I’m sure you’re all familiar with Bill Simmons new pet project Grantland.com. In fact, I know we have talked about it on KSR before. If you are like me, though, it’s a great site for you in theory, you just never find anything interesting on it. Well late last night Bryan Curtis wrote a piece detailing the bizarre phenomenon of rooting for your conference as a member of the SEC. The conclusions he drew center around the idea that conference pride is the politically correct version of Southern Pride – an idea that draws its roots from the Civil War.
Despite the ‘a little too close to racism to be comfortable’ analogy between the two, the article is actually a pretty interesting look at a practice most of us partake in. He even included a nod to Kentucky chanting S-E-C right up there with Alabama and LSU, so you gotta love that. As with most things Grantland brings us, it’s well written, easy to read and fosters discussion.
As far as SEC pride? More and more the SEC (at least in terms of football) feels closer to a family than it does a conference of foes. We may not always like what Uncle Les brings to the BBQ, and we might wish those Florida folk would quit trying to bring the mullet back. But when it comes time for a brawl, family protects family.
Unless, of course, you’re wearing ‘that throw up orange.’ Nobody wants to see that at the family reunion.
SEC pride, is it valid? Do you participate in it? Where do you draw the line?