Missouri and Texas A&M - Welcome to the SEC

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Who are y'all gonna hate first?


To the University of Missouri and Texas A&M: As a graduate of the University of Georgia, one of the teams you will now be playing in college sports, allow me to welcome you to the SEC. Let me just add that you have absolutely no business being here.

On what planet is a state west of the Mississippi River in the South East region of the country? If we wanted to add members to this conference we could have invited Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Tulane, Louisville, North Carolina, Duke, or (God Forbid) Georgia Tech. At least those schools are located in the South. You could remind us that Arkansas has been in the SEC for years, but most of us have blocked out that fact. They are ranked in the top 25 at present, so I should give them some credit for that. They are pulling their weight.

If you can’t get up at zero-dark-thirty, load your car up with tailgate paraphernalia, and make the drive to an away game stadium in time for a noon kick-off (the time of day God intended for college football to be played), you shouldn’t be in the conference. How long do you think it takes to drive from Gainesville, Florida, to wherever the heck the University of Missouri is? I reckon we are all fixing to find out. And if you find that expression hilarious, that is one more reason you have no business in the SEC.

But the real problem is not where your state is located. The problem is, we hardly know you. I don’t know your mascot, your colors, your perennial rival, or your number of national titles (most SEC teams have at least one). I do know Texas A&M seems to be mostly concerned with not playing Texas any more. The way they’ve carried on you’d think someone’s eternal destiny was at stake. You don’t like being in the SEC? We have an expression down here. “Delta is ready when you are.” Georgia Tech is not in the SEC and Georgia manages to play them every year. Just set aside one of your non-conference games for them. Florida does the same thing for their cross-state rival, Florida State. It is hardly a problem without a solution. Of course with two more teams in the conference, none of us will have very many games available any more for playing anybody but each other.

The coach at Missouri has been quoted as saying he always thought the SEC had an inflated opinion of itself and that he would probably have to change his way of thinking. You think? Let’s see how inflated that opinion is after his first taste of the SEC this season against the University of Georgia Bulldogs - really - a great welcoming committee. Can I give you a nickel’s worth of free advice? Not a great way to introduce yourself to the rest of us.

Which brings me to the real problem with adding these two teams to the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA. We don’t know you. We still don’t know Arkansas very well. And no team should be playing in the SEC if we don’t know you well enough to hate you. Yes, that’s what I said.

A couple of years ago a television sports anchor was introducing his audience to the Georgia/Georgia Tech game in the minutes preceding the kick off. He mentioned the rivalry was known as “Good Old Fashioned Hate.” He commented, “That’s a little bit of an exaggeration, isn’t it?” How a sports professional with so little knowledge of his subject matter ever got the Georgia/Georgia Tech gig is beyond me. I immediately turned off the volume on the television, and tuned in to Larry Munson on the radio. Used to be the best way to listen to a Georgia game anyway. Rest in peace, Larry.

As our cousin Lewis Grizzard (a great American) used to say, “The way they play football in the rest of the country is like two mules fighting over a turnip. I mean, who cares? They ain’t serious as us.” As you will find out.

It's done now, and I'm sure there was a great deal of money at stake, which is the point, correct? That's college football these days, isn't it? Re-writing the map is a minor detail anymore. But there is a another side to the equation. It just takes some time, and there is no way to hurry the process.

After this first season is over, if either of you win a bowl bid, the entire SEC will cheer for you against whatever team you draw. We may hate each other during the regular season. But when the bowl games come around, it's us against them. At that point, you will be one of us.

We do take our football serious in the SEC. GO DAWGS! WAR EAGLE! ROLL TIDE! GATOR CHOP! HOLD THAT TIGER! ROCKY TOP!

There are so many of us to choose from. Who are y’all gonna hate first?

NOTE: Really? U of M and T A&M get to have their SEC opponents come to them for their inaugural conference games? Who thought that up? If they've got the stuff to be in the SEC, let them march into Sanford and Ben Hill Griffin stadiums and take their first shot like grown men. We don't suffer fools. Letting them hide behind their mommies' aprons for their first conference games did not do them any favors in the SEC. The powers that be should have let them have a better first chance at impressing us. I suspect they would have risen to the challenge. That's what being in the toughest conference in college football is about..


NOTE: Both new SEC teams led at the half in their conference openers - then lost basically in the fourth quarter - Texas A&M to Florida and Missouri to Georgia. We play all four quarters in the SEC. They fought hard and look like they will figure it out.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Several of my followers have read this hub, but left no comments, which says to me that I was a little harsh. That's what writing is. You throw it out there and see what sticks.

Upon reflection, I've done a slight edit. Would be interested to know what those of you who read the earlier version think of the rewrite.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Sorry I didn't read the earlier version but I have to say I thought this one was spot on. I'm not a big football fan but have relatives and friends who are. As a matter of fact by girlfriend moved from Texas to Fla and is a died in the wool Aggies fan...she'd fight to the death for them I think. So I understand where you're coming from being a died in the wool fan and all. Can't imagine any football fan getting hurt feelings, say wha? Competition is the name of the game.

