Everyone knows that the SEC is the best conference in the world because
they are the fastest -- I know I've caught myself watching a college
football game or two in my day and thinking that I had somehow thrown
my Tivo into 32X fast forward only to realize I was just watching
Florida play LSU. But the question remains, "Why is the SEC so fast?"
Is it genetic?
Nah, couldn't be -- athletes in D1 programs are generally of pretty diverse backgrounds.
I suppose climate could contribute to overall endurance and conditioning, but top-end speed? That just doesn't make sense.
Divine right of passage?
Well, I don't doubt this, but I think the more plausible answer just may lie in this Tennessee blog:
Ohio State Gets Juiced, by SEC Speed in the Big Ten
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 11, 2007
SEC speed wins again.
Jim Tressel must come back to reality now. After being nut-punched by
Florida in the 2006 championship game, Ron Zook brought his Illinois
team, or as I like to call them, the mini Gators, to the Horseshoe to
show Jim Tressel that the speed of the SEC even rules in Big Eleven Ten
Juice Williams made some big plays on the ground and through the air,
guiding Illinois to a stunning 28-21 using SEC speed and mucking up the
national title race yet again this season.
I didn't understand at first, since Illinois is another Big Ten team,
and then it hit me -- the mere concept of speed is actually owned and
licensed by the SEC! In order to beat OSU, Illinois merely had to find
a way to harness SEC speed! Zook, being the Prometheus-like SEC
expatriate he is, brought speed from the Gods to his people.
Now if only the rest of the conference could just figure out how to do this -- I'm think there's a lease of some sort involved.