banner
Ryan Craig

'Watch lists' are a joke

Posted August 4, 2009
Updated August 5, 2009

You can add “Watch Lists” to the ever-growing list of idiotic things published before the college football season.

Voting on the preseason conference Player of the Year? All-ACC teams?

Apparently dozens of writers think they are smart enough to vote on who they think is the best left guard in the conference, even before a single 2009 snap is played - right.

It’s almost as bad as voting on preseason rankings – do you really know who is going to be the best team in the country before anyone laces them up in week one?

You know nothing about the freshman that have enrolled since last year, nothing about the impact of lost senior leadership or assistant coaching changes, and least of all, nothing about what a team’s injury or academic situation will look like.

And yet we have watch lists for awards that determine the country’s best quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, etc…

Whether because of injury, academics, or poor play, several of the guys on these lists won’t even make it through the year as their team’s starter – guaranteed.

Other will succumb to the pressure of trying to carry their team, or the notoriety that come with being on the face of every magazine and website.

Still others will report to camp overweight, get caught out after curfew, or find themselves in court because of a late-night appearance on some camera phone.

So why is there a need for them to be made?

Because college football is like Christmas – every year it seems to poke its head into our lives earlier and earlier. Your Halloween candy isn’t even stall yet, and people already have icicles hanging from their gutters.

The ice at the RBC Center isn’t even melted, and we’re already worried about who the best strong safety is in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Give it a minute.

Let’s see 10 minutes of actual play before we judge who the best is.

The NCAA football people don’t feel important unless the world is talking about their sport – sure it generates revenue and stands to help the marketing of their enterprise, but between the never-ending recruiting calendar and the fact that the media, college football has officially become a pest.

2 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • estelleida Dec 21, 2009

    very good

    www.assursante.fr

  • sportswatcher879 Aug 5, 2009

    Isn't it ironic how there's a piece titled 'Watch lists are a joke' that highlights the idiocy of preseason players of the year and the like, yet on the very same site we have the preseason high school awards being handed out, and the two pieces were published within an hour of each other?

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Tonight at 6:30 on METV 50.2

  • PGA Golf: Quicken Loans National

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Tomorrow at 5:00 pm on METV 50.2

  • PGA Tour Special: PGA Tour 2015: Playing with a Purpose

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA Golf: WGC – Bridgestone Invitational

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA Golf: WGC – Bridgestone Invitational

    Sunday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

    Tonight at 6:20 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • MLB: Washington Nationals at NY Mets

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Washington Nationals at NY Mets

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
LA Angels0Top
2nd
LA Dodgers0
 
Arizona4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Houston
 
San Francisco 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Texas 
American League
Kansas City7Final
Toronto6
 
Tampa Bay6Top
7th
Boston9
 
Detroit4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Baltimore
 
NY Yankees 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Chi White Sox 
 
Seattle 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Minnesota 
 
Cleveland 6:05 PT7:05 MT8:05 CT9:05 ET21:05 ET1:05 GMT9:05 6:05 MST8:05 EST8:35 VEN5:05 UAE (+1)8:05 CT
Preview
Oakland 
National League
Atlanta4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Philadelphia
 
Chi Cubs 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
 
Pittsburgh 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Cincinnati 
 
Washington 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets 
 
San Diego 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Miami 
 
Colorado 4:15 PT5:15 MT6:15 CT7:15 ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 MST6:15 EST6:45 VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis 
 
QuickLoans Nat (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1T. Merritt-1418
2tC. Howell III-1312
2tK. Chappell-1311
2tR. Ishikawa-1310
5R. Fowler-129
6tB. Haas-1118
6tC. Pettersson-1118
6tJ. Rose-1117
6tW. Kim-1113
10tS. Bowditch-1014
View Full Leaderboard
 
Womens British (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1tJ. Ko-818
1tT. Lu-818
3S. Pettersen-718
4M. Miyazato-618
5tI. Park-518
5tM. Lee-518
5tL. Ko-518
8tM. Reid-418
8tS. Ryu-418
10tA. Boulden-318
View Full Leaderboard
 
Paul Lawrie (EURO)
Leader in BOLD/CAPS
MatchHScore
KARLSSON v Ramsay181 up
HOWELL v Wood145 and 4
WARREN v Hatton191 up
APHIBARNRAT v Hoey172 and 1
View Full Leaderboard
Madeira Islands (EURO)
PosNameScoreThru
1P. Widegren-1618
2tR. Kakko-1518
2tS. Henry-1518
4B. Stone-1418
5B. Akesson-1218
6R. Davies-1118
7tT. Murray-1018
7tP. Relecom-1018
7tA. Hortal-1018
7tS. Walker-1018
View Full Leaderboard
 
3M Championship (CHMP)
PosNameScoreThru
1K. Perry-1116
2K. Sutherland-1015
3B. Langer-914
4tE. Toledo-815
4tS. Hoch-814
4tP. Horgan III-814
4tS. Dunlap-813
4tG. Waite-812
4tT. Lehman-812
10tS. Ames-718
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Saturday, Aug. 1
BB&T Atlanta Open (ATP)
Semifinals
(1) J. Isner1     
D. Kudla1     
(5) M. Baghdatis 
(7) G. Muller 
 
bet-at-home Open (ATP)
Semifinals
(8) F. Fognini6 77    
L. Pouille2 62    
(1) R. Nadal6 6    
(4) A. Seppi1 2    
 
Suisse Open Gstaad (ATP)
Semifinals
(2) F. Lopez3 77 3   
(3) D. Thiem6 65 6   
(1) D. Goffin6 6    
(5) T. Bellucci4 2    
 
WTA Scoreboard
Saturday, Aug. 1
Brasil Tennis Cup (WTA)
Final
(3) A. Beck4 6 1   
(4) T. Pereira6 4 6   
 
Baku Cup (WTA)
Semifinals
(2) K. Knapp3 7 3   
M. Gasparyan6 5 6   
(1) A. Pavlyuchen3 2    
P. Tig6 6