By Finebaum Fan.
Move over David Pollack, Pat Dye, and “Jim from Tuscaloosa”.
Apparently, Kevin Scarbinsky wants to be the wagon master on the bandwagon.
You know the one – the big one with all the male chauvinist, hand in the dirt, Condi Rice detractors.
Beginning with the 2014-15 season, college football will enter a new era when a postseason playoff will begin. The format is simple: top four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games, and a national championship game played in a different city each year. Each semifinal will be played during the New Year’s holiday with the national championship game in prime time on a Monday night at least a week later. It will be the best of all worlds, and the biggest innovation to the sport in decades.
A selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on their performance during the regular season, including, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, championships won, and other factors. The teams will be seeded so that #1 will play #4 in one semifinal and #2 will meet #3 in the other, with the winners advancing to the national championship game.
Over the past couple of weeks, speculation that Dr. Condoleezza Rice could be named to the College Football Playoff selection committee sparked noticeable debate on television, radio, Twitter, and in newsprint.
This exchange took place before a nationally televised audience on an ESPN’s College Gameday panel which, among others, included host Chris Fowler, Paul Finebaum, and David Pollack, the three-time All-American at the University of Georgia:
Pollack: “Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably. I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape, yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper–”
Fowler: “So no woman belongs on the committee, then?”
Pollack: “You said that … I’ll say it, yeah. Yeah,”
Critics of Pollack took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with his comments.
Former Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye has been criticized for these remarks concerning Dr. Rice on the Birmingham, Alabama radio station, WJOX.
“All she knows about football is what somebody told her or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt.
I love Condoleezza Rice and she’s probably a good statesman and all of that, but how in the hell does she know what it’s like out there when you can’t get your breath and it’s 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?”
Dr. Rice responded to Dye’s remarks in an interview with Colin Cowherd on the ESPN Show, “Olbermann”.
“Jim From Tuscaloosa”
A recurring character and self proclaimed “best caller” to the Paul Finebaum Radio Show, “Jim From Tuscaloosa”, called Finebaum multiple times before the announcement lamenting the idea that “a woman” could serve on the commitee.
“Jim” has been outspoken on twitter regarding both Dr. Rice and the College Football Playoff selection commitee.
@braddiekins But the focus is to have Expert Qualified College football people. She does not qualify, regardless of what shill Finebaum says
— Jim Tuscaloosa (@JimTusca) October 17, 2013
— Jim Tuscaloosa (@JimTusca) October 14, 2013
“She (Rice) has no business helping to decide the four teams that’ll have a shot at the national title. What she’s not, and never has been, is a football professional. Every single member of the first College Football Playoff committee, at the very least, should have that distinction on his resume.”
Yesterday, it was announced that Dr. Condoleezza Rice was indeed named to the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Today, Scarbinski offered this summation:
“All in all, Rice’s first day as an official football expert went fairly well as she respectfully disagreed with those of us who respectfully disagree with her place on the committee. She did make one misstep, though.”
Mandel: Speaking of data, do you have certain statistical categories or ratings systems that you use now as