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Is it possible for sports fan to give up college football?

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P.U. to the P.A. and The Touchdown Jesus Temptation….

This college football embargo is making my life difficult. I’m REALLY trying not to pay attention to college football, but it’s unavoidable.  A week ago, when Central Michigan (Fire Up Chips!) played against my Alma Mater Michigan State University, I had to work a high school football game and I would be in the clear. However, while setting up camera equipment, cables, etc.., the P.A. system decided to blur out classic rock music. I was initially happy because setups usually involve very quiet to silent atmosphere and music makes the work easier, but someone had to change the dial. The played the MSU/CMU (Fire Up Chips!) game throughout the entire field! Despite my embargo, it’s hard to temper my excitement as MSU had a massive lead over the Chips (Fire Up Chips!)

After the game and throughout the week, my Facebook wall stories were basically in this pattern…

MSU is great, MSU, College Football, MSU, picture of food, meme picture, MSU, College Football, and Norte Dame sucks.

The challenge continues to get tougher as I’m not a fan of Norte Dame and the MSU is winning.



Labor Pains….

Labor day weekend came and pass, the college football embargo is holding strong. Since MSU wanted to get the limelight, they started their season on a Friday night. Fortunately for me, I had to work and record high school football. However, avoiding the highlights is insanely difficult.  On Facebook, I only saw this picture 9 times.

The next day, I had more work to do, but before I headed off, I gave a friend a call to wish him a Happy Birthday.
When the subject of the game came up. The conversation went like this:

Friend: “Did you see the game last night?”

Me: “No, I’m trying to avoid college football and not watch it for the year.”

Friend: “Well I don’t care, the game was awesome.”

Than he went into detail for 9 minutes about the game.

So after work, I headed to the woods away from the MSU talk and Michigan/Alabama game. However after reaching to the up north property, I ran into family members were saddened by the Michigan game. I normally would kick them while they are down with smartass lines about the game. Do you know how hard that is?!?!

Anyway, the embargo continues and gets more difficult as MSU head to Central Michigan, where I’m missing a drunken fun time. Crap.

The Vegas Trials

Well with less than a week to go, my embargo on college football is about to begin. However, I have been riddled with temptation upon temptation. I recently went to a trip to Las Vegas and I gambled at the Venetian casino. Than I came across this thing of beauty.

After wiping away the tears of joy, I realized there are plenty of college bets to make. Do you know how hard that is?!?! Michigan State had a line 8 1/2 and great lines to win their division. Free money and social dependency to college football was sitting right there. However, I resisted and left gambling to the pros, pro football that is. I made a Super Bowl bet on my NFL team, the Detroit Lions.  Is it a waste of money to bet on a team that hasn’t made an actually Super Bowl, let alone win? Yes, yes, and yes. Hopefully, this semi-foolish bet will keep my eye on the NFL ball and not wander towards college football.

On a final note, when buying a plastic football filled with margarita, please keep that football dry or it will get slick from the condensation and bad things will happen.

Pre-season Embargo Anxiety

So as the college football season approaches, my anxiety of quitting college football for a year is increasing. I’m starting to feel like Charlie from Lost (spoiler alert: he liked drugs) where I’m missing out on something that I enjoy (spoiler alert: I like football).

However, the pre-season rankings were recently announced, in which I find to be horrifically stupid. Although, my team is ranked in the top 15, multiple SEC schools and other powerhouses begin their advantage by starting out in the top 10. Granted, that they have to win to retain that ranking, but that’s the equivalent of giving Usain Bolt a head start in the 100 meter dash.

Since I am solution orientated, I suggest let half the season play out before ranking any of the teams. Let them earn it on the field instead of the past season, recruiting classes, and lore (See: Notre Dame). Also, why do coaches and writers have their rankings matter? Coaches have biases for their team, conferences, and grudge matches to have clear objective opinion. Beat writers are not as biased as the coaches, but they do become cheerleaders for the schools that they cover. Also, if you were stuck in Midwest or Northeast, doesn’t Miami or Pasadena sound nice in January?

