Editorial: Random thoughts at 3 AM

Editorial: Random thoughts at 3 AM
Ocho Cinco

Editorial:  Random thoughts at 3 AM

College Football vs. Pro Football, players having off the field issues, no point to pre-season polls, Chad Ocho Cinco, and Anti-Buckeye sentiment.

By Bill Smith

  1. Why is college football better than pro football?

In college ball, we cheer for our alma mater.  Many of us spent several years and much of our parents' retirement savings attending the university.  If that experience was a pleasant one, we savor memories of people and places there.

In pro football, we cheer for laundry—that's right laundry.  When a team like the Browns wears those brown pants or heaven forbid, those pumpkin orange pants, it gets harder.  But we cheer for laundry none the less.  If you doubt that, consider the poster child for laundry—Bret Favre. He didn't become a free agent in search of the all mighty dollar.  He didn't want to go to New York.  He was exiled.   As much as he was loved in Green Bay, do you really think that die hard cheese heads would hope that he would come in an beat the Pack?  Of course not.  That's because pro fans cheer for laundry.

  1. Why are so many pro and college football players getting in trouble when baseball players don't seem to have the same percentage of problems?

When all star player John Kruk was asked about his more than abundant size for an athlete, he responded “we're not athletes.  We're baseball players.”  Baseball and other college and professional athletes don't carry the reputation that football players at both levels do. 

The only way to survive playing a sport as violent and physical as football is to develop an attitude of invincibility.  That attitude generates a reputation.  The reputation generates challenges by those that want to prove they are tough too.

The attitude also tends to dull the sense of danger.  They tend to ignore that voice in the back of reason that prevents most of us from being at a club at 3 AM.  They just are not as sensitive to danger and not as careful choosing friends/associates.

  1. What is the point of preseason college football polls?

If you need any proof that pollsters are not experts in evaluating college football teams, just review the number of teams that were ranked 1 or 2 in the last 4 weeks of the 2007 season.  The only good thing that the polls accomplish is to irritate fans of teams that are not ranked in the top 10.  The bad part is that an unranked team that is much better than expected can never work their way into the Championship game.  The polls should start in the 5th week of the season. That way we know that Clemson is not a top 10 team and can put them where they belong.

  1. The NFL should fine Chad Ocho Cinco $100,000 for pure stupidity and change his number to 13.
  1. The anti-Buckeye attitude of polsters should be protested by all right thinking people.

When the Bills made it to 4 straight Super Bowls only to lose, they were celebrated for their consistent excellence.  It has never been done since.  Since there are only 32 pro teams and 110 schools in the level formerly know as Division 1A, OSU's participation in 2 straight Championship games is a greater accomplishment.  That is particularly true given the fact that they were not at all expected to be there last year.

This team is much better than last year's Buckeye team.  When we beat the over hyped and much loved USC, maybe we will get the respect we deserve.  I believe we will if Wells' foot is close to 100 percent. 

Can anyone really think that a Georgia team that has almost as many players in trouble as the Bengals really be better than OSU.  I don't think so.

            That is what I think.  What do you think?

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com.  He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com

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