Two weeks from today my Texas A&M Aggies will kick off their college football season against Clemson. I'm a huge fan of college basketball and believe that it doesn't get any better than March Madness but college football in the fall is a close second. Which brings me to today's Top Ten list:
TEN REASONS WHY COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BETTER THAN THE NFL:
-- Touchdown Jesus. Midnight Yell Practice at Kyle. Florida State's Tomahawk Chop. Dotting of the "i" in Ohio. Need I say more?
-- Army/Navy. Alabama/Auburn. A&M/tu. Washington/Wash St. Notre Dame/USC. Harvard/Yale. NFL games like Cowboys/Redskins used to mean something. Not anymore thanks to parity and free-agency.
3. No Pre-season
-- The NFL is finding a way to creep into our homes earlier and earlier every year thanks to pre-season games. And the pre-season games suck! Work your kinks out in practice. Make cuts based upon what you see in practice. In college football you better have all that worked out when you line 'em up on Saturday which leads naturally to #4...
4. Every Game Matters
-- I love that college teams have to come out and play soundly from the start. Yes, college teams pad their schedules somewhat but on any given Saturday...
-- College players still have heart. NFL? Give me a break. Sure, there are the exceptions in the NFL of guys who care and there are college players who are looking to the next level but on the whole, college football players play because they still have that pigskin passion.
6. Team Comes First
-- Did you hear that Terrel Owens? Ricky Williams? Steve Spurrier attempted his hand at the NFL after incredible success at the collegiate level. He surmised what we already know: in the NFL it's all about "me" but not in college football. (See most current Sports Illustrated for interview.)
-- Games in college football give both teams a chance instead of allowing a coin to determine the winner. Nothing is more exciting than watching an overtime college football game live.
8. Crowd Participation
-- NFL crowds are lazy. They are lethargic. I've been to a Cowboys game, Oilers game, Giants game. BORING! I'm constantly involved in the action when it comes to college football. Home field advantage counts for much more in college than it does for the pros.
9. Road Trips
-- I've been to LSU, OU, BYU, tu, Tech, SMU, Houston, Baylor... Incredible. Even my most ardent NFL fan friends have never made a road trip to see their team play.
10. TEXAS A&M AGGIES -- BEAT THE HELL 'OUTTA CLEMSON! WHOOP! (It's a tradition, you wouldn't understand.)