Okay. It is time for me to take college football diversion medicine and watch the Olympics.

A playoff is here! A playoff is here! Wait a second…

I got really excited when I read various articles, that a playoff has been established in NCAA football. I have several problems of what was turned out. First thing first, why does Notre Dame athletic director has any say in the decision in the playoff? Recently, Notre Dame provided the same entertainment no more than Boise St., TCU, Utah, and this guy. However, Notre Dame generates money.

Another problem is the locations of the Bowls/Semi-finals. The locations of the Final Four are the BCS bowl sites (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) and rotate the championship game. These locations have a monopoly to where they games are being played and they are in the heart of Pac 12 and SEC country. So do the college football care about any teams in the Midwest and the north-east? Of course not, because middle men want money and warm weather than a compelling football games.

Finally, when you have four team playoff? Who goes in? The ACC, Big 10, Pac 12, Big 12, SEC Champions will all want a spot. Also, do not forget the Boise State/TCU of each season. Plus, add the fact that the SEC conference which is a semi-pro league, do they get two spots out of the 4? Someone is going to get left in the dust.

The solutions are simple…

Have an 16 team playoff. Too many games you say? Do the big schools really need to play the powder puffs in the start of season? No, get rid of them.

Out of the 16, the winner of the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Pac 12, Big 12, and SEC champs get an auto bid. That’s 6 out of the 16. The other 10 spots can be picked by a selection committee.

Locations, the top 8 teams will get a home game in the first round. The 2nd round of games can go to the “lesser” bowls which should add geographic variety.

Final four should be played on New Years day at the BCS bowls and rotate the championship game the week later.

Boom. Problem solved.

If you give me any crap about studying, classes, breaks, blah, blah, blah. Those are the  excuses from the current money makers. Stop pretending it’s about the students. It’s about pride of winning and money.

Spring is Eternal and My College Football Grievances are Blooming

Since college football is not full swing, however, I still have things to “complain” about. I noticed on ESPN/Fox/NBC/Learning channel have been playing practices/scrimmages of major football powerhouses. First I would have to check on your sanity to be able to sit through that and then I question why are these networks are showing this? Besides that it’s program filler, it shows that these networks are willing to spend money to broadcast these games to generate interest for more ratings and money. So can we stop that these athletes are amateurs? The networks/conferences/bowl games are no longer making off of the game, but PRACTICE!

However, all is not lost, instead of a silly system that uses computers, biased coaches, bowl games, and TV networks to pick a sports championship game, a playoff system is coming. An article from the Chicago Tribune (link), the powers that be are trying to figure a system out where they will actually settle a champion on the field.

Although a playoff system would be great, it seems that are too many different interests are involved, college football postseason will only get messier before it’s all said and done. So in the meantime, I’m not wasting my time on college football and finding better things to do.

Let’s Get Excited For What 18 Year Olds Decide Day!

It’s the end of January, I’m still sticking to writing in my blog unlike fad diets and exercises. I noticed that ESPN has started to sneak coverage about recruiting classes, which I’m not watching. Unlike bowls and actual games, I have never been a fan of recruiting coverage so avoiding this junk is easy.

Panning what a 17 or 18-year-old can do down the road is too unpredictable, especially when most high school kids are immature. Also, physically, who knows what changes are going to occur over 3 or 4 years, will they never develop or turn into an athletic freak?

For football references, Ryan Van Dyke and Drew Henson were both highly recruited who went to Michigan State and University of Michigan. One QB decided to pick baseball over the football team and the other guy had Van one arm and Dyke with the another arm. One can figure out how the fans loved how they panned out.

Also the TV coverage is annoying, why do the players have to play a 3 card monte with college hats? It just reminds me of bad reality television.Than when the player makes a surprise school change, the thought creep in of why they make the decision? Of course there are no examples of which schools used nefarious means to recruit players.

