The problem with some lists is semantics.
Take SI.com’s Austin Murphy’s list of the ten most thrilling players in college football history. They’re all great players, but when I think of thrilling, I think of guys who you make you hold your breath when they touch the ball or line up to make a play. No knock on Tebow, who may very well be the SEC player of this decade, but he doesn’t hold a candle in this department to Darren McFadden (or Percy Harvin, for that matter). And how do you leave off players like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson?
And what to make of this list of the SEC’s most powerful people from the Orlando Sentinel? Paul Finebaum wields more power than any AD in the conference except Jeremy Foley and more power than every school president in the conference? If you’re going to argue that outsiders like Sexton and Glazer have the goods (Sexton clearly does) how do you turn around and leave off the folks at CBS and ESPN who sign the checks (and in the case of the latter, actually broker games) for those obscene TV deals?
And don’t even get me started with number 20 on that list.
Power? In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.