Self- Imposed Sanctions

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

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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.

Why are you counting down to college football?

So my biggest pet peeve from the college football nuts (hope to be a former nut myself) is that they are counting down to the beginning of the season. Don’t you realize that there is an entire summer to be enjoyed than waiting for raking leaves, snow shoveling, listening to Lou Holtz, and other annoying activities?

Well besides that, I read an article about the potential playoffs in college football. The article confirmed my belief that the BCS will handle the playoff and their machines will determine who will play in the playoff. NCAA, Bowls committees, advertisers, BCS, and anyone with significant money will make the schools agree to their conditions for more revenue instead of a champion.

So lay back, enjoy your summer of baseball, soccer, the Olympics, and summer activities before being stressed from the complications of college football.

Loving to Hate College Football

After reading a day’s worth of posts of friends who enjoy Valentine’s day and or sarcastically mock the holiday, I had to turn off the ESPN hype machine again as they are already gearing up NFL draft talk. I usually don’t mind this chatter as the hype machine has to fill something besides Tim Tebow, Skip Bayless, and people arguing in general.

But due to my embargo of college football, does the draft count as following college football? The NFL draft is usually my favorite event because the Detroit Lions, my favorite team, usually has a top 10 pick. However, the Lions success cuts away into draft excitement and also, the NFL changed the draft from 3 days self-love fest. 

So I’m looking for some guidance from my 2 to 4 readers and looking for some insight. Should I ignore the NFL draft? Or should I just catch awesome baseball and funny youtube clips instead?

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.

JB

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