Will paying players and having an actual post-season tournament end the stupidity of recruiting? No, but it would spread the talent out more and maybe these guys can get a better education than they are currently getting.

Playoffs Please!

So after watching the NFL playoffs and happy that the Tim Tebow talk is going to pass for at least three seconds, the Green Bay Packers lost to the New York Giants. Now you may ask, how does this relate with NCAA football? Well the BCS  is considering making a “Final Four.” First thing first, it’s stupid. How can you have a final anything when they are starting out? It’s like me saying that I’m the final blogger on self-imposed sanctions from college football. That logic makes me want to self-medicate.

Secondly, the upset by Eli Manning to the Packers proves that the top teams can be upset. Okay B”C”S (I don’t recognize championship), it’s time to realize you need a playoff and need it now! I would write more, but it would involve more of this and this.


Lions Obituary and National College Football Embargo Day

Oh Detroit Lions. After a few days passed by watching mind numbing television, I finally started dissect the season and what they need to improve upon for the following years. They are missing two key elements of football, stopping the run and running the ball. I’m not asking for the football reincarnations of Lawrence Taylor and Bo Jackson, but they need to be competent those two departments.However, there is a lot of positives to take from this year team and the biggest one is the major strides that Matthew Stafford took to being the special franchise quarterback. After more mind numbing television  and movies, I will go into more details of the Lions throughout winter and spring.

Now I have been avoiding ESPN more than ever not due to Tebow/Jesus/Steelers were really banged up so why everyone is surprised that they lost mania, but it’s National College Football Embargo Day in which I will miss the national title game on purpose because the game is a farce. Also it features Nick Saban who is the walking hypocrite.

“Anyone who doesn’t win their conference has no business playing in the national championship game.” – Nick Saban

Now, if Alabama wins which could very well happen, does that make them a champion?  I don’t know

If LSU wins at the Superdome, does that making them a champion because the beat a team that they already beat? I don’t know

This faulty logic in which the rules and factors change on they pick the finalist change, there is no such thing as a champion. If you want to watch something that premeditated and you can argue with your friends on who is the best, I got a recommendation.

Happy College Football Embargo Day!!!

So Why Am I Doing This?

My first attempts of avoiding college football have been rather difficult, especially this time of the year. Pick any of the non-NFL or NBA shows on ESPN, college football is wrinkled throughout their programming. Also, it’s difficult to watch or listen to local programming when Michigan won the Sugar Bowl and the coverage that it gained. I found it’s everywhere, it’s almost unavoidable, but I’m going to continue on. It’s like trying to avoid advertising if you are walking in this neighborhood.

So you might asking, why am I quitting College Football? As one of my good friends put it, it’s the greatest sport on the Earth. Yes there is a lot of fun. Rivals, Tailgates, Weird Plays, and this guy, what more can you ask?

Well a lot. First thing first. A tournament would be spectacular. Everyone raved on Television and Radio about how great the Oklahoma St. and Stanford game was (no clue if it was: embargo) and wonder who cares who won? It’s nice that whoever won, won, but it is nothing but a final exhibition and money-maker in this order for BCS, NCAA, Bowl Game, Conferences, and then two schools. It only explains why athletic departments are struggling. If there was a tournament, a lot of those middlemen would not exist. NCAA wants to keep the guise that they are for the “student athlete.” But NCAA/BCS are not really subtle, they know they are making hand over fist while arbitrarily punishing schools for athletes, who do not have the comfortable living situation as the NCAA.

Pay the players. The counter argument is players are getting paid with scholarships to go to school. One, the number one, two, and three objective for these athletes is not how well they do in school, but if the did well enough to play. In additions, universities’ athletic departments are making large profits and it’s not because of the coaches.

Finally, get rid of the NCAA. The Barney Fife of the college world has no set precedent on how they actually promise. If the universities and conferences actually set up rules amongst themselves and have a group independent to police them, it would be much cheaper and more efficient than bumbling cop on the beat.

Now that I said my peace about college football, I’m going to take on the daunting task to avoid it… if it’s possible.

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