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these bowl games are almost a joke.......

hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,088 ✭✭✭✭

I have only watched one from start to finish, but have watched 10-15 minutes of a lot of others. The amount of starters opting out and transfering is ridiculous!!!! I understand not playing if injured but just saying I am not going to play because I might get hurt and not drafted is wrong. The least they could do is make them pay their scholarships back. The got a free education for playing ball the least they could do is play the last game for the team. I saw at least 3 teams were using their 3rd string quarterbacks and I think ohio state had 4-5 opt out and they weren;t in some small toilet bowl like alot of the others........


  • jimdeerejimdeere Member, Moderator Posts: 25,506 ******

    How about those Mountaineers!

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,687 ✭✭✭✭

    Players opting out is only going to grow

  • hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,088 ✭✭✭✭

    not sure we would have won if they hadn't been playing their 3rd string quarterback??????

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,687 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    I don’t blame these young men for opting out (especially the ones who are potential NFL drafts). Look at Will Shipley, Clemsons star running back, and the best player on that team. he got carted off the field with a knee injury in yesterdays bowl game. If his MRI comes back showing a tear or other serious injury. He will lose out on millions of dollars.

  • hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,088 ✭✭✭✭

    auston I understand the possibility of injury, but it was there every game of the season, and the team was the one who let him show his talents to make those millions, there needs to be some loyalty to the game/team that gave them the chance to show their talents. or at least make them repay those scholarships they received........

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,687 ✭✭✭✭

    Do you believe those teams/ schools have any loyalty to those players

  • hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,088 ✭✭✭✭

    most give them passing grades wether they deserved them or not. and I am sure a lot of money goes under the table to them also, as gifts or pay for jobs they don't show up for. so for the most part yes.....

  • truthfultruthful Member Posts: 1,956 ✭✭✭✭

    American football is a joke at all levels

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,687 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    Giving out undeserved passing grades is not helping the student athlete. Now days money to college players are above the table (NIL) . The players completed the season and helped get their team to the bowl. The school is gonna get their bowl millions win or lose. Do you believe Clemson should give Shipley millions if his injury in yesterdays bowl game moves him down in the draft costing him millions or ends his career and costs him even more millions?

  • Kevin_LKevin_L Member Posts: 1,350 ✭✭✭✭

    I totally agree. The real sport of football is played at the lower levels where guys play for the love of sport and competition. Those are the guys I'd have a beer with.

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  • dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,748 ✭✭✭✭

    If something isn't done, these mediocre bowl games will get even worse than they already are.

    We don't need more Georgia/FSU blowouts.

    I have no idea the solution. Anybody got any ideas?? I certainly don't.

  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 57,798 ******

    Yep, GA/Fl game certainly was an example

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,687 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    FSU had about twenty five players opt out. Think those players were trying to send a message to the selection committee ?

  • 62vld204262vld2042 Member Posts: 932 ✭✭✭✭

    I'll add a little icing to this cake.

    A few years ago.......I read an article that stated that within 3 years of leaving the NFL, for whatever reason........78% of the players were BANKRUPT!!!🙄🤔

    Says alot NFL........and todays society in general.😣

  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,149 ✭✭✭✭

    "A few years ago.......I read an article that stated that within 3 years of leaving the NFL, for whatever reason........78% of the players were BANKRUPT!!"

    I have read those statistics. The dream of every high school player is to spend a few years on the college "farm team" and then transfer to the NFL. They think life will be heaven, when they make the NFL.

    Most college players never make the NFL, and those who do are broke a few years after their football career is over. Many of them have debilitating injuries, including brain damage from concussions. They didn't bother to get a college degree, so they are 30 years old, injured, and broke. Qualified to do what? Be a greeter at Walmart?

  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,471 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't imagine things will change until folks realize there are better ways to spend their time and money.

  • buddybbuddyb Member Posts: 5,222 ✭✭✭✭

    When my sons played football and baseball,the best real ball games were when they were about 12 years old.No worries about jobs,cars,girlfriends,just playing ball the best they could.I see some of the college athletes and doubt the know the ABCs. But they can play football.

  • JunkballerJunkballer Member Posts: 9,118 ✭✭✭✭

    Pro football needs to be like baseball, if a kid is any good sign the kid right out of High School and develop your teams needs, no need to wait for college. In baseball contracts are guaranteed, in pro football they're not, you get hurt.....sorry Charlie, we want your parking pass back. Colleges would fight tooth & nail to prevent this from happening, there's BIG money/income in college sports and colleges don't want to lose the income.

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