I need to find a team to pull for tonight, and I'm struggling.
I usually pull for the SEC. SEC football isn't a sport. It's a lifestyle. The SEC has the best stadiums and the best game-day atmosphere and the best fans and the best traditions and the best teams and -- can I say this? -- the best sundresses.
Every September somebody writes to say that ACC football is just as good as SEC football. That's as absurd now as when I first heard it. Georgia Tech and Clemson played for the ACC championship. They also played SEC also-rans Georgia and South Carolina. The also-rans ran all over them.
I have a problem, however. Nick Saban coaches Alabama. I spent a little time with Saban when he coached Louisiana State. I don't want to imply that he's not engaging. But talking to him was like talking to a ball bearing.
And then there was this:
Are you leaving the Miami Dolphins, Nick?
Anything else, Nick?
I am out of here. But don't tell anybody.
Mack Brown of Texas I know a little. We talked when he coached North Carolina. He would get sad, rather than angry, when you wrote something he didn't like. I wrote that he would freeze in big games. I wrote this because he would freeze in big games.
These were the olden days when Florida State dominated the ACC. The Tar Heels were up and coming and ready to take the Seminoles, you could tell. And then the game would begin. And Mack would draw in.
Mack, however, is a nice guy, remarkably unpretentious for a big-time coach.
If this were a wrestling match between Mack and Saban, I'm cheering for Mack. But this is a football game between the SEC and Texas.
I probably won't know who to pull for until the game begins.
But I'm leaning toward Boise State.