We received the press release trumpeting the birth of a new network earlier today and shuddered as we flashed to Chick-fil-A commercials dominating our rust belt airwaves this fall (not that there's anything wrong with that -- chickens are delicious). The SEC Network, shiny new logo and all, will be invading the holy shores of the Olentangy (with WTTE playing the role of Judas).
The net is expanding on its regional footprint and will be seen in 47 of the US right from launch. Behold the power of the Worldwide Leader.
Thankfully, the good Doctor is there to talk us down:
There are many displaced Southerners around the country, especially in New York -- they're the only people who watch college football in New York, as far as I know -- but I am interested to see just how many yankee folk in Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis tune into syndicated SEC also-rans in the 11 a.m./noon slot when they also have easy access to Big Ten options on ESPN, ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network at the same time.
And it's not really a network (though you can bet it will be one in the near future) in the sense that it doesn't have a fixed channel, so WOO BIG11TEN!!!1!
So what is it going to be -- South Carolina at Arkansas or Wisconsin at Indiana to kick off that beautiful football Saturday in November? Would it matter if we told you that Andre Ware is the network's color analyst?