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Berry Tramel: SEC! SEC! SEC! ... and don’t forget it

by Berry Tramel Modified: August 31, 2009 at 8:20 am •  Published: August 31, 2009

"There’s a deep-seated inferiority, left over from the 19th century,” Savage said. "It’s an aspect of wanting to win something, doesn’t really matter what it is.”

This is no knock on the South. We all have our peculiarities.

Oklahoma’s football ascension began with its own inferiority complex, a desire to leave the Grapes of Wrath image behind.

And state or regional pride isn’t limited to the old South. In Texas, remember, the Alamo is foisted upon you whether you like it or not.

Actually, the SEC chant has its charms. Florida hates Georgia, Georgia hates Auburn, Auburn hates Alabama, Alabama hates Tennessee and everybody hates LSU. But those feelings are put aside in the chant.

You are defined by your opponents, a truth I’ve been trying to teach out here for decades. It’s great for OU when OSU wins. Great for Nebraska when Texas wins. Great for Texas when OU wins.

Excellent competitors push you and drive you to excellence yourself. If you don’t believe in that, go join the Sun Belt.

It’s kind of cool that SEC schools lay down hostilities in the name of kicking some Northern tail, or at least some non-conference foe.

The SEC is America’s best football conference. It’s not as great as it thinks it is, but it’s the best. And its fans, who never saw the final of the 1865 Appomattox Bowl, don’t want you to forget it.

Berry Tramel: (405) 760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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