"I don't think it's right that last year we played Auburn on a Friday and we had a game the Saturday before, so we had to play them on a short week. And Auburn had a bye before the game. That stuff is not good for the players. It's not fair, but it's not good for the players, either."Well, I'll tell you, Flipper--you should really have a talk with your athletic director. If Maw Mooah hadn't gone crying to the SEC to force the Auburn-Alabama game to move to Thanksgiving weekend a few years back, against AU's wishes, we'd be playing on November 20, and Auburn wouldn't have an open date. Auburn also opposed moving the game to Thanksgiving weekend because we knew CBS wouldn't be able to resist moving it to Friday--and we were right about that.
Of course, Maw did his crying to the conference on your bidding, after the 00's demonstrated UAT couldn't handle playing Mississippi State, LSU and Auburn back-to-back-to-back (with the order of the first two occasionally swapped). You can still have that lineup back, if Auburn's open date bothers you so much. Just say the word. We'll even vote with you.
So take your pick, little man. Auburn would be perfectly happy to go back to playing Georgia and Alabama back-to-back, with no open date. If you want to keep the game on Thanksgiving weekend, you're entirely free to pick the week before as an open date yourself. But you can't have it both ways.
Oh, and Flipper--you can spare us the complaining about things you "never complain about."