Thursday, August 13, 2009

Season Preview Mag Porn: Sports Illustrated

Hey, wow, it's great to see SI featuring Tim Tebow and Florida on its college football preview cover...

Whaaa?! That's not Tim Tebow; that's Jevan Snead! And that's not Florida; that's Ole Miss!

Look: I know that SI is going with a theme of "Party Crashers" -- teams that could conceivably break into the BCS (Ole Miss, Penn St, Oregon, Oklahoma State).

But REALLY: Is THIS the year you want to be going with "Party Crashers" as your theme of the season?

This season, of any in recent memory, is DOMINATED -- or WILL BE dominated -- by who-you-think-would-dominate: Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, USC.

Ole Miss, Penn State, Oregon or Oklahoma State may be contenders for at-large BCS bowl bids, but since when has the season been about THAT? There are ALWAYS those teams.

This season will be defined by a true clash of the titans -- if all breaks as we suspect, unbeaten Florida vs. unbeaten Texas (or, at the very least, unbeaten Oklahoma or unbeaten USC).

Now, college football is nothing if not a sport that rarely breaks as you suspect in August, but even if things don't break that way, does anyone not think the Big Four will be in the BCS title game?

I understand what SI is doing - I just don't get why they would. Not when you have the biggest sensation in the sport's history -- Tebow -- plus the two closest competitors in McCoy and Bradford, putting the "Big" in "Big Three."

I am impossibly biased, but I would have begun and ended this year's cover with this:

Can't Spell G.O.A.T. without G-A-T-O-R-S

Either that, or:

Best. Team. Ever.


Sub-headline: "Why Florida May Be the Greatest Team of All Time (And Tebow The Greatest Player)"

I mean, come on. This was a gimme.

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