Thursday, May 23 2013 11:50 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:50:16 GMT
TOKYO (APTN/FOX) - An 80-year-old climber became the oldest person ever to climb Mount Everest, despite undergoing heart surgery in January. Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura called his daughter from theMore >>
The old-age ascent is just the latest in a lifetime of daring feats for adventurous Yuichiro Miura.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:26 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:26:22 GMT
MONTAGUE COUNTY, TX (KTVT/FOX) - A law enforcement officer who took three bullets at close range will return to work Sunday after two months away from the job. Deputy James Boyd pulled over a car MarchMore >>
The officer's bulletproof vest saved his life, but some physical and mental scars will remain visible for a long time.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:24:25 GMT
MOORE, OK (RTV/FOX) - The deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma aren't just taking a toll on people, they're also affecting pets. Many of them have lost their owners and are now housed at a makeshift shelter. TheMore >>
A makeshift animal shelter has cared for between 50 and 60 cats and dogs since Monday, and in some cases there are happy reunions. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:03 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:03:31 GMT
DOTHAN, AL (WHDN/FOX) - State health officials said a mysterious respiratory illness has left two people dead and five hospitalized in southeast Alabama. The Alabama Department of Public Health said inMore >>
Two of the seven people already admitted to the hospital have died, and no one knows what is causing the illness.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:58 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:58:53 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (WTTG/FOX) – While preparing for Memorial Day or any other outside activity, many people forget one important thing – sunscreen. Tim Turnham, an expert with the Melanoma Research Foundation, saidMore >>
Cases of melanoma, a type of skin cancer, are growing 2 percent annually for children and 3 percent for adults. The rate has doubled since 1973.More >>
(RNN) - The world should probably be put on notice - we here down south like to play football.
Especially in Alabama.
With its fourth BCS National Championship in a row, there's a good chance the state is on the verge of seceding from the NCAA altogether and forming its own in-state super league.
Which, admittedly, for now, would be dominated by the University of Alabama.
But how is that any different from the rest of college football?
Alabama has dominated three of the last four seasons, with an Auburn national championship sandwiched in between the first and second run by the Crimson Tide.
No matter what conference to which football fans claim allegiance, everyone is quite aware the SEC just took home its seventh national championship in a row. And by the looks of it, Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia could all make title runs next year. Maybe LSU and Florida, as well.
Getting through the SEC unscathed is a challenging proposition. With teams that individually could be the top team in any conference in the country if only they weren't in the same conference playing each other, getting through the season without a loss is near impossible.
Before anyone calls me an SEC homer, you should know I graduated from - and cheer for - a C-USA school. What do we know about football? By the time C-USA teams figure the game out, we pay our exit fee and find another league in which to play. Ask Texas Christian, who jumped from C-USA to the Big East to the Big 12 faster than you can say "Horned frogs."
But I do know excellence when I see it.
And I do know that football here isn't just a game. It's an identity.
A proper weekend down here in the South starts with the game on Saturday and church on Sunday. Church outranks football, if only by the smallest of margins. There's plenty of food - and prayer - at both.
Football is as much a part of the South as fried pickles, sweet tea, boiled peanuts, Baptist churches, a long, drawn-out 'y'all,' granddaddy's heirloom Bible, summer weekends in Panama City, winter retreats to Gatlinburg, and Lynyrd Skynyrd anthems (which Bama fans have modified to say "Roll Tide Roll" in the pause between the lyric "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Where the skies are so blue," much to the amusement or confusion of visiting bands playing the song).
Football runs through our veins like salt water from the Gulf of Mexico and gumbo from the Alabama and Louisiana Bayous.
And there's no better way to spend an Autumn Saturday than listing to Rammer Jammer or War Eagle or Glory blast from the stands.
I won't mention Rocky Top. No one outside of Knoxville really likes to hear it.
We wear houndstooth as a fashion statement and yell strange things like "Hotty Toddy!" and throw giant cocktail parties in the parking lots of our favorite stadiums.
And when schools out west brag that they filled 60,000 seats, we say "bless their hearts" and don't bring up that SEC spring scrimmages bring that many people.
We don't have many presidents from the deep south. But we have a lot of kings. Bryant, Dooley (Vince), Vaught, Dye, Neyland, Jordan, Saban, forever immortalized in the folklore of Southern culture, if not in big, bronzed statues on their respective campuses (or kingdoms, as it were).
Someone, someday will snap the SEC national championship streak. It's inevitable. Maybe Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks and their high powered offense. Maybe Florida State will put all the pieces together and be the team they're capable of being, giving Jimbo Fischer his first championship in Tallahassee.
But it's no coincidence that the SEC has won nine BCS Championships and the nearest competitor, the Big 12, has won two.
To you, it's a game.
To us, it's a way of life.
That's why the SEC has been and will continue to be dominant at football.
Roll Tide, War Eagle, Geaux Tigers, Go Dawgs (of the Georgia or Mississippi State variety, whichever you choose).
Let's all raise a glass of sweet tea to seven straight, y'all. Praise the Lord.
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Thursday, April 25 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-25 11:03:18 GMT
(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft again airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall. Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can neverMore >>
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:52 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:52:03 GMT
(RNN) - Spring practice in the SEC climaxes Saturday when five more teams hold their annual spring scrimmages. Interesting fact: So far the biggest attendance at a spring game this season was at KentuckyMore >>
New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas will give us the first glimpse of their teams in Saturday's SEC spring games. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Mississippi State also give fans a break from the long college football offseason.
Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:16 GMT
Many Southeastern Conference football fans will finally get a look at their favorite teams this Saturday, April 13, and several of the annual spring games will be broadcast on TV and on the Web.Texas A&MMore >>
Southeastern Conference fans are beginning to stir as South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all hold their annual spring football games on Saturday, April 13.More >>
Monday, January 7 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-01-07 11:00:08 GMT
Miami (RNN) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may well win tonight. Not a misprint.He explained that odd statement Sunday at the final news conference before theMore >>
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may win tonight. He meant the team that takes the most chances, forces the action and sets the pace. Teams that do that make mistakes. But they cause the other guys to make mistakes, too. More >>
Sunday, January 6 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-06 16:52:47 GMT
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night.More >>
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night. More >>