Andy Staples really nails the Clampett mentality at work with playoff expansion ($$):
… The idea of creating a new Playoff by 2023 using the 12-team model proposed earlier this year is basically dead because leagues not named the SEC are leery of the proposal — created by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick — because Sankey was crafting the 12-team model at the same time Oklahoma and Texas were lobbying in secret to join the SEC. So the process will be slowed down, and it could take a while. Once they all have their say, the FBS commissioners likely will create an expanded CFP that looks an awful lot like the one Sankey, Bowlsby, Thompson and Swarbrick proposed, but the rest will get to think it was their idea.
It’s funny because it’s true. It’s also sad because it’s true.
David Paschall has outdone himself with this lede.
Our nation has reached its 245th birthday, which is certainly cause for celebration due to the abundance of freedoms and opportunities provided to its residents.
Included in those freedoms is the ability for Tennessee football fans to flush away as many recent seasons as they wish.
A good friend of mine (thanks, Howie!) alerted me to this gem from Gainesville Sun writer David Whitley. He predicts good times ahead for Gator fans with the advent of the 12-team CFP.
This approaches poetry.
Change is always disruptive. Among other things, Florida fans will have to adjust to the thought that losing to Georgia might not be the end of the season, if not the world itself.
That means more meaningful games, more interest and more reason for Gator fans to get out of bed the morning after losing to Georgia…
There would be life after losing to the Bulldogs. That’s a game-changer Florida fans could probably get used to.
The new Gator Standard: settling for less and pretending it’s more.
In response to a reader’s question about which 2021 opponent might be the most sneaky-dangerous team on Georgia’s schedule, Seth Emerson had this to say in his Mailbag ($$):
Georgia Tech could even push for that tier, too, what with the game being in Bobby Dodd Stadium, although now that I type that last clause never mind.
Go ahead and shut the Internet down. Nobody’s ever gonna top this take about the new transfer rule:
“People say it’s like NFL free agency. You hear that all the time. No, it’s not,” one Power Five football assistant said. “The NFL has a cap and they can pay money. You can outbid somebody. [In college,] you just gotta out-bullshit somebody.”
Sally Jenkins is still spitting fire.
A fundamental fact has been vividly on display for the past month of tournament play: The NCAA sells kids commercially without their consent for more than $1 billion per year. Athletes, in challenging this peonage debt-servitude system like never before in lawsuits and campaigns such as #NotNCAAProperty, have raised the question of whether the NCAA should continue to exist in its current power configuration. The answer is no, for the simple reason that the governing body has utterly perverted the definition of “amateur.”
The term amateur doesn’t mean “for free.” It never did. It comes from the French “amateur,” which in turn comes from the Latin word “amator.” Lover.
For the love of. That’s what it means.
Where is it written that to play a game for love, collegians must be strip-mined by universities of their worth and economic rights, and forced to fulfill commercial agreements that they aren’t even entitled to read — for free? Suggs and McDonald have never signed a deal with AT&T, yet they just spent a month of their ephemeral and perhaps fleeting athletic lives peddling 5G cellphone plans for which they will not see a cent. Why? Because “amateurism.”
Ain’t it grand?
Really, this is close to perfect.
With the federal government about to write $1.9 trillion worth of checks — some of which will even reach the pockets of the poor souls who need them most after nearly a year of financial suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic — perhaps discovering that the University of Tennessee football program is going to pay one Kevin Steele close to $900,000 NOT TO WORK isn’t that big a deal.
So even if I can’t wait to read Steele’s upcoming book “How to Become an (Almost) Millionaire in Seven Short Weeks While Doing Nothing,” I suppose we’re all supposed to just shrug this off as the cost of doing business when you’ve been as bad at business as UT football has the past decade or so.
$900,000 for seven weeks of NOTHING?
The only thing missing is a crack about that cryptic comment from UT’s head honcho about the SEC providing financial help. But I’m just quibbling.
[Ed. note: The first person who takes this post as an invitation to opine about the bill (you know the bill I’m talking about) will be unceremoniously placed in time out. So don’t do it.]
This made me laugh out loud.
Succinct, but fair ($$):
Instead, we’ve got UCF North. Or North UCF? How about UCF-Knoxville? A slight rearranging of the letters in UCFK creates the exact word a large percentage of the Tennessee fan base said when Heupel’s hire became public, and exactly what zero percent of fans of other SEC teams said.
I didn’t think anything could make me smile about yesterday’s events at the Capitol…
I needed that.