Southern football: an incurable disease


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A lot of people in the South say college football is an incurable addiction. They’re only half-right.

It’s more like an incurable disease.

Four months of college football is never an adequate prescription for the South. They’ll always be infected with the disease, for which there is no known cure.

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Look no further than Hoover, Alabama, where SEC Media Days are currently taking place. It’s a kickoff for the upcoming college football season, where players and coaches from the Southeastern Conference speak to the media. More than 1,000 members of the media. They crowd around 20-year-olds and grumpy coaches to ask them questions like, “What do you think of all the arrests at (rival school) this offseason?”

I told you these people were sick.

In the offseason, the SEC upped their dosage of football, from 12 teams to 14, so fans could get even more of their favorite teams. But it’s no use — the sickness will continue to fester, year after year.

SEC Media Days will continue to get stronger, rivaling only Super Bowl Media Day as the biggest media circus known to sports, unless the conference decides to cut off the bloggers and trim the number of attendees. But they won’t do that, because attention is good, and more than a thousand writers and bloggers are capable of creating a lot of it.

There exists a morphine — more football — that allows the sickness to remain as euphoric as possible. It’s the Arkansas-Texas A&M rematch on Sept. 29. It’s Oct. 27, with the annual Florida-Georgia battle. It’s Nov. 3, when Alabama plays LSU.

Then, their teams win titles, and the sickness rears its ugly head again as 14 schools wait for their chance to start the next season. They live alongside one another, which only keeps the disease contained for the eight months of offseason. But when SEC Media Days convenes, the new season is officially underway.

That’s what we’re dealing with in the South today.

Pray for us.

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