Reading Log: Where Football is King
Part I: 9-54
The book Where Football is King by Christopher Walsh is about the history of arguably the greatest collegiate conference in all of sports; the SEC. At the beginning, it talks about how the SEC got started, the original teams, coaches and early memorable games. For instance, when Georgia Tech was still in the SEC, they beat Cumberland College 220-0. As time went on and football started to spread across the country, teams started to branch out and join other conferences and at one point the SEC only consisted of six teams. Rivalries are also a big role played in college football. The most well-known, “southern brawls” are Georgia vs. Auburn and Auburn vs. Alabama (also known as the Iron Bowl). Every year since 1944, there has been at least one SEC school has been ranked in the top ten. I think the first section of this book was to persuade the reader to believe that the SEC is the greatest conference in the country. It has great stories and facts to back up what it is saying. I found this section to be very interesting because it taught me a lot of stuff that I would have never known.
Part II: 55-100
The second chunk of the book starts to talk about the history of two teams in the SEC east division: Florida and Georgia. The Florida Gators are located in the heart of Gainesville with an enrollment of 48,613 as of 2006. Florida's one and only national championship before the Tim Tebow/Urban Meyer era, came in 1996. Florida is widely known for creating the sports drink Gatorade in the late 50's. Florida still gets 20% of Gatorades earnings. Present South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier was a Heisman winning quarterback for the Gators in 1966 and returned to be a head coach at Florida in 1990. The University of Georgia is one of the most achieved universities in the country. Located in the college town of Athens, UGA has 33,405 students (as of 2006) wearing red and black all across campus. Georgia has hold of two national championships: one in 1942 where running back Frank Sinkwich won the Heisman;and the other came in 1980 when legend Herschel Walker ran for 1,616 yards but did not win his Heisman Trophy until 1982. Arguably being the best college running back to play the game, Georgia retired his number, 34, as well as three others. Sanford Stadium is one of the most electrifying college football stadium in the land. Seating 92,000 people, its one of the most terrifying places to come in and play a game. A memorable part of the stadium is the hedges around the field. UGA was the first school to put hedges around the field but in 1996 they were replaced due to the 1996 Summer Olympic Soccer qualifying rounds being held in the stadium.
Part III: 101-146
The third section of this book starts out with the legendary Tennessee Volunteers Known for Neyland Stadium seating 104,079 people, Tennessee has technically two national championships. Being one of the original teams in the conference, Tennessee football started in 1891. The most well known football player to come out of Tennessee is Peyton Manning, current NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos, whose number was retired in the early 2000's. A memory forever remembered in Tennessee history was when "The Artful Dodger", Condredge Holloway, the first black quarterback in the SEC, beat LSU, in the Bluebonnet Bowl 24-17. Another school that they talked about was Vanderbilt. Vandy's football history is not much to talk about-no SEC titles, no Heisman winners, or a national championship. They have only appeared in three bowl games since 1890. Vanderbilt has only had seven first round draft picks, and only one active which is Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears. It currently holds the SEC record for the most first downs in one game (40). In 1977, Vanderbilt nearly pulled off the programs biggest upset against #1 Oklahoma. Due to a bad call by the referee, the Commodores lost 25-23. Lastly, it heads into the...
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