You don’t have to search far to find someone who blames the media for canceling college football season and says we’re trying to cancel the NFL season as well. I’ll be dumb here: That repulses me. The media do not cancel the college football season. I do everything myself, thank you very much.
Look, we all got bored and worried during quarantine. Some people put together puzzles. I disassembled the sport. It helped pass the time.
You may be wondering if I haven’t “rooted the virus.” Well, abe. What a journalist would respect himself no root for a virus that killed 160,000 Americans? It all falls under the umbrella that you̵
Of course, it is better for sports writers to have a “sport” to cover. It gives us a “job” that helps us be “paid.” But I am committed to my passion of being a bad person and sometimes – I admit the irony here – being a bad person means being selfless. If I can work and get paid, my colleagues can work and get paid. This is a non-starter for me.
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As you may have guessed, working with dreams for two decades can make a person sad and angry. Of course, we will travel to cool places, get paid to cover events that others pay astronomical prices to attend, write interesting stories and talk to charming people, but … where was I again? Oh yeah. Bitter and angry,
There is no applause in the press box. But as I have often wondered: What if there is no press? What if we all just sat at home, had nowhere to go, nothing to do, no money to do, no linger to watch, no national anthem to despise with every part of our hatred of freedom, and no marching bands in perfect formation, playing some of the most inspiring music in the world?
Wouldn’t that be great?
It’s a little early to say for sure. I still haven’t experienced the joy of an autumn Saturday without college football. Maybe the fresh autumn air, the autumn greenery, the cider and the donuts will ruin it for me. But for now, I feel really good about canceling the sport.
Of course, not everyone is happy with what I have achieved. As my colleague Ross Delanger reported, Senator Ben Sass of Nebraska wrote a letter to Big Ten presidents asking no to cancel the football college season.
I certainly respect Senator Sass for taking the controversial position in Nebraska that he is in favor of college football. This is the kind of bold leadership that America needs. But Senator Sass writes that many college presidents privately agree with him, and he knows that because they say so “when the cameras don’t roll” and …
Uaaaaaaaaaaaa! A Republican senator says people hold a different opinion in private than when cameras roll? Where on earth did he go? that an idea?
Good experience, Senator. Those of us in Team Virus always believed that we would triumph. Of course, if it was just rooting something that was needed, the Browns would have won six Super Bowls by now. Rooting the virus, while certainly a shockingly good time, would never cancel college football on its own.
So how did I get this out? I’m sure you’d like to know. But the magician doesn’t reveal his tricks, the coach doesn’t share all his plays, and the chef doesn’t share all his recipes, except sometimes, for example, when the chef publishes a cookbook or has a TV cooking show or something, but he works with me here. Anyway: A reporter does not explain how he personally canceled the sport.
I will say that college football is built on rivalry. Of course, USC will lose millions of dollars and alienate many fans and recruits with this decision, but as I explained to the USC administration: So will UCLA! Totally worth it!
The next thing I knew, the Pac-12 canceled the season. The Big Ten had already canceled their season.
How do I feel now? Empty, soulless and never better. It even surpasses the joy I feel when no one wins the lottery.
Alas, my work is not over. The Big 12 has just released its new schedule, and the SEC plans to move forward with its season. But I still believe that at the bottom of where my heart would be, if I had one, I can make these leagues cancel their seasons as well. I feel good about my chances and I guess it won’t hurt to tell you the real secret to my success.
I’m just telling people not to wear a mask. It works every time.
More NCAA coverage from SI.com team sites:
As the SEC moves forward, LSU is preparing for fall practice
There is no guarantee for the big ten football in the spring, either
Herm Edwards reacted to Pac-12 to cancel the season