Once again this year every SEC team will get a chance to be featured for 24 hours on the SEC Network leading up to the start of college football season. Georgia's turn at bat comes on July 26th, and the lineup actually has a good mix of obvious programming choices and some interesting original content.
Things wil kick off at midnight with Kirby Smart All Access. I presume that the name of this program kind of speak sod itself and that it will involve SEC Network cameras following Coach Smart around the football offices, into meetings, and while he's sitting around autographing footballs. There will be stories about growing up in Bainbridge and coaching under Nick Saban and becoming your own man.
That will be followed by the SEC Storied episode on the rise and redemption of Herschel Walker. If you haven't seen this, shame on you. Shame. Shame. Shame. Either stay up until 12:30 a.m. or set your DVR. There's also an airing of SEC Storied: Sarah and Suzanne, the hopelessly biased, dime store comic version of the rivalry between Suzanne Yoculan and Alabama's Sarah Patterson.
In terms of football programming, the day will also feature the 1980 World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party (obviously), the 2000 Outback Bowl comeback against Purdue, the 1980 national championship game against Notre Dame, and one of my favorites, the 1997 win over Florida.
Other highlights include Georgia's Athens Super Regional baseball win over NC State in 2008 (screw you, Steve Detwiler), the 2016 NCAA women's swimming and diving championships (contested on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology but emphatically not won by the Yellow Jackets), and the 1983 March Madness victory over Michael Jordan's North Carolina Tarheels.
All in all it's a nice lineup, with some turnover from last summer's schedule. I wouldn't mind watching the 2007 Cocktail Party over and over again, but that's just me. I also wouldn't have minded actually seeing at least one of the Gymdogs' title performances, just to remember what that looks like.
You can find the full schedule here. Until later . . .