More Evidence that College Football is FUBAR

Friday, December 8th, 2006, 12:55 am

Tonight was the awards ceremony for college football. At least it was the one where they awarded every prize but the Heisman, which is the most overhyped and underimportant thing/event/whatever in all of sports. If the BCS nonsense wasn’t enough to convince you that college football is a parody of a joke of a sham, then tonight’s awards proved it.

Full disclosure–I went to Penn State. I’m a Nittany Lion fan. I bleed Blue and White. So when I say that there is NO WAY Paul Posluszny deserved the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player, you should take it to heart. Poz had a great year. The Penn State defense was one of the best in the country. But Posluszny wasn’t nearly as dominant as he was last year. Part of that was the fact that he was recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the Orange Bowl. Part was because he was playing a different position. Part was the fact that the Lions lost Tamba Hali. But he didn’t have as good a year as last year. Not even close.

OK, so let’s assume that Posluszny won the award because of his overall resume. Fine, happens all the time in sports. That’s how the Gold Gloves are handed out year after year. But if Posluszny was the best defensive player in the country…then how the hell did Patrick Willis of Ole Miss win the Butkus award as best linebacker? Shouldn’t that go to Posluszny? He plays linebacker too! And what about James Laurinitis of Ohio State, who won the Nagurski award, given to the nation’s…best defensive player. Posluszny wasn’t even NOMINATED for that award.

Of course, it gets even more ridiculous after that. Troy Smith won the O’Brien award as the nation’s best quarterback. OK, fine. Thing is, Brady Quinn, the QUARTERBACK from Notre Dame, won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player. How the HELL can Quinn win an award as the best overall player WHEN HE DIDN’T EVEN WIN THE AWARD GIVEN TO THE BEST AT HIS POSITION?

Plus there’s the fact that Smith led his team to an undefeated season in the Big 10, including victories against two teams that were ranked #2 in the country when the Buckeyes played them (Texas and Michigan), while Quinn’s team was annihilated in their two biggest games of the year (Michigan and USC). Anyone who voted for Quinn over Smith should be referred for immediate vision testing and psychological counseling.

Stupidity atop stupidity. Again, we are asked to swallow whole various absurdities and hypocrisies. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much full.

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