This Is Why We're Better Than You

D MarlerContributor IAugust 18, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Terrence Cody #62 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I don't run to see who's fastest, I run to see who has the most guts....... Steve Prefontaine

Hot enough for ya?
Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel answered that question in resounding fashion late last week when he cancelled practice in Columbus because it was "too hot."  Ohio State fans, are you as embarrassed as we are for you?  I can hear Gene Stallings and the rest of the Junction Boys laughing all the way from Paris, Texas.  Bless your hearts.

SEC teams from Gainesville to Baton Rouge to Knoxville are fighting through two a days with temperatures in the low 100's and heat indeces reported as high as 113 degrees in Tuscaloosa. Your team couldn't practice because the temperature hit the low 90's and the heat index was in the upper 90's. Yeah, we have that down here every NIGHT.

I seriously hope that I am not drinking chocolate milk the next time I hear one of your former players arrogantly introduce himself as being from THE Ohio State University. I have no doubt that I will literally snort with derision. Big 10? Big Deal.

Let me list a few of the teams on 2009 National Champion Alabama's regular season schedule; Penn State (which means that Bama's Big 10 schedule is as tough as yours!), Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Tennessee and Auburn. If Bama can successfully navigate that minefield they will have earned the opportunity to play in the SEC Championship game against Florida (again!) or Georgia.

Who will Ohio State play in the Big 10 Championship game? Oh that's right, ya'll don't have one. You take that day off as well.

Cancelling practice because it is too hot is so foreign to an SEC fan that it is beyond comprehension. You should lose your preseason Number 2 ranking over that. I am not kidding. Do they not sell Gatorade in Columbus?  As I'm writing this article it has been raining all day AND IT IS STILL HOT. Cut it down to one practice per day. Take it inside. Work on your kicking game, go in shorts and helmets, do anything but cancel it altogether. That is lame, it is weak and it is pathetic.

Where is your mental and physical toughness? You have none. Know what led me to that conclusion?

Do you know why you've lost your last two BCS Championship Games to SEC teams?

We are 15 days from kickoff of a new College Football season which means that within 16 days we will be subjected to some guy wearing a parka in early September telling us how the Big 10 is every bit as good as the SEC. When you hear that, I hope you remember this.