Jewish Journal


November 22, 2009

How college football is like a Madoff investment plan



Photo: ESPN

Were college football fans swindled?

This season certainly hasn’t matched up to those in recent years. Remember Appalachian State? Michigan does. Or Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators? They’re still No. 1, but it’s easy to forget.  Maybe the most interesting stories are the undefeated teams no one is paying any attention to—Cincinnati, TCU and Boise State.

What happened to all the hoopla?

Ivan Maisel, writing for ESPN.com, says Bernard Madoff couldn’t have scammed college football fans any better. The connection is tenuous, a bit odd too, but worth a read. Here’s an excerpt:

college football has gone vegan on us. More weeks than not, the schedule included no meat. We’ve gotten one game a week featuring two Top-25 teams, maybe two.

I want my money back.

I’m having this dream in which the new BCS executive director is not Bill Hancock but Bernie Madoff. The college football season is four weeks from concluding, and I’m still waiting to see the returns it promised me in August.

The preseason rankings? No. 3 Oklahoma is 6-4 and looks good only in comparison to No. 4 USC.

Penn State, the preseason No. 9, lost to the only two good teams it played. And lost both at home. By more than 10 points.

Read the rest here.

P.S. UCLA beat the Sun Devils, and the city might be ours for the taking.

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