Mother’s Day is just around the corner and, as a mother myself, I already know the routine. I’ll get a hand-made card or lovely plant from my little ones and, probably, a nice bouquet from the husband.
Which got me to thinking, what would a college football loving mom like myself love to see come football season?
Better still, what might all mothers who live for the months between August and January, (A.K.A college football season) wish for—if the sky were the limit—and boundaries did not exist?
The list that follows are just a few things that might bring a smile to a college football moms face. Of course, they would have to redeem all items at a later date but preferably before the first airing of College Gameday.
More Big Time Upsets
Does it need to happen a lot? No, but the occasional slice of humble pie doesn’t hurt the waistline.
Less Cupcakes, More Filet Mignon
Wisconsin plays four non-conference games in 2010. The combined record of those four teams last season was 15-32. That’s ridiculous, I don’t care how tough your Big Ten schedule might be. No one wants to see a potential Top 10 team play Austin Peay and San Jose State.
Even more, how do you take a team at high value when they aren’t playing a competitive schedule? In truth, many of the BCS conferences are basically top-heavy in the power department—all the juice lay with one or two teams. The rest of the conference is borderline mediocre. So to reward Texas for playing Florida Atlantic when their league is basically them, Oklahoma, and no one else just isn’t fair.
As us moms love to say: Do your best or don’t bother.
Better Officiating From The Paid Help
Any SEC fan can attest that their team, at one time or another, has won or lost a game on the call of a guy who works at Lowes in the off-season. Now,to make matters worse, the NCAA has given these same men the right to take away points at their discretion if they feel a player was “taunting” someone on the opposing team.
Tsk, tsk….I’d say more about how I feel, but, if you can’t say something nice, then say nothing at all.
No More Regional Blackouts!
Here’s a novel idea, play the games that most people want to see and let your local affiliate play the regional stuff. Why is that so complicated? I don’t really give a flip how you get it done, just git er’ done!
Which leads me to my next wish…
Note to NBC—I Don’t Want to See EVERY Irish Game
I don’t care how great their program once was or what that little sign says in the tunnel—aside from Lou Holtz—few people outside of South Bend are drinking your particular brand of kool-aid.
If nothing else, the fact that you deemed this worthy for public consumption, gives me pause:
The Irish are DEFINITELY NOT smiling.
No More Preseason Rankings, Please!
In 2009, how many losses did Oklahoma have before they FINALLY left the conversation? How much winning did Iowa have to do before they warranted a Top 5 ranking? Even more, who didn’t hear the conversation that if Florida lost the SEC Championship by a close margin, they might still be in the running for the BCS National Championship—in a rematch?
Scrap the preseason stuff altogether and hold all rankings until eight weeks are in the books. Make teams earn the No.’s to the left of their name for a change. A little hard work never killed anybody.
A Translator for Lou Holtz
Even more, whenever he does open his mouth with any clarity, he is saying something that borders on ludicrous, asinine, or down right perplexing.
Give me a translator so I can both understand and hear Lou better. If not, I have a lovely brochure for him to read, it boasts of beautiful places to both vacation and live during the fall—perhaps he could go sometime in September.
A Muzzle for Mark May
Of all the broadcasters that I am subjected to on Saturdays, he is by far the most annoying. It’s not that he doesn’t know football, he does know a little something, but it’s that he thinks he knows everything about your team and why THEY will fail. Get over yourself, Mark, nobody likes a know it all.
Even better, just ship Mark to another network and don’t air him again until the first of Octember—yes—OCTEMBER.
Stop The Playoff Talk Because That Won’t Fix Anything
Saturday in September doesn’t mean that Team A is suddenly the best team in the nation.
Furthermore, if you start weighing the season down with playoffs and round-robin tourneys, you won’t be any closer to achieving balance in the league.
This is one issue that every fan will have a definite opinion on but, in my estimation, the BCS gets it right more times than not and a few years where it’s questionable doesn’t seem like enough to upset the whole kit and kaboodle.
Leave the playoff talk alone, no good can come of it. As for solutions, well, keep trying until you get it right. Perhaps start by eliminating automatic bids, inviting more conferences into BCS play, and requiring more competitive scheduling to weed out the pansies.
Replace the Obnoxious Fans With Some Who Actually Have Sense
GOOD. FOR. YOU…..PUH-LEESE!!!
All fans are not created equal and just because the good Lord gave you a mouth to speak from doesn’t mean that He gave you the brains to make a coherent sentence.
Give me a fan with some sensibility and a bowl full of knowledge that didn’t come from a “My Teams The Best” book and I would be ever-so-happy. If that’s not possible, just give me one of those nice foam fingers so I can slap the heck out of the next one that tries to tell me what I don’t know.