It's Saturday in Athens

It's Saturday in Athens

Monday, August 15, 2011

Jerry Jones will move the SEC Championship Game to Dallas.

Clark Griswold would definitely take the fam here
Reports yesterday all but squashed the rumors that Texas A&M was a lock to come to the SEC. And today more rumors are emerging making it sound as if A&M could indeed be SEC bound.....   Who knows what to believe anymore....

So let's go ahead and say that Texas A&M joins the SEC. Maybe next year, maybe the following, or perhaps even 3 or 4 years from now. As we discussed previously, that would likely mean an Oklahoma or Missouri comes along with them for balance reasons.

So would this mean the SEC Championship game held on the first Saturday every December is safe in Atlanta? Jerry Jones has built himself a pretty big playground out in Dallas. If When the Texas Longhorns do indeed go Independent, and Texas A&M and others bolt from the Big 12, there will no longer be a Championship Game hosted by Jerry World. You cannot convince me for one second that Jerry Jones will not have a mighty-fine sales pitch for the SEC to move their championship showdown to the Lone Star state.

Jerry Jones already couldn't stand seeing the Georgia Dome host the Chick-fil-A Kickoff games the past 3 seasons, and has created his new Cowboys Classic game, beginning this season with Oregon and LSU. You can be assured that more television sets across the world will be tuned into that Top 5 matchup than the game our Dawgs are involved in at the exact same time. And don't look for that trend to change next year, even though there will be 2 games (Auburn/Clemson, Tennessee/NC State) held in Atlanta, because Jerry Jones has already secured a matchup of Alabama/Michigan for his 2012 Cowboys Classic. Where do you think ESPN College Gameday will go that weekend, along with the majority of interest and coverage??

I love to think of Atlanta, Georgia as the capital of SEC football. It's the place a large majority of SEC graduates congregate for work, as well as the central location for all school's destination hopes in December. I think having Texas A&M in the SEC will be a good thing, but I hope what comes to mind when  the SEC is mentioned is southern hospitality, shrimp and grits, peach cobbler, and the true deep south. I would hate for the image of the SEC to transition into deserts, big hair, cattle drives, and John Wayne.


19 days til' kickoff!!

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