Enough Is Enough: Conference Bickering Is Over, Can We Get Back To Football Now?
To quote the King of Swamp Castle in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who."
All of the recent talk about conference expansion in college football has sent the sport's massive fan bases into a tizzy.
So many people have been told one thing, while everyone else has been sold another. Every one of us was led to believe something different.
Too often, educated opinion was mistaken for concrete evidence.
Never have I seen such pettiness on a scale of this magnitude. Seriously.
One rumor or one half-confirmed report and everyone is all up in arms.
"Well, the Big Ten promised us this" or "Texas blackmailed me" or "You don't care about tradition".
Really everyone? Chill out.
We have all been put through an emotional roller-coaster, which has cost many of us precious sleep and sanity. We have all fended off criticism from other fan bases who have felt they had gotten the short end of the stick.
Maybe this proved why realignment isn't a good thing. Everyone is at each other's throats 24/7, trying to ascertain the truth, while in the mean time classy and respectable football rivalries are turned into shouting matches about people's mothers, and how big your yearly income is compared to the other guy's.
While changes are certainly coming in the next two years or so, can't we all get back to discussing the one thing this whole argument is about?
Football. A game.
This noble sport has been turned on its head by unnecessary turmoil. Can't we all just enjoy it for what it is, regardless of what happens to conferences or T.V. contracts?
I'm personally very excited to see a few questions answered in 2010.
Can John Brantley and Garrett Gilbert fill the huge holes left by Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy?
Will Boise State finally crash the BCS title game?
Can Rich Rodriguez overcome the internal problems at Michigan and get that program humming again?
Will Terrelle Pryor be the next guy hoisting the Heisman, or will Mark Ingram repeat?
Can UCLA finally regain prominence in the Pac-10 following the USC sanctions?
Does Nebraska have the offense to return to elite national status?
Will this be Joe Pa's last season? How about Mack Brown's?
Plain and simple, there's a lot to look forward to on the field.
We've all allowed the BCS and dollar signs to manipulate our way of thinking, which is why I believe the recent fall-out all across the country will hasten its demise.
Let's settle our differences and allow the games to be played as they always have been.
If the Pac-10, Big Ten, and SEC want to open their doors for expansion, let them.
If Texas wants its own T.V. network, let them have it.
If Nebraska wants to play in the Big Ten, that's perfectly awesome too.
If Texas A&M feels under-appreciated, by all means, go somewhere and become appreciated.
The point is, none of this matters.
Sure, it's relevant from a revenue standpoint, and that's important to the universities. But we as fans should be concerned with matters concerning the field of play.
This may seem like a naive cry for the stoppage of all animosity and discontent in the world of college football, and maybe it is. But I'd much rather discuss what's truly important.
The inevitable makeover is coming. But in the meantime, let's talk about football.
So let me hear it, what are you excited for in the upcoming 2010 season?
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