Finebaum’s speech a hit

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 26, 2003

After three weeks of interesting but relatively dry speakers, the Selma Quarterback Club got rolling Tuesday night with a speaker that would have been just as at home in a comedy club.

Radio personality Paul Finebaum spoke to the Selma Quarterback Club Tuesday, leaving many of the members in stitches.

Quarterback Club captain Perry Woodruff sat at the dais, red-faced and shaking with laughter for most of the night.

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Finebaum, one of the most famous radio personalities in the south, pulled few punches Tuesday night.

He took some good-natured, and not so good natured, shots at most of the schools in the SEC, their coaches, fans, lawyers and even a few political big-wigs.

Finebaum, who is just getting over a severe cold, started the night with an apology.

The University of Tennessee graduate showed no favorites, he zinged Auburn, Alabama, and the Vols every chance he got.

But he did give some serious answers, too.

He said Alabama’s new coach, Mike Shula, is first-class and was one of his favorites as a player, but the odds are stacked against him.

As for Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, Finebaum said he has a better chance for long-term success, but the Tigers better perform well in the up-coming stretch of tough games.

Next week is father and son and daughter night with Cliff Ellis and Mark Gottfried.