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The BCS Is Perfect

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment

By: Deacon Blues

The BCS: It’s is a joke. It’s a ridiculous system that everybody loves to hate. It’s perfect.

 

For 13 years, anybody who cares about college football – that is, everybody — has been subjected to a system that has done precious little to do what it set out to do. According to the BCS website, the BCS “is designed to ensure that the two top-rated teams in the country meet in the national championship game.” Does anybody really think that the two best teams meet year after year? What about USC in 2003? Auburn in 2004? Boise State? TCU?

Even according to the organizers of the BCS, it’s not a perfect system. To quote the BCS website again, “Thanks to the BCS, the top two teams have played each other 13 times in 13 years by BCS measurements and 10 times in the last 13 according to the AP poll — including the last seven years in a row.” According to their own measurements, the top two teams meet every year, but even they grant that there is dispute over this. It’s almost expected that there will be disagreement as to which the two top teams are.

 

Take this year for example. #1 Louisiana State (13-0) is the team most deserving to be there. However, their opponent is not the same shoo-in. #2 Alabama (12-1) already lost to LSU. They didn’t even win their division, let alone their conference.

 

What about #3 Oklahoma State (11-1)? Other than a double overtime road loss to Iowa State, they murdered their competition, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, and Texas A&M. #4 Stanford (11-1) lost one game, and that was to #5 Oregon (11-1). That one loss for Oregon was to the horribly underrated – and regrettably ineligible – USC (11-2).

 

All the while, #7 Boise State (11-1) lost a heart-breaker to the perennial competitive TCU (10-2), and that was that.

 

In all of this, #6 Arkansas (10-2) is nothing more than a footnote. The Razorbacks lost the only two legitimate challenges they received all year: LSU and Alabama.

 

Alabama received their berth to the championship game base on a margin of .0086 points – the closest margin in eight years. A couple votes the other way – or even a slightly altered computer formula – and Oklahoma State has the chance to contend for the glass football. A bounce here or there for Oregon, or Stanford, or Boise State, and the landscape is completely altered.

 

It’s true that every other major team sport has a playoff system, but there are 120 teams in the FBS. Proponents of a playoff, or a plus-one, or something similar think that college football would be benefitted by determining a clear-cut winner. That’s just not true.

 

Playoff systems are inherently flawed. The only thing they tell us is which teams would win on those days. Often, the best team doesn’t win the championship. The Giants beat the Patriots. Villanova upset Georgetown. The Mariners won 116 games and didn’t even make the World Series. Is there any reason to believe college football would be any different? Of course not.

 

Coaches, ADs, and the whole of the NCAA have been deafeningly silent on the issue of a playoff system. Why is that? If instituting a plus-one or an eight-team bracket would really benefit the sport, why isn’t everyone pushing for it? Because they know they would run the risk handing the Coaches’ Trophy to Kansas State. A Boise State-Cincinatti matchup would absolutely kill ratings. Outside of the college football wastelands, nobody wants that.

 

The beauty of the BCS is the ambiguity of it all. With a pool as large as the FBS, everybody benefits from a system that encourages debate. Oklahoma State fans don’t want their team to get destroyed by LSU in the championship game; they want the Cowboys to get “cheated” out of the chance to play, go out and beat Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, and then have the opportunity to talk around the water cooler about how great their team was in 2011.

 

Nobody remembers the team that lost; everybody remembers the team that should have been there. Without the playoff system, the regular season is the playoff. Win and you’re still in, but lose, and you’re probably done. The BCS rarely gives out second chances. Absolutely every game matters, and no other sport can say that.

 

Deacon Blues grew up in Moscow, Idaho, and still resides there with his lovely wife and four savages. By day he is an economist and database expert, but he doubles as a T-ball coach, lacrosse official, suffering Mariners fan, and reader of children’s books. He also makes a mean morning meal and is ever on the lookout for the perfect breakfast burrito recipe. He can be followed on Twitter at @deaconblues42. 

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College Football vs. NFL…Counterpoint

September 24, 2011 2 comments

By: Aaron Booth

A few weeks back Sports Smithy contributor Britton Norris laid out his case for why the NFL is better than NCAA football. Saying the NFL is better is a bit of a stretch. The NFL is not better, nor is it worse. It’s different, but that’s okay.

