditional New Year's Day marathon feast of college football. Settle in with some black-eyed peas and cabbage, a few hair-of-the-dog frothy beverages, and watch your favorite teams cap off the college football season.
For the third time in nine years, LSU and Georgia meet in Atlanta for the SEC Championship.
It's Thanksgiving and you know what that means. Plenty of turkey, your aunt's "famous" casserole that slightly grosses you out, and football.
Serious Southeastern Conference football fans have had Saturday, Nov. 19 circled on their calendars.
OK class, it's time for an SEC pop quiz. Follow the directions closely. Using your Scantron form and a No. 2 pencil, fill in the bubble that corresponds with your answer. Be sure to press firmly and fill in the bubbles completely.
It's tough to live up to great expectations. Just ask the current occupant of the White House. Rarely are our greatest expectations met, which makes it all the more special when it actually happens.
You may have heard that college football's national championship game is on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, when No. 1 LSU faces No. 2 Alabama. That's enough time for two full weeks of nonstop hype surrounding the two best teams in the country.
With six weeks left in the regular season, it's time to reflect on the teams of the finest conference in all of college football. A just-past-midseason assessment is appropriate given that most SEC teams are off this week - or they might as well be. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi State are off. Alabama has the equivalent of an off week against Tennessee, as does Arkansas against the menacing Ole Miss Black Bears.
What time does your SEC team kickoff on Saturday?
We've got five weeks of college football under our belts. That's five weeks of tailgating at stadiums across the SEC, game parties at stately southern homes, and road trips from Texas to South Carolina and everywhere in between.
It's already Week 5 of the college football season and Saturday's games take place on the first day of my favorite month, October. Comfortably cooling temperatures, clear blue skies, and five October weekends of big-time SEC match-ups, including Saturday night's clash of conference titans, Alabama and Florida.
As we approach late September, SEC football is in full swing, along with another bruising competitive race - the Republican presidential campaign. It's difficult not to notice the parallels between the SEC and presidential politics. Big money. Bigger egos.