Maybe it's because I went to a small college with a FCS football team, but these spring scrimmages really get under my skin. The worst offender is this highly advertised Notre Dame Blue-Gold game.
For those of you who don't know what these spring scrimmages are, they are the intra-squad games schools have to get people excited for the upcoming football season. The Notre Dame game is getting all kinds of hype because it's the 82nd Blue-Gold Game and it will be the first time it's televised.
First, it's Notre Dame. When was the last time they were actually relevant in the National Championship picture? I think Lou Holtz was coaching and had not yet gone senile. Are people really interested in watching a glorified practice of a mediocre and perennially overhyped team?
That brings up the second point. It's a practice (Go on. Everyone do their best Allen Iverson impression.). It's a practice where teammates and friends are not going to be going 100 percent because in the back of their minds they don't want anyone to get hurt. Sure, some guys will be looking to get the coaches' attention, but I sincerely doubt the intensity will be anywhere near the level that makes football fun to watch.
Third, it's April and the season starts in September. What they do in this spring game means little. They could look like stars in the scrimmage and then turn to crap in a real game.
I understand that Alumni love this stuff, but does it really need to be televised? Does Versus need to advertise it like it's actually a big deal? It's not. It's a friggin' practice. Just one more way colleges and the NCAA to make money off of college athletes who get suspended if they sell a jersey or trophy because they're broke college students and need money.
Pure Prairie League - Amie