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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.

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  • estelleida Dec 21, 12:28 p.m.

    very good

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  • sportswatcher879 Aug 5, 5:17 p.m.

    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?

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