I'm 32 years old, I've worked in the restaurant business as a cook/server/GM/Assistant Manger I've been a highschool football coach (short lived but still a great experience) and I am a true student of the game.
One "CFB" Shining Moment
College Football is unlike any other sport, from the pageantry of each school, to the way fans care about their favorite schools. Everyone remembers when Landon Collins committed to Alabama instead of LSU, but it’s remembered for the wrong reasons. His mom decided to make it known that she supported LSU more than her own son, no one knows why she did it though. College football even crowns it’s champion in a different way than any other sport. It uses a committee to vote it’s top 4 teams into a playoff, where those teams get to compete for the title National Champion. It is better than what the system used to be, where a computer determined who the top 2 teams in the Nation were, and those two played. If the National Champion is supposed to be the best team in the Nation that year, then they need to find a way to get more teams an opportunity to play in the championship game. I am going to present the argument for why this system needs to evolve even more than it already has, taking past teams, and even a team this season to explain why even the “little guys” should get a shot to prove they were the best that season.
2020 has been an interesting year for College Football, from the SEC, ACC and BIG12 making sure their seasons got completed to the BIG10, PAC12 and MAC deciding they wanted in on the action. The latter conferences not starting early enough to have complete seasons, meaning any teams that had an issue with COVID, led to the game being cancelled, which hurts the conferences chances of crowning a proper champion, and hurting their shot at being a playoff team. These conferences inabilities to get a proper season put together makes it unfair for these kids who dream of being a National Champion and this is why the playoff needs expanded just for this crazy season. I’m not advocating for a NCAA Basketball tournament style expansion. You could have an expansion to say 8 to 12 teams based on the seasons end outcomes. In an 8 team playoff scenario, you would have the Power-5 championship teams plus 3 at large teams (if any group of 5 team is undefeated you could take the top 2 leaving one more spot for an at large group of 5). In a 12 team playoff scenario, you would have the Power-5 championship teams plus however many group of 5 undefeated teams are left (as of now there is potential for there to be 5 remaining) and you would have the remaining two spots for at large teams. 12 teams does feel like it would be a bit much, but there’s even a catchy name you can use for this… The Pandemic Playoff!
Trask in the Glory
Kyle Trask is no stranger to being in someone's shadow, he's been in a few different quarterback's shadows. From D'Eriq King at Manvel high school, to Felipe Franks with the Gators. Trask would enter into games for Manvel after they would get up early and get an opportunity to play. Trask's problem at Manvel wasn't his ability, his head coach even refered to Trask as QB1B, while King was QB1A. King was just a better fit for Manvel's spread offense with his running ability and Trask was more of a pocket passer. Trask and King pushed each other every day while in highschool and while King gained all the "critical acclaim" Trask still got his opportunities to prove his worth in games, throwing 16 Touchdowns to 0 interceptions.
Thankful for the Lions
The Lions on TV and Thanksgiving Day, it's a tradition that families across America have come to know across the years. As a football fan, I love watching all games, no matter the teams playing, and Thanksgiving day is no different for me. First, a little history into how the Lions started playing on Thanksgiving and why it's important. It all started in 1934 when then owner George Richards, who also owned a radio station affiliated with NBC Blue network, negotiated a contract to broadcast the teams games on Thanksgiving across 94 stations across the country. The Lions were playing second fiddle to the Detroit Tigers when it came to "sports notoriety" in that era so Richards chose to have his team play on Thanksgiving hoping to draw a bigger crowd to his team. Teams had played on Thanksgiving before, but because of his radio station he was able to get a day where the whole nation heard his football team, and only his team, it was a smash hit. The Lions not only sold out their stadium the first year that they played this game, they had to turn people away at the gate. It was a losing effort against the Chicago Bears, but it became a new team tradition.