- 08/23/2007, 12:41PM ET
Andrew Perloff said 08/23, 12:41 PM
I've stated my case pretty clearly for why the NFL is better than college in my blog. Better players, a legit playoff system, a level playing field (how many 63-7 college games do we need to see?), the draft, fantasy football, MNF ... the list goes on. The NFL is the nation's most popular sport. It brings us all together. You can talk about it anywhere with anyone. College is also great, but it's much more local and is filled with useless games and useless teams. And at the end of the day, it's a minor league for the NFL. Everything about the pro game is better. I can't wait 'til Sept. 6 when the Saints and Colts get the season started. Everything else -- my family, news, etc. -- is just a distraction, including college football.
Stewart Mandel said 08/23, 12:57 PM
Andrew, Andrew. Of course NFL players are "better" than college players -- but that's also why their games are so boring. It's like watching robots. In college, we get to see big plays -- unpredictable plays. We get to see Pat White juke his way to a 60-yard touchdown because he's that much faster than the defense. We get to see Boise State win the Fiesta Bowl on a Statue of Liberty play, which would never happen in the NFL, first and foremost because the coach would never dare go for 2. Yawn!
Andrew Perloff said 08/23, 01:31 PM
Great. I'll be sure to ask White and Zabransky how it felt in a couple of years on a Sunday when they're watching the real games on TV with me at the bar instead of playing. I'd rather see football at its highest level with brilliant coaching schemes and the best athletes. Forget broken plays and guys who can't kick 32-yard field goals determining who wins. Give me Brady vs. Manning over helter skelter JV ball any day of the week.
Stewart Mandel said 08/23, 02:07 PM
Genius coaching schemes, huh? Is that why the NFL is reaching into the college ranks to nab the likes of Lane Kiffin and Bobby Petrino? I'll give you Brady vs. Manning, two masters of their trade, but let's not get all gushy over these "best athletes." Ninety percent of them are playing for their signing bonuses and their contract extensions. When you watch an NFL game, you're basically watching a bunch of people doing their jobs. Like plumbers and electricians. Give me a bunch of hungry Alabama kids who grew up hating Auburn, spent their whole lives dreaming of beating Auburn and leave everything on the field for the sole motivation of beating Auburn.
Andrew Perloff said 08/23, 02:25 PM
Ya, that's a real model for success in the NFL, reaching into the college ranks. Worked out well with guys like Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Dennis Erickson, Mike Riley, etc. And nothing against Kiffin and Petrino, but they'll be back in the college ranks withing three years. And dont' give me this college players "leave everything on the field" argument. NFL players got at it 100 percent all game long. NFL games close up have an incredible level of intensity.
Stewart Mandel said 08/23, 03:41 PM
Yep -- nothing says "intensity" like a Week 3 game between the Ravens and Titans, the winner of which ... wins, the loser of which ... can still lose six more times and make the playoffs. Last year, when Ohio State and Michigan faced each other on Nov. 18, it was for a spot in the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Say what you want about the BCS, which we all know is far from perfect, but the greatest aspect of all about college football is that every week truly does matter. You want intensity? Stand on the sideline during a Florida-Florida State game, or any other monumental rivalry game. (Don???t give me Eagles-Cowboys ... they play again six weeks later). That, my young friend Andrew, is what it???s ultimately all about: passion and pride over paychecks and prima donas.
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