The best part about college football is the atmosphere and crazy coaching personalities. You have Jim Harbaugh having sleep overs and rapping with recruits. Nick Saban trying to be college football's Bill Belichick. Urban Meyer fakes a heart attack once every two years to motivate players, and Hugh Freeze pulled a page right out of the George Bluth playbook by having an elaborate fake funeral planned just to teach a lesson to his players.
It's great, it's what college football is all about. College football on the surface is a lot more fun than the NFL. All the pageantry, the fight songs, school pride, the living mascots, the individualized school run outs, all the traditions are what makes college football great, and TBH without them I don't think it'd be as popular because as it is, because the product on the field sometimes sucks. I'm bummed everyday that I went to URI and didn't get to truly experience what college football is all about.
I used to love Les Miles, the Mad Hatter, dude eats actual grass off the field to get more in touch with the game. He's a mad man, classic weird football guy head coach. I just always liked him as a coach. I think the fact that I like Florida and hate Bama gave me a common interest in rooting for LSU and Miles to do well in the SEC West so Bama wouldn't. The enemy of my enemy is my friend after all. I thought it was crazy last season how he was on the hot seat, given his success but now I get it. LSU wanted someone else, and after making the lamest coaching decision of all time I get where they were coming from and I'm all done with Les Miles.
So why do I feel this way?
The LSU Tigers are playing The Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field (home of the Green Bay Packers) this Saturday. I think that is wicked cool, regardless of your stance on the Packers there's no denying that Lambeau Field is one of the most historic fields in all of American Major Sports. If you know anything about the Packers then you know at least these two facts, they love wearing those stupid cheesehead hats and Packers players do the Lambeau Leap into the crowd after scoring touchdowns.
It's fun tradition in the NFL that even the wettest of blankets can enjoy. Les Miles on the other hand will have no tolerance for his players partaking the "Lambeau Leap".
He's going to basically kick you off the team for doing the Lambeau Leap when you're playing at Lambeau Field. To quote Herman Boone in Remember The Titans, more or less Les Miles is telling his players to "hitch your hind parts on home" should they disobey him. And I mean who could blame Les here? Obviously these guys will play a TON of more games here and have plenty of opportunities to get to experience something as cool as doing the Lambeau Leap at Lambeau after scoring a touchdown. These kids will totally have another opportunity to do this. You have to act like you've been there before, especially when you have never been there before.
Look I get it, you don't want to show up your opponent, and you really don't want the 15 yard penalty, but this is so fucking lame it kills me. It's college football, 95% of these guys are never gonna sniff the NFL, let them have some fun. They make universities millions upon millions of dollars, yet they are not allowed to make a penny off the fact that they play college football. The fact that you get penalized for celebrating in sports is one of the dumbest rules of all time. I need to add this to my Presidential Platform my-presidential-platform.html. At the end of the day as much as we all love sports, and may over think their importance, it's just a game, it's supposed to be fun, that is the point of games....to have fun. Let these kids take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
I guess I cannot entirely blame Les Miles for this, because of course he has to follow the NCAA guidelines. Sure it doesn't matter if the NCAA is one of the most corrupt, hypercritical organizations in the world, not just sports. Of course players shouldn't be compensated better and there should be penalties for any fun. Makes all the sense in the world. They shouldn't be able to make money off their talents because it would ruin the game. Just remember to do the right thing, as college football players are known to do. At least coaches aren't this strict with players who commit crimes and do actual things that harm people. Those are the ones we want to take it easy on.
Glad to see someone is willing to help out a player who may decide to go against Miles order.
P.S. This is still my favorite Lambeau Leap of all time.