I'm sure there have been others from SEC blogs to post on this site, but allow me to extend a warm and rousing welcome to the SEC, the nation's premier athletic conference. You'll find our fans to be cutthroat and boastful, but (with VERY rare exception) gracious hosts and respectful guests. If you're going to be involved in big games, that means eventually you'll be on CBS in the 2:30 slot, with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson calling the games. Don't be offended (or surprised) when Uncle Verne gets some of your players' names wrong...that's just his way, and he's been doing it for years. He's liable to credit Ziggy Hood with a tackle or Maclin with a big downfield block. Since you guys are new, he might not be that bad with y'all's players. Danielson is a Midwestern transplant who used to be a Big 10 homer, but now realizes that the SEC is the best football conference in the USA, and tends to gush over that fact. Being in the SEC will be a boon to your recruiting efforts, I think...we tend to get more of the best players than any other conference, and it's generally not a close race. If you watched the Under Armor All-American game last night, you know what I mean.
As you can likely tell from my screen name, I'm a Bama man to the core. With our recent success under Saban, there are a lot more who CLAIM to be Bama fans than there were 7-10 years ago, but the bandwagoners are usually not too hard to spot. We play y'all this season in Columbia, so I hope you will all welcome the Crimson Nation when it arrives...and it WILL arrive. We wish you the best of luck this season, and hope you end up being in love with SEC football the way we are. Of course, having said that, we intend to crush you on October 13, leaving nothing but little bits of chewed-up Tigers in our wake, but I'm sure you understand where I'm coming from. That's how it is down here. Again, welcome to the Southeastern Conference!
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