Well, well, well, looks like I found my way back here after an absence related to work and IT'S ALWAYS WORK. NEVER ANYTHING ELSE. Anyway, enough complaining, as always, there will be more of that later.
There is good news for the have-nots of the SEC, as the conference announced Monday that it has signed on with the Independence Bowl for the 2012 and 2013 season. So Mississippi State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss (HAHAHA, no, we're not going to bowl by then), possibly Texas A&M, Arkansas (2013), and Missouri fans, you could be spending the new year in beauti-, no, check that, it's-a-place-on-the-map Shreveport-Bossier City area.
Gambling? Check. Drive-through daiquiri barns? Check. Dozens of O'Charley's? Check (ATTENTION STATE FANS). Crime? DOUBLE CHECK. It's all there for your pleasure, while you potentially freeze your ass off (Unpredictable weather? Check.) watching your team stumble around for three quarters with a team from that thing called the ACC, then wailing about how your team horribly underachieved and only won seven games.
I've been to two Independence Bowls and seen two wins (suck it, Texas Tech and Nebraska!) and can only remember one enjoyable moment from my experiences. A drunken fight (is there any other kind in Shreveport?) broke out in our section, between two State fans oddly, and a female cop showed some hustle, quickly broke up the fight, and hauled the two guys away. Later, she appeared on the video board (NOTE: NOT a jumbotron), and the rest of our Miller and Coors Light-fueled, but well-behaved section, began chanting, "CHIEF! CHIEF! CHIEF! CHIEF!"
Section 209 was on point that night, unlike the Nebraska Cornhuskers, David Cutcliffe, and my decision to go to the Independence Bowl. But, given the shitstorm I've watched for the past two seasons, I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK.
Get more great analysis over at Belly of the Beast.