My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football [NOOK Book]

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"If God made the world in seven days, He spent the eighth day in his two-car garage, sipping on a cold one, listening to Merle Haggard, and dreaming up the Southeastern Conference."

South of the Mason-Dixon line, everyone knows Paul Finebaum. And after a popular 2012 profile in the New Yorker, a spot at ESPN's College GameDay desk, and a contract to be the face of ESPN's SEC Network, the rest of the country has finally been introduced to "the Mouth of the South": the Memphis-born radio-talk-show host with a habit...

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My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football

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Overview

"If God made the world in seven days, He spent the eighth day in his two-car garage, sipping on a cold one, listening to Merle Haggard, and dreaming up the Southeastern Conference."

South of the Mason-Dixon line, everyone knows Paul Finebaum. And after a popular 2012 profile in the New Yorker, a spot at ESPN's College GameDay desk, and a contract to be the face of ESPN's SEC Network, the rest of the country has finally been introduced to "the Mouth of the South": the Memphis-born radio-talk-show host with a habit of saying whatever he thinks—and letting his callers say whatever they think, too.

In My Conference Can Beat Your Conference, Finebaum chronicles the rise of the SEC and his own improbable path toward being "the Oprah of college football," as he was dubbed by the Wall Street Journal in 2013. And it doesn't matter whether fans love or hate him—they tune in regardless. Finebaum's opinions matter. He's condemned coaches to the gallows of lesser programs, helped elect governors, and prophesied victories. With My Conference Can Beat Your Conference, fans and enemies of Paul Finebaum will be given an all-access pass to the powerhouse teams and passionate fan bases of the country's most legendary conference, plus a behind-the-scenes look into an incredible 2013 Iron Bowl.

SEC! SEC! SEC!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2014
Longtime radio personality and current ESPN college football analyst Finebaum, with the help of veteran sportswriter and fellow ESPN contributor Wojciechowski, offers an entertaining mix of autobiography, analysis, and history of Southeastern Eastern Conference (SEC) football—as well as silly braggadocio about his beloved SEC. The book is organized around the 2013 season, with each week's matchups and results serving as a springboard for Finebaum to veer off in a variety of directions, some humorous and others serious, not unlike his former radio program. Over the course of this breezy, fast-paced book, Finebaum shares his thoughts on all 14 SEC programs and comments on the biggest stories of the 2013 season, including Johnny Manziel's attempt at a second Heisman Trophy and the unforgettable ending to that year's Alabama-Auburn rivalry game. The fiery Finebaum is at his best when he tones down the humor and tells touching stories of his early days in sports broadcasting, shares behind-the-scenes stories of the ESPN set, and pays tribute to a colorful cast of radio show callers who helped him rise from small-market anonymity to celebrity status. VERDICT This blatant tie-in with the launch of ESPN's SEC Network is recommended as light reading for college football fans.—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-02
A pedal-to-the-metal survey of SEC football.Radio and TV sports personality Finebaum is known as the"Mouth of the South," and for the first few pages, his local boosterism andsheer windbaggery will make readers understand why his title comes with capitalletters: "The SEC is college football's version of Rome, the center of thefootball universe. Long may it rule." Given the past 10-plus years in collegefootball, it may be hard to argue with him on that note. When he comes out with"the most meaningful traditions," readers may have already had enough, but thenanother note creeps in—"the most decadent football stadiums…the most obsceneoperating budgets…the kind of personal scandals that give TMZ a reason tolive…the most obnoxiously large marching bands"—and you realize that the Mouthhas a Tongue that is at least partly in Cheek. Wade through the logorrhea, andplenty of worthy football nuggets and insights become evident. Finebaumpresents a sharp profile of Texas A&M and many chromatic vignettes of otherfootball towns. The author also picks coaches apart. Of legendary Alabama coachBear Bryant, he writes, "I couldn't understand a word he said. It was as if hewere speaking in tongues." And former Florida and current Ohio State coachUrban Meyer: "a good and decent person underneath the steely demeanor. Don'tmisunderstand me: I wouldn't want to go on an Alaskan cruise with him." For allFinebaum's ego and opinions, there is plenty of false modesty. As a TVcommentator, he writes, "I was born with the facial elasticity of an IRSauditor." The author is always well-informed and plenty happy to deliverjudgment: "Clemson is always good for at least one inexplicable letdown perseason."Finebaum is articulate and knows his football, though thisbook is just more candy for his admirers and grist for the mills of his detractors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062297433
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 42,447
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet 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. He has also been a regular contributor to ESPN's College GameDay and SportsCenter. He previously was an award-winning investigative reporter and newspaper columnist in Alabama, and several collections of his columns have been published. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including 60 Minutes, Nancy Grace, and Morning Joe. He has been honored by a number of universities, from Columbia University to his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. Finebaum lives in Charlotte.


Gene Wojciechowski is a columnist for ESPN.com and a regular contributor to ESPN's College GameDay and ESPN's golf majors telecasts. Before joining ESPN in 1998, he worked as a sports reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. His work has been honored by the Football Writers Association of America and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and has been featured in the annual Best American Sports Writing series. He has authored or coauthored nine other books, including the bestseller The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky. Wojciechowski lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

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