Happy to be in Hoover

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HOOVER, Ala. ” My wife and I on Monday were talking about my surprisingly good mood. I was not depressed which I usually am in the days following the Bob Dooley Invitational.

Typically, the post-tournament depression is because of an empty feeling. But it’s hard to feel empty when you are heading for the SEC Media Days three days later.

(Just a side note: We raised almost $20,000 for Stop! Children’s Cancer on Saturday at Haile Plantation.)

This event is kind of a family reunion for the writers, SEC officials and even the coaches and players of the conference. It’s also the unofficial kickoff for football season which is enough to make any Southerner feel giddy.

Personally, I wish they would move these meetings around. Maybe Atlanta one year, Amelia Island the next. Since we never get to Athens, why not there?

But the SEC office is in Birmingham and we feel fortunate that SEC Media Days at least has moved out to the bedroom community of Hoover and out of an area that was depressing and where restaurants are inaccessible.

Remember, it’s all about us.

But more than anything, this is our first chance to really write some football in what will be a five-month season. This is the first time you can write a column about football and not have somebody say, “In July, Dooley?”

It’s July. And it’s time for football.