Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:42 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 2:21 pm

Heisman has to be RG3 -- but I'm skeptical

Right about now, I'm a lot like will.i.am or Taboo or Fergie. OK, you're right. I'm nothing like any of them.

Because I got a feeling ...

... that Saturday night's not gonna be a good night.

This is about the Heisman ceremony on Saturday night, a trophy that Baylor's Robert Griffin III should win easily. And that's what some are projecting, including CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, whose straw poll of 23 voters shows RG3 winning huge.

Still, I got a feeling ...

First, it's all those ESPN guys saying Griffin might not, or even won't, win the thing. A few days ago Craig James said this on national television: "I don't think [Griffin] has a chance of winning."

We all know Craig James is a clown of the highest order, but that's either the dumbest thing that has ever come out of his mouth (wow), or he's onto something scary. Kirk Herbstreit is no clown -- plus the man's damn good-looking -- but in the last few days he said something straight out of the Pony Playbook: "[Griffin] is from Baylor. He's not going to win the Heisman."

And then this morning, on the Mike and Mike show on ESPN Radio -- yeah, I listen to Mike and Mike -- Mel Kiper said he wasn't sure Griffin would win the Heisman.

That's three different prominent media guys -- and maybe even three Heisman voters -- who are rebutting what everyone else seems to be saying, that RG3 is going to win the Heisman in a runaway.

Which has me thinking.

What if all these voters being polled -- by sites like HeismanPundit.com and StiffArmTrophy.com -- have been lying to pollsters out of outright embarrassment? Because while it has become nationally accepted in recent days that RG3 should win the Heisman, it wasn't so obvious a week ago.

And lots of Heisman voters sent in their vote early.

So many  voted early that the Downtown Athletic Club sent out a mass "thank you" last week -- before the last major weekend of games -- to all those who did so. All those premature tabulations (shaddup) missed RG3's signature game, a demolition of Texas in which Griffin threw for 320 yards, ran for 32 yards, and compiled four touchdowns. After that game it was apparent to most reasonable college football fans that Griffin (3,998 yards passing, 644 rushing, 45 total touchdowns, six interceptions, the single-season NCAA record for pass efficiency) is the best player in the country.

But what about all those people who voted early?

And what about those lazy voters who decided months ago that the 2011 Heisman was 2010 runner-up Andrew Luck's to lose -- and seeing how he played well this season, he'd done nothing to lose it?

Just saying. Hope I'm wrong, but I got a feeling ...

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 4:40 pm

Reggie Bush's Heisman: Return it? Or not?

Pretend for a minute that you are Reggie Bush. No, you're not spending that minute with her. Or her. Or them. You're spending that minute in contemplation of the 2005 Heisman Trophy, and you're asking yourself a question:

The Heisman Trust wants me to return it. So do I give it back?

Hey, your call. Me, if I'm Reggie Bush? I'm keeping the SOB, and here's why:

I won it fair and square.

Yes, I did.

I didn't take steroids. Didn't steals signs from the opposing sideline. Didn't do anything but take the football and steal down the sideline for long, explosive runs into the end zone.

Now then, you can say I never should have been on the field in the first place, that my dealings with marketers while in college made me a professional and therefore made me ineligible. That's all true, but that's after the fact. And the fact is, when I was eligible, I was the best player in college football.

It's the NCAA's way, and now the BCS' way and the Heisman Trust's way, to vacate games and honors, as if they never happened. Southern Cal's 2004 BCS national championship? Never happened.

My Heisman Trophy in 2005? That happened. I was on that field. I saw it. I felt it. I won it.

And now I'm supposed to give the trophy back? Nah. The school gave back its copy. The official Heisman website says there was no winner from 2005. The public knows the Bush family had its hand out. We've suffered, all of us. I've suffered personally, and my reputation is in tatters. Returning the trophy won't give me back my reputation, and I'm not buying the idea that keeping the trophy can only make it worse. Not sure that's possible.

So I'm keeping the damn trophy. You want it? Go win one of your own. On the field. Just like I did.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 27, 2009 6:25 pm

Told you about Mark Ingram

Didn't I? In my Heisman story Thursday, I unveiled my vote. Four names. None of them "Mark Ingram." He's a nice running back on a great team, but a Heisman candidate? He shouldn't be that. And maybe he's not after that debacle against Auburn.

My Heisman candidates remain golden:

1. Toby Gerhart.

2. C.J. Spiller

3. Colt McCoy and Dexter McCluster (tie)

No Tim Tebow, either. His candidacy is a damn joke, as is any voter that falls for it.

Category: NCAAF
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