College football I miss you, but we will be reunited soon. Soon your sweet heroin will be following through my veins on Saturdays (along with plenty of the requisite beer and whiskey). Don’t get me wrong I love the NFL, I love March Madness, I like the NBA and I like baseball but nothing gets my blood flowing like college football. No other sport in the United States evokes such passion and hatred.
The best rivalries are in the college ranks (no matter what the Yankees and Red Socks loving ESPN would have you believe) and most of them blossom into their full glory around the football game. The big games have taken on lives of their own: the Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Coke Orgy, Michigan/Ohio State, Army/Navy, USC/Notre Dame, and my own personal favorite the Red River Rivalry (45-35, we will never forget). These are regular season games, when was the last regular season NFL game that you remember that even approached the sheer madness of a big college football rivalry game? I am a Cardinals fan but I do not hate any NFL team the way I hate OU BlowU (every fiber of my being wishes nothing but the worst for Bob Stoops, I hope he dies of Hepe-Syphil-AIDS).
Yes, the Super Bowl is the biggest event in all of American sports, no doubt about it. But the BCS bowls are also huge events drawing maximum capacity crowds and huge television audiences. The largest NFL stadium is Washington’s fed Ex Field, it has a capacity of 91,704. Eleven college football stadiums are larger, four of which hold over one hundred thousand fans (Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee) dwarfing the average NFL stadium. If you want further evidence consider this, the legendary UAB Dragons have a larger stadium capacity then eighteen NFL teams, including New England, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.
But soon my true love and I will be reunited. One hundred and twenty two days until our loves begins anew on September 5, 2009.