Friday, September 12, 2014

Currently Reading: My Conference Can Beat Your Conference

It's been a while since I've done a book update. I've been reading as much as humanly possible, but school likes to interfere with the fun sometimes. But now that football season is in full swing, I had to grab one of the football books off my shelf. And the obvious choice was Paul Finebaum, duh.

I started this book two days ago and I'm so obsessed with it, it's a miracle I haven't already finished the thing. Paul Finebaum may be my new hero in life. And, no, I haven't lost my mind.

Reasons to read this book:
1. You are a fan of an SEC school.
2. You have respect for the SEC as the powerhouse conference it is.
3. You are/were an aspiring journalist.
4. You want a good laugh.
5. You just love you some football.

Reasons NOT to read this book:
1. You hate the SEC.
2. You are a fan of an ACC school.
3. You don't like football.
4. You hate people.
5. You have no soul.

I can honestly say this is one of the best books I've picked up in quite some time. The opening chapter was absolutely hilarious. Nothing like getting a good laugh making fun of SEC schools, including your own. Finebaum's insights, experiences, and opinions are definitely laid out there, and as crazy as he seems on the radio and TV, he's actually very down-to-earth. The chapter I read last night actually brought me to tears. 

When I gave up on my career in journalism last spring, I literally went running as fast as possible in the opposite direction. But this book reminds me of the humanity and joy that comes with being a journalist, and just a good human being for that matter.

Finebaum really does love what he does and what be brings to fans of the SEC, and I'm so glad that the whole world can see him on the SEC Network now, instead of just his old home in Birmingham.

Linking up with Venus Trapped in Mars for some Fan Friday action today, because this book makes me an even better football fan I've decided. 

Go Dawgs. Beat the chickens. 

xoxo, jgp


  1. oh this is absolutely going on my reading list. is it bad that I've been anxious about this week's game since we beat Clemson?

  2. I am definitely adding this to my to-read list. It sounds great!

  3. I've never even heard of this book, but it sounds like a pretty good read. Even though I'm a PAC 12 girl...