NFL Lockout: 5 Reasons the 2011 NFL Season Will Be Better Than College Football
The National Football League is better than College Football. After the NFL Lockout ends this week, the gap will be greater than ever.
Why, you ask? Let's call it the 'prodigal son effect', where we love our NFL even more than usual because it was wayward for so long.
ESPN.com is reporting that the deal is in place, and that it's football time.
Here's five reasons why Sundays are better than Saturdays.
To juxtapose my feelings on touchdown celebrations with the famous quote by Voltaire, "I do not understand Chad Ochocinco's desire to step-dance after scoring a touchdown, but I'll defend to the death his right to dance his jig."
Look, there are a lot of weird touchdown celebrations out there, but for the most part, the NFL allows them. If Marshawn Lynch wants to make an unnecessary dive into the end zone after making an incredible run, why penalize him?
Football is full of emotion, and fans love seeing their players break the stone-faced mold that they tend to show us during interviews.
College football, on the other hand, is increasing the penalty for touchdown celebrations deemed to be "excessive", which is terribly arbitrary.
If a referee throws a flag after an Indiana running back "celebrates too much" after running for an 80 yard touchdown against Ohio State, the score is wiped off the bored, and Indiana is pushed back 15 yards.
It's ludicrous. Someone explain to me why college football wants to eliminate the joyful celebration of scoring a touchdown?
Familiarity with Players
In college football, we only get three or four years with our favorite players, and then they're gone.
While that makes recruiting and player development more exciting, it limits fans' ability to get to know the players, understand their style, and truly develop a bond with the player.
In the NFL, a star player might spend his entire career with one team. This allows New England Patriots fans to become acquainted with, get used to, and eventually fall in love with their quarterback Tom Brady.
The same can't be said for Michigan fans when Brady was in Ann Arbor.
There is a huge discrepancy in the competitiveness of the NFL and college football.
On a weekly basis in the NFL, blowouts are infrequent, and you'll rarely see more than two routs in the same game week. But in college, blowouts are to be expected each and every week, simply because powerhouses like Auburn (rightfully) schedule a few cupcakes from time to time.
Who cares how many yards quarterback Cam Newton throws for against the Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs?
You might say, "Daniel, there's just more opportunities for blowouts in a college weekend since there are more games being played." And you would be right.
But I think we both know that the percentage of college blowouts, though, far exceeds the NFL. The NFL is a much better football league to watch for consistent competitiveness, and that's what sports are all about.
No Scrambling Quarterbacks
Pet Peeve Alert!
Question: Why aren't scrambling college quarterbacks as successful in the NFL as in college?
I can't stand watching college defenses, which are complete and utter jokes in most cases. At times, an SEC defense is able to put it together and be respectable as a unit, but it's very uncommon.
Football isn't meant to be won with gimmicks like the Pistol Formation, the Triple Option, and heavy use of the Wildcat like they do in college. The quarterbacks that run these systems are usually nothing more than a glorified tailback.
Hey, it works in college, and that's great, but how can you really be happy watching a guy like Nebraska's Eric Crouch carve up college defenses knowing fully that he'll never be able to do it at the next level.
This fact makes Michael Vick's transition truly remarkable, rather than the norm like it is in college.
And finally, the biggest and best reason for why the 2011 NFL season is going to better than college football is fantasy football!
Have you ever played college fantasy football? It's hilarious. You end up with the quarterback from Hawaii, the running back from North Texas, maybe a couple Big-12 receivers, and then a slew of players from mid-major conferences that are statistical giants.
Is this fantasy sports or an analytics course?
In NFL fantasy football, you know all the players, are able to scout the waiver wire, and usually get to grab a couple high-performing rookies each year. It's an almost perfect balance.
P.S. If you haven't played fantasy football but are reading this, please increase your football fandom, and sign up with a league.