October 17, 2010 - 10:40 AM
I have always found that whenever I sit down and watch sports, it's only a matter of time before I have a strong urge to go play the sport that I am watching. Yesterday during the day I sat around watching college football all day, just wishing that I could actually go play for real.
Thanks to intramural football, now I can! Today I have my first IM football game of the season. Of all the intramural sports, I personally feel that football is the most fun and the most intense. Emotions are always at a high as every game is huge, considering that there are only six or seven games before the playoffs begin. The competition is great, and every team always has to be mindful of the sportsmanship code. Each team gets rated on its sportsmanship after every game, and jawing with an official or someone on the other team may dock your squad points. It never seems like a big deal at the time, but these sportsmanship rankings come into play come playoff time, and could potentially prevent a team from making it in.
I was just outside and it is perfect weather for football. Cloudy and very cold. I just hope it doesn't rain on us, because that could make it miserable.
Speaking of football, it would be considered a good college football season if the number one ranked team were to lose once. Knocking the king off of his throne just once would be enough to classify the season and shocking extremely unexpected. I never thought that this season I would witness the number one ranked team in the nation lose twice, on two consecutive weekends. After Alabama went down lasts week, I thought that that was the only gift that Oregon would receive this season, as it catapulted the Ducks into the number 2 spot. However, yesterday, I was able to witness King Pryor and his troops fall to the Wisconsin Badgers in Wisconsin. Oregon probably won't be number 1 in the BCS standings that will be released tonight, but the Ducks should be number one in both the AP standings and the Coaches Poll. The Ducks have certainly never been number one since I have been here, and my roommate told me last night that he doesn't think the Ducks have been number one ever, in any poll. If that is the case this is certainly a mile stone for the Ducks and for Head Coach Chip Kelly who is only in his second season as commander in chief. Boise State is still in the running to make it to the championship despite the never-ending argument surrounding this team and its future.
It's always difficult joining in the Boise State argument as an Oregon fan, because although Boise State constantly plays "nobody" teams like San Jose St. and Toledo, they have managed to defeat Oregon twice in the last three seasons. I will still hold to my argument that the Broncos should NEVER be allowed to play for the national title. Granted they defeated the Hokies in the season opener, but what have the Hokies done since then? Nothing. The BCS race is heating up, and for the Ducks it's simple: Don't lose.