The world of college football is a wonderful, awful, strange, fantastic place. A place of heroes, villains, Mythical National Champions, and Mack Browns in distress. But the chivalry and honor of the game seems to be disappearing before our very eyes.
In the past week, we have learned about five Ohio State players who sold stuff for money. On the surface, that sounds like the weekend highlight for a mid-American suburban family (who doesn't love a good yard sale!) But most yard sales don't include personal awards and championship rings to the highest bidder. Some people LIVE for football season- for the hope that their team can win the conference, and even maybe make it to the National Championship. We live vicariously through these athletic giants who make anything seem possible. To watch these heroes cast off their spoils, and by extension, our spoils like a Chuck-E-Cheese prize is heartbreaking. If these games mean nothing more than a paycheck, than college football is truly no better or more compelling than the NFL. Which makes the new revelation that the Sugar Bowl CEO lobbied for the OSU players to be able to play in the game even more disturbing.
With regards to some believing the players should be held out of the game, he had the following to say: