The SEC Has a Diease: It's Called Whining

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IINovember 9, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 03:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers is congratulated by head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 3, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. LSU defeated Alabama 41-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Ladies and Gentleman, there is an illness that is sweeping the Southeast and it’s not the swine flu, but it’s just as bad.



It affects men who coach football in the SEC and it’s called whining. It happens when bad officiating and bad play calling equals grown men crying over a loss.



This phenomenon has been happening almost since the beginning of the college football season. It started with a bad celebration call in the LSU/Georgia game which in the end benefited LSU.



Conspiracy theorist out there think that the SEC officials are the reason why Florida and Alabama remain undefeated; really?



Could it be that maybe, just maybe, the better team actually won? Let’s take a look shall we at the LSU/Alabama game Saturday since that is the hot topic of the day.



Before we get into the call that supposedly cost LSU the game, let’s look at the facts:



Fact One: is that LSU had the lead twice in this game; at the beginning at 7-0 and 15-10 in the second half. So, to say they got robbed is a joke because they had their chances to stop Alabama and didn’t.



Fact Two: is that Julio Jones scored on a 73-yard touchdown pass when LSU had the lead. No bad officiating here, just lack of tackling.



Fact Three: LSU did get the ball back after the touchdown and did NOTHING. In fact, the second half stats suggested that they weren’t going to move the ball anyway against Bama’s defense. LSU had a grand total of nine offensive yards in the fourth quarter; NINE.



Fact Four: Alabama out gained LSU by a LARGE margin. So, basically they were dominated by the Tide, the score board just didn’t show it. Alabama had several opportunities to blow LSU out and left points on the field.



So, when you get to the “bad” call by the officials, the game probably was over anyway. Here is a clue people: the Crimson Tide was just the better team. It wasn’t bad officiating that cost LSU the game; they cost themselves the game.



Same thing happened in the Florida/Arkansas game. Arkansas had a chance and had the lead on Florida a few times in that game and had a chance to WIN it with a field goal at the end of the game, just like Tennessee did in the Alabama game and what happened? In both cases, field goals were missed.



It’s a joke and insulting to the players on both Alabama and Florida to hear that some how bad officiating help them get to where they are and NOT hard work,determination or their good play.



It’s an insult to the SEC. These coaches coming out here saying all this are basically telling the world “The two best teams in the country, who are from the SEC, DON’T deserve to be there.”



They are opening a Pandora’s Box with all this chatter, rather then accepting the fact your team just wasn’t good enough that day. The people who already hate the SEC, like Michael Welborn of ESPN, are having a field day with this.



The talk today wasn’t the fact that Alabama showed mental toughness in their comeback victory against LSU, it’s how LSU got robbed. Georgia had a bad call go against them too, but two things were different in that game: First, Mark Richt never said a word about it and second, neither did Les Miles whose team benefited from it.



So, before fans go hauling off on the officials, take a closer look at the game itself, you’ll probably found out like I did, the best team usually wins.