Norris argued that college football is about big schools beating other big schools, while in the NFL it’s “about the game.” The NFL, he says, is about particular players and matchups. There’s another way to look at this: college football is about the name on the front of the jersey and the NFL is about the name on the back of the jersey. In fairness, the nature of the NFL game is that a fan will get to know players over a longer period of time. I certainly see the appeal of that. NCAA by its very nature is transient. The players come and go. That’s just how it works. If having decade-long attachments to players is important then college football isn’t for you, but complaining about it is like complaining about bicycles because they don’t have enough wheels.

 

I do agree that college football is corrupt at many levels. If, however, you are running from the NCAA to escape corruption, the NFL isn’t exactly the place to find sanctuary. The NFL in its professional honesty embraces thugs and criminals, slapping them on the wrist with fines and suspensions when they feel it will help their image, but getting them back on the field as soon as possible because, after all, it’s “about the game.” Again, I totally agree that the NCAA is a mess with corruption, but what we have here is pots and kettles, not sinners and saints.

 

The NFL has playoffs and the NCAA does not. This subject has been hotly debated in print and on the airwaves for a long time. I hope to treat this subject at length another time, but that will have to wait. In staying focused on the arguments in the previous post, I would like to make a few quick points: 1) The NCAA does not employ computers alone to determine their championship game. Computers are a part of it, but they are not all of it. 2) The NCAA, to my knowledge, makes no claims that the bowl system is better than the NFL playoffs or that it is the most ideal system for crowning a champion. They would say that the combination of the rankings and BCS system is the best way to crown a champion in a league with 119 teams that can only play 11-12 games a season. By the way, having 16-game schedules wouldn’t fix this problem. 3) Some universities do “schedule games to win” but this rarely results in a shot at the title. The strength of schedule, or lack thereof, is precisely why Boise State and TCU have not played for the title. LSU has 12 regular season games – seven against ranked opponents, including two in the top 10, and neither of which were or will be played at home. The good conferences make it impossible to simply schedule garbage. A sweeping generalization that all teams fill their schedules with cream puffs simply isn’t true.

 

I would like to offer this defense of the BCS as compared to the NFL playoffs: The team that goes home with the glass football more often than not really is the best team in the league. That claim is a lot harder to make about the Super Bowl. Were the 10-6 Packers really the best NFL team in 2010? Were the Giants really better than the Patriots in 2008? The BCS isn’t perfect, but on the whole, it produces a credible champion. The Super Bowl gives us an entertaining spectacle between two good to pretty good teams that happened to have the right combination of luck and health in January.

 

The NFL compared to other sports leagues is fantastic as an organization. The NFL gives the fan a feeling of consistency and certainty that college football can’t match. College football is too big, with too much history, and too many different authority figures. Short of a complete dismantling of the structure, college football will never rival the NFL in this area. In spite of this, college football gives fans some things that the NFL doesn’t.

 

At the top of college football there is urgency every single week. Every team is not playing a marquis game every week, but some teams are playing marquis games every week. There is the possibility to an upset – even a big upset, but that’s not the most important or dramatic part of it. Because losing even one game in college football can end a team’s shot, every game matters. The great college teams don’t rest starters in the final weeks of the season. They can’t. The games in November are must-win. This isn’t about noble college coaches playing the stars out of a sense of pride while NFL coaches rest their lazy stars; it’s just the nature of the two leagues. The last two games of the season in NCAA are urgent for the top teams while the last two in the NFL aren’t (for the very best). This can be a problem in college football if you are only interested in your own team. Sometimes for that one team the dream ends early (sorry Mississippi State). The story of the NCAA season is far from over, and something that happens in this Saturday’s games could very well shape how it all turns out. In the NFL, provided your team’s star player doesn’t go out for the season, a win or a loss this Sunday means very little for your playoff hopes.

 

Urgency doesn’t make college football better, but it is an element I particularly enjoy and it doesn’t really exist in any sport. There are pockets of urgency in other sports, but no sport delivers urgency from start to finish like college football.

 

Obviously the talent level in the NFL is much higher than NCAA and that produces a certain kind of satisfaction for fans. An NFL play is fast and powerful and precise – no margin for error – very fitting for the highest level of the sport. In contrast college football produces excitement in a way the NFL can’t, and it is because the overall talent pool is lower and the gap between the best and worst players is larger. College football lends itself to a lot more highlight real plays. Trick plays work in college. College teams convert 4th downs. Those things happen in the NFL too, but not often. Women’s tennis is as exciting – maybe even more exciting – than men’s because they are not as fast and strong as the men. In much the same way, the difference in talent between NFL and college creates a different product on the field, and that’s a good thing. The guy that thinks of himself as the high and mighty “true” fan might cringe at this thought, but the wide talent pool in college makes the game a little more cartoonish, and that makes for a satisfying product.

