Experts Discussion ... The Guilty Pleasures
Oregon DE Nick Reed
Oregon DE Nick Reed
Posted Jul 10, 2008

Part four of the 2008 Expert Roundtable Discussion. What's your college football guilty pleasure?

Preview 2008 - Experts Roundtable

Part Four - Your College Football Guilty Pleasure

CFN is honored to once again get the thoughts and opinions on some of the hot topics from some of the most talented, influential insiders in the college football media, while getting to know a little bit more about them.

Along with
Pete Fiutak and Richard Cirminiello from CFN in the discussion are ...

- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, - College Football Columnist

- Bruce Feldman, - College Football Columnist
- Steve Greenberg, The Sporting News - College Football Columnist
- Teddy "Mr. Media" Greenstein, Chicago Tribune - College Football Columnist, Media Columnist
- Stewart Mandel, - College Football Columnist

- Part 1 What aspect of college football should you care about, but really don't?
- Part 2 Should a two loss LSU team really have won the national title?
- Part 3 How should college football be more like the NFL?
- Part 4
Your college football guilty pleasure
- Part 5 How/why did you get into covering college football?
- Part 6 How/why is the BCS better than a playoff?
- Part 7 I'm not buying into ...
- Part 8 Just how bad is the Big Ten?
- Part 9 Do you have any problems with Tim Tebow winning two Heismans?
- Part 10 Give the 2010 Rankings for: Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska & Notre Dame
- Part 11 How much do you care about non-BCS teams?
- Part 12 When Should Players Be Eligible for the Draft?
- Part 13 The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...
- Part 14 The Best & Worst Interviews You've Ever Done
- Part 15 Quick Hitters, Part 1: Greatest Players & Greatest Games

- Part 16 Quick Hitters, Part 2: The National Champion & Heisman Winner

2007 Roundtable Discussion  
- Part One The BCS, tweaks, and college football's biggest problem
- Part Two On-field and off-field changes, steroids and cheating
- Part Three Overrated, underrated, 10 years from now, & what fans don't understand

4. What’s your college football guilty pleasure?

Charles Davis:
College football guilty pleasures include, band pre-game shows/traditions (Tennessee’s “T”, Ohio State’s “dotting the I”), team entrances (I actually compare and loosely rate them), and finally small college rivalry games (Amherst vs. Williams, Harvard vs. Yale, etc.)

Stewart Mandel:
It used to be the MAC until the league nosedived into Sun Belt territory. I'm a sucker for the Noon syndicated games, just because they're the first of the day and often the only things on besides the Big Ten ESPN games. It's usually a fairly crappy game like Pittsburgh-Rutgers or Florida-UAB, but I still end up watching.

Bruce Feldman: I love Signing Day. There’s usually surprise and disappointments and kids who botch their moments in the spotlight. And everyone spins like crazy about how they did. Plus you usually get some coaches taking these bizarre backhanded shots at other coaches.

Teddy Greenstein: I like when Charlie Weis is interviewed at halftime on NBC with his Irish trailing by four touchdowns.

Holly Rowe. Actually, I love the late night games. During a college football Saturday I have three TVs and two computers going to try to keep track of everything going on and I’m writing most of the time, and unless there’s one really big game happening, it’s almost impossible to focus on any one of them since I sort of have to know what’s going on everywhere. That’s why I love the Hawaii home games that come on in the wee hours of the morning. Late night Pac 10 games on FSN are always a blast for me.

Steve Greenberg: My alma mater, Wisconsin. But I won’t watch the Badgers if a significantly better game is on … unless they’re playing Michigan or Ohio State.

Dennis Dodd: I could be a smart-ass and say actual Saturday afternoon games. (Where have they gone?) But I love walking around campus or college town on Friday afternoon or Friday night feeling the energy build before a big game. Downtown Columbus. State Street in Ann Arbor. Walk On's in Baton Rouge. Anywhere in Athens, GA. You get the picture.

There's a place in College Station called the Dixie Chicken. It's pretty much the only place to go in town -- for everyone. It's this little juke joint that features beer, boots and bubbas. The Aggies are so cheerful anyway (howdy!) that it's weird to see everyone from Brent Musburger to the drunken freshman hanging around the place.

Richard Cirminiello: I’m a sucker for the human interest stuff.  Hey, we all enjoy the Xs and Os and what happens on Saturday afternoon, but I can’t get enough of the behind-the-scenes stories that peel the onion on today’s college athletes.  If there have been hurdles cleared, afflictions conquered, or unique paths to success, I want to know about it.  To that point, interviewing a player’s support group, such as moms, dads and uncles, is also one of the profession’s little pleasures.