Not sure I've ever actively disliked an entire season as much as I disliked the season that came to an end last night. After loving the first week, LOVING IT, the season went downhill in a hurry and never regrouped...at least in my eyes. The beginning of the season was too focused on Paul and the last half of the season lacked any real drama or intrigue, largely due to a weak and unlikeable cast.
Last night's finale, however, was definitely more exciting than most season finales...but in more of a "what in the hell is going on?" type of way. I just didn't understand some of the moves that were made and thought Josh winning over Paul was just a travesty of Big Brother justice.
First, I have no clue why Josh went to Final Two with Paul instead of Christmas. It worked for him, obviously, but that move made little sense to me. And then Paul's final speech was really, really bad. I'm not sure why he went with the long, fast-paced, too-detailed, and HEAVILY practiced speech at the end. He said so much that nothing sank in. He had an easy case to make to the jury and overcomplicated it to them and it came across really poorly. I'm not really sold on how much effect those final speeches actually have on finale night, since the jury has to have it's mind made up already since they are voting in 5 minutes. But nonetheless, I thought Paul's final speech was terrible...and possibly cost him the game.
And then Josh actually winning the game in the end was pretty disappointing. As a guy who's watched 18 of the 19 season pretty religiously, you want to see the person who played the best game win in the end. Paul was the person hands down. I thought Paul's best speech on finale night should have been something along the lines of A) "I've been a threat all season. Josh has ridden people's coattails all season.", B) "I'm the only vet in the house and was never on the block." and C) "I've manipulated everything that happened in this house."
Paul was the best player in the season. Josh was basically pitied all season from people. It's not a requirement that the best player in the season has to win, but they should. I thought the same thing when Ian beat Dan Ghessling in the finals of Season 14. For Josh to get the win in the end was a disappointing ending to a disappointing season. So, fitting I guess.
Other than how great the Badgers played on Saturday, my main takeaway from watching the Wisconsin/BYU game on Saturday was how long it takes to watch a college football game. I don't know if it was because the game was on ABC and national television but the commercials seemed longer than normal and there seemed to be more commercials than I'm used to. Despite the game itself going at a very quick pace, it took forever to watch that game. So what I'm trying to say is college football games are too long.
One easy fix came to mind quickly. Why are we still stopping the clocks on first downs in college football?
They don't do it in the NFL and the game seems to be fine. Let's keep the clocks running when a team gets a first down, what am I missing here? Especially in college football where just a couple years ago the big offseason debate was teams getting too many plays due to the new spread offenses and up-tempo systems. I remember Beilema and Saban going back and forth on that topic a couple years ago and complaining about the number of plays that were in today's college football games.
Not stopping the clock after every first down would help with that issue and speed up the game at least a little bit. And I don't even know the reasoning behind stopping the clocks after a first down. It seems so arbitrary. Seems like a rule that needs to be updated.
Apparently there are still 4,000 seats still available for Iowa's game against Penn State for this weekend. I'll hold off final judgement until the weekend but if this game doesn't sell out it's an outright embarrassment for the University of Iowa. Maybe fans will step up late in the week now that this information is out and buy tickets for the game and make it a sellout by Saturday.
But if not, that's an embarrassment. A Top 5 team coming to your place, to play a night game, on national television, and you won't sell out the stadium. Wow.