The SEC league meetings are taking place in Destin, Fla. this week. Booze is the topic of the week, but today, league partner CBS announced a soft listing of some of this season’s football matchups.
Noteworthy in which, is that the CBS double-header dates are set for Sept. 21, which features Texas A&M-Auburn, Florida-Tennessee and Georgia-Notre Dame, and Nov. 16, which will have Bama-Mississippi State, LSU-Ole Miss, and Georgia-Auburn. The primetime slot is set for Sept. 21 (likely UGA-ND, which should be a top-10 match-up), meaning that LSU and Bama will avoid the night time slot on Nov. 9.
Personally, I’m all for de-emphasizing the game after the last few years, but chances are it will still get a 2:30 kick, given that the next best conference games on that day would either be Georgia-Mizzou or Tennessee-Kentucky. You’ll still have to listen to Gary, but at least its not moving a home game up.
Besides, if there’s enough reason to hype the game up, that’ll still come.
Speaking of things that make us want to drink, alcohol in stadiums is the major topic of discussion. The scuttlebutt seems to be that the league may finally repeal prohibition, although it seems that there’s still some resistance from some schools. Interestingly, the Bulldogs finally appear ready to offer libations to their wealthier patrons, although they may still not sell to the general population. Various sources indicate UGA is one of the more obstinate schools on the booze front. My money’s on some of the other I-20 corridor schools as well.
Personally, I have no desire to pay $8-9 for a Miller Lite in Tiger Stadium — I’ll already do that enough on Sundays in the Superdome — but the prohibition is rather ridiculous. Furthermore, the programs that aren’t interested are just trying to limit the potential revenue stream for their rivals. Which is dirty business. But then this is the SEC, isn’t it?