Why Not Start the Playoff in 2013, a year early?

The BCS is dead. Long live the BCS. Yesterday college football’s slow revolution came to a predictable close. Back in January SEC commissioner Mike Slive said that he saw a playoff coming. Nearly six months later, it’s a reality. We know most of the details — there will be a selection committee, the semi-finals will be… Read more »

2006 Classic: Eulogy to Jefferson Pilot Sports

This column initially ran on August 7, 2006     Shut the door to your office, you can’t let your coworkers see you cry. Get the box of tissues and place it alongside your keyboard. If you’re at home, make sure your wife is watching DVR’ed episodes of Grey’s Anatomy before you read any further.… Read more »

College Football’s Elder Statesmen Give Us a Final Gift

Three years ago I asked SEC commissioner Mike Slive whether he foresaw a college football playoff anytime soon. He grinned and shook his head, “I think,” Slive said, “you’ll have to wait for us to die off.” The “us” in question was his generation of college football power brokers. Yesterday a four-team playoff became a… Read more »

Harvey Updyke Doesn’t Need to go to Jail

Harvey Updyke’s trial is about to begin in a courtroom near Auburn University. It’s been about eighteen months since Updyke first gained prominence as Al from Dadeville, the Finebaum caller who poisoned a tree and set loose a maelstrom of media coverage and indignation. Since that time I’ve gotten to know Harvey pretty well. I’ve… Read more »

Jim Rome’s Audience Plummets on CBS Sports Network

This April Jim Rome made a much ballyhooed debut on the CBS Sports Network. Rome’s departure from ESPN represented a coup for the nascent network, recently rebranded from College Sports Television (CSTV) and expanding into original programming. Rome, airing daily at 6 eastern, would be a linchpin around which CBS could mount an attack on ESPN’s sporting hegemony.… Read more »

Georgia Tech Really Hates Georgia

Lately you haven’t had to hit Georgia’s mascot with a car, they’ve been dropping like flies regardless. Uga is the William Henry Harrison of mascots, uneasy lies the head with the studded collar. Some blame inbreeding. Others blame Mark Richt. Somehow, inevitably, this will end up Mike Vick’s fault. In the meantime, golf clap. If… Read more »

Awkward Championship Rings: LSU is Number 2

We’ve had lots of awkward fan photos, but we’ve never had awkward championship ring photos before at OKTC. That changed today. LSU won the 2012 SEC championship. No one can dispute that accomplishment. But LSU didn’t win the national championship. So how do you deal with this dilemma when it comes time to issue SEC… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: TCU Sings “Call Me Maybe”

Okay, it’s early, but you know what you need to really get revved up for Friday? The TCU students charged with orienting incoming freshmen sing “Call Me Maybe” Now the only real debate left is whether this is worse than Georgia’s awful “Party in the UGa” video from two years ago. I’m going to link both… Read more »

2013 Shaping Up To Be Best SEC Recruiting Year Ever

It’s looking like 2013 will be the best recruiting year in SEC football history. For a conference that has had the most players drafted for seven consecutive years, that truly says something. Right now Tennessee has the 26th best recruiting class in the nation according to Rivals and 247 Sports. That sounds impressive, right? For… Read more »

NBA Finals Drinking Game

Y’all are clearly a bunch of drunken, desperate louts. As I scrolled through Twitter last night, several of you were lamenting the fact that there was no drinking game for the NBA Finals on ABC. Then this morning I woke up and the first email I received was from Vincent L. writing: “I was watching… Read more »

SEC Network Could Carry 40-50 Football Games a Season

OKTC has told you the SEC Network is coming and we’ve told you that its payout could be stratospheric, approaching a billion dollars a year within the next 10-15 years. But what we haven’t talked about as much is how many football games the SEC Network could carry. The number of football games that a potential network… Read more »

I’m Rooting for LeBron James

I’m rooting for LeBron James. There, I said it. I’m part of a small minority of newfound LeBron fans, but my legions should be growing.  That’s because the LeBron hate is weak and played out. Yes, LeBron chose a ridiculous and tone deaf way to pick his new team, but it’s been nearly two years… Read more »

Awkward Fan Photos: Alabama Van Edition

Have you ever thought to yourself, you know what my Alabama fan van needs? A family portrait! No? Then clearly you aren’t a true Alabama football fan. Meet the first ever awkward family fan photo on the side of a van. Because it’s not enough for mom and dad to take responsibility for the brown van… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: Alabama Van and Kentucky Leg Edition

Every now and then I get an email asking why OKTC picks on Alabama and Kentucky fans so much. The easy answer is, there’s no intent to make fun of those schools any more than any other. I’m happy to make fun of Tennessee, Florida, Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn, Michigan, Texas A&M, really, you name a… Read more »

Awkward Fan Photos; Pregnant Alabama Fan Part Two

It says something about the Alabama fan base that this is our second awkward fan photo involving a pregnant Alabama fan. If you missed our first awkward Bama fan photo, you really must read this piece and look at this photo. But now we’re back with a second pregnant Bama fan and somehow this is even… Read more »

Big Ten Fans: It’s Time To Storm the Bastille

Look, I’ve made fun of Big Ten fans.  But deep down, I kind of like y’all.  After all, I’m married to a Big Ten alum and we have two SEC/Big Ten half-breeds. Rest assured my boys will be SEC fans, but still…I feel your pain. I know that deep down all of y’all wish the… Read more »

OKTC Hall of Fame Member Lauren Tannehill Heads to HBO, Maxim

During the Texas — Texas A&M game the OKTC crew flooded me on Twitter to make sure that I’d seen Lauren Ufer, the then fiancee of Aggie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.  Immediately, by popular acclimation, we inducted Ryan and Lauren into the OKTC hall of fame. From there Lauren’s profile has only grown, she became the… Read more »