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The SEC Championship is an ATL tiger tilt.
At football season’s start, predicting that Mizzou would be the 2013 SEC East Division champions seemed like pie‐in‐the‐sky thinking. Now, as No. 5 Mizzou packs its planes, trucks and automobiles for a 3 p.m. CT Dec. 7, 2013, date with No. 3 Auburn in Atlanta (on CBS), that pie’s flavor is Georgia peach.
The burnt‐orange‐and‐navy‐blue Tigers (11–1, 7–1 SEC) come into the SEC Championship following an improbable Nov. 30 victory over then No. 1 Alabama in Auburn. Cornerback Chris Davis’ 100‐plus‐yard failed‐field‐goal return to beat the Crimson Tide 34–28 is already an iconic college football highlight.
The black‐and‐gold Tigers (11–1, 7–1), on the other hand, have steadily accumulated national respect with a well‐balanced approach that highlights tall receivers, shifty backs, a stout offensive line and dominant defensive‐end play.
Action‐packed Atlanta couldn’t be a better site for a winner‐take‐all party. The city is the home to one of Mizzou’s largest alumni populations outside of Missouri and the largest in the southeast with more than 2,000 grads in the area. Stop by these Mizzou Alumni Association events, and check out some other attractions in the ATL. — Marcus Wilkins
The Atlanta Hawks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Phillips Arena. Cheer on former Mizzou basketball forward DeMarre Caroll, BGS ’08, who signed with the Hawks in August 2013.
Mizzou Alumni Association
The Mizzou Alumni Association is hosting an SEC Championship tailgate from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Georgia World Congress Center Hall B1. Tickets are available at the door for $5. There will be a livestream of the Mizzou‐UCLA basketball game that tips off at 11 a.m. CT at Mizzou Arena.
World of Coca‐Cola
A trip to Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without visiting the World of Coca‐Cola. They won’t give you the secret recipe, but you can experience a 1880s soda fountain, taste nearly 60 Coke products from around the world, witness a bottling line and see more than 1,200 artifacts from the company’s history, including a 1939 Coca‐Cola delivery truck from Argentina and a 7‐foot‐tall Coca‐Cola polar bear.
The Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium at 13 acres and more than 10 million gallons of water, contains more than 500 species of animals from around the world.
Centennial Olympic Park
Home of the 1996 Olympics, Centennial Olympic Park draws an estimated 3 million visitors every year. The 21‐acre park boasts the Fountain of Rings, the world’s largest interactive fountain that feature a dancing water show set to music and lights four times a day, and Skyview Atlanta, a 200‐foot‐tall Ferris wheel that offers a bird’s eye view of the city.
Go inside CNN’s world headquarters on a 55‐minute tour of the largest of CNN’s 48 bureaus worldwide. Tours leave every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You might even run into a Mizzou J‐School grad.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta and got his start at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Explore the national historic site, the Sweet Auburn neighborhood and The King Center where his Nobel Peace Prize is on display.
Just underneath the streets of downtown Atlanta is a city you’ll never see unless you tour Underground Atlanta. Opened in 1969, the six city blocks and three levels features 225,000 square feet of shopping and dining.
Atlanta Soul Food
If you eat one thing in Atlanta, make it authentic Southern food. Try one of the many restaurants, including Pittypat’s Porch Restaurant and Busy Bee Café, that feature home‐style, country cooking, Grandma’s best, old‐fashioned soul food. From fried green tomatoes to chicken and waffles, they’ve got it all.