College Football Playoff

This year, the College Football Playoff Committee have caused this season to be an emotional roller coaster to a lot of fans. You never know where any specific University will end up due to the inconsistency of the inaugural College Football Playoff Committee. Each week the criteria for a team to stay in the Top 4 Playoff Spots changes. Nothing has remained the same. They have no transparency or concrete facts as to why they have placed certain teams in each spot.

During the BCS Era, everyone complained about it, but I am willing to bet that due to the headache the committee has caused, the return of the system would be a welcomed site. Was the BCS system perfect, NO, but it was a lot better than what the committee has come up with. Yes, the BCS and individuals working with it, favored certain conferences over others, but it was easier to deal with than what the committee vomits each week. I know a lot of you are asking yourself, “Why in the world is he complaining, Alabama is #1.” I’m not complaining, but do you actually think it’s fair for an undefeated FSU team be placed at the #3 spot over a one loss Alabama and Oregon? Does that make any logical sense? You would think that because FSU is undefeated, no matter how they won their games, they would hold that Top spot with no questions asked, but it’s far from that way. The committee seems to forget that a win is a win is a win. Whether it be by 1 point or 30.

There wasn’t a real concrete ranking until October 15. Yes, the committee said that they were not using or taking into account the AP Top 25, Coaches Poll, etc., but that’s not true. Their first honest ranking didn’t happen until October. Here is what they have based their rankings on: Game control, Body of work, Top 25 wins and what their opponent was ranked when they played said opponent. You’re looking at that and saying how it is not fair? The criteria they are basing each team upon is fine. Each of the topics were for a specific week; not all the criteria was used at the same time. Example: This week they were taking into account what a team was ranked when they played their opponent. So if you played Ohio State at the beginning of the season and they were ranked #4 and now they are ranked #6 that takes away from your argument to stay in one of the Top 4 spots. Should that matter, NO, because when you played them, they were ranked in the Top 4, that win should hold the same weight when you beat them all the way until the completion of the season.

The current system needs to be revamped. I know that a lot of fans are giving the committee the benefit of the doubt, because this is the first year. They have a lot of bugs and deficiencies to work out before the end of this season and the start of next season. I have a friend that came up with an awesome idea to fix this broken system. I agree with this outline. Here it is:
This system will consist of the Top 8 Conferences in College Football. The FBS Power 5 Conferences would have automatic bids. The remaining 3 slots to finish out the 8 would be selected from the remaining FBS conferences based on their Conference Power Index which will be based on the schedules of the teams in those respective conferences as well as records of the respective Conference Champions. The three teams that meet this criteria would make up spots 6, 7 and 8.
• In order for this to work out, each conference would have to be adjusted to have 12 teams. (Add or take away as needed)
• Teams would have to play 10 Conference Games (this would eliminate a lot of the out of conference play; mainly for the teams that like to play tune-up games instead of playing within their respective conference).
• Game 11 would be the Conference Championship Game.
• Game 12 would be a lottery draw of conference champions to play each other. This would be considered Bracket 1. This Bracket would consist of 8 Conference Champions.
• Game 12 (Bracket 2) would be the winners from Bracket 1, which will consist of the 4 winners from Bracket 1.
• The winners of Bracket 2, the two winners, would then play for the National Championship.

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Of course, it wouldn’t suit everyone, but this is a whole lot better than what is currently going on with the committee of “intelligent” individuals. I hope for the sake of all college football fans that the committee works out the bugs before the end of the season. Next year, we shouldn’t have many headaches such as this year. If you feel that you can come up with a better option, I challenge you to do so. We all have complaints and will complain, but won’t provide a possible solution. Instead they would rather complain with the rest of the crowd.

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To The President of the NCAA

For those that don’t already know, I am a die hard Alabama Crimson Tide fanatic. Last weekend played and lost to a good Ole Miss team. Why the title of this post is titled to the President of the NCAA is because of an incident that happened to one of our players.

Junior Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured during the second quarter. I understand that football is a dangerous game and players gamble with the chance of injury every time they step on the field, but there has been rules and guidelines set aside for what hits are legal and what are not. If you review the hit on Kenyan, he was hit low below the knee, which is illegal, also known as a chock block. This caused him to him to break his ankle. After the illegal hit, he was then kicked in the helmet by another opposing player.

In my opinion BOTH of these players should be suspended for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Why? Because, they Kenyan can’t play the rest of the season. The only player that was punished was the player was the player that kicked him in the helmet and his punishment was for him to sit out for the first half of his following game. What type of punishment is this? All this is a smack on the hand and saying please don’t do it again.

