A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 18, 2009
“Never order sweet tea in a state that does not have an SEC team”

Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard (1946-1994) is credited with this as-yet-unsourced saying: “Never order sweet tea in a state that doesn’t have an SEC team.” The expression is possibly a variant of “Only order sweet tea in the South’ or “Never order sweet tea outside of the South.” The Southeastern Conference (SEC) contains teams in the south and east of the United States, but the states with SEC teams don’t perfectly overlap with the south-of-the-Mason-Dixon-line states that had joined the Confederacy. Texas is a notable state that is not in the SEC (it’s in the Big 12 Conference), but where sweet tea is often served.

Wikipedia: Southeastern Conference
The Southeastern Conference (commonly abbreviated, SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. It participates in the NCAA’s Division I in athletic competitions; for football, it is part of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A). The conference is one of the most successful financially, consistently leading all conferences in revenue distribution to its members including a record $127.2 million for the 2007–2008 fiscal year. The Southeastern Conference was also the first to hold a championship game (and award a subsequent title) for college football and was one of the founding members of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

Wikipedia: Lewis Grizzard
Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr. (October 20, 1946 - March 20, 1994) was an American writer and humorist, known for his Southern demeanor and commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sports writer and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he is much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian & lecturer.

Grizzard also published a total of twenty-five books, including collections of his columns (e.g. Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night), expanded versions of his stand-up comedy routines (I Haven’t Understood Anything Since 1962), and the autobiographical If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground. Although much of his comedy discussed the South and Grizzard’s personal and professional lives, it was also a commentary on issues prevalent throughout America, including relationships between men and women (e.g. If Love Were Oil, I’d Be About a Quart Low), politics, and health, especially heart health. Grizzard was also the stepbrother of the Southern humorist Ludlow Porch.

Celeste in the Big Apple
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Be very careful what you ask for...
Well, friends I have always heard that you never order sweet tea outside of the South.

Rural Route Church
Sweet Tea
10. Sweet tea does not exist above the Mason-Dixon line. Don’t order sweet tea from a Yankee because he will bring you a glass of unsweet tea with two little sugar packs (see # 3). Just get it over with and order yourself a Dr. Pepper.
Published in: Rural Route Funon August 1, 2008 at 1:12 am

Broken Spoke
Monday, December 8, 2008
I know the solution!!!!!
I know what the problem is though. Sweet tea. Lewis Grizzard said never drink sweet tea in a state that doesn’t have an SEC team in it. Mississippi has two teams. Tea so sweet that if you stir it with a spoon, the spoon will stand up by itself.

The Atlantic Food Channel
Oct 16 2009, 8:28 am by Regina Charboneau
5 Books Every Cook Should Have
I would think finding the best Junior League books would follow the same rule as ordering sweet tea: Never order one from a state that does not have an SEC team.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, October 18, 2009 • Permalink