I just wrote the recap of the game between the two Carolinas. The fact that the wrong one won might have me a bit bitter. Or maybe a lot. On the other hand, I try not to wear Carolina blue shades when I write any of my posts, so I will let you decide if this is a homer post or not.
Having said all of that, this is not about the game itself, at least not about either of the teams in the game. It’s about who showed the game… ESPN. Who, first off, I want to thank for televising the game on national television. Any time I can watch North Carolina, whatever sport, is always good for me.
On the other hand, to whom it may concern at the “worldwide leader in sports,” if you are going to show a game where two teams are on the field, could you do the favor to at least look somewhat unbiased in your replays? I mean two great hits were made by the UNC football team on special teams, one by Dominique Green and the other by Allen Champagne. On both of those plays it seemed that the replay booth must have fallen asleep.
Meanwhile, I had to be submitted to replay upon replay of Javedeon Clowney. From chasing, and not catching, Bryn Renner, to being on the sideline because he was tired, to my favorite one, him holding his hands on his knees and the announcers talking about it more than the game itself. Really? Seriously?
By all means, we all know that the Southeastern Conference is the cream of the crop when it comes to football. There is no discussion there. So, I am not going to be upset because the announcers, both in the pre-game and in the game itself, broke down the team from Columbia a lot more than the one from Chapel Hill. On the other hand, if the Bristol based company decides to air other teams not from the SEC, it should give them their fair share of time since all fans, not just the SEC ones, pay for the rates on cable or other venues.
But, taking a deep breath, I can get past all of the highlights, if not for one exact point in the game. On a return by South Carolina, a player on both sides went down and stayed down for sometime. Again, maybe this is the bias in me, but it felt that the Gamecock player got all the television attention, or most of it, compared to the Tar Heel one.
If I was a believer in the NCAA I would not have written this post, thinking that the high and mighty in Indianapolis would be on the phone early this morning telling ESPN that, how does the saying go… they care for all their student athletes the same, since most will go pro in something other than sports?
But the sad reality is that nothing will happen, because the NCAA doesn’t make the decisions on this, the “dollar” does. And when it comes to college football, the green lands in the SEC more than anywhere else.
How many articles have we read about the SEC against the ACC in the first week of college football? On the field the teams will decide the score, it is a shame that due to the rush for the money, it’s highly likely that the coverage has been decided a long, long time ago.