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Diana Nyad

Bits & Pieces: People live, breath college football in southern states

Wow. Until you have been in the Southeastern Conference during the college football season, you really don't know how important that sport is to the people there. I just visited Chattanooga for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chicagamauga during the Civil War and spent some time in Georgia where all you see is "Go Dawgs."

As it happened, I bumped into a couple of diehard Georgia fans in the lobby of our hotel and they weren't very happy about their team playing second fiddle to Alabama. "We haven't won a championship since 1980," said one. "And I ain't happy about that."

Football in that region is second only to religion and, believe me,...