Whereas football is akin to religion in the South, Saturday is a holy day of sorts because of college football and Gulfport has its share of rabid fans.

Therefore, Cable One should offer viewers the new SEC network in August, the City Council has decreed.

Councilman Myles Sharp brought up the resolution earlier this week, opining he noticed when he went off to college in Oxford the small town offered better cable fare than Gulfport. Cable One, he thinks, needs to step up its game.

The council unanimously passed Sharp's resolution, though Cara Pucheu did so reluctantly. If Gulfport gets the SEC network, she said, she will never be able to pry her son from the screen for homework or chores. She seemed to be joking. Sort of.

Whereas ESPN has joined forces with the Southeastern Conference, a "powerhouse sports network" can be expected. Therefore, Sharp feels, Gulfport should not miss out.

AT&T U-verse and Dish Network are already on board. A Cable One representative said the request will go to the company's programming team, which considers price, channel capacity and demand.