 

I personally enjoy college more than NFL, but I really like both. I don’t necessarily believe one is better than the other. I believe they are different – preferring one or the other isn’t a matter of which is better. It’s burgers one day and pizza the next – everybody wins.

Aaron Booth lives in Monroe, LA with his wife a five children. He makes his living in the real estate world, which gives him the opportunity to listen to a lot of audio, including a fair amount of sports radio and podcasts. Aaron loves his i-devices and 24-hour sports media, but also fondly remembers the days when he calculated his fantasy standings from the newspaper. You can follow him on twitter @da_booth.

College Football vs. NFL

September 4, 2011 3 comments

By: Britton Norris

It’s finally here: the football season of 2011.  What a great time of year for sports.  Not only do we get the National Football League back in action, we have college football to sprinkle in as a treat.  And here’s where some may take sides.

Which is greater, college football or the National Football League?

Let me preface everything with the fact that I enjoy college football.  Well, I enjoy good college football.  Sometimes “good” is few and far between, but a classic fall matchup like this year’s Alabama at Auburn showdown in November or the Red River shootout between Texas and Oklahoma are competitive sports at their finest.  A fresh cool front in October on a Saturday is quite the atmosphere for football and the melodies of the Notre Dame Victory March are enough to get any red blooded sports fan wound up.  College football has an uncanny ability to gather the hard core stats fan and the grandma and have them both cheering equally as passionately for their team.  It’s tradition.  Who cares why Ohio State hates Michigan, but they are the bad guys and they’re going down!  College football is fun.  And when your team is ranked in a desirable spot in the top 25 and there’s a competitive game on the television, things are peachy.

Here’s where I want to make a point.  The NFL is better.  A lot better and here’s why I think so.

The NFL is about the game of football.  Contrary to what you’d think, college football is much more about big schools beating other big schools than about the actual game and individual contests.  Everyone talks about the rivalries; they talk about why Oregon’s athletic program is better than USC.  In the NFL, it’s about the game.  People care immensely how Drew Brees is going to fare against the Packers defense opening night.  Will Josh Freeman’s offensive line get bulldozed by Ndamukong Suh and the Lions? All I hear about on the college side of things is if LSU can hold on to their top 5 ranking and thoughts about Texas A&M moving to the SEC.  College football can’t see the trees for the forest.  The big picture is so important, the end goal so vivid that we lose the journey along the way.  To me, a true fan of football wants to study the individual players and compare the strengths and weaknesses of matchups.  The X’s and O’s of football are one of the main reasons it’s so delicious.  Listen, I know there’s some of this in college football.  I know some of you know exactly who’s lining up out there at left tackle and what he has to do to beat his opposition’s bull rush.  But that’s not the focus of college football.  A great example of this is how quickly fans move on.  A new freshman running back is tearing it up and last year’s Heisman trophy winner is old news.  It doesn’t matter the face or the name on the back of the jersey, the Sooners are going to win!  Sure, there’s loyalty in the NFL, loyalty at its finest, but when Steve Young retired, 49ers fans took a long introspective look at their fandom.  I’m not suggesting that fans would turn their backs on their teams just because certain players aren’t there any more, but it does make one pause in a moment of nostalgia.  After all, they’ve been watching these guys play for years.  In college, good players might have 2 or 3 years and they’re gone.  You just can’t get attached to guys in that short time frame.

The NFL is competitive.  The University of Texas is hosting Rice Saturday night and they are going to mop the field with those poor Rice athletes’ bodies.  We could see 72-7, folks!  You college football purists will be quick to suggest the argument of a great upset.  “It’s so exciting to think of a no name team beating a top 10 ranked powerhouse!”  No its not.  99% of the time the game is unwatchable and when the upset does happen, a perfectly good top-ranked college team has its season go down the tube because of a fluky early September loss.  I’ll tell you what’s exciting, the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Baltimore Ravens on a Sunday night; the Houston Texans taking on Peyton Manning and the Colts, trying to make claim to the division.  If one loses, it’ll just make the storyline more intriguing when they face each other again in the latter part of the season. There will be some lopsided games in the NFL, but every single player on each team is collecting a salary.  Every single General Manager had drafts picks in April’s NFL draft.  Every single team has an equal salary cap.  This isn’t so in college football.  When Alabama plays Georgia Southern they’ll be playing a team that isn’t even in the same NCAA division level.  Is this a joke?  Is the NCAA really trying to sell me this crap?  Am I supposed to enjoy this competition?  Please give me the fall classic Dallas Cowboys vs. the Washington Redskins.

