With his Southern roots, it's no surprise that iconic radio host Paul Finebaum keeps his coverage to the SEC. So why will he start airing his show in Columbus, OH on Monday?
According to Finebaum, the reason is simple: It's because Alabama and Ohio State fans are just so alike.
In an interview with Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises, Finebaum expressed that in his mind, the two fan bases are practically "interchangeable:"
"They both have great tradition, they both have the biggest and best of everything and they both have the two best coaches in college football...they both have that iconic, bigger-than-life coach in the past in (Woody) Hayes and (Bear) Bryant."
Crimson Tide and Buckeyes fans probably cringe at such an assessment. Yet, the radio host really thinks he can "understand" both cultures.
Is this an accurate assessment of the Alabama and Ohio State fan bases? Or is Paul Finebaum very incorrect?
Loyal supporters of "The Paul Finebaum Show" need not be concerned about the daily rundown of the show, however. The radio host claimed the content won't change. The only "change" is that he will now talk about college football year-round.
His devoted followers likely won't mind.
It's difficult to assess how effectively - or passionately - Finebaum can discuss the Ohio State football program to its diehard fans. All in all, he's a talented and professional reporter, so it's doubtful this added content will hurt his beloved show.
"The Paul Finebaum Show" will air for the first time on 1460 AM in Columbus, OH on Monday. Columbus locals can tune into the show from 3-7 p.m.