If you’ve talked to me, or taken a glance at my Twitter lately, it’s pretty clear I’m ecstatic that College Football is BACK! This article from The Sports Commentary sums up exactly how I feel:
The Return of College Football: Passion, Rivalries, Pageantry and the Sports Journalists Who Bring it To Us
College football has returned. Finally!
After an offseason mixed with crisis, controversy, chaotic conference realignment, scandal, sanctions, and Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban teeing off on “pimp” agents during ‘Bama’s SEC Media Day, college football is finally BACK!
This is the time of year when we are introduced to Heisman hopefuls, laugh at mascots in television commercials, listen to player and coach post-game reactions and wait for the meltdowns, and watch endless analysis from the studio and via satellite. It’s September. The time when all things college football complete their seven month migration back into our lives for their annual fall return to our TV sets and multi-media devices.
Why do we love it so much?
Because college football combines everything youthful and nostalgic – tradition, passion, pagentry, pride, rivalries, and excitement. College football brings us the best in fantastic finishes and edge-of-your-seat drama. It’s the best reality television can offer because it truly is unscripted and, well, “real.”
And the rivalries? There’s nothing like ‘em! Whether you’re talking about the high school, collegiate or professional level, little compares to the electricity surging through the emotionally charged venues where heated foes battle it out on the gridiron.
Rivalries are big business. Rivalries bring sponsors. Rivalries can divide homes and place friendships on hold for hours. When rival schools square off with one another, emotions run high, world’s collide and work productivity comes to a screeching halt. We can debate the best of them across all sports, but when it comes to big time college football, how can you not feel the energy when schools like Auburn and Alabama go at it? (Editor’s Note: If you don’t know and haven’t seen fans like Neilan Tyree or William Younce transform when the Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers square off, you simply haven’t lived)! Florida and Georgia bring us “The World’s Largest Cocktail Party.” Ohio State and Michigan? Pure, unadulterated sports hatred for one another. Texas and Oklahoma’s “Red River Shootout” is usually one for the ages. And take your pick between any combination of Florida, Florida State and Miami.
And what would a rivalry be without the passion behind it? Fervent fans wear their colors, paint their faces, chests and heads. Even how sports journalists write and talk about college football makes it abundantly clear that there is much passion surrounding this sport. When it comes to college football, audiences rely on the voices and cadences of sports journalism’s best to narrate and commentate on the drama unfolding on the gridiron. These voices are the common thread.
Earlier this week, Comment’s Marc Watts discussed what it takes to make it in the broadcast booth and highlighted some of the top sportscasters out there today. ESPN’s and ABC’s Kirk Herbstreit made it on the list of those who standout in the field and for very good reason. Along with his ESPN College GameDay broadcast booth partners, Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard, these guys anchor arguably the best show in college football and comprise one of the best sports broadcasting teams in the business.
Every year brings a new generation of “next” superstars to television sets, cell phones, laptops, newspapers, radio stations, blogs, and the sport’s rabid fan base. With the sheer volume of traditional and social media options now available, everyone with a keyboard and a wireless connection can voice their opinion. We can all connect and talk trash on Saturdays over our many social media outlets.
When it’s all said and done, the game brings us closer together. So let’s give a big thanks to the athletes, coaches, teams, journalists, producers, etc., who work so hard to bring it to us every weekend.
You all do a great job. Now, who’s ready for some football!