By: Eric SanInocencio
SEC Digital Network
Birmingham, Ala. -- The countdown is almost in single digits. The 2012 SEC football season is almost here.
Over the past few weeks, fans of college football have looked for any opportunity to talk about the game they love. While their favorite teams begin practicing for another Fall under the lights, their supporters are getting ready too, double checking dates and learning all they can about the upcoming opponents.
Every time I post anything remotely related to football on the SEC's social media accounts or on the website, the chatter begins. Chants of "Roll Tide Roll" are quickly countered with "Geaux LSU" or "Woo Pig Sooie" along with the celebratory cries of every team in the SEC. The fan fervor which makes this league unique is already in full display, despite not a single snap being taken so far.
Part of that preseason joy for many SEC fans is receiving their season tickets. What used to be an ordinary envelope in the mail has now become a rallying cry, another chance for league supporters to get that much more excited. With social media as prevalent as it is, the pictures of ticket arrivals now fill up timelines, creating more buzz about a season that folks cannot wait to arrive.
In this installment of the SEC Nation photoblog, I asked those very fans to share that moment. We asked for pictures of season tickets on Monday night, and by this morning my inbox was slammed full. People have taken pride in making a design of their tickets (you'll see below), or just laying them out for everyone to see. Below is a grouping of the many pictures I received, a collection that spans nearly the entire conference.
Now I understand that some schools haven't sent out their tickets yet, so if you don't see your favorite team, don't be discouraged. I'll continue to add to this list as more photos come in. In the meantime, let's check out what we got.
Built By Bama (Sent In By @TomGalbreath)
Alabama is the defending National Champions, so what better place to begin. You can see the Crimson Tide's tickets below, as they emphasize the motto "Built By Bama".
Don't Waste Your LSU Ticket (Sent In By @ValleyShook)
LSU is a preseason top five team, and they've chosen an interesting way to present their season tickets. They have a glitter background, and encourage their fans to use every ticket this year.
Georgia Tickets On Your Mind (Sent In By @LaxDawg21)
Georgia's tickets have a simpler look, featuring some of the Bulldogs top players and a schedule for the 2012 season.
Anchor Down (Sent In By @Kerrigjl)
Vanderbilt fans are extremely fired up for the 2012 season, and open the year with a key SEC matchup against South Carolina. The Commodores season ticket collection can be seen below.
The Ole Miss History Collection (Sent In By @Miss_Reb)
Ole Miss, under first year head coach Hugh Freeze, has looked to the past to inspire fans for this year's season. On many of their tickets, pictured below, they have photos of past Rebel legends, including Freeze's former high school offensive tackle, Michael Oher.
Hail State Designs (Sent In By @DHossley and @TKDawg1992)
Mississippi State fans were feeling creative, putting their collection of tickets in designs for me to display on the website. We've got the circle look and another complete with cowbells for your viewing pleasure.
Vol For Life (Sent In By @JasonYellin)
Camaraderie is the story behind Tennessee's tickets this year. As you can see, they are pushing the motto "Vol For Life" on their season packages.
Arkansas 2012 (Sent In By @RPhillipsARK)
Arkansas is all about 2012, as the date is front and center on the mailing for their season tickets. Around the numbers you see some of the Razorbacks top returning players.
The South Carolina Section (Sent In By @Crumboed and @RoslineM)
South Carolina's tickets have a very simple yet bold approach, placing one player (or coach) on to each ticket for the upcoming season. Their poses are fierce though, and get you fired up by just looking at them. Here are two different angles that were sent in to us by a pair of Gamecock fans.
The 12th Man Collection (Sent In By @PincheBomb, @JJCkubik3 and @JDietzman)
Texas A&M fans sent in quite a few pictures of their season tickets, and below are a trio of photos that illustrate the Aggie spirit as they begin their lives in the SEC.
#Mizzou, #Mizzou, #Mizzou (Sent In By @AlexisRaye99, @NClif, @Mr_Shizz and @MUTigers95
Of all the pictures tweeted to me, I got the most from Missouri. Their fan base has been excited throughout the whole summer, and their collection of tickets was outstanding. I've featured four of the pictures below, giving you quite a few different looks at the Tiger tickets.