Published February 21, 2011 - 8:00am
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Paul Finebaum is one of the biggest and most controversial media personalities in the South. He is also a huge voice for SEC football. While some of his callers cannot put complete sentences together, others are very astute. Finebaum fires up the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama as he eggs on the callers from the respective programs. As such, there has long been a debate on whether or not Finebaum is good or bad for the rivalry and for SEC football.
The Finebaum Show is where the infamous Harvey “Al from Dadeville” Updyke first reported his poisoning of the trees on Toomer’s Corner. With fans in an uproar, Finebaum is now receiving some of the blame as fans point fingers at the antagonistic radio host.
I’m sure Finebaum is soaking up all the attention. He’s a radio host who wants listeners and ratings, and the closest he’s probably ever been to athletics is putting the ball on the tee for his boy. However, you have to hand it to the guy – he knows how to get attention and make himself relevant on the SEC scene.
Everyone loves to hate Finebaum, but I would argue that he’s good for SEC football, and he’s good for the South. Leave the guy alone. Focus your attention, rather, on this guy.