Voted up, funny, and interesting.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks tillsontitzn. When you write something and get no feedback you can't help but wonder just how many folks you are offending. You'd think I was writing politics - but college football is about as incindiary! Good to hear from you. And your friend sounds like she'll fit into the SEC just fine.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks for commenting. I figured either I'd insulted everybody or nobody cared, which is not a good sign for these schools. I suspect Texas A&M (who I actually respect as a training ground for our Armed Forces) will go the way of Vanderbilt and be the school everybody wants to play for homecoming because they are a sure win. Missouri seems to be somewhat stronger. But if you are not doing well in your conference, transferring to the SEC is not a smart move.

Good Luck to the Big12. Who is taking these 2 spots?


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hoo-ah!


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eaglecreek 4 years ago from Vilonia , Arkansas

I"m not a huge fan of mizzo and A&M in the SEC. i hate conference re alignment and i hate all the conferences losing their regional identity.

I'm not a big UG fan but i do think Georgia had the best mascot, how could you not love Uga.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Bless your heart. Who can't love UGA. They've been dieing off so much recently, the one this year is a stand in and has to wear a tshirt because he has a brown patch and UGAs are pure white.

My opinion of Arkansas is improved by knowing you. Thanks for commenting.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey Kathleen - I am from Missouri and I didn't get upset or offended - just FYI. It is what it is. I love football and play in a few fantasy teams each year. Football can get people so heated, right?! lol Part of what I like about being a "spectator". I really don't follow college at all. My hubby does and he LOVES the Tigers.

Now, this season is not going so good! Seems like the last couple of years you just can't guess a thing! I love it though I am already off one league due to that GB Packers....ahem...loss. lol


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

RealHousewife: My husband has been a GB Packers fan since Lombari, so I sympathize. Missouri just has to get though this first season, take their lumps, and then it will be us against them starting with the bowl games. Texas A&M too. I respect your loyalty.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Texas A&M - Welcome to the SEC indeed. As of yesterday we DO know you well enough to hate you.

Nobody expects you not to do your best to win, but here is where you screwed your new conference:

l. You are not going to be Number 1, but now no SEC team is.

2. You are not going to play for the SEC Championship, so what differnce does it make to you. You are just a spoiler.

3. You are not going to play for a National Championship, but unless two other teams loose in the next month NO SEC team will.

Congratulations on your win. And now we know you well enough to hate you.


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bodylevive 4 years ago from Loachapoka, Alabama

Roll Tide!!!!! Both teams should have remained where somebody cared! We didn't need them or want them and it not because they won over us either. I have to admit, we do get the "Big Head" and don't play til the last minute and doing that, you would think it would teach us something. But in any case, I am part of the Bama Nation whether we win, lose or draw. It's Bama all the way for me, always have been, always will be even if they never play or win another game.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Even as a GEORGIA Fan (not the confused with someplace the marketing department made up called UGA) I say ROLL TIDE over Notre Dame. As long as an SEC team beats them, it's all the same to me. Can't believe we made it as far as we did, though I'm incensed FL is number 3. Were they in the Championship Game last Saturday? And who gave them their one loss. The BCS is beyond me. And would someone please tell Chick Fil A it can be the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl and they still get their sponsorship? Sheeze. Nothing is sacred.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

OK. I'll admit it. Texas A&M is still geographically nowhere near the southeastern region of the USA, but in your first season in the SEC you beat a number one team (a fellow SEC member) and won the Heisman Trophy. You've certainly made your presence known.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

ROLL TIDE!


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC

I didn't see this one coming! We'll be at odds again Kathleen. I just left your Baseball Opening Day hub and thoroughly enjoyed it! I enjoyed this one in a different way yet I find, again, we are foes. I've been following GT since I lived in Atlanta for a year in 2001 and my stepson is a Graduate of Texas A&M.

Oh well, I have learned how to oppose even the staunchest foes while all the while maintaining a sense of decorum! Go Phillies, Go Tech, Go Aggies!!!

Sorry, I lost it!

Still liked the hub and voted up!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

There's room for all of us. Always appreciate loyal opposition. Go DAWGS and BRAVES! Thanks for stopping by!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Sept. 14, 2013 - I would have liked a bigger point spread in the Alabama v A&M score, but would someone please tell all the sports commentators who can't shut up about Manziel that he lost!

Don't tell anybody, but I'm actually warming to A&M fans. They are cadets - soldiers in the making. How can you not be impressed. And - W0w - their cheering could be measured on a Richter Scale! But - still glad they got put in their place after being the spoiler last year for the TIDE.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

OK. I'll say it. In their first season in the SEC Texas A&M won a Heisman Trophy. In their second season in the SEC Missouri has risen to Number 5 (mainly by beating an injured GEORGIA team). So they both have game and have made their presence known. But no number of trophies or wins will relocate them to east of the Mississippi. SEC teams should be in the southeast - period. (Sorry Arkansas!)


hi 3 years ago

i think your article needs re-writing, because we (MIZ) are playing for the SEC Championship. A feat Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Vandy have never done, go crawl back under you're rock, the rest of the SEC does not want you as a fan.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

A MIZ fan speaks for the entire SEC? Come back in 20 years when you've earned the right. Whether you lose to Auburn or Alabama makes no difference to me. You folks have proved you can play here. Doesn't mean you belong here.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

TA&M and Miz: A Heisman in the first year and a trip to the Championship in the second year: Y'all rose to the challenge, and we know you both well enough now to hate you. That's football in the SEC.

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