Originally posted by littleton tiger: I do think the league offices should be moved from Birmingham to another city perhaps Jacksonville. Perhaps we could level the playing field in reguards to officiating as opposed to bama getting evert close call and every scheduling break.
I would be all for the SEC offices moving to a neutral city (though Jacksonville isn't exactly neutral). The trick with that is what city and in what state? I guess ATL is the best choice but people are kidding themselves if they don't think it's more UGA than any other SEC team. Auburn also has a lot of presence in ATL.
The other trick is you have to have people working in the SEC offices that love SEC football and those people are going to probably be from the south and it also means they will have either gone to an SEC school or have some type of allegiance to one school or another. That will always be the case unless you hire a bunch of people who don't like football or people who just don't care for football in the SE.....which puts our conference at a major disadvantage. Other conferences are run by people who love sports in that particular conference (perhaps not at the commish level but below that, absolutely).
Finally, I understand the idea that fans always think other schools get all the calls. That is in our nature I guess but it's simply not true and the numbers bare that out. Our opponents (meaning whoever we're playing on a particular week) are continually one of the least penalized teams in the conference. Even if that team is typically highly penalized, they often have far fewer penalties called on them when they play Bama than they do other weeks in the season. I can provide facts to back that up, not just opinions or gut feelings. If Bama is truly "getting every close call" then it would stand to reason that our opponents would be highly penalized, right?
That's no flame, I understand how people think that. There are times when I feel the same way. There are calls that standout as BS to us too and several of them have been game and season changers for us. Make no mistake though, most fans think their own teams takes it in the shorts with regards to officiating. We are all biased and we seem to count and remember the bad calls that go against us while at the same time discounting and forgetting the bad calls that go our way and that's true for all of us. Watch a big game (that doesn't involve your own team) with fans from the teams playing and listen to their fans talk about officiating during the game. If you do that, there's a great chance you'll get to hear both sides complain that they're getting screwed by the refs.
All of that said, like I said above, I'd like to see the SEC moved as well so that 'Bama biased officiating' would stop being such a prevalent talking point. I don't believe it would actually change a thing though. The crappy part though is that Birmingham should apparently be excluded simply because of where it is while cities like ATL shouldn't.....which seems duplicitous but whatever. If it would shut that kind of crap down, I guess I could live with it. Atlanta is much less centralized within the SEC footprint however.
Maybe Jackson, Biloxi or Nashville would be better choices??? Those cities would all have a potential bias with their residents as well but at least it wouldn't be for Bama, right?