Already halfway through the 2012 college football season, it's time to hand out mid-term grades, SEC Banter style.
October, my favorite month. Especially at home here in the South. Sharp blue skies preside over autumn's auburn hues. The comfortable coolness beckons you to don that sweater and break out your old chili or gumbo recipe. The air is crisp and so is the beer. What's not to love about October?
No one likes a snob, my mother says. She's right as usual (Ole Miss fans excepted). But if you feel the same way as I do about SEC football, you might very well be an SEC snob.
Panic is a sudden sensation of fear so strong as to prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming anxiety and frantic agitation. Sound familiar, Arkansas and Auburn fans?
The old coaches' adage says a team improves the most between its first and second games. Seems that's only natural; plenty of things in life improve the second go 'round.
It's finally here. The return of weekly rituals and traditions we hold near and dear. We're passionate about it. We socialize around it. We prepare elaborate meals for it. We argue about it. It permeates our lives throughout the fall. Finally, the new season of "The Bachelor" kicks off this week!
The nation's finest football conference welcomes two new schools in 2012. With the addition of Florida State and Clemson, the SEC opens its arms to two programs that might as well have been in the SEC from day one.
A major perk of SEC Banter is the crystal ball that predicts the fate of Southeastern Conference teams. You'd be amazed at its accuracy. With SEC football just around the corner, let's stare into the crystal ball and learn how the teams from the SEC Western Division - home of college football's national champions in four of the past five years - will fare this year.
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.
We love football. Everything about it.
You know how when somebody prefaces a statement with "some of my best friends are fill-in-the-blank" what follows is almost certainly offensive to those fill-in-the-blankers?
Dear Rest of the World's College Football Fans:
The spring season for high school sports has come and gone, as has my first full year of preps coverage at The Times.
In high school athletics, nothing hurts quite as much as coming one win short of a state championship.
I stood in the infield at the Georgia Olympics on Friday afternoon in Jefferson, watching closely as North Hall's Luis Gonzalez put forth an incredible final effort to surge ahead for an individual state championship in the 3200 meter run.
I am thankful for SEC football.
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