If there were any non-Penn State alums who were pushing for them to make the College Football Playoffs harder than I was last season, I don't think I remember them. While everyone else was just putting Ohio State into the Final Four despite not even making their conference championship game, I was on record saying you should actually have to earn your way in to the playoffs. Instead, somehow the prevailing thought across the nation and the media was that Ohio State was too talented not to make the CFB Playoffs.
Let's take a look at Ohio State's last five weeks of play:
*Squeak by Michigan at home in one of the ugliest games of the college football season last year.
*Didn't play because they didn't make their conference championship
*Got blown out 31-0 to Clemson in the College Football Playoffs Semifinals
*Struggled with college football powerhouse Indiana for 2 1/2 quarters in Week 1 of 2017
*Gets run off the field, at home, by Oklahoma this week 49-21
Now I get that the 2016 team is not the same as the 2017 team. People graduate each year and a new group of high school Seniors come to campus as Freshmen and are asked to contribute immediately. I get it. But it's not an entire different team either. There are a lot of carryovers though and it's not like those teams are night-and-day different.
That's a pretty good sample size from Ohio State.
Mark my words though, people will still give them the benefit of the doubt all year and put them in the College Football Playoff conversation again this year because of all their "talent". They are still ranked 8th and 9th in the AP and Coaches' Poll this week despite that loss. I'm not saying they should be completely out of the discussion all year, one-loss teams make the field all the time, but THE Ohio State Buckeyes will get an incredible amount of hype and consideration this year for that 4th spot despite their recent resume.
Was it just me or was that a fairly disappointing opening Sunday to the NFL season? Just seemed like it fell flat to me. Now granted, a good chunk of that was my favorite team putting up the worst showing of the week with a 46-9 loss to the Rams, who aren't traditionally a football powerhouse. So I understand that most people didn't have that embarrassment added to their weekend but the rest of the Sunday felt pretty mundane.
The game of the week was probably that Chiefs/Patriots opener but that was played on Thursday night. Yesterday was a lot of uninspiring games and disappointing fantasy football performances. Seemed like a lot of low scores from fantasy studs yesterday which took away some excitement from the first week.
Then the Sunday night game of the week was kind of a downer last night with the Giants putting on an excruciatingly painful offensive showing last night without OBJ. Tough to get too invested in a game where one team has about 50 yards at half time and scores 3 points the entire game. And that was basically the same story in the other marquee game of the day, Seattle vs. Green Bay. A terrible offensive showing from both teams really but Seattle in particular. Just took some of the excitement out of that contest for me. I'm sure some people can enjoy a great defensive battle but not me in Week 1.
Here's to a better Week 2.
Another anniversary today for the September 11th attacks on America in 2001. I know everyone has their own memories and recollections of that day. Where they were, how they heard about the attacks, what they did the rest of the day, and how they handled the rest of the week, year, decade, etc.
I'm not going to tell you my story because you have your own story about it and your own feelings and emotions to work through. And you'll read other stories today about that day or of people directly effected by that day which will be much better than mine, a Sophomore in high school in rural Iowa. No matter how many years pass since that day, there are always great stories put out about the people, the city, and the nation on September 11th.
But here is the clip I go to on YouTube every September 11th though to regain some perspective on those events. It's David Letterman's first show back on the air after the attacks. I've always been a Letterman guy and just love listening to him try to put his emotions into words on this day. Being in New York City, you can tell how much he was effected by those attacks but more importantly how moved he was by the people around him and around the country. For me, it just puts me back in that time frame each year.