College football is corrupt.  I could write for hours on this, but I just want to hit a few main points.  I hear people tell me all the time, “The NFL is just a bunch of greedy owners and athletes, please give me amateur college football where everyone just loves the game”.  This is the biggest load of bologna I’ve ever heard.  The NFL is a professional game and admits as such.  Every single players salary is available to the public.  College football on the other hand hides behind amateurism while grabbing at cash behind everyone’s back.  The University of Miami has recently come under heavy fire about student athletes receiving money and benefits illegally.  Do you remember why they took Reggie Bush’s Heisman trophy?  And this is just the illegal part.  All of these college players are playing to be seen by NFL scouts and get drafted so they can have a pay day.  Is this intrinsically wrong? Of course not.  But don’t kid yourself, these aren’t sweet little football purists playing for your university.  You’ve all heard how the conference commissioners pull and position the schools in ways to funnel money into their own pockets.  Schools take BCS bids because of obligation even when they are losing money.   I’m sorry, I’ll take the NFL.

The NFL has playoffs and a glorious championship called the Super bowl.  College football has the BCS bowl games and a national championship.  It’s really as dumb as it sounds.  Computer’s rank the teams and choose the “best” two to play for a championship.  Others get to play in “important” bowl games for, well, I don’t know, nothing.  And somehow the BCS has convinced us this is great and for some of you better than the NFL.  You’re delusional.   I’ve heard the arguments, “every game in a college regular season is a must win game!”  No it’s not.  If you lose your first two games, everything else is meaningless.  We don’t really crown a champion every year.  We crown a bogus team that has a good record.  The computers calculate who gets to play for a championship.  So, what do the universities do?  They schedule games to win.  These super powerhouse teams love scheduling cream puffs.  They guarantee a win and give their team a much greater chance of an undefeated season.  It’s ridiculous and it should bring out wrath from all sports fans who respect competition and fairness.  I’ll take a 16 game schedule where the teams who are the best get to play each other in a playoff and the last team standing wins the championship.  The NFL does this the right way and keep the integrity of the sport intact.

So, as we welcome glorious football back to our lives here in the fall of 2011, let’s have a little treat on a Saturday afternoon, but the big boys meat and potatoes aren’t coming till Sunday.

Britton Norris is a loyal Texan. He and his wife live in Fort Worth, TX and enjoy traveling anywhere in the world. He’s a proud Dallas Baptist University alum and works as an oil and gas landman. It’s on his to-do list to observe a frigid Packers game at Lambeau Field and see a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium. During Dallas Cowboys games you’ll likely find him with a mug of strong cold beer and his serious football game face on. You’re welcome to follow him on twitter, although he does more reading of tweets than tweeting – @brittonnorris

The Sampler Platter: Texas A&M, Jim Thome, and the Dallas Cowboys

August 26, 2011 1 comment

By: Nate Douglas

He who gets embarrassed last…
If Texas A&M’s color wasn’t already maroon, it would be, as they were embarrassed after the events from a week ago.  After publicly claiming they wanted to join the SEC, they were rejected like Dwight Howard swatting a teardrop floater.  Longhorn fans got a good kick out of it, I’m sure.  But when all is said and done, Texas A&M will get the last laugh.

The “Big 12” is falling apart like the little piggy’s house of straw.  Nebraska and Colorado have already jumped ship, and nobody would put it past Missouri or Baylor to join them over the next year or so.  Texas, sporting their new $400 million Longhorn Network deal with ESPN, tightened its grip as the top dog in the conference.   Texas was already without a doubt a sexier school than A&M, and had a  significant edge in  recruiting.  So Texas A&M  finally said, “We don’t have to play with  them.  We  can go get some money and players elsewhere!” So  where  else, but the SEC (also known as the middle-  class man’s NFL)?  The SEC  has the largest major  network television deals and attracts the best    recruits.  Now that’s a peach cobbler that Texas  A&M would do well to  take a large piece of.  Yes,  A&M will most likely be eaten alive the first  few  years in the SEC.  But now Texas recruits have the  choice to chose  between the school with their own  television network (attractive) or a  school in the  best conference against the best teams with the  best  players (more attractive).  The decision just  got a lot harder.  Texas  A&M will eventually  become competitive in the SEC as they attract    more players.

