I’m a huge sports fan. I tune in for events that the average American would never waste their time on. I enjoy strange sports action like Wednesday night MAC football, Carling Cup soccer action from England, hell, I’ve even been known to dabble in rugby and cricket, because why not? I guess what I’m saying is that when I tell you I watch (and enjoy) far too much sports on television, I hope you believe me. It’s with that thought in mind that I reveal this next information. I turned off the national championship game last night. It was unbearable; the single worst sporting event of the past twelve months, all apologies to the Butler-UConn national championship game. With a whole fourth quarter to go I said to hell with it and played my new copy of NHL ’12, where I’m quite certain I racked up more goals than either of those two teams scored points.
Alabama is technically the national champion this morning. They probably are the most dominant defense ever assembled on a college football field. They definitely dictated the action last night. But tell me why they deserve to win an undisputed claim at the national championship? They played a cookie-cutter regular season schedule, boasting only two wins worth mentioning (Penn State and Arkansas). And for those who are delusioned by the alleged “dominance” of the SEC, I would be willing to vehemently argue with you that they were maybe the the third best conference this season (the Big 12 was by far the best, with the Big Ten giving the SEC a run for second place). Wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt don’t fool me. Even Florida isn’t worth bringing up at this point. And in the ultimate irony of all, Alabama actually lost to this same LSU squad just a couple of weeks ago. On their home turf. In the ugliest game of all time, at least until last night’s disaster. But they’re definitely national champions now, this game being a total difference maker.
What disappoints me the most is that I know for a fact Oklahoma State, Stanford, and maybe even those Boise State Broncos could have given Alabama a better game last night than LSU. Football is first and foremost about personnel. Coaching can go a long way, as Saban demonstrates on a yearly basis with his defenses, but the most important thing is always the athletes on the field. Oklahoma State might have just an average defense, but their offense contained one of the most athletic receiving corps in the history of college football. When you throw in that their spread offense was born to temper and pick apart the blitz-happy offenses of an Alabama, there’s simply no way you could convince me they couldn’t have hung at least a couple touchdowns on the Tide. Brandon Weeden would have sat back with one and three-step drops all day, dinking and dunking an overwhelmed Alabama defense that surely never faced an offense anywhere close to as talented as the Cowboys.
Stanford definitely would have given them a run for their money. Apparently the SEC has made an executive decision that quarterbacks are not a necessity. Cam Newton literally won a national championship and SEC title by himself last year, just because the conference was so completely shocked by the notion of a great quarterback. Are you telling me Andrew Luck couldn’t have thrown at least a pair of touchdowns against the Tide? Most especially with those tight end-heavy formations the Cardinal have become so famous for in these last couple years? Throw in that Stanford’s ultra-talented offensive line easily would have handled that ‘Bama front four, and well, you see why I have serious questions about the legitimacy of their national title claim.
College football has some big decisions to make in the coming weeks and this game was complete evidence of that fact. What’s sad is they’ll make only minor changes and call the system 100% fixed. But it’s not. So, you say you want a four-team playoff? How does an annual contest between two SEC teams, a Pac-12, and a Big Ten team sound?! That’s how it’s going to be. The three most powerful (and intelligent) men in college football are the respective commissioners of those conferences. It’s no coincidence that they’re also the wealthiest and the only ones never mentioned in possible realignments that could break up their respective conferences. And there’s no way they’re just going to cede that position of power. There will be no sudden, world-altering breakthrough whereby the Boise States of the world suddenly get a chance to show they can hang with the big boys. It’s going to be the same story, the same discrimination, the same joke. College football has always been built on self-preservation. The puppet masters are merely going to disguise the controlling mechanism.
I guess I just simply don’t understand it. And I’m sure any SEC fan out there would be the first to bring up this point. I’ll argue it anyway. Tell me how a sport that touts the sacred nature of the regular season is willing to hand its national title to a team that couldn’t even win its conference? Tell me how a team that couldn’t even beat a divisional rival in the regular season suddenly has the right to claim a national championship after one measly “title” game? You can’t. It’s impossible.
There is no way to solve the hypocrisies and discrepancies of college footballand in the most infuriating aspect of all, that’s exactly the way the people in power want it.
Generation Y, where I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually looking forward to a week of Tebow hype after that game last night. NFL is king!
Best interception ever?
Found this over on Sports by Brooks where you can read the full story (including a sort of cover up). “Last Thursday University of New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert returned to the pitch for the first time since she was captured on video physically bullying members of the BYU women’s soccer team during a game last November. Lambert was suspended from the team after the video went viral on the web and in the national media. In a stunning coincidence, the night after Lambert’s return, an ugly spat broke out between two players on the Oregon and Oklahoma State women’s soccer teams in Eugene, Oregon – with the altercation captured on video by KVAL-TV in Oregon.”
Check it out!
[Sports by Brooks]