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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 (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By PAUL DRAKE 33 on January 2, 2015
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Well, here it is January 2, 2015, and Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and LSU are 0-5 in this year's bowl games.
Apparently Paul Finebaum's conference can't beat my conference, or any other conference.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mastin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. Hortman on November 19, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KKCDinFMSC on January 10, 2015
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy White on August 20, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Spooner on December 12, 2014
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Obviously Finebaum is trying to rehab his image from his well known character as an on air ass. Book is a good read and quite amusing but does little to change the image of one Paul Finebaum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on August 11, 2014
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Absolute must read if you love college football and the SEC! Could not put it down! Hilarious and very well written. Can not wait for college football season to start and War Eargle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cherry on September 5, 2014
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I have been a listener of Paul's show since the 90's. This book gave me a deeper look into the author and his cast of characters. The book reads like a diary........day to day.
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