FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Happy Festivus!
Welcome to my favorite holiday tradition as a college football beat writer. I began this annual custom 3 years ago when I covered the Oklahoma Sooners at The Oklahoman, and am now bringing it to the Arkansas beat.
For anyone unfamiliar with Festivus, here’s some quick background. The fake holiday was made famous on a Season 9 episode of Seinfeld called “The Strike,” during which the audience learns about an odd tradition from George Costanza’s childhood.
Frank Costanza created Festivus in protest of Christmas commercialism — “A Festivus for the rest of us!”
During his holiday, participants put up an aluminum pole instead of a tree — Frank finds tinsel distracting — and convene loved ones to air grievances. Just try not to lose your train of thought in the middle of a good grievance.
“At the Festivus dinner,” Frank Costanza explains, “you gather your family around, and you tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year.”
The day ends with feats of strength. Those usually end with George crying.
Get caught up with this video, highlighting the Festivus traditions:
Now it’s your time, Razorbacks fans, to air some grievances. What frustrated you about your favorite team this season? What needs to change? What don’t you like about us, your humble Arkansas beat writers here at SEC Country?
This is your chance to be heard.
Please tweet your Festivus grievances to me @jasonkersey, leave us a Facebook comment or a comment below this article. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with as many of your grievances as I can keep up with!
You’ll have to wait until the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl for the feats of strength. And who knows? Maybe the Hogs will have a Festivus miracle in store when they take on Virginia Tech!