The weekend is fast upon us, and, although we have gone around the SEC and looked at the national games of interest, we have one more game to examine ere we get down to the serious business of getting our game faces on for this weekend’s tilt with the LSU Tigers. Naturally, I am referring to the national game of disinterest.
The national game of disinterest is the outing about which I am incapable of caring. Rather than keep you in suspense, I am going to heed the words of an old friend of mine, who, after hearing me pontificate about all the actions presidents routinely take that I would decline to take if elected chief executive, wisely advised me, "Don’t tell me what you’re not going to do; just don’t do it."
Accordingly, rather than tell you how much I don’t care, I’m going to get down to the business of not caring. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you this week’s national game of disinterest:
The ‘Noles have looked good in exactly one of their games, sandwiching a throttling of the BYU Cougars in between a horrible defensive effort against the Miami Hurricanes and horrible overall efforts against the South Florida Bulls and the Jacksonville State Whatever They Ares That I’m Not Going To Look Up Because Whoever They Are FSU Shouldn’t Be Trailing Them 9-7 Heading Into the Fourth Quarter in Tallahassee.
The Eagles have played two games against competition worthy of mention, the first of which was a 25-7 loss to the Clemson Tigers. To describe Boston College’s offensive effort by the shores of Lake Hartwell as "anemic" would be an insult to anemia, and, when you require overtime to beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at home, you’ve probably turned a corner in the wrong direction.
The question must be asked, therefore: "What in the blue blazes is ‘College GameDay’ doing in Chestnut Hill this weekend?"
That’s not a hard one to figure out, really. They couldn’t shill for ESPNChicago.com because the Northwestern Wildcats are facing the Purdue Boilermakers in Indiana, so it was either go here and shill for ESPNBoston.com or go see the TCU Horned Frogs host the SMU Mustangs in Fort Worth so they could shill for ESPNDallas.com. Even by that misguided measure, the boys from Bristol blew the call.
Yes, I know that one of the two ESPN employees ATL_eagle talked to told him that ESPNBoston.com had "little or nothing to do with" the choice, but let’s not pretend that marketing decisions don’t trump journalistic decisions at the Worldwide Leader. If "College GameDay" could be on hand for the ABC-telecast Nebraska-Southern California game on the same day that NBC was airing Michigan-Notre Dame and CBS was broadcasting Auburn-LSU and Florida-Tennessee, then, yeah, they can go to Boston to pimp their new website designed for people whose New England worldview is so narrow that they fail to see that Bill Simmons’s column is about sports the way "Charlie’s Angels" was about law enforcement.
I’m not watching this game or this edition of "GameDay." I’ll sit through broadcasts interspersed with commercials, but I’m not sitting through a broadcast that is a commercial, particularly one that’s for a product I ain’t buying.