Christmas time is here, and television networks are taking advantage of it, including the newer, sportier ones.
From 6-10 a.m. Eastern, the SEC Network will have a nice fire accompanied by all 14 SEC schools’ fight songs and the occasional — assumedly public domain — Christmas song mixed in. “Yea, Alabama,” “War Eagle,” “Aggie War Hymn” and every other song will be played, including Tennessee’s non-Rocky Top fight song, “Down the Field.”
This holiday tradition of looped fire is getting bigger every year, with more participants and more technology. In Norway, a network aired eight consecutive hours of a fire for “National Firewood Night” to 1 million people, or 20 percent of the country’s population. American cable and satellite providers have yule logs burning on permanent loops, and now it’s on YouTube and on Netflix.
After four hours of fight songs and fire, the hearth is extinguished and the yule log is burnt to a nice crisp, the SEC Network will play 10 consecutive hours of its documentaries. Coming from the SEC Storied series, 30 for 30 or Nine for IX, the topics range from Bo Jackson to the Book of Manning and everything in between.
So, on Christmas Day, come for the relaxing sights and sounds of an artificially crackling television fire, and stay for the strong work of ESPN and SEC Network’s documentaries.