Imagine sitting on a bar stool, nursing a cold one, minding your own business, maybe watching a little football on the TV over the bar, when up sidles this guy…
“We were shut out of the playoff and if we went six or eight, we would have been in,” Meyer said. “I just don’t know. The first people you think about are the student athletes. How do you do that? Then, bowl games are gone. … You would have to expand the roster then for a couple more games. When are they played? The spring semester starts usually around Jan. 10, Jan. 8. Are you going to play once the semester starts because there are going to be players that are moving on to the NFL? I’m not part of the conversation. I think there is certainly going to be more and more of it. But at this point in time I don’t see how you do it.”
… and before you could say, “But, Corch, you know you’d be arguing the exact opposite if you were still coaching there”, you’re both joined by this guy.
“A lot of people are going to keep their mouths shut on this topic because they’re afraid they’re going to get a call. I don’t care. I only care about the game. I want the game to improve, I want the game to be better. I want more access for those involved.”
While no solution is simple, one relatively easy fix could be expanding the College Football Playoff. Double the number of teams invited and watch the sport’s popularity explode, Brando believes.
“You can’t tell me that by going to eight teams in this playoff you wouldn’t be doing that. Imagine the interest you’d have with teams ranked somewhere between, say, fifth and sixteenth in the last month of the season jockeying for positions five through eight. “
Brando seems to be alluding to the illusion of parity the NFL has built their empire on.
At that moment, you realize there’s only one way left to respond. You motion to the bartender and say, “Check, please”.