Top Ten Reasons College Football Is Better Than The NFL
With August, my thoughts, and the thoughts of many of my fellow Americans, turn to football. Ah, glorious football. It's the only thing that makes the end of summer bearable. While Americans love their football, what do we love more? College football or the NFL. For me, it's a no brainer, and here's ten reasons why:
10. Every game matters. When your team loses on Sunday, it's bad, but it doesn't destroy your season. On Saturdays, however, a loss is almost always devastating. College football may not have a playoff at the end of the season, but each game does have a playoff atmosphere.
9. Location. Location. Location. With the notable exception of Green Bay, the NFL is only in big cities. It shares the scene with all of the other thousands of events going on in that city. Big time college football, on the other hand, is often played in small cities. In those cities, gameday is everything and the electric atmosphere reflects that.
8. There is no "I" in team. Sportwriters wax poetic about what a "team" the New England Patriots are. In the NFL, the team concept has become a novelty. Too many players are all about themselves (I don't necessarily blame them, but it is a fact). In college, the team is still what's most important. Players don't play for a bigger contract the next season. They play to win.
7. Permanence. NFL teams can pack up in the middle of the night and leave town. The Ohio State University will always be in Columbus.
6. One man can make a difference. In the pros, a truly great coach can maybe get a winning record out of a subpar team. Maybe. At the end of the day, the caliber of players a coach can get depends on how much money a team has to spend. In college, a great coach can inherit a bad program and make a huge difference through both recruiting and coaching.
5. Gameday. Even if you don't care about the teams, it's fun to watch ESPN's Gameday when it goes on campus. There's no pro equivalent to it, just like there's no pro analyst as cute as Kirk Herbstreit or as weird as Lee Corso.
4. Mascots & Cheerleaders. The Big Ten alone has the likes of Bucky Badger and Sparty the Spartan. The NFL has, uh, I don't think they have any. The NFL has spandex-clad skanky cheerleaders who pose in lingerie calendars. College has fresh-faced girls who still actually carry pom-pons. You just know that NFL cheerleaders are just an application away from an appearance on a sleazy reality show.
3. Rivalries. The NFL does have some great rivalries like the Packers vs. the Bears. But college football has hundreds of great games. And they make a big deal out of it. The games have names like the "Iron Bowl", the "Holy War", the "Egg Bowl" and the "Border War". Teams play for trophies like Paul Bunyan's Axe, the Golden Egg and the Indian War Drum.
2. Traditons. There's absolutely no NFL equivalent to college football traditions like dotting the "I" in Ohio State, Wisconsin's Fifth Quarter & Jump Around and Texas A&M's 12th man. Even when your team is having an off year, you can hold on to these traditions that make the games far more special than a typical Sunday matchup between, let's say, the Arizona Cardinals & Indianapolis Colts.
1. Marching Bands. Pro stadiums can pump in all the loudest, hippest tunes they want and it still won't beat hearing 120 plus geeky kids in the marching band play "On Wisconsin", "Hail to the Victors" or the Notre Dame Victory March. NFL teams don't even have songs, much less songs that are frequently played at their fans' weddings.
I love pro football and I think the NFL is by far the best pro league. College football just has that little bit of extra something that makes it a whole different ballgame.
Posted by at August 5, 2005 01:07 PM
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|Subsidiary Thoughts linked with College Football Trumps the NFL|
|# August 5th, 2005 8:19 PM Daddy|
|How about reason #11?
Oh. Wait. Not anymore.
|# August 5th, 2005 10:10 PM random10|
|College Football is better than the NFL because it is regulated by the NCAA and not by free market forces.
Oh. Wait. That's not a good thing.
P.S. Go Badgers
|# August 5th, 2005 11:32 PM james|
|i hate the nfl.
if it wasnt for fantasy football, id probably never watch again. overpaid whiney ass crybabies.
|# August 5th, 2005 11:33 PM james|
|and if any of you had any idea how much of a football fan i am, that might mean more. im all about college, though. i'll watch probably a hundred college games this year. but i cant see myself getting excited about mr holdout trying to catch a pass, or not, etc. not anymore |
|# August 8th, 2005 3:16 AM TheUnabrewer|
|I kinda like the skanky cheerleaders in lingerie. |
|# September 8th, 2005 4:27 PM jtaylor1900|
|I have to disagree, college football has become a joke. The BCS is so full of crap it is ridiculous. Don't give me this "pro athletes are only about the money." What do you think the NCAA is?
The NFL's games are closer, etc. I gave up on college football a few years ago when I realized you watch an entire season and then the champion isn't really decided on the field. It means the Saturdays I used to spend were a waste of time.
I also don't get these people that hate the NFL but play fantasy football. If all the athletes care about is money, etc why would you play fantasy football about a sport you dislike?