The death of recruiting day: One of the many things college football needs

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Recruiting

 

And they say baseball is annoying.

There is a day in February every year I simply cannot stand.  After the Super Bowl and before Spring Training, ESPN Home pages are cluttered with stuff like this.

Look, I get it. It’s great to watch people pick their team. But personally, I think there are a few things wrong with this picture.

First of all, millions of kids spend countless hours waiting and wishing, hoping to get into their perfect school, the one of their dreams. But these people somehow have the right to choose for themselves. That’s not how it works. How it works, is that going to that college is a privilege. They invite you. If you have a choice between multiple colleges, you decide at your kitchen table with your family. And when you get to pro level, the teams choose you. You can’t join a team because you said so.

Second, I don’t see why it needs to be this big of a deal. There is simply nothing much exciting about watching people choosing colleges. It’s next year’s team. You don’t need to announce where you’re going on National TV.

It just doesn’t add up for me. Watching kids pick colleges isn’t exciting nor is it fair. If the NCAA wants to make this sport more popular or just plain better, this part of the process should be eliminated. When a Harvard professor applies for tenure, its a reasonably large thing for the professor, college and the students. But, they pick, and we aren’t seeing that on front pages. That’s how it should be. Even though I hear the Harvard tenure process is quite tedious.

Just another edit to make in a game with some serious problems.

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Not again.

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I’m going to start this post by saying this. I don’t pay attention to College Football. But when I was in a local restraunt when Alabama lost, I was one of the happier people. Why? Simple. I am sick and tired of the SEC and especially Alabama winning every stinking time, lose all of their players and then get a million new freshmen. And then repeat.

I was psyched. I thought maybe, just maybe, I could see the first Non-SEC Championship game since who-knows-when. I really thought Oregon VS Notre Dame or Kansas St or something would be nice.

But, since everyone flopped, we’re stuck with Bama’. No offense to Alabama, but if you aren’t a Tide fan, you hate them.

I know that there’s not much money involved in CFB, but with all the “get the best everything” mindset, you kind of have to compare Alabama to the Yankees.

And here’s the worst part of this. If the BCS was already in a playoff, Alabama wouldn’t even be in the championship game – who knows what would happen.

Yet another reason to hate college football.

Is Starting RG3 a good move?

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To me, it seems like a PR move and a football move. A good PR move, and a bad football move. In case you might have noticed, the Skins drafted Kirk Cousins in the first round after drafting possible franchise QB RG3 in the first round. The fans were angry, thinking that they didn’t have trust in RG3. So, (like everybody thought he wouldn’t be the starter) they named him starter, right after a rookie mini camp.

So what is it? Football or PR? It’s both.

It’s a football move, a bad football move. Why, you ask? Personally, I would definitely make RG3 the starter. That is, Rex Grossman the Third. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

RG3 needs to have his work cut out for him. He needs to work, work, work to improve. Because, in all honesty? He isn’t a perfect QB. He needs to improve his arm, work with his new running backs, because, unlike Baylor, the ‘Skins weren’t built around him.

Originally, in fact, it was all about Jason Campbell. Then they hyped it up for McNabb. Then they showed it for Rex Grossman and John Beck. Now, we say the same for RG3. We say, every year, “We have the right guy! This is the year! This is our chance!”

Every time they name a new starter though, they seem to lose. Not having confidence in the QB is something they should show to RG3 until August. If you give somebody a starting position from the start, he doesn’t work as hard. And he comes not working super hard, and not playing super-well like they expected.

So, please, name Rex Grossman the starter until you are 100% RG3 is better than hm.

Also, it’s a good PR move.

Because Redskins fans are like dogs. As soon as you see something new, it becomes the focus in your life. It’s important, and they’ll say “Make him the starter!! He’s the best thing that ever happened to us!!”

Now, I like RG3, don’t get me wrong, but Redskins fans are obsessed with him. So they said, “RG3 is perfect, why would you ever draft another QB?” (In case you’ve been wondering, it’s a safety move, in case he gets hurt or is bad.) And since the Redskins worry so much about that, they named him the starter.

Which won’t make him the best he can be. Hope you’re happy now, DC. Because you may not be as happy when RG3 isn’t as great as he could be.

Double post: HALLELUJAH!!! The BCS Goes Final Four! and The Caps are winning for a reason

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Part I

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!

In this first ever NCAA Football post, we celebrate. Celebrate because the evil empire, being the BCS, has fell to the knights of righteousness, and not-money-hungry people. Today, the BCS has decided that it will now go to a four team playoff. In case you couldn’t guess where I was

And no more Utah’s, Boise States, USCs and TCUs, all of which finished with 12 win records. This is the best four teams in the country. With room for upsets and with room for cinderella, the once all-powerful BCS is dead.

“The king is dead, long live the king!!”

The semifinals will be on January 1st, no matter what. But this is the best part for me, what I’m about to say.

If you’ve ever noticed, the big bowls are always in Miami or Tampa or New Orleans or in a dome. In the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, the games are played at the higher seed’s home or the higher seed gets home advantage. Now, in the semifinals, on new years day, they will be played at home – because in all honesty – do you think somebody from California will go to Florida or somebody from Indiana to California just to watch the game? Instead, games are at the one and two seed’s home stadium. And for Florida? Now they could get an extra home game.

I used to think College Football was pointless, since only two teams had a real chance. No more, that will die exactly 611 days from now, 611 days until we see College Football become a true playoff system, and a league worth following.

Part II

The Capitals have beat the Bruins, and are facing the Rangers, for all you hockey fans who have been living under a rock. The Capitals have been the one, two, or three seeds the past four years, and have lost half the time in the first round. But they improved their record to .600 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs first round. But this time, the Caps may go further than the second round, where they have lost every single time they’ve advanced.

They’ve been one, two, and three seeds. And been upset. The Capitals had tons of pressure, and now the pressure’s off. Leaving them to play, and win – beating Tim Thomas and the Bruins. With rookie Braden Holtby, who is playing most outstandingly. The pressure’s off, and the playing’s up. DC may have a shot this year, with good reason.