Bradley’s Buzz: What came before SEC Media Days? Glad you asked

This led Roy Exum of Chattanooga to ask: “Ben, is it true that before every game you, uh, lose your groceries?” This remains the greatest question ever.

Kentucky, which I was covering for The Cats’ Pause, had a defensive end named Art Still and quarterback named Derrick Ramsey, both from Camden, N.J. Those Wildcats would somehow go 10-1, winning at Penn State, LSU, Georgia and Florida. They’d have played in the Sugar Bowl had they not been on probation.

The Florida coach was Doug Dickey, who didn’t disguise his irritation with us. To be fair, Dickey was still trying to explain away his fourth-and-dumb moment against Georgia in Jacksonville. Auburn’s coach was Doug Barfield, though not for much longer.

I was 21. Parts of that whirlwind tour made me think, “Do I really want to do this for a living?” I still haven’t found a reason to say no.


About the photo above

Auburn folks will recognize the late Jim Fyffe, who was from Paintsville, Ky., and knew my uncle Mike. (He’s standing 10th from left, hands on hips.) Phillip Marshall, who still covers Auburn, is just behind him.

Tennessee fans will note Bob Kesling, voice of the Vols. (He’s standing fifth from right, arms folded.) The aforementioned Exum is wearing a checked shirt and holding a beverage. The late Ed Shearer, the Associated Press’ legendary Southeastern Seer, is standing fifth from left.

I’m smack in the middle –…

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