D-1 National Championship. Well, College Football is over, and boy did a very lackluster season end with one hell of a bang – CLEMSON BEAT ALABAMA in what ended up being one hell of a game.
So let me get this out of the way, Alabama is a great program and Nick Saban is a great coach – one of the best in history. And next season, he is going to have a whole boulder on his shoulder and Alabama is going to play angry and you gotta believe they will be the odds on favorite. But for one night (January 9, 2017), those who are tired of the constant dominance, as well as the obnoxiousness and arrogance of SEC fan, this season couldn’t have ended in any better way. Breaking those fans hearts at the last second was special and amusing to me – Don’t tell me you didn’t enjoy watching the faces of those SEC/Bama/Bandwagon fans go from joy to heartbreak in the last one minute of game time.
And let me get to ESPN: you can’t disparage Clemson’s victory against your beloved money making SEC by stating that Clemson lost to Pitt and struggled against North Carolina State and arguably shouldn’t have even been in the playoffs. That smacks of sour grapes because of your contract w/the SEC.
In fact, give me a break ESPN: Clemson beat Auburn and Florida State on the road then turned around and beat a very strong Louisville (and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson) at home. Clemson won the ACC Championship against a better than expected Virginia Tech, then destroyed Ohio State, both on neutral fields, then turned around one week later beating mighty Alabama. That’s one hell of a resume and comes out to six games against name talent that was well into the top 15 (many in the top five) during the season. To me, that makes what Clemson accomplished this season not only improbable, but one of the biggest surprises in the history of College Football.
Hey ESPN and SEC fan, don’t disparage Clemson’s win, respect it. Winning the National Championship isn’t your birthright, you have to earn it and Clemson darn sure did.
So now we move forward and have to wait until the end of August for next season, but know this – Clemson is the one team in the nation that has given Alabama a challenge and now beaten them over the course of two years. Alabama next faces Jimbo Fisher and Florida State in the opener in Atlanta, while NATIONAL CHAMPION CLEMSON faces Auburn at home. Can’t wait til August.
So congrats to the crew at Clemson. Now the hard part – repeating, particularly against a very bitter and angry Nick Saban and Alabama program.
Meanwhile in the No Fun League…we may actually have something pretty decent brewing in the “divisional” round. Might be exciting:
- Seattle at Atlanta (Pick em). Nobody should trust Atlanta with their Jekyll and Hyde routine, but by the same token, Seattle isn’t what they once were, and their destruction of Detroit is going to give them false confidence. Atlanta’s offense is far stronger than Detroit’s so Seattle shouldn’t get too arrogant, but this game will be decided by whether or not the refs allow Seattle DB’s to get away with the hockey type clutching and grabbing. Intangible: Julio Jones is going to be fired up to beat Dick Sherman.
- Houston at New England (I’ll take New England). Yeah, Houston is the sacrificial lambs and Belichick won’t let the Patriots lapse into thinking this game is a joke. A focused and angry Tom Brady will come out highly motivated. Houston’s record against NE ain’t the greatest, and Houston’s QB’s won’t help matters. Sorry Houston about your damn luck. Intangible: Vince Woolfork against his old mates in New England.
- Pittsburgh at Kansas City (I’ll take Pittsburgh). My heart says Kansas City, but I don’t trust those DB’s against Antonio Brown, while the front seven has to worry about Leveon Bell. KC will have to find a way to grind out some ball control and keep the ball out of Pittsburgh’s hands, and their offense is shaky at times. Intangible: Alex Smith’s ability to scramble.
- Green Bay at Dallas (I’ll take Dallas). I think this Green Bay team can be competitive against Dallas, and quite frankly I’m not sold on Jason Garrett. It’s this simple, can Green Bay’s defense hold off that solid Cowboy offense? If not, can Aaron Rodgers can keep the Dallas defense off balance enough, particularly if Michel can run like he did against New York to keep pace with that Dallas offense?
Chargers to LA. In the “gee what a shock department”, the Chargers finally stopped using San Diego and are moving to Los Angeles, something they’ve wanted forever – on the cheap. I say good – for San Diego that is. Look, I lived in San Diego for six years of my life and it’s not particularly my kind of town, but it’s a damn great place to visit and relax. Quite frankly, they don’t need the NFL – they’ll survive and thrive nicely without it.
Dean Spanos (the owner) and Sheriff Goodell could have saved a lot of time by moving the Chargers sooner, but they needed to remain in San Diego, which had a stadium and at least some fans who would fill it, so they used San Diego short-term. They were leaving all along, anybody with a brain knew it – and long suffering San Diego fans were used one year longer than they should have been. And the death knell was that embarrassing Raiders/Chargers game in San Diego where the fan base was all Raiders.
So now there’s two teams in LA LA land and all NFL owners see is dollar signs. Only one problem with that NFL, LA is a front-running bandwagon town and look what you have give them – the Rams and Chargers, two teams that don’t appear to be in the running to win anytime soon. My guess is that LA is giving a collective yawn to these two – until they win.
And now the Raiders…want to move to Las Vegas. I personally don’t believe it’s gonna happen, but the Davis family isn’t the smartest out there and that dumbness beat the NFL in court once before. You want to take a team that has 50,000 season ticket holders and move them to the uncertainty of a city that appears to be the most effected by any change in national economy? Seriously, how many people can afford season tickets in the city of Lost Wages?
Future of the NFL. A friend on Twitter said this: “Mark it down: Rams, Chargers, and (if approved) Las Vegas are going to be the poster children for the NFL’s decline over the next ten years.”
Add in the 49ers, Jets, Browns, and Bears, and the NFL has just over 20% of their franchises who just plain suck and have alienated their fan bases by the horrible running of their teams.
The NFL has grown so big, they have to find new streams of revenue. Only one problem – that’s finite. They’ve rode the crest of a wave for over 50 years and they’re due for a comeuppance, and trying to cash in on LA may backfire.