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James graduated from the College of William & Mary with an undergraduate degree in history. He is returning in the fall to attend the Master's Program in Early American and U.S. History. He is currently a Notre Dame Featured Columnist. He follows numerous NFL and NBA teams, but most of his work is focused on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

James is working on a series of writing projects.

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  • J D posted 28 days ago

    J D


    If two or four teams from One conference OR ANOTHER think they are DIVINELY APPOINTED to PLAY in the NC GAME and DENY all other worthy TEAMS a chance, then it is TIME for a little March Madness in the world of college football. Lets have a REAL PLAYOFF and call it December MADNESS. And a $BILLION in travel and TEAM revenues.

    Here we go again. College foot ball fans MEEKLY accepting the NONSENSE put out by the MEDIA that a REAL football playoff of 32 teams is IMPOSSIBLE, too burdensome, or TAKES too much TIME from CLASS.
    Basketball does it with 64. College football can easily do it with a 32 team playoff. No more BITTER FANS screaming MY TEAM got LEFT OUT. Basketball has March Madness. COLLEGE FOOTBALL needs December Madness.

    ALABAMA in all its GREATNESS Lost a last Second STUNNER. Then the UNFAIR bullet or restriction BACKFIRED on them. Now they and about 30 or 40 or 60 other schools MUST SIT on the sidelines and Compete for LESSER GLORY than the NC TITLE. This is Totally Unnecessary and listen or read on :

    I thought America had no ROYATY. Prince William gets to be King of England by doing nothing. He was BORN that WAY.
    I think that Alabama is a Magnificent machine , a Great football team, but it has humans on its team. Humans Err. They are not Gods. No team Deserves the NC Game. You lose . YOU are out.
    The SEC IS a truly powerful Conference. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State which was 11-1 the chance to play in the NC TITLE. REmember They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against TWO LOSS LSU.
    Nothing FAIR ABOUT THAT. Oklahoma State Would have been CHOSEN in a real Playoff. OKLAHOMA UPSET Alabama last year. In a continuation of Genuine PLAY They WOULD have met Florida state. TREVOR KNIGHT against the Seminoles. Do you like the ODDS.
    NO BCS. No 4 TEAM Playoff. But a 32 Team or 64 TEAM Playoff can work. Here is how:

    First, Leave all FBS teams with the Fun and Reward of Playing the 30 plus Bowl Games. And 4 PLAYOFF BOWLS would be used on Jan 1 each year for the Elite 8 CFB playoff BOWLS.
    And A $BILLION IN PLAYOFF MONEY In Gate receipt$, Hotel, tourist MONEY, Sueveniers and TRAVEL for the cities and Teams involved.



    A Simple Guide by J D
    FACT: There are always 13 SATURDAYS in the 92 days of September thru November.

    STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of NOVEMBER. There would be TIME for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST.
    STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee PICK the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up:
    East, South, Midwest, West.
    Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight.
    SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.

    STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December.
    STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day.
    STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later.
    STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
    Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the HOLIDAY Weekend of January the 1st. And the REST of the TEAMS could GO BACK TO their Studies and Classes.

    Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.

    Remember any team LOSING in the FIRST or SECOND WEEK of the Playoffs could STILL be INVITED to ONE of the 30 plus bowls.
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    IF TEAMS THINK They are the BEST, then let them PROVE IT on the Battlefield of Play. ONE team out of the 32 Teams chosen will win 5 games in a row and be true National Champ.!!!

    Thanks for reading . My main concern is that somewhere, somehow, in my lifetime an Unfair 4 TEAM Playoff will be abolished. Every 8-3 team in the top 40 or 65 Teams will have respect and a chance to win it all.
    This will bring in $1 BILLION dollars or more to the Teams and their Schools.

  • Jeremiah Montana posted 1044 days ago

    Jeremiah Montana

    dude what a day. any other updates? I think we get Arik and bro...maybe Treggs? damn i love this shit.

  • Jay Coop posted 1188 days ago

    Jay  Coop

    Love your writing! How long have you been an irish fan?

  • Jeff Kalafa posted 1195 days ago

    Jeff Kalafa

    A MESSAGE TO MY NOTRE DAME FRIENDS:

    I need some help. I need to get closure on the Declan Sullilvan tragedy that occurred Oct, 28, 2010.

    I’m not a ND fan and was pretty upset about the way Brian Kelly left Cincinnati so when the Sullivan tragedy occurred, I probably said to myself “wouldn’t it be great if Kelly got fired.”

    I’m not going to argue about whether he had the right to leave UC but I just didn’t like it.

    As time went on I realized it was wrong to assign guilt in the collapse of the tower without knowing the facts---and I certainly didn’t know them.

    I also realized it would be a terrible burden, and a tragedy of its own for someone to have to carry around the guilt if they were indeed responsible in any degree for Sullivan’s death.

    It was wrong to even suggest that anyone involved (president, AD, coach, video crew, etc,) could be the slightest bit responsible without knowing the facts.

    On the other hand I feel that there are still questions to be answered;

    I want to know if this was an avoidable incident. I want to know how it happened.

    I’ve read quite a lot about this and I’m still looking for closure.

    As the season approaches I want to know if Notre Dame has sufficiently addresses this or whether they still have to take more responsibility.

    I’m a Rutgers fan. If this occurred at Rutgers on a extremely windy day where everyone else in the Northeast cancelled outdoor practice I’d want to know every little detail I could.

    I know that no one knows every little detail about the Sullivan death but I’d like to know whether or not you are satisfied with the way ND has explained what happened on Oct 28, 2010.

    I want to know the way you saw it happening.

    Thank you,
    Jeff Kalafa

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