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National Game of Disinterest (Week 9)

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The waiting is the hardest part.

#FreeGurley
#FreeGurley
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Thus far this week we've gone through the motions of picking our SEC Game of Interest and our National Games of Interest against the spread. We say "gone through the motions" because it's hard to care too much about any football games being played this weekend (which, as usual, RedCrake has helpfully charted for us). Sure, it's been a long season, and the bye week is a good chance for us to try to rebuild relationships with non-football-obsessed friends and family members, but the one thing on the hearts and minds of the Bulldog Nation is what the NCAA is going to say about the eligibility of the best football player in the country. That's why this week's National Game of Disinterest is the waiting game.

I can't be the only one who's sick of sitting at work day after day half-heartedly doing my actual job while I periodically refresh DawgSports and every other sports site I can think of for news about Gurley's eligibility. It's maddening. I hate to compare Number 3's situation to any other marquee football player's, largely because of the relatively benign nature of his offense, but come on. Auburn got word about Cam Newton in 24 hours. Despite an on-going investigation into some truly terrible allegations and a track record that would make Usain Bolt blush, Jameis Winston knew he would face a single game suspension for the least troubling offense he's committed during his time in the spotlight within 3 days. And yet here we sit 2 weeks to the day after Gurley's suspension was announced with no answers. Not cool.

All I can say on a family-friendly blog is that the NCAA's imminent demise cannot come quickly enough. #FreeGurley

Now here's some Tom Petty to help pass the time. Given the upcoming contest against that team from Gainesville, it seems particularly appropriate.

Go Dawgs!