SEC

Photo Slideshows

http://www.kmov.com/sports/tigersfootball/slideshows/Photos-SEC-Championship-Game-234906511.html?gallery=y&img=1&c=y#/sports/tigersfootball/slideshows/Photos-SEC-Championship-Game-234906511.html?gallery=y&img=0&c=y&c=y

This first slideshow is a series of photos about the SEC Championship game that took place between SEC West representative Auburn and East representative Missouri on December 7, 2013. Mike Ehrmann and Kevin Cox are the men who took the photos, and they represented Getty Images.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/photos/1401/cfb-bcs-title-game-florida-state-auburn/30/

The second slideshow is of the BCS National Championship Game which was played at the site of the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014. The slideshow was made by Stanley Kay who was representing Sports Illustrated.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/port_popup.html?mem_id=10022&i_id=1093931

The last slideshow is about a University of Georgia women’s basketball team against Presbyterian College on November 10, 2013. Photos were by Ted Mayor, a freelance photographer for the University of Georgia and the Marietta Daily Journal.

These slideshows depict the action that went on between the teams facing each other, as well as other aspects that make a game  enticing, like the pregame warm ups and shots of the fans. The slideshows has journalistic value because they show an up and close look at what happens on a football field or basketball court, like the passion that the players show and the extreme effort it takes to make the plays that they do. It’s another side to sports that you can’t see if you’re just watching it on a TV screen or from the stands. Shots of the coaches and of the venues where the games are played are cool because they help one get a feel of the atmosphere  I find this slideshow inspiring because as and athlete myself I can identify with the passion that the players’ faces show in the pictures while at the same time appreciating what they go through from a fans perspective.

After looking at these slideshows it’s hard to remember that these athletes are also students trying get an education at college. But are these players today really student-athletes anymore? Or are they merely athletes bound by the NCAA to attend school in order to continue to play sports?

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Fans, Football

The SEC is serious business

Just  wanted to post a quick video here about how serious some SEC fans are about their teams at times. This woman (who happens to be an Alabama fan) apparently was only coming to the defense of her son against some Oklahoma fans when she went flying into them like a bat out of hell. What could compel a middle aged mom with a grown son to act out so violently in the middle of a football game? Well, the business of sports of course! The son (who goes to Alabama) was being taunted by Oklahoma fans because Alabama was losing badly against Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. Now it’s one thing when people trash talk each other about their teams, but it’s a whole another matter when the outcome of a football game (and a little bit of alcohol) cause an otherwise grown woman to do something like this.

Just shows the impact that sports has on fans of the SEC.

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Football, NCAA Basketball, SEC, Sports

Introduction

Hello Everyone, my name is Pierce Quinn and I am currently a student at Auburn University. I have always wanted to talk about the impact that sports has on a culture, and finally I have the chance to do that with this blog. I chose the SEC because a fascinating thing has happened with this college football conference. It seems as though there is this “conference pride” that is associated with the SEC that isn’t found in any other conference on a prep, collegiate, or professional level, and I want to know why that is. I want to look into just how seriously people take sports, and the ramifications it has on their personal lives. I also want to find out how athletes are perceived by fans and colleges. Since American Football is the most popular sport in the SEC I will be talking mostly about it, but there will also be other sports that I will cover every now and then.

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