A rear view look at 2006 SEC season 


During the 2006 college football season, Clay Travis, popular column writer of “Clay Nation” for CBS SportsLine, traveled more than 8,000 miles to attend a home game at every SEC school. The resulting book, “Dixieland Delight: A football season on the road in the Southeastern Conference” (Harper Entertainment, $13.95, paperback), is not a bad read, with plenty of material on the Hogs.

Along the way, he often sings the praises of the Hogs, while still working in a few comical jabs here and there. Perhaps especially pressing to someone driving 8,000 miles, he bemoans the distance of Fayetteville from other SEC schools. He also pokes fun at the spelling of Sooie in the Hog Call and the in-state debate on how long the Woo in Woo Pig Sooie should last.

“Traditionalists hew to eight seconds,” he reports, “while the non-traditionalists, in the midst of the Hog Calling rebellion, want to break off the Wooooo far too early.”

He has trouble telling the Alabama fans from Arkansas fans since both wear ball caps with A's on them. But he loves Razorback Stadium, calling it “remarkably nice.”

But then he goes and makes fun of Arkansas females. He ranks Arkansas women 10th out of the dozen SEC schools. “I regret to inform you that hairspray seemed very popular in Arkansas,” Travis writes.

Travis, however, found one pre-game ritual he liked — the Webhogs Victory Circle members passing the whiskey bottle. When it comes your turn, one must say something football related, as in “I hope we get a turn over,” and then take a swig. This goes on until all the whiskey is gone. Ah, tailgating.

For those who love football, there are enough caustic, comedic moments to make “Dixieland Delight” worth the read, especially when you love to make fun of the Arkansas opponents week after week while swigging down whiskey at a tailgate party.


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