Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Will Auburn's Nick Fairley Get Treated Fairly In The SEC Championship Game?

Storyline number one from the Iron Bowl was the Tigers comeback from a 24-7 halftime deficit to beat Alabama 28-27 and keep their undefeated season alive.

Storyline number two is the excessive celebration call on Nick Fairley after his first sack of the game.

But can you imagine the firestorm if Auburn had lost this game? The Tide used the Fairley penalty to convert a 4th down and 3 that would have been a punting situation at 4th and 18 and subsequently scored a touchdown a few plays later.

When I saw this penalty I immediately thought this was a make up call for Fairley's actions two weeks ago against Georgia.  All throughout the game there were celebrations much more excessive than Fairley's by both sides that went uncalled. 

I guess I expected more out of the best conference in college football, but maybe I shouldn't.  Evidently, SEC officials were never told by their parents that two wrongs don't make a right.

Should Auburn and Nick Fairley expect this same treatment on Saturday against South Carolina? 

Remember back before the 1997 Sugar Bowl rematch between Florida and FSU when Steve Spurrier continually harped to the media on how he thought the officials missed calls on the Seminoles hitting Danny Wuerffel late in the regular season meeting?  Don't be surprised to see the Head Ball Coach use the same strategy leading up to the SEC Championship Game.

Nick Fairley play and CBS' Spencer Tillman rightfully goes off on the call at halftime.

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