These 2 players could have really done some extensive damage, but I’ve drifted off the subject at hand. Here is the email that I prepared to send to the President of the NCAA, but I failed to find an email for Mr. Mark Emmert or an associate of the NCAA:

TO: NCAA President Mark Emmert

FROM: Jared J. Gober (Concerned Fan)

SUBJECT: Suspension of Trae Elston

During the contest the Ole Miss Rebels versus The Alabama Crimson Tide there was an incident that was unacceptable by all standards at any level of play. After Alabama Running Back Kenyan Drake was injured and lying on the field in excruciating pain, Ole Miss Defensive Back Trae Elston kicked Kenyan in the helmet while he was down.

Was that really necessary? I’m not writing this letter because I’m an Alabama fan and we lost the game, but that type of behavior is childish and should not be allowed at this level of play. If I were watching a Division II or Division III game I would feel the same. This behavior is totally unacceptable.

I pretty much have an idea of what you’re going to tell me,”if the referee didn’t see it or call it, it didn’t happen.” Well Mr. Emmert we have now transitioned into the 21st Century and are now equipped with the greatest technology known to man.

With that being said plays can be replayed, slowed down and zoomed frame by frame; zoomed so far you have the ability to see the individuals pupils. Not using this technology to it’s fullest extent, we are discrediting these student-athletes. The majority of these student-athletes have dreams of playing at the next level, but if you as the president of the NCAA don’t do your job to protect them, that dream will quickly fade away.

I understand injuries are going to happen, that inevitable, but unsportsmanlike actions are uncalled for and need to be handled with a firm hand. I honestly think they should be handled by the NCAA and NOT the University. I believe this because the University is only going to give the student-athlete a slap on the hand instead of a punishment that is meant to show the student-athlete and the rest of the student-athletes that these actions will not be tolerated.

If a petition needs to be started to bring light to this issue them I’m prepared to do so. Your job is to protect to students and student-athletes. I would like to have Trae Elston suspended for his actions during the Ole Miss/Alabama game. The reason: unsportsmanlike conduct to a defenseless player.

In the mission statement below comes directly from your web page, but according to a lot of the behavior going on in college football today it’s just to “check the clock.” I challenge you to re-read and do your job and protect the kids because you were put in that position to do so.

“We are committed to enforcing the rules and creating fair competition for student-athletes across the country. It’s the responsibility of our universities, athletic programs, coaches, alumni, student-athletes, and ourselves to be fully accountable at every level as we promote student success both on and off the field.

No one is above the rules. The consequences for breaking them need to be clearly defined and consistently enforced. Our members in Division I revised their enforcement structure in August 2013 to focus on tough but fair penalties.

Our goal is to further strengthen our culture of personal responsibility and individual accountability. Unfortunately, some people will try to break the rules—but in order to ensure a fair system, the rules and the consequences have to apply to everyone. No exceptions.”

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Should College Athletes Be Paid? (Revisited)

Today’s subject isn’t new territory for me, but some of my views have changed slightly. The reason they’ve changed is because I’ve had a lot of time to think about it and I’ve done a little more research than I did in my previous post. This issue is, “Should college athletes be paid?” I still stand firm on my point of view that they should be paid. Here’s where some of my points have changed.

1. With these student athletes being paid, if that is ever incorporated, they should sign a promissory note saying they will give the University of their choice a minimum of 4 years. I don’t want to call it a contract, because they are considered amateurs. Why a minimum of at least 4 years because said University is spending thousands, some times millions on recruiting that individual.

2. Once the individual commits to the University of their choice they would be given 2 options: Option A is a 4 year Athletic/Academic scholarship. Included in the scholarship the student athlete would receive a small stipend for everyday expenses. That stipend would be very low, because everything is being paid for by the University. Option B, the student athlete would be offered 4 years of pay for play. If they choose this option, they would pay for their education. Now with that being said, they would receive enough so that they could pay for tuition, books, room and board, food, rent, etc.

3. How much would the amount for pay for play be? That’s a great question that is hard to answer and would the amount change with the fluctuation of the economy? I say the amount should be agreed upon and in order for it to change, it should have to go through a review and approval process. With the pay for play, can the student athlete be paid for autographs, endorsements, etc.? No, because their focus should be focused on the University and not themselves.

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Paying student athletes is a difficult subject because it would be hard to make everyone happy. I’m sure that collegiate athletes right now are getting paid. I say that because how is a player able to pay for a pimped out ride with the works? Their stipend right now isn’t paying for it! In addition to them being paid or taking the scholarship, grades would also be a factor. If you’re failing you would be put on probation and given extra help; however, their stipend would be lowered. In the case of the pay for play, it would be probation and reduction of pay. If that doesn’t motivate them then I don’t know what will.