Not many writers, however, are questioning the  Longhorn’s future in this story.  The Aggies will  inevitably join the SEC, few experts doubt that.    This leaves ESPN in a difficult spot, as their  product would become less valuable.  If Texas  A&M, and potentially Oklahoma, leave the party,  the Longhorns will have nobody to dance with, and  they will be the ones looking embarrassed with a  darker shade of maroon.

The Wrong Wardrobe
This year in baseball, we have witnessed two major career feats in Derek Jeter and Jim Thome.  Derek Jeter reached 3,000 hits, and Jim Thome slugged his 600th home run, both quite impressive and hall of fame worthy.  Jeter, however, undoubtedly benefited from more publicity, which is a shame, as Thome’s accomplishment is much more impressive.  Thome’s crime?  He doesn’t wear pinstripes.  Derek Jeter was the 28th player in MLB to reach 3,000 hits.  Jim Thome was just the 8th to crack the 600 home run threshold (including known steroid users such as McGwire and Sosa).  You would not have known this watching SportsCenter.  Instead, writers said Thome’s accomplishment is somewhat tainted by steroids.  Excuse me, but Jeter hits home runs, and line drives into the gaps and alleys  Steroids would be just as beneficial for his game.  But nobody would dare mention steroids when Jeter hit 3,000.  Now nobody thinks Jeter or Thome were shooting PEDs.  As far as we know, they’re as clean as the Downy teddy bear. The credit, however, should go where it’s due; Thome should get more airtime and accolades than Jeter.  It’s a shame the sports media, led by ESPN, would rather make the news than report it.

Easy Does It
I have a friendly exhortation for my Cowboy friends, most of whom not only aspire for the playoffs and Super Bowl this year, but think they are very achievable and realistic goals.  I just wanted to stay, “Woah, partner.  Let’s pull the reins in a little bit.”  Here’s why:

1) Jerry Jones has only won one playoff game in the last 15 years.  That’s a bad precedent to think would all of a sudden disappear.  The Cowboys haven’t proved anything, so it would be unreasonable to expect they would prove much this year.  The Dallas Mavericks had a much more consistent and successful track record over the last decade, yet few expected them to win the championship even after the first round of the playoffs this year.  To think the Cowboys will clean house when they can’t even regularly make the playoffs is over the top.

2) The Dallas Cowboys defense was the worst in Cowboy history last year.  That says a lot.  What says more is the fact that all of the same players are back.  There is no massive defensive team overhaul.  In fact, there was no massive team overhaul at all.  There were no major impact acquisitions during the offseason.  To think only swapping out the defensive coordinator will be the miracle cure is wishful thinking.

3) Having a “healthy” squad this year after last year’s injuries won’t make that much of a difference.  The Cowboys were in the doldrums before Tony Romo was hurt.  On the other hand, the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers were bit by the injury bug worse than anyone, yet that didn’t faze them and they didn’t make excuses. Injuries will happen again this year, but the Cowboys are not well-equipped to deal with them.  Yes, Dez Bryant is a beast.  But with his injury history, one would not be surprised if he had to miss a few games, which would be devastating for the offense.  As it stands, the Cowboys don’t even know who their third receiver is, much less who the second would be if the terror of the NorthPark Mall got hurt.   The Cowboys have the star power that is not questioned.  But they’re top-heavy.

4) In order to make the playoffs, you have to be better than the other teams in your division.  The Eagles improved drastically and the Giants have the majority of a squad returning that won 10 games last year.  The Cowboys also have teams like the Packers, Bears, Lions, Falcons, Saints, and Bucs to compete with for the wild card.  I’m sorry, but I’m going with the field.

Not to be a gloomy cloud over the Dallas picnic, but Cowboy fans, please, let’s tamper expectations here.  Players may step up, and good coaching is was what this team needed.  But until that happens, you’re not helping your national reputation as fans when you publicly exude Super Bowl-bound confidence (but don’t worry, you’re still not as bad as Eagles fans).

