Actually, a lot of guys write it.
This season, we say, is the one that proves how foolish (Read: stupid) it is that college football doesn’t have a real championship playoff. How fans are getting ripped off. How college athletic programs, for which the pursuit of money has now displaced pursuit of championships, would prosper.
Yet, we have fallen prey to the Deaf Ears Syndrome that prevails. Even an observer as astute as Eric Crawford.
This morning he wrote, “For the first time in a while, college football is simmering with the uncertainty of college basketball. And it’s wonderful.”
Uncertainty? Yes. Wonderful? No, because we’ll never which school really has the most worthy team?
Legitimacy? Absolutely not.
Duke (Read: Sparty, Okie State, Mizzou, Florida State) won’t have a chance to be champs like last season’t underrated hoops Blue Devils. And Butler (Read: TCU, Utah, Nevada) won’t have a chance to fight their way to within a missed Hail Mary of the title. Okay, maybe Boise State (Read: Gonzaga) will get the opportunity, but it’s due to a several season run up.
Sigh. So, here it comes. What I say every year, and now repeat.
IT IS LONG PAST TIME FOR A LEGITIMATE 16 TEAM COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF. PERIOD! (And, yes, I meant to shout and go Yummy! Yum! Yum! with the !!!!!)
Just think for a moment, how much time you college football fans would be away from the TV, with a Thursday, Friday and Saturday featuring these opening round games:
Oregon vs. Oklahoma State. Boise State vs. Florida State. Auburn vs. Stanford. TCU vs. LSU. Michigan State vs. Nebraska. Alabama vs. Oklahoma. Utah vs. Ohio State. Missouri vs. Wisconsin.
Pretty stunning slate of meanigful games, eh? You’d get up to pee a couple of times, to pay for the delivery not DiGiorno pizza, to wish your significant another off as she/he heads to the movies with pals, to take the dog for a quick — very quick — walk, to grab another brew, and, well, that’s about it.
Thought you’d agree.
Somebody . . . anybody . . . please — pretty please with a cherry on top — make it happen. Exclamation point!
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As if Vince Lombardi didn’t have enough to worry about. (If, in fact, worry is something that exists where the NFL icon now resides?)
There’s a play that opened about him in NYC and the reviewers are complaining the Coach Control isn’t even in control in the theater. That he’s off stage too much.
And then there’s this whole thing about how the NFL is unfolding.
By all expert accounts, the best five teams in the league play in that upstart American Conference. Pittsburgh. New England. Baltimore. New York Football Jets. And the bullrushing Tennessee Titans. What’s up witdat, Vince must wonder?
On the other hand, Lombardi has to be happy that his Packers held on last night against the rival Vikings, and got in some good licks (and three picks) on that ship jumping Favre guy.
Which is not to mention that the high school in “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” is named for Lombardi. So he’s got that goin’ for him.
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The NBA season opens this week.
There is an obvious story line which makes this regular season a might more interesting than usual.
And I needn’t say what it is.
My question is whether Pat Riley will actually be coaching the Heat by the time the playoffs roll around? Were I a betting man, I wouldn’t bet against it.
I’m also predicting that Miami does not win the title. I just can’t stop thinking about that Lakers team that featured Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, three of the 15 best players in history. They never won the title.
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While I don’t back off from decrying the absurd number of bowl games and their meaninglessness. This is the kind of season when the existence of such gives U of L and UK something to still play for.
Actually a rematch of the season opener in the Birmingham Bowl on January 8 in, of all places, Birmingham, would really keep the football fires burning in these parts. Not to mention, fill the Legion Field stands far more than any other possible match up.
I can just see the food fight at Dreamland before the game.
Of course, both schools aspire to a loftier post season venue. But, I’m just sayin’.
– Seedy K