Keep in mind as you take all this in, this is MY opinion. I would love to hear how you feel on this subject. Leave a comment in the section designated below. Enjoy.

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Ninety-Five

Last week and this past weekend was rough. Why? Because, I let fake individuals and haters get under my skin. Those who know me, know I am a pretty calm person and I takes a lot to get me upset. I will quickly explain what happened.

On November 19, 2013, I indicated to friends, I would not mention anything about Collegiate Sports. My reason for even making a statement like that is because I felt that I was being attacked whenever I spoke my mind about College Sports. Before the start of the season, of course myself and friends were going back and forth about who’s team was better and all that stuff dudes talk about. College Football started and punches were being thrown (not literally), just jaw-jacking. Mid-Season arrived and the team I supported held the #1 Spot. Individuals that usually don’t talk College Football started to make comments, I ignored it, then they started to get personal. Sending messages about how they wish that players from different teams would die or a certain coach would fall of the face of the earth. I didn’t entertain it, deleted the messages. I then did a self check and thought to myself that maybe it’s me, so I backed off a little. It seemed as if when I turned my volume down, they turned theirs up. I started to question myself and even talked to my wife about it. I know a lot of you would not let it bother you, but I’m the type of person that likes to interact with friends over social media. I then put myself on a “Collegiate Sport Time-out.”

I vowed not to say a word about ANY Collegiate Sport or any school, academy or institution that had to do anything with Collegiate sports. Going back to my example, I completely turned my volume off, once I was silenced, EVERYBODY became an expert on College Football. Sending punches my way every chance they had. I have a “Circle of Friends” that I can talk about Collegiate Football, but when others see our banter going back and forth they think it’s okay for them to jump in. So on December 7th and 8th, I let everybody have it. It was very disrespectful, but that was the way I felt at that moment. I felt there was no other way to do it. What did happen was, no one said a word. I then asked myself was it worth it? Truthfully, if I had to do it over again, I would do it the same way, but instead of disrespecting close friends and family, I would single out the individuals that did the talking.

I want to take this time to apologize to these individuals: Jake, Pete, Tommy, Jesse, Sheezy, James, Robert, Micheal H., SBC, Carl, Greg, Darrald, Cedric I, Cedric II, Courtney M. and Steven S. These are the individuals that have my back NO MATTER what they have going on in their lives. I was very disrespectful to you and your family with my post. I already know you guys are gonna say stop apologizing, NO. Just like I felt the need to express myself, this is needed. There are many more, but these are the people that I can have a respectful conversation with regarding College Football. 

Instead using my facebook timeline to embarrass myself and look like an asshole, I will conduct another self check and single those individuals that are disrespecting me in a message to them and delete them. I won’t let individuals dictate how I act. I’m a better man with better character than immaturity such as this.

#ROLLDAMNTIDE!

Trenta

Today was a great day. My lovely wife let me watch football without any interruptions. We had planned on going to get some sushi, but we both took a nap. She wanted to leave the house about 4, but that’s when we woke up. At this point the game had already started. I turned it on and was watching it as I was getting ready to leave and my wife says to me, “You stay here and watch the game.” I said no, I don’t want you to think that I am putting a football game before my family. She insisted that I stay and watch the game. I have an awesome wife. She knows how much I love College Football. For you that don’t already know that my team is the Alabama Crimson Tide, I mean it’s an obvious choice because I am from the great state of Alabama. Yes, we have this other, sub-par team called the Auburn Tigers, this is just my opinion, but watching the Auburn Tigers play is like watching paint dry. I know that’s harsh, but I am a die-hard Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

Today we defeated the Texas A&M Aggies. The score was Alabama-49, Texas A&M-42. This game was important to me because last year, their first year in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), they beat us at home. I was pretty upset about it, but I quickly got over it, because we made it to the BCS Championship Game, defeating Notre Dame. My bitterness towards the Aggies is all because of their quarterback, Johnny “Football” Manziel. The reason why I’m bitter is because this guy is an awesome quarterback. He can make a play out of no play. Watching the Aggies play other teams I can stomach the game, but when its time for them to play my Tide, I HATE them. I really don’t hate this guy, because I don’t know him. It’s all in fun.

I love College Football because it starts during my favorite time of year, fall and into winter. It may sound weird, but I love this time of year. I couldn’t tell you why. I just do. Don’t worry, I won’t be posting about Alabama every time they play. Unless they make it to the BCS National Championship Game. If that did happen and we won, that would be 3 straight in a row. I’m sure some of you are saying WHO CARES, I do!

I won’t continue to bore you with football talk. Overall, today was another great day for the REGULARS.

#ROLLDAMNTIDE!!!