After a giant college football weekend in which the national landscape was muddled further, I figured it would be best to dedicate this column solely to CFB talk.
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My favorite time of the year starts this weekend. While the games aren’t great (and I’ll give some picks down below), college football begins this Saturday!!
Though I despise the official preseason polls, here is my early top 10:
1. Alabama – Because they’re the best team in the best conference with the best college coach of all-time. I think they’ll beat Florida State in Week 1, lose once during the regular season, and end up back in Atlanta for the National Championship Game.
2. Florida State – Play ‘Bama close in the opener…don’t lose more than once more (i.e. beat Clemson and Lousiville) and we’ll see you back in Atlanta in a rematch against the Crimson Tide.
Last night’s NBA Draft Lottery actually kept me up in the middle of the night. What a flawed system! We know it’s rigged (or strongly suspect it) so what is the NBA hiding? Why no more ping pong balls or frozen envelopes? Why does only one person get to see the results picked live?
Three top-10 TV markets got the top three picks…Boston (#9), LA (#2), and Philadelphia (#4). Yet Phoenix (#12) somehow dropped two spots from their projected #2 draft slot (no surprise given the Suns franchise-long jinx but still…).
The draft lottery process also got me thinking what else I’d immediately change if I were sports czar for a day. Here are my top five rules / policies that I’d correct if I had the chance: