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My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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From the Back Cover
"If God made the world in seven days, He spent the eighth day in his two-car garage, sipping on a cold one, listening to Merle Haggard, and dreaming up the Southeastern Conference."
South of the Mason-Dixon line, everyone knows Paul Finebaum. And after a popular 2012 profile in the New Yorker, a spot at ESPN's College GameDay desk, and a contract to be the face of ESPN's SEC Network, the rest of the country has finally been introduced to "the Mouth of the South": the Memphis-born radio-talk-show host with a habit of saying whatever he thinks—and letting his callers say whatever they think, too.
In My Conference Can Beat Your Conference, Finebaum chronicles the rise of the SEC and his own improbable path toward being "the Oprah of college football," as he was dubbed by the Wall Street Journal in 2013. And it doesn't matter whether fans love or hate him—they tune in regardless. Finebaum's opinions matter. He's condemned coaches to the gallows of lesser programs, helped elect governors, and prophesied victories. With My Conference Can Beat Your Conference, fans and enemies of Paul Finebaum will be given an all-access pass to the powerhouse teams and passionate fan bases of the country's most legendary conference, plus a behind-the-scenes look into an incredible 2013 Iron Bowl.
SEC! SEC! SEC!
About the Author
Paul Finebaum is a college football analyst for ESPN and host of a daily national radio show heard on ESPN and SiriusXM and simulcast on the SEC Network.
Gene Wojciechowski is a columnist for ESPN.com, and a regular contributor to ESPN's College GameDay and ESPN's golf majors telecasts. He has authored or coauthored nine other books.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am an SEC fan and am very proud of the SEC's record in college football. However, the BCS championships of any team other than Alabama and Auburn are mentioned only in passing. BORING!
I love the Paul Finebaum Show. It is entertaining. I love the callers, though I do think most of them just reinforce the idea that all Southerners are serious rednecks (what should I expect ... most of the callers are from Alabama). Still ... its entertaining to listen to the destruction of the English language on a daily basis.
I would have loved to learn more about Paul's insane callers. I would have loved a more in depth discussion of why the SEC is so much better than other conferences.
As it was, sitting here in January, 2016, I was mostly entertained by how WRONG so many of Paul's predictions were - South Carolina would remain a powerhouse? Malzahn would be a threat to Nick Saban? On and on and on .... it only goes to prove that college football, especially in the SEC, is anything but predictable.
Paul had a great opportunity to really write an interesting book about the SEC. Instead, like most people who live in Alabama, eventually the book just turns into an anthem about Alabama .... with a little redemption for Auburn fans thank to the "kick six" ending.
If you are an Alabama fan, buy the book ... you'll love it. Otherwise, prepare to be disappointed.
Finebaum, a sports talk radio host and ESPN contributor, takes the reader through the 2013 football season, focusing primarily on the SEC, but with plenty of reference to other teams and games around the country. As the title might suggest, he is a big fan of the SEC. He is convinced that their dominance is here to stay. Sure, they've won 7 of the last 8 national championship games. You can't argue with that sort of success. Finebaum does a nice job of arguing for SEC rule, forever and always and into the future, but I have to think that everything has cycles. The SEC is hot, and has been for a while, but there is a lot of good college football in the USA. So while he gives SEC lovers plenty of reason to love, he only adds kindling to the fires of SEC hate that burn in the other conferences.
Why do other conferences hate the SEC? Envy. Fatigue from seeing them win, win, win. At the end of 2013, "It was open season on the SEC . . . all because it was too successful. . . . The rest of the country was sort of pulling for Florida State only because FSU had the lone chance to end the SEC's glorious title run. This is what it's come to.Read more ›
The book will probably not appeal to die-hard fans of other conference teams, though. Even though I am old enough to remember all the years of Big 10 and even the old South West Conference domination. These things do tend to cycle around, so everyone should enjoy it while you have it. No hating.
Ps Go Noles!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funniest and most interesting book that I've read in a long time. Alabama is my alma mater and I was involved with the football program while I was in school. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hank Brown
Didn't like the sentence after sentence of sarcasm. I read for a few minutes and put it down and haven't picked it back up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert
If you are a passionate SEC fan and enjoy a funny,total bias, read then you must read! (The SEC is the best conference)Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're an avid listener of his radio show, and a fan of the SEC, this book offers no surprising content or resolutions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brent Kirkland
A little humor, some interesting football facts and a little about the author. If you're a Bama fan, you'll love it as it is definitely skewed toward that team. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DawgFan NC
Lame. Don't look to buy an insightful book from a radio guy. The text of the book is like reading a transcript from his show. There were a few thoughtful moments in the text. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Silvio
One of the most incompetent SEC homers making a living as a "Expert" observer of football.Published 8 months ago by dan higgins