SouthBound: ESPN's Paul Finebaum Gets Us Ready For A New College Football Season
In Southeastern Conference football history, the true legends go by just one name. Bear. Herschel. Bo. And now there’s another, although you have to stretch it out: Pawwwwwwwwl.
Paul Finebaum – a thin, bookish former sportswriter – has somehow become one of the avatars for Southern football, through his longtime radio show and now through his TV work on ESPN. A legion of regulars call into the radio show to argue about SEC football – mostly Auburn and Alabama football – and some of them have become celebrities themselves.
Finebaum inspires both love and hate – sometimes in equal degree – by finding the raw nerves of college sports and repeatedly, gleefully, poking them. With the college football season starting in just a few days, we thought it would be a good time to check in with football’s most unlikely star.
Let's keep the conversation going. Who do you want to hear from next on the SouthBound podcast?
- The archive of Finebaum's radio show
- A great profile of Finebaum from the New Yorker
- The beginning of his show on the day caller Tammy Bullard was killed
- My story for Sports Illustrated on the death of Toomer's Oaks
- The extremely rare Finebaum Flex
Other music in this episode:
- David Last, "Sporty Ankles (Ditch Remix)"
- Fields of Ohio, "South Campus Blocks"
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