PGA Tour players will have a rare Thursday off this week. The players are inactive today so they can watch the Texas A&M-South Carolina SEC football season opener. Later in the night, the golfers will also be able to enjoy watching Vandy and Ole Miss start their seasons.
SEC opening day is the unofficial start of the football season, just as Augusta is the unofficial start of the golf year.
Rumors abound that the NCAA is seeking input from Tim Finchem on how best to handle their new 4-team playoff system, which begins this season. They are said to be particularly interested in learning how they can advance a popular “needle-moving” team that loses badly in the first round.
Unnamed sources say the NCAA worries about “SEC fatigue” and asked Finchem if he had any ideas about that. Finchem is said to have replied, “Fatigue schmatigue. Show a bunch of promos of SEC football teams superimposed over waving American flags. You’ve got to go after the casual fans because the true fans will watch no matter what. And casual fans love their repetition. In fact, I would suggest constantly showing SEC highlights during every NCAA game, including the Michigan-Ohio State game. And try to mention Alabama in at least every other sentence. Advise your announcers to compare every positive play to some past play by the Crimson Tide. For example, if UCLA scores a touchdown, have them say, ‘The jersey is powder blue, but he ran into the endzone as if he were wearing crimson!'”