Well, I'm bored and pretty much unemployed for the time being. What better time to throw my hat back into the blog ring?
Today's blog will consist of my thoughts on NCAA Football, after being reminded of this by a post in the forums.
First of all, let me preface this by saying I am not trying to offend anyone. I know in some areas NCAA Football is a way of life. Whatever works for you, great.
I'll start by posting why I do enjoy college football. Topping that list is the atmosphere. My experience with college football games has been tailgating for the UW-Madison games. There's nothing quite like State Street on a Saturday before the game. Jump Around, as inane as it may be, is also somewhat of a tradition that we are known for now. College aged kids always have this energy which makes partying with them before the games never a dull scene. Also, is the sense of pride. If it's an alma mater of yours, nothing quite like saying "my school" (unless you happen to be from Wisconsin like me and can also say the Packers are "my team.")
That's about all I have for reasons to like it. Here are the reasons I won't watch any CFB game, aside from the Badgers, from start to finish. I'll lead off by saying the talent level. I am not saying I want to watch a flawless game of football. When the best teams have maybe 10-15 athletes that can go pro, it's not all that intriguing. If I want to watch teams that I don't follow play football, I'd watch the NFL - because it is a better product. The talent level is so spread out over the NCAA, and the system itself is so corrupt, there is no reason for me to get emotionally invested in it. The talent being spread so thin is a hindrance. Don't get me wrong, I love dynasties and the dynastic stories of old that I read about - but it's not like it's a team of pros going against each other. There may be only 2 games a year that pose a challenge for a team at any given year, which leaves me indifferent to watching. When Wisconsin opens up the schedule against SouthEast Missouri State Technical College of Middleofnowheria, I am not going out of my way to watch that game. The "Any Given Sunday" rule does not apply because, yes, while anything CAN happen (and obviously upsets do, hello Appalachian State) the odds are very low. It's a boring narrative for a game.
The only enjoyment I can now get out of college football is watching the big games from Wisconsin, and scouring all the footage I can get my grubby little hands on of less-heralded players to see if I can pick out a future star that may be overlooked due to where he plays.
I would love to hear your thoughts on NCAA Football, and why you love or hate it. Feel free to comment below, and I will discuss with you.
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