Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:24 pm

What Happened to the Love of the Game?

I can remember watching college football as a young boy and thinking how great college football was.  Fans truly enjoyed the pageantry and excitement of the game.  Teams werer fighting week in and week out to get into the AP Top 25 so that they could go to a bowl game at the end of the season.  I loved the game so much then and I still do now.  What about the NCAA and the BCS?  What happened to their love of the game?  College football has turned into a business.  It's all about how much money they can make and how high the TV ratings are.  What has happened to the love of the game?

I'm sure that at the fan level, there is still a lot of love for the game.  And, for the most part, the players still love the game too.  The problem starts at the school level and goes up from there.  Schools are now asking, "How much money can we make off of the game of footbal?  The football conferences are even more money-hungry.  The conferences are looking at how much moey they can make off of the teams in their conferences.  Look at Texas with the Longhorn Network.  It's a TV network created to generate more revenue.  There is the SEC Network, the Big Ten Network, etc.  It's all about the money now.  It seems like no one cares about the game anymore.  Of course, the most money-grubbing of all is the BCS.  That became more apparent this season with the teams that were selected to go to the BCS bowls.  The thinking wasn't whether or not the game would be exciting to watch, it was about how much money can we make off of the fans coming to these games.  Think about that for a minute.  Why were West Virginia and Virginia Tech picked to go to the BCS bowls?  It wasn't about the game at all.  I don't think they earned the right to be there.  It was all about how many fans would travle to the game and stay in the hotels in the cities where the games are played.  There were other teams that much more deserving of the BCS bowl berth, but they may not have generated enough revenue for the game in the mind of the BCS.  As a fan, this saddens me.  I really could care less about the money.  I want to see an exciting game, a well-matched game.  I'm tired of seeing the blowouts in the BCS games.  I would rather see a game come down to the final drive to decide the victor, but what can I do?  I have no control over what happens in the BCS.

Something really needs to change.  Things have gotten out of hand.  I wish that things could go back to when I was a little boy, back when the game was played for the love of the game and not so much for money.  I could go on and on about why the BCS is so flawed, but I won't.  There are plenty of other blogs about that.  I just want the love of the game to come back.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 14, 2010 11:04 am


We did it!  South Carolina has won the SEC East for the first time.  What a game in the Swamp.  After the kickoff return to open the game I thought it was going to be ugly.  Little did I know that Florida wouldn't score again until the 4th quarter.  We fired on all cylinders last night.  Our team was very motivated after last week.  Now we have 2 more games before a re-match with Auburn in the SECCG.  Call me crazy, but I think we can beat them.  I think our defense can stop Cam Newton.  In a season full of firsts for SC, I could see us winning the SECCG.  That would get us to our 1st ever BCS bowl appearance.  Speaking of firsts, this season is the first time SC has beaten Bama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida in the same season.  Truly awesome!  GO GAMECOCKS!!!!!
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 15, 2010 4:43 pm

South Carolina and the SEC East

Can SC dominate the SEC East?  I believe they can.  Recruiting has been better under Steve Spurrier.  We are getting top notch players on both sides of the ball.  We have a solid running game now and our QB has gained a renewed confidence.  The other teams in the SEC East look like they are going backwards.  I think that with the right recruiting and with continued big play SC will become the dominant SEC team in the eastern division.  It's a long time coming.
Category: NCAAF
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