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January 1, 2023- by Steven E. Greer
Shoot. This is not good. I just realized what has been on my mind since watching the college football playoff games last night. I spotted something very bad. College football has gone dirty.
Of course, college football stopped being a sport played by real students many decades ago. But it was still a sport distinct from the NFL. It had culture. The athletes did feel as if they were alumni when they left.
With the transfer portal and players being paid (which I support, if done properly), college football is now a cutthroat league of dirty coaches and programs. The players are cynical of the sport. They are mercenaries who bounce from team to team. In many cases, they are in their mid to late 20’s now and way too old.
Last night, there were two targeting plays in both games. At the very end of the first game, a TCU player used his helmet as a weapon to spear the back of the helmet of a Michigan player. One can kill someone like that. That was not an accident. That is how their coaches are telling them to play. The TCU program is called “physical”. It is dirty. The TCU coach is telling his players to use their helmets. He reminds me of Sean Payton who was suspended by the NFL. TCU is a small school that is cheating like SMU in the 1980’s.
In the Georgia/OhioState game, a dirty Georgia player took out OSU’s best player, Marvin Harrison, with a really dangerous targeting to the head. The TV announcers glossed over it.
Georgia was a program in the second-tier just a few years ago. Then, the coach got the greenlight to cheat his ass off and go dirty. The precedent was set by Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Alabama’s Nick Saban. Florida’s Urban Meyer was also a complete dirt bag that got this started. He’s probably the dirtiest of them all (and became OSU’s coach).
There is another pattern that I have noticed. These recent Heisman quarterbacks are of the Baker Mayfield model. They are short white guys on steroids acting like road rage punks. That is what the TCU and Georgia quarterbacks seem like to me. The Michigan quarterback, JJ McCarthy, is also devoid of sportsmanship.
Michigan’s coach Jim Harbaugh has had a couple of good years only because he allowed his defense to go dirty. His true colors came back last night with some really bad coaching. But his aggressive defense, using dirty players, is what got him into the playoffs for two years.
Ohio State’s coach Ryan Day seems to be an honest guy who is afraid to play dirty because the Ohio State program just went through scandals. I think he is bringing a knife to a gunfight now.
This all makes sense once I realized it. We are undergoing a revolution in society. Traditional ways of behaving are being replaced. The same cheating we see in politics and business has thoroughly corrupted college football now.
Something was off last night watching these games. That is what it was. We were not watching college football. We were watching a minor league for the NFL. We are watching players desperate to succeed, willing to spear other players with their helmets, in hopes of making it to the Big Leagues after transferring college a few times. The smaller programs justify the cheating because they think the bigger programs have an unfair advantage with money.
College football is important to the culture of America that resides in between the coasts. The stadiums defied the masks and lockdowns. They were coliseums preserving normalcy under martial law. The communists could not control the fans.
I spent New Year’s Eve in my apartment watching football rather than going to a Dave Chappelle concert. College football has been one of my few methods of escaping the troubles around us. It reminds me of the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Now, I feel like someone told me Santa Claus is not real.