An all-access pass into the powerhouse teams and passionate fanbases of the legendary Southeastern Conference, from one of the most influential men in college football: ESPN’s Paul Finebaum.
Proud owner of 14 prestigious college football programs, producing seven consecutive national championships, twelve NFL first round draft choices, and a budget that crushes the GDP of Samoa, the Southeastern Conference collects the most coveted ratings, rankings, and revenue of any conference in college football. With its pantheon of illustrious alumni like Bear Bryant, Herschel Walker, Peyton Manning, and Nick Saban, the SEC is the altar at which millions of Americans worship every Saturday, from Texas to Kentucky to Florida.
If the SEC is a religion, its deity is radio talk-show host Paul Finebaum. In My Conference Can Beat Your Conference, Finebaum, chronicles the rise of the SEC and his own unlikely path to college football fame. Finebaum offers his blunt wisdom on everything from Joe Paterno and the Penn State scandal to the relevancy of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, and chronicles the best of his beloved callers, and the worst of his haters.
My Conference Can Beat Your Conference is illustrated with 8 pages of color photos.
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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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 We're Number 1! (Even When We're Not) 3
Chapter 2 This Isn't Live, Is It? 19
Chapter 3 The SEC and Me-a Love Story 27
Chapter 4 If Only Johnny Football Would Call the Show 51
Chapter 5 Aggies, Yellers and Collies 73
Chapter 6 Roll Call 85
Chapter 7 I Don't Want to Name-Drop, but It Was Like Drake Was Saying to Me the Other Day … 97
Chapter 8 Radio Is a Sound Salvation. Radio Is Cleaning Up the Nation 105
Chapter 9 Urban and Paul = BFFs 119
Chapter 10 On Second Thought… 129
Chapter 11 The Little Acorn That Becomes the Oak 143
Chapter 12 Masters of the Universe 153
Chapter 13 A Small Rant 163
Chapter 14 Saint Nick 169
Chapter 15 The Prayer 187
Chapter 16 War Eagle, Roll Tide 193
Chapter 17 In Gus We Trust 215
Chapter 18 The Aftermath 233
Chapter 19 A Worthy Ending to a Worthy Season 247
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you love College football you will enjoy this book.
I will keep this simple: I am not a Finebaum fan. I've listened to his show 30 or 40 times in the last two years, watched him on ESPN (I call him "The Ferengi") and tried really hard to listen to what he has to say. As an LSU fan, it's hard to take. But I know in my heart he and the Bama fans have built something pretty cool, one way or another, so I bought his book to see if I could get a view on how that was done, and God Help Me, WHY it was done. Surprise, surprise, I really enjoyed the book. Paul and Woj did a really nice job of explaining why the SEC is so good at football, and why Alabama is the center of that football universe. He went over a lot of controversial things he said, and then explained WHAT he was thinking (maybe he made it up later, I don't know....) and the logic was simple and resonant. Don't want to give away too much, but as a person who has followed SEC football for the better part of 30 years, when Saban landed in Tuscaloosa, I didn't think he'd stay very long. I mean, he danced a sidestep leaving Baton Rouge, did it again to the Miami fans, I figured it was only a matter of time before he did it to the "Roll Tide!" nation. Now that I've met some of Paul's listeners, I realize clearly why Saban has never left Bama, and never will: He's afraid they will hunt him down....(Kidding). If you love college football, love a good story, and love watching a kid with no ideas or direction grow up turn into a national phenomenon, then this book is for you. (And Paul, you might ought to have listened to your Momma and thrown your hat in the ring. Never let a good crisis go to waste!) He even found it in his heart to say a few nice things about Les Miles, one of my favorite people on earth (that's a first). So I guess Finebaum can't be all bad. Buy this book! It explains a lot! Worth every penny! mrb