An occasional roundup of fan-related items …
Rohan Backfisch, an old Athens High School classmate of mine who worked for Turner Sports in its heyday and now is with Fox Sports, tells me that “SEC Gridiron Live” begins its 15-week run on Fox Sports South, Sun Sports and Fox Sports Southwest at 10 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Former Georgia defensive end David Pollack will be one of the analysts on the 60-minute live show, along with host Charles Davis (former UT player), former NFL player and fellow analyst Randy Cross and “social media reporter” Cassidy Hubbarth.
The program promises interviews with players and coaches, extensive game breakdowns, and debate and discussion of the weekend’s upcoming SEC matchups. The live studio show also will incorporate a social networking component, providing viewers with the opportunity for immediate interaction with the on-air broadcast team and SEC football fans across the country.
“SEC Gridiron Live” will replay several times each week; check your local listings.
Breakfast with the coach
The UGA Alumni Association is offering its Bulldog Breakfast Club, featuring Mark Richt as speaker, from 8 to 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the Tate Student Center’s 45 Baxter Street Extension in Athens. Cost is $20 for Alumni Association members and $5 for student alumni association members. An alumni association membership card must be presented. See you there!
Programs! Popcorn! Headsets!
In a move that undoubtedly will spread to other SEC stadiums, LSU has announced it will begin selling headsets at games that will allow fans to listen to the Tigers’ radio broadcasts in their seats without having to bring a radio or worry about reception problems.
At home games, the feed will come through the LSU Sports Radio Network, and on the road it will come directly from the stadium booth.
A tip of the hat to Mr. SEC, who predicted this.
It’s a Southern thang
Columnist Darrell Huckaby, a big UGA fan, gets downright misty-eyed on Dawgbone.net about all the many reasons Southerners love college football.
A sample: “It is Charley Trippi and Choo Choo Justice. It is Sullivan-to-Beasley and ‘Give the ball to Herschel’ and ‘Archie Who?’ and Lenny Snow going over the top. It is Joe Willie and Snake and Superman disguised as Tim Tebow. And it is Johnny Majors and Johnny Musso and Peyton Manning leading the band after a game. … It is ‘Toe meets leather!’ and ‘Get the picture, now’ and ‘Touchdown Auburn!’ … It is 364 days of bragging rights and ‘wait until next years’ and it is the hope that springs eternal when the recruiting class is signed. … It is a way of life. It is a year-round passion. It is almost holy. In some places it is holy. It is Southern college football and it is only a week away — and I can’t wait. Look for me. I’ll be the good looking guy in the red shirt.”