Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Fall of Our Discontent

Sometimes we think we're the only ones really enjoying this season. We love defense, and love to hear about the good old days of the SEC when running backs dominated the field - Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson - and the tales of mighty victories that had scores like 24-23. Apparently those are truly days of old, because no one seems to like watching powerhouses like Florida and Alabama win like that any more.

Case in point, Ivan Maisel of ESPN fame. His column for this week, "I want my money back." And here's how he describes Tebow and the Gators:

Tim Tebow is leading No. 1 Florida toward a second consecutive national championship and third in four years. Yet the Gators' offense too often resembles a '75 Corolla with a balky clutch. Tebow is having a good season until you compare it to his previous two.

If this were the Oscars, the Florida senior quarterback would win the Irving Thalberg Award, the statuette given for career achievement. Until I see Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin calling the game in Pasadena on Jan. 7, this isn't the Oscars.

And he says he wants his money back, not once, but twice:

I want my money back.

It is the third week in November -- the traditional beginning of rivalry season -- and the best game is No. 11 Oregon at unranked Arizona.

Ohio State versus Michigan? Three years ago, the so-called best rivalry in college football gave us No. 1 vs. No. 2, the last such regular-season game. This year, the Wolverines have lost six consecutive Big Ten games and hope that an upset of the No. 10 Buckeyes will get them into the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

It is the third week in November. No. 1 Florida is playing Florida International, No. 2 Alabama is playing Chattanooga, an FCS school, and what was the Southeastern Conference thinking when it cooked this up?

It would be one thing if this were a rare occurrence. But college football has gone vegan on us. More weeks than not, the schedule included no meat. We've gotten one game a week featuring two Top-25 teams, maybe two.

I want my money back.

For the rest of Maisel's dishing on the 2009 college football season, click here. (It's worth a read)

And maybe it's the orange and blue glasses that we wear, but even on a bad day we just can't see the comparison of Tebow and the Gators to a '75 Toyota Corolla, even if it is in Gator Blue. Nice try.

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