THE SEC REPORT

LSU lays out a path to the National Championship after defeating Georgia, and the rest of the SEC bowl schedule

Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

LAST WEEKEND

The season ended with a massive beating in the SEC championship game in Atlanta as LSU smacked around Georgia. Joe Burrow put the period at the end of his Heisman Statement at this game after he threw for four more touchdowns in a lop sided 37-10 victory. The other national implication coming from this game is seeding for the College Football Playoff for the National Championship, with LSU having been moved down to second (in a bizarre move to many) earlier in the season, the committee did wind up picking LSU to be the #1 seed after conference championship weekend.

PLAYERS FROM THE GAME

Jake Fromm, Quarterback of Georgia, wasn't ready for the big time and played inconsistently in a game that Georgia can never seemingly win, the SEC championship game, with two interceptions and only one passing touchdown.

Joe Burrow, Quarterback of LSU, this was a great game on a great stage and this is the most proof so far that there is no doubt that Burrow is a big time quarterback deserving of all the national love and accolades this season.

D'Andre Swift, Runningback of Georgia, he'd been the other big name coming into this game and because of injuries from the Georgia Tech game was really unable to get going.

AND NOW...

So now for LSU the stage is set, December 28th in Atlanta again, they'll play in the Peach Bowl against Oklahoma and the winner goes on to the National Championship to play the winner of Clemson/Ohio State. The likelihood of LSU making it is good but now the question becomes, who do they play? Is there a match up they'd like to see more? My prediction is LSU against Clemson for a close LSU victory in the National Title game.

SEC BOWL SCHEDULE

Texas A&M (vs Oklahoma State) 12/27 Academy Sports + Outdoor Bowl Texas

LSU (vs Oklahoma) 12/28 Peach Bowl

Mississippi State (vs Louisville) 12/30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Florida (vs Virginia) 12/30 Capital One Orange Bowl

Kentucky (vs Virginia Tech) 12/31 Belk Bowl

Alabama (vs Michigan) 1/1 Vrbo Citrus Bowl

Auburn (vs Minnesota) 1/1 Outback Bowl

Georgia (vs Baylor) 1/1 Allstate Sugar Bowl

Tennessee (vs Indiana) 1/2 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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