Nate Douglas lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and son (whom he is 17-0 against in living-room wrestling…never mind if his son is a toddlerweight).  While his day job is sorting through the dirty legal details of the oil and gas industry, his night job is a sports Jack Bauer.  He has yet to come off his Dallas Mavericks championship-high, and he prays daily for those last couple World Series wins for his beloved Rangers, and that his children will never know a day where they weren’t fans of his favorite teams.  You can follow him on Twitter- @NateDouglas34.  

For the Love of the Pay

By: Aaron Watson

 

If Terrelle Pryor gets his way, he would have me feeling sorry for him. Sorry that he was forced to take money and benefits that destroyed his college eligibility. Sorry that Ohio State University made millions off of his image while giving him nothing in return. Sorry that he is being punished for something that was beyond his control.

But you know what, I’m just not buying what he, Reggie Bush, and countless other diva athletes are trying to sell. I’m sick of former players and commentators giving me sob stories about how college athletes can’t take their girl out to Chili’s on a Friday night, and that’s why they broke NCAA rules and took thousands of dollars from boosters and cheats.

First, there is simply no excuse for blatantly breaking the rules and lying about it. Are there arguments that exist that raise the question as to whether or not athletes should be compensated for their services to universities? Certainly. But the fact is that student athletes already receive more than their fair share of compensation for their services.

Athletes receive benefits that other “peasant” students can only dream of having! Preferred housing, free tutoring, special treatment from teachers, and above all, a signed diploma without having a cent of debt to their name. That is, if they don’t already have millions in their pocket from a professional contract given to them before they graduate due to their performance at the school’s facilities and under the school’s coaching.

But what about the gobs of cash schools make off of these amateur athletes? Well there are several arguments against that line of thought.

First, athletes receive thousands of dollars in benefits attending institutions that they are rarely even qualified for academically. From facilities to academics to coaching to the national platform athletes receive to showcase their abilities, the benefits given may not be in cash, but they certainly provide more opportunities to athletes than their academic capacity often warrants. And the money universities make from their respective athletic programs allows them to maintain the national spotlight that allows athletes to be recognized by professional scouts.

Second, institutions are allowed to make a profit off of the students who attend. In fact, the goal of universities is to churn out successful alumni who will in turn give back to the school and whose name can be used to assist in recruiting. Since when is it a crime for a school to seek a return on its investment? Giving athletes a platform for fame and fortune is an opportunity they can’t find anywhere else! Sure they can try playing football in Canada, or in an arena, or for the UFL. But no organization has developed millionaires more effectively than the athletic programs of universities like Miami, USC, Oklahoma and Ohio State. So be humble about your opportunity to earn a degree while auditioning for one of the greatest jobs on earth.

Athletes believe their popularity entitles them to special benefits. And it does and should. The scholarship and benefits they receive upon arriving on campus more than qualifies as “special benefits”. The problem exists when they feel entitled to more and start manipulating or just flat out breaking the rules to serve that coddled spirit. If you want money to take your woman to Chili’s on a Friday night, get a summer job. Or a spring job. Save and spend your money wisely, like most other students in that school have to.

As ESPN’s Doug Gotleib put it, “No one, athlete or non-athlete, has a lot of money in college. And rules do allow for athletes to earn some spending money. Those who are totally financially destitute can get Pell Grants, as well. The payoff is in the end, after school, much like the future doctors, scientists and businessmen and women with whom you attend school. College is about sacrificing, learning and growing as a person. The reward for all students is the memories and experiences gained in the short term and benefiting from them in the long run.”

Sorry, TP. I’m just not going to feel sorry for you. And despite what your agent is spewing, no NFL team feels sorry enough for you to take you anywhere near the first round of the supplemental draft. Unfortunately, the destruction you are leaving behind at Ohio State will continue to impact the university long after you flame out of the NFL.  But in case you do make millions at some point in the future, should OSU consider sending you a donation letter? I’m going to go ahead and presume you could care less.

Aaron Watson saw his NFL career cut short when his pee wee coaches informed him he wasn’t very good. So he turned his attention to writing, studying journalism in college while blogging for several sporting blogs since 2005. He and his wife currently live in Richmond, VA, one of the worst sports towns in America despite the short lived hype during the Final Four. When he is not at the local sports bar pursuading the owners to put the Buccaneer or Gator game on the big screen, Aaron serves as the Director of Staff Development for TeenPact Leadership Schools, a non-profit training teens to impact their nation through government, business and ultimate frisbee. He has also stayed in Tim Tebow’s house.