Lebodome: Why College Football Just Doesn’t Matter

by Borderstan.com December 6, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,193 4 Comments

University of Virginia football, Vironevaeh, Flickr pool

Baton twirlers at a University of Virginia football game in Charlottesville. (Vironevaeh in Flickr pool, September 12, 2009)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at [email protected].

I feel stupid. I can’t believe I did it again. I cared. I thought for some reason this season may be different, but no, it was not. Penn State’s disaster and the other usual distractions may have turned the average fan away but I could not tear myself away from college football: I thought college football would be different this year.

Despite no evidence to the contrary, I thought the results of the regular season might actually help determine who plays in which post season bowl and who goes on to the national championship. NOPE. NOT A FAT CHANCE. WHAT WAS I THINKING!

I feel even worse for all of those people at Buffalo Billiards who actually thought that their alma mater may get a chance to play in a post season game. I have ranted about this issue before and there are better writers out there who have the issue pegged (Both these links have great articles explaining why college football is a mess; worth the read).

I write about it here today because I feel that at this point, even the casual “I only care when my alma-matter plays” fan should be pissed that college football, unlike every other collegiate sport, has NO PLAYOFFS to determine a national champion. I cannot, as I think no serious sports fan should, take college football seriously for this fact alone.

In an effort to pull the wool over our eyes, the NCAA will throw out a schedule of meaningless bowls, causing us to wait  for a national championship rematch of two teams whose last game was nothing more than a field goal kicking contest. Do not be fooled. This is silly. Instead, suck up your pride and anger, and enjoy a very stacked slate of NBA games on Christmas Day and an exciting conclusion to the NFL season (Packers are going 16-0, they are the real deal).

District Fun Stuff

Thanks. Now that I got that off my chest here are some fun happenings going on the District:

Even college kids take the Metro. GWU took the Metro to play VCU on Sunday at the Verizon Center….The No-Metro Hoyas are the first D.C. team to crack top 25 this year.

Redskins Football, only funny till… They are officially out of playoff contention, or… they forget when the league scheduled drug tests are.

Washington Nationals may get a star. Wow would Albert Pujols sell a lot of seats.

DC has enough weird laws. Now add this one to the list with sport team license plates.

Thought of the Week

The Fax Machine is laughing at snail-mail

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • Moments in history with the best sports commentator in the business. A must watch.
  • Texts from Bennett. Plain awesome.
  • What does Amazon.com look like.
Photo credit for featured image: cbowns from Flickr pool. Taken September 17, 2005, at Virginia Tech University in Blacksberg.

  • Kevin

    Shouldn’t an article about what’s wrong with college football explain your view of what’s wrong with college football (other than the fact that there are no playoffs)?

    Personally, I think the problems in big-time college football go far beyond the lack of playoffs.

    • Lebodome

      The whole collegiate athletic system has serious issues ranging from a corrupt governing body (NCAA) to there being too much money involved.
      But in terms of low-level fandom, this no playoff injustice drives me nuts. There are few things I enjoy more than March Madness (college hoops playoffs) and the way the season builds up to it. College football is just a big tease with these mega hyped season games that really have minimal bearing on bowl placement or seeding come season end.
      I recommend the two links in the 3nd paragraph to illustrate my point.


    you tell him lebo

  • poppy

    Football, basketball? the real news this past week was the MID-WINTER BASEBALL MEETINGS. Unfortunately we lost (?) Jose but pitchers and catchers are not that far off so the sports calendar is looking up (winter does not START for 8 or 9 days, I must be in some hazy dream-like fog).


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