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.

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.

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.

March Madness is here! March Madness is here!

Hello again. It’s that favorite time of the year for college sports again. A big friggin’ tournament!! After today, people actually heard of the South Dakota Jack Rabbits. They literally have a dyke house and I would love to go that school on that aspect alone. My point is that you would never hear about the Jack Rabbits, VCU, or the entire state of Kentucky in the college football world.

Now, I’m not asking 64-68 teams in football because I know it’s not feasible, but you can have more than 4 or 8. Another argument that is made that small schools would not be competition for the larger football powerhouses. I know the playing field might be skewed, but it’s not out of the realm possibility that a small school can pull off the upset.

Finally, aren’t you tired of the Nick Saban, Urban Meyers, Chip Kellys on the podiums when there is a chance you have this guy instead?

So enjoy the tournament and I might make a comment or two that will enlighten you.  Or maybe not.

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