The most wonderful time of year is about to begin and it seems a bit mellow. A little too mellow for my taste…..
College Football kicks off in less than a week and I have seen slim to none coverage of the sport on ESPN unless Johnny Football’s face is slapped on the screen, Nick Saban counting his crystal footballs or the greedy NCAA being sued for their Scrooge McDuck behavior.
What seems to be the overshadowing Big Brother of College Football is, and always is, the NFL. Forgive me if I am wrong though, but I distinctly remember a lot more ESPN College Football coverage including interviews with the coaches, players, highlights and season predictions for all the conferences. I am well aware that ESPN fills in a half an hour slot at 1pm for College Football talk but I am strictly speaking of SportsCenter evening programming. You know, the evening show everybody and their mom watches before going to bed.
(The more important question now is, how can you go to bed without watching Top Ten?)
I know it is the NFL pre-season, and NFL fans just loving telling non NFL fans the many reasons why the NFL is “better” than College Football: The NFL makes more money, the NFL is quicker, the NFL is more badass, the NFL is professional, the NFL does your laundry….the list of reasons can go on for ages. But speaking as a College Football fan, I don’t care.
I have been College Football for years now and ESPN has always been my dependable news source for the pre-season. I ask you, how the hell are you supposed to make realistic Heisman Trophy winner bets in Vegas now?! G Golly Wiz.
After letting my frustration subside, there are three distinct reasons as to why I believe there is more NFL pre-season coverage than College Football pre-season coverage this year.
1. Johnny Manziel: The Kid Who Got Caught.
Ever since Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, the controversy hasn’t stopped. All of his publicity and attention have been negative, from the day drinking to the busty women he hangs out with. The guy just can’t catch a break. Unfortunately, his childish antics has severely put a dark cloud over college football, a cloud that won’t evaporate until Manziel proves himself on the field this season.
Who cares if he is giving College Football players a bad rap. He isn’t the first and he certainly won’t be the last. Damn you social media and your trickster ways!
2. NCAA: Scrooge McDuck
The NCAA this year has been going through hell (and rightfully so?). First, six current college football players are suing the NCAA for what else? MONEY. The players are suing the NCAA in hopes to expose their Scrooge McDuck persona to billions of dollars in damage. The plaintiffs now demand the NCAA find a way to give players a cut of the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales and video games. PSsshs, yah good luck with that fellas.
Damn, and I loved those video games too…
Second, this is the last year of the BCS System before Playoffs are implemented in the 2014 season, the NCAA’s last hurrah of raking in the big cha-ching. Poor guys, they are so useless and don’t even know it.
3. The SEC Dominance
Once again, the SEC is expected to completely dominate the season. SNORE. We get it, the dynasty is here….thank you Mr. Saban. Despite the SEC teams’ not so competitive schedules, everyone is convinced that this College Football Season will be an SEC season.
No wonder nobody is really excited for this year’s upcoming College Football season. Without the excitement of upsets and unexpected cinderella stories, the season will drift off into SEC waters and never return.
I hope my theories are BS. Please feel free to let me have it because College Football is my absolute favorite time of year and arguably the best sport 😛 (Don’t Hate!). So here is hoping that the season will in fact not end up being a Johnny Manziel COPS special, or a Scrooge McDuck downfall or even an SEC snore of a season. Let us expect a great season for the coaches and players, but more importantly the fans.
The NFL can suck it. Your season doesn’t start till September 8th. Wait your turn. Let the little guys shine for a week or so.