Normaltown

So, here’s something.

As someone who thinks “normal fan” is an oxymoron, I’m not sure how thrilled I’d be about a poster on, say, Stingtalk, getting a spot on the selection committee.  I think I’d settle for a qualification that anyone who expresses an opinion on social media is immediately disqualified.  (I keed, I keed… I think.)

And you?

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39 responses to “Normaltown

  1. 81Dog

    They might as well save a spot on the committee for Bigfoot. They’d have an easier time finding him, and he’d probably be lots more reasonable.

    Even if the could locate this unicorn, and I don’t believe for a second they want to do so, it wouldn’t be to actually listen to his input. It would be window dressing so they could claim to have “listened carefully” before doing whatever makes them the most money.

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    • Down Island Way

      There appear to be enough “morons” on the selection committee, adding a “oxymoron” isn’t required at this time….

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  2. GruvenDawg

    Bad idea. However I would like to see the old BCS formula have one full vote in the commissions rankings. There is a reason it was pushed for so hard by the SEC. the formula would also demonstrate to the board what an unbiased ranking looked like.

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    • dawg365

      This is an excellent suggestion. I really liked the BCS formula. It was not totally perfect but it was the best non-biased way to rank teams.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Best idea I have seen yet.

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    • If ESPN wants to keep advertising their assets, they should use Bill Connelly’s rankings. I don’t think I’d mind that, though I’m not sure how it compares to the BCS formula.

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  3. Teacher Martin

    Wasn’t the AD from UF and GT on the committee a couple of years ago. That didn’t work out very well for UGA either. Wouldn’t be must different. None of Finbaum’s caller would make the cut either. I stopped watching the Jerry Springer of CFB several years ago.

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  4. NotMyCrossToBear

    I would add me. Norte Dame would never get in.

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  5. This was my fun little day-dream yesterday: what would it be like to be the “normal fan” on the committee? It was a fun thought exercise between bouts of work.

    Of course, I don’t think we could ever reach agreement on what a “normal fan” is or how they would be selected. That said, I do like the idea. It’s the same ethos as the original Blog Poll – regular people who watch games and have a modicum of knowledge voicing their opinions as opposed to SIDs and journalists who likely watch one or two games and have no knowledge of the sport outside their divisions. It’s small-d democratic and no real argument against it holds up when you consider who the current decision makers are.

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  6. I would say he should delete his accounts first in order to avoid the death threats

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  7. Clayton Joiner

    In place of that, i’d put someone in there that is not a fan. No interest in the game at all.

    Someone who can look objectively at the pertinent data to select the teams.

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    • Vegas bookies who set the lines works for me.

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      • Derek

        The lines aren’t about how good or bad a team is tho. There is some overlap obviously but the function of a betting line is NOT to say which team is better. The purpose of the line is to maximize profits for bookies by getting equal betting action on both teams.

        Never forget that Vegas had Florida favored over Nebraska in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. That might have been a good read on the betting public but it wasn’t close to reality. 62 to 24 was reality.

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        • Gosh, Derek, I had no idea how Vegas works. And after all these years of cfb blogging! You’ve really opened my eyes, and thanks for that.

          Sarcasm aside, most of the major books set power rankings for college teams. That’s what I was referring to. (And before you go there, mentioning lines was just my way of referencing those books that handle cfb.)

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          • Derek

            Can you show me any 2020 Vegas power rankings that have OSU as being better than Clemson?

            You can find some showing Clemson as being better than Alabama.

            They are hardly flawless tho admittedly they are trying to be unlike when they are setting lines.

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  8. Sweet D

    I thought we were going for less biases, no?

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  9. Derek

    Why not scrap the committee and have a vote like American Idol does?

    Maybe there can be a “wild card” team that is selected from the bottom 100 or so teams by having a fan of each team randomly selected to take a half court shot?

    Maybe Disney can sell an app that works like Tinder. The top 12 “swipe right” teams are in.

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    • akascuba

      Careful what you ask for.
      ESPN would to host THE CFB Playoff Vote Live show. Imagine live voting to see who gets in. What a ratings $$$$ windfall that would be,

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    • Russ

      I don’t actually “like” this reply but this is what’s coming. After we get playoff fatigue (again) because the same teams keep showing up, ESPN in their wisdom will have a portion of their show each week where the “common fan” can text their vote ($0.99 each, of course) on who should be in the playoff field for that week. At the end of the season, the committee will take all those votes, put them in a Mason jar and throw it in the Chattahoochee, and then go about their business.

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      • SoCalDawg

        LOL, Sadly, an excellent reply, Russ.

        Chuckled heartily at throwing the jar in the Hooch. Well done.

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    • Harold Miller

      Screw it. Why don’t we just get a committee of British hooligan yabos to vote on it.

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  10. TN Dawg

    I’d be excellent on the playoff committee.

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  11. Ran A

    Me… They would hate me… 🙂

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  12. W Cobb Dawg

    Adding a Floyd R. Turbo type guy would be a nice touch.

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  13. KornDawg

    Stewart Mandel could go up to Montana and get one of his “average” football fans for the committee.

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  14. originaluglydawg

    We need someone who is fair, well mannered and compassionate.
    I nominate…
    RANGER RUSS.
    And I also want all Committee deliberations to be open and televised.
    We need to see how that sausage is made.

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    • RangerRuss

      I’m your Huckleberry. Well, as long as I don’t have to leave FOB Bonnie and I can vote by text as Gmail sucks out here in Windstream country.
      Fair? I’m more fair than life, that’s for sure.
      Well mannered? I don’t use “fuck” in the company of my sweet Ma-in-law.
      Compassionate? I shoot my terminally ill pets rather than put ’em through the trauma of the ride and the vet’s office. Of course I’m also the guy with plans on shooting my fellow hiker in the knee if a bear gets after us. Ain’t got to outrun the bear, just the other hiker. I can do the dirty jobs.
      Thanks for the vote of confidence, OUD.

      Oh, and stay off my fuckn’ lawn.

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    • Got Cowdog

      I’ll second that. Hell, I’ll drive if they’ll let me sit in and spectate.

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  15. Mark Richt.
    Prior year’s NC coach who must abstain from voting on his team.
    A national lottery for the winning fan.
    The winner of The Bachelor.
    Simon Crowell.
    The 10th caller to the program.

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  16. artistformerlyknownasbman

    Can Greg McGarity be considered a normal fan now? That way, his vote would always be “whatever Auburn thinks is fair.”

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  17. I’m out…almost all of my previous post, and the use hyper sexualized text might be off putting to people with the gift of sight (maybe audio if someone was dumb enough to read my shit to them). I’d nominate one of those Woods boys…the Big Dawg fans…I always like seeing Mike at Sanford.

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  18. Nil Butron is a Pud

    Harvey Updyke’s corpse?

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  19. Stephen S. Roberts

    Anyone with a HBTFD tattoo should get priority to the committee

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