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.

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.

Outback Review

First let me say this, I will never get why a restaurant like Outback Restaurant will sponsor a college football game. It just doesn’t work, anyway back to the game.

The first half of the game was a bit of a nightmare. The Georgia defense was flying around and brought back old memories. However, MSU played decent enough defense well, which made the game really boring where only Ray Guy could be the only one to watch it with glee.

The second half was another whole story. MSU kept fighting and they split and broke through the Georgia’s defense like a Bloomin’ Onion. It was really delicious, I mean exciting to watch. The biggest swing for MSU’s favor was the interception by Darqueze Denard, which he picked off that pass and ran with the ball like it was the last Bushman ‘Shroom. However, the best moments of the 2nd half was Kirk Cousins final drive to tie the game. He cut through the Georgia Defense like knife through a Porterhouse steak.

The overtime featured why Georgia fans hate their coach besides one of the dumbest moments of football. Georgia needed a field goal to win the game and instead of getting as close as possible, they settled for a field goal on 3rd down. When I saw the kicker had the “Oh Shit” look on his face, it had miss written all over it.

So after my excitement, I am definitely going to root for Kirk Cousins in whatever he does. Cousins hails from the west side of the state which it’s a little churchy. However, Cousins does not take his faith to obnoxious Tebow levels. What made MSU fun to watch is that you knew Cousins was proud to play college football, but even he was frustrated with the levels of hypocrisy that the BCS created.

Well next year should provide fresh faces for MSU, just like the freshness of the seafood from Outback, and should be quite exciting for everyone else, excluding myself.

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