People love to get caught up in the moment.
I’m sure that South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier was trying to let it be known that he thought that the SEC‘s Alabama Crimson Tide are having a great year so far, but in so doing, has shown that he has no business analyzing teams.
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said on the Dan Patrick Show. “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there, that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”
I don’t care what year it is, what their rating is, what they’ve done, or any other meaningless statistic for that matter. The idea that the best college football team of all-time could even stay in the game with the worst ever NFL team, is simply absurd. There’s no comparison. A professional, by definition, is someone who gets paid to do what it is they’re doing for a living. The thought of taking future insurance salesmen and real estate agents and pitting them up against people who live football eight days a week, isn’t even rational.
But in his defense, Spurrier meant well. He knows that Alabama is the class of the SEC, and likely college football as a whole. But he was serious in his assertion that Alabama could beat a struggling NFL squad.
Many may not realize that this exact thing happened in 1930. As professional football was tumbling through its beginnings, fans wondered what would happen if the best college team played the worst professional team–and it was ugly, but fans in New York got their wish.
That year, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came to New York and played the New York Giants in a game that many thought would be an instant classic. When the final whistle sounded, the 22-0 score didn’t at all represent how the game went, as Notre Dame was unable to advance the ball into Giants territory the entire game. Many hoped that the lopsided, lackluster contest would serve as a reminder as to what happens when you get the best college team and worst NFL team together.
It didn’t for Spurrier.
Although he’s an incredible college coach, his analysis may be a little more second string if you know what I mean. Just don’t look for him to be the color commentator on any CBS games when he retires.