Update: Response from ESPN’s Nate Smeltz at bottom.
Oh, the tangled webs we weave. Continue reading
So I’m fiddling around on the ‘Net and I find this Orlando Sentinel article naming George Bodenheimer, ESPN’s president, the most powerful name in college sports. It’s a good write-up, but the newsworthy piece is this quote:
Bodenheimer said one thing ESPN won’t do is act as a catalyst for a playoff system in college football.
“Obviously, the decision on a college football playoff rests with the universities and specifically the presidents,” he said. “Obviously, we’re here to televise whatever format the presidents decide is the best one for their college system to play in, and that’s the role we’ll serve.”
It’s just a quote, obviously, and it’s cagey. Certainly, this doesn’t dismiss the possibility that ESPN favors either a playoff or the BCS, and it wouldn’t prevent the company from lending their heft to a couple of dedicated presidents as long as they weren’t seen as the driving force.
But that clearly isn’t a ringing endorsement for changing the system.
In other BCS news, Clay Travis on its legal standing is essential reading.
I’m really not sure I should be awake right now. But I did get to see this:
The article, probably this one, speculates about A-Rod’s future, and doesn’t mention Michael Jackson (rest in peace) at all. But that’s not the point, here, is it? Kudos to the person who threw that reference in there, and gave one media fixture a little respite from scrutiny in another’s titanic shadow.
I saw it, Alex. You are not alone. (Ugh.)
I really should be asleep.
First, you must watch this video, for it is hilarious. (HT to NESW Sports for having it early this morning.)
It’s a wonderful bit of personality and a great ad for EA Sports’ upcoming Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10. It’s where it is located that brings up something a little more troubling. Continue reading