Preview 2008 -
Part Five - Why Did You Get Into
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
from CFN in the
discussion are ...
- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
- 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, SI.com -
College Football Columnist
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
- 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
- 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
2007 Roundtable Discussion
- Part One
The BCS, tweaks, and
college football's biggest problem
- Part Two
off-field changes, steroids and cheating
- Part Three
Overrated, underrated, 10 years from now, & what fans don't understand
5. Why college football? What is it that got you into this sport over
Played in college at Tennessee…if you don’t love it in that
atmosphere then you just don’t watch or follow the sport
Bruce Feldman: I’ve always loved football. I love the physical
nature of the sport and the strategy involved. Also love how it is also
very localized in the passion for it.
hair-dos of former Oklahoma star QB, and eventual senator, J.C. Watts and
Heisman-winning RB Billy Sims ... I'm not joking. As
an eight-year-old, whose idol was Dr. J., watching the 1980 Orange Bowl, I thought Watts
and Sims (can I
do this without going Imus?) had really, really cool hair, and then I
became mesmerized with the brilliance and precision in the way they ran
the option attack in the 24-7 win over Florida State. In my strange young world, Oklahoma became an even
more magical place once Buster Rhymes became a big deal.
Later in 1980, I watched Georgia
beat Florida in the epic Lindsay Scott game, and I became a college
football fan for life watching every game I could and reading everything
I could find about the game. I’ve been researching and training for this gig most of my
Dennis Dodd: This is going to sound hokey but I can remember
Saturday afternoons listening to Harry Caray do Missouri games. Yes,
Harry Caray. I think he did them for a year or two in the late 60s or
early 70s. In typical Harry fashion, he made the most mundane plays
In 1976, I
saw my first game in person. Sat on the M at Mizzou for an Iowa State
game. Future NFLer Leo Lewis returned a long punt and I think that did
it for me. The crowd went nuts. To see a whole state and school united
behind one team is the core of the game that remains today. I think in
college football an upset means more than in any other sport.
Essentially, there are no upsets in baseball. Every NFL team is the same
expect for five or six guys. You have to search to find a double-digit
point spread. Hockey? Bleh.
of fans pouring out of the stands after a big upset is what does it for
To be honest, I didn't really follow it that closely growing up --
I was a big college basketball guy -- but being at Northwestern in 1995
when they made their historic run to the Rose Bowl, and seeing the way
that team and that sport singlehandedly transformed a previously
apathetic campus, and getting to go to games at places like Michigan and
Notre Dame, made me appreciate just how great the passion and pageantry
is surrounding the game.
Having played and watched every organized sport growing up, nothing
ever moved me more than a great college game on a crisp Saturday
afternoon. And that never stopped changing. For me, nothing even
approaches the excitement, intensity, and pageantry that’s so unique to
college football. Every weekend is an event, and unlike professional
sports, it’s not limited to major cities. If you’ve ever been in
Tuscaloosa, State College, or Lincoln on a Saturday in October, you
don’t even have to be a football fan to appreciate why college football
stands alone as America’s best sport.
wife is from Toronto. Canada's version of college football is on par
with intramurals. So whenever my in-laws ask me what the hell is so
great about the sport I cover, here's what I tell them: The passion of
college football is unmatched.
It's not like the
NFL. The players weren't drafted by their schools. They actually chose
to go there. And 90-95 percent of them will never play in the pros, so
they're making memories they will carry to the grave.