A Few Reasons College Football Just Isn’t the Same These Days

1. Many of the players are married and have families.
2. Many of the players have been going to college for 6 or 7 or 8 years.
3. Many of the players are 26, 27, even 28 years old.
4. Many of the players leave as soon as they can for the NFL without graduating.
5. Many of the coaches leave for the NFL, too, on a whim and a moment’s notice.
6. The BCS is a joke – we need true playoffs.
7. We have gone from one major bowl game in the past to now having 35 of them. Who even cares about these “loser bowls”?
8. Many teams in these too numerous to mention bowl games have barely won half their games.
9. The NCAA never does anything that might damage a bowl game. Witness the recent Ohio State problem – no suspensions until NEXT year for a bunch of worthless exhibition games. But this year? Nothing. Nothing at all.
10. Everyone, it seems, is a winner, even when they lose. Perhaps that is why players sell awards – they have become meaningless, as has the entire NCAA college football mess.

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  • Founding Fathers

    Once again, a bunch of hooey at Oregon Catalyst.

    “1. Many of the players are married and have families.”

    Any evidence?

    “2. Many of the players have been going to college for 6 or 7 or 8 years.”

    Again, any evidence? And here’s what the NCAA says:

    “The term “redshirt” is used to describe a student-athlete who does not participate in competition in a sport for an entire academic year. If you do not compete in a sport the entire academic year, you have not used a season of competition. For example, if you are a qualifier, and you attend a four-year college your freshman year, and you practice but do not compete against outside competition, you would still have the next four years to play four seasons of competition.”

    It actually would be tough for a football player to go to college for “6 or 7 or 8 years” and still be playing, since, after their redshirt freshman year, they’d have “the next four years to play four seasons of competition.” Do the math — that looks like 5 years, not “6 or 7 or 8 years.”

    “3. Many of the players are 26, 27, even 28 years old.”

    Again, any examples, and, again, do the math.

    “4. Many of the players leave as soon as they can for the NFL without graduating.”

    Wait a minute, I thought the problem was that they were staying too long. Now you’re saying they’re leaving too soon. Which is it?

    “5. Many of the coaches leave for the NFL, too, on a whim and a moment’s notice.”

    Sure, a few do. Pete Carroll, when it became clear that USC was going to receive sanctions. But not many of them leave and stay in the NFL — they seem to fail in the NFL and come back, like Steve Spurrier.

    “6. The BCS is a joke – we need true playoffs.”

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Congratulations, you got one right.

    “7. We have gone from one major bowl game in the past to now having 35 of them. Who even cares about these “loser bowls”?”

    No, we’ve gone from four major bowl games in the past (Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl, and the Orange Bowl) to five major bowl games (Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the Championship Game). There are more bowl games than there were before, but there have long been more than the major bowl games.

    The Sun Bowl started in the 1934 season (the same year as the Orange and Sugar Bowls, and two years before the Cotton Bowl). The Gator Bowl started in the 1945 season, the Capitol One Bowl (formerly a bunch of things, including the Tangerine Bowl and Florida Citrus Bowl) started a year later, and the Liberty Bowl started in the 1959 season, all long before I was paying attention to college football, and, I suspect, long before most of those reading this blog were paying attention to football.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      Lighten up Flash. It’s a tongue and cheek post and here you are getting all fired up on a Friday night about a bunch of glandular cases chasing a spheroid.

      • Founding Fathers

        Ah, the old “I now realize it’s a bunch of b.s., so I’m going to say it’s satirical” trick. Nice try. It appears that Jerry intended this to be serious.

        And, by the way, it’s “tongue-in-cheek”, not “tongue and cheek”. You might know that if you payed attention to the world around you.

      • Founding Fathers

        Oh, and nary a word on Oregon Catalyst about the two G.O.P. members of Congress who voted even though they had not yet been sworn in. Apparently they found raising money more important than their constitutional duties.

    • Oldage

      Take for example Chris Wienke
      He was drafted to play baseball right out of high-school, so he took it and played in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system for a few years. Then he quit baseball, and attended Florida State. He was the starting QB there at age 27.

      • Founding Fathers

        You do know the difference between “one” and “many” don’t you?

  • Bob Clark

    I am blinded by the Ducks’ bowl game on Monday. The University of Nike Ducks is at least funded in significance by a former duckster himself. College football is still special too me. Seeing the Duck speed on a high powered motorcyle at Awesome stadium on early to mid fall comfortable day, and fans a buzz’n in pregame festivities. Some maybe tak’n in maybe too much liquid buzz if you know what I mean.

    Go Ducks! Bevos will make it back some day, and they sure gave the Civil War game some drama even this past year.

  • Jock has-been

    One thing is certain. The BCS system is flawless . . . if your team is in the top game.

  • Founding Fathers

    Yes, the BCS sucks, but it’s still an improvement over the old system, where it was rare for the top two teams to meet in the postseason.

  • and that’s the toot

    Foundling pFoggers welcome at Blue Oregon. Oregon Catalyst – viewed michael moorelike a visiting mugger in law.

    • Founding Fathers

      You’re afraid of a different viewpoint?

      Not surprising that a right-winger would fear a dissenting viewpoint–it’s long been how the right operates. They talk about freedom, but really only care about the freedom of the powerful to become even more powerful.

      • selah

        Not at all, FF. Your bias simply seems more often than not, DNC bovine-ish excrement.

  • Vanga54

    #1, 2, & 3 are Morman’s. $$$$$$$$ American, fun, what they are doing to OSU is a big deal! Sell awards? they are not allowed to work to make money & many don’t have any at that age! You are stupid.

  • Vanga54

    #1, 2, & 3 are Morman’s. $$$$$$$$ American, fun, what they are doing to OSU is a big deal! Sell awards? they are not allowed to work to make money & many don’t have any at that age! You are stupid.

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