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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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"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062297414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062297419
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess the book's title was invented to try to garner more readers. It is seriously mistitled. Only the first chapter really has anything to do with "my conference vs. your conference". The rest of the book is a history of Paul Finebaum, and even more annoying, a history of Alabama, Auburn and the Alabama/Auburn rivalry.

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.
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Is it football season yet? I am counting the days. If the preseason polls, recruiting reports, and various season forecasts haven't whetted your appetite, pick up Paul Finebaum's My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football. Fans of SEC teams will love the book for the title alone. Every other college football fan in the country will hate the book for the title alone. But trust me, college football fans of all stripes will enjoy Finebaum's writing, even when he makes you want to scream at him.

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.
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This is a great book for any college football and SEC fan. Finebaum has a clever way with words and a dry and self-deprecating sense of humor.

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.
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Finebaum actually had to write a whole book to say the SEC is the best conference in college football.??I personally can't stand most talk show host s who throw stuff out there to get a rise. Good, entertaining read.
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I never anticipated that this book would be a great masterpiece of literature or anything, but I really didn't even get through half the book before just putting it down. It's just another mostly ghost-written book that was published either as a money-grab or to help publicize the name of ESPN's newest celebrity (or both).
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This was a well written book, Paul Finebaum has been representing the Southeastern Conference for years. When I moved to Virginia 11yrs ago, I was so surprised to see so many SEC fans in the Northeast. This book is really a true look into how the fans of SEC football love the game, doesn't matter if You ROLL TIDE or WAR EAGLE or Rocky Top, you will love the stories from this book. I hope Paul writes a sequel to this book, after ALL the SEC IS A DYNASTY!!!!!! RMFT4LIFE!!!!!!
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I'm not an sec fan or a fan of the show. But I picked it as a lark and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are a fan of any college football team you understand the passion in the book.

Ps Go Noles!
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