T'was a Month Before Football
by Johnny Smith
T’was a month before football, and all through the South
Rabid fans everywhere were running their mouth.
The recruits were all arriving to show off their wares,
In hopes that playing time soon would be theirs.
The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of championships danced in their heads.
And Momma in her Orange, and I in my blue,
were patiently waiting for the season to ensue.
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to my front door I flew on a rail,
Only to see a Bulldog brandishing his ‘bell.
I went to the internet to find out the reason,
it seems they’re hoping for a championship season.
I decided to look at the other teams’ prospects,
and there I found all of the usual suspects.
While Bama fans keep claiming judgment day is near
The Auburn fans keep saying there is nothing to fear.
The Gator fans are joyfully embracing their new leader,
And Georgia fans are hoping their season don’t teeter.
LSU is hoping they don’t need any luck,
To get by a team of high-scoring Ducks.
While Rebel fans are just now leaving their casinos,
Hog fans are dreaming of crowning Petrino.
On Rocky Top, Bray seems to be the magical word
While Gamecocks hope to keep their opponents spurred.
Poor Vandy and Kentucky, as in seasons past,
Are just hoping their teams aren’t playing for last.
And then, in an instant, I heard on the news
Everyone was picking the champion to lose.
I looked at their roster, scratching my head,
I couldn’t believe what they had just said.
While across the state at that other school,
These same pundits were saying the Tide would rule.
While one school is dissed because of their losses,
The school that is picked first lost way more hosses.
That’s life in this conference, I readily admit,
And what you did last year doesn’t matter a bit.
Championships in this conference are hard to come by,
But repeating as champion is an even farther cry.
So now we sit and wait for the veterans to report,
And hope they are ready to hold down the fort.
Many who waited their turn on the sideline,
Will now be hoping to become the next headline!
While injuries and suspensions can wreck someone’s season,
Let’s hope they stay healthy and for good reason,
For most of us this is nothing more than a game,
But for them it’s their livelihood if they come up lame.
Here’s hoping for a good finish to the season this year,
And may twelve SEC teams celebrate holiday cheer.
We all have our dreams of postseason glory,
But let team play and sportsmanship be the main story!
To win the crown, there’s one thing to remember.
You’ve first got to get to that game in December.
Winning championships is what it’s about,
Here’s wishing every Saturday was a Saturday Down South.
gotta love SEC football.
so ready for this season to begin.