If you live in the south — SEC territory, to be specific — you'll understand the following: When you hit the stifling heat of July, you're parched and seeking two things … life-saving liquids, and a taste of anything related to SEC football.
Got a Vanderbilt-Army game replay laying around? Cue it up baby, and run it in primetime on the SEC Network. Steve Spurrier's top ten visor tossing sideline episodes? Must-see TV. When it comes to the doldrums of the deep summer, SEC fans will take it. So throw that in that tape of the 1988 Georgia–Tennessee game with Vince Dooley pacing the sidelines for the 'Dawgs.
It's all good.
That, my friends, is why SEC Media Days is like that tiny oasis in the desert, only it is no mirage. It means the season is almost here. Yeah, the dialogue may be 90-percent cliches and the players tow the robotic line for the most part, but there's a little bit of unscripted material sprinkled in there. It's just nice to know that the southern heat — and the SEC football drought — are almost over and those cooler autumn Saturday nights really aren't that far away.
Ahhhh … yes. SEC news that doesn't revolve around something negative like an arrest or an injury or NCAA violations. It is a week where approximately 49 media members per head coach materialize and ask about the quarterback battle, the brutal schedule ahead, and what kind of tree would you choose to be if you just so happened to grow roots and branches.
So let's kick back and see what the Twitter-verse is saying about this week's SEC Media Days — which run through Thursday. Up Monday? Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee.
Yes, Ron Burgundy and Will Farrell will keep it real this week
So far, no #FakeNews at #SECMD17. Let's keep it that way. pic.twitter.com/QjYf9LGhBj
— CFB Front Page (@CFBFrontPage) July 10, 2017
What would SEC Media Days be without Paul Finebaum and whoever that starting QB from Arkansas is standing next to him.
.@austinallen8 brought the flow & some major swag to #SECMD17 pic.twitter.com/GcWSKkvwlY
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 10, 2017
Some are … ahem … cynical, but paying attention nonetheless.
One ex-newspaper photographer sums it up well …#SECMD17 #ItJustMeansMore pic.twitter.com/Hu4wNe7m2w
— AUFAMILY (@AUFAMILY) July 10, 2017
Yes, Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss fame will be there this week.
Hugh Freeze …..
30 yrs from now.
— Bully Believer ⚡️ (@gooddad0070) July 10, 2017
There's always that competitive talk …
Coaches come up to #SECMD17 and they know good and well the trophy coming to Tuscaloosa.
— Cameron Jones (@camDJones29) July 10, 2017
There is the occasional bribe …
$100 to the reporter who asks the Dark Lord Nick Saban who he expects to play in the national title game this year… #SECMD17
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) July 10, 2017
Even our friends overseas are big fans of SEC Media Days.
best voice ever .https://t.co/rnY1C9FLd1 @azoz7245 @Azoz_7yatk
— سمر العتيبي. (@SA___MAR) July 10, 2017
Ed Orgeron is now at the podium. No, there's not a translator present. #SECMD17
— Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) July 10, 2017
Everybody knows that it's the linemen of football who have the best personalities in sports. Like Arkansas' Frank Ragnow … think he isn't enjoying the experience?
These guys … #SECMD17 pic.twitter.com/C6JMYfoG2J
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) July 10, 2017
You gotta' admit, he's right.
Even though Les Miles isn't coaching LSU he should still get a Media Day segment. #SECMD17
— Justin Cole (@justnet8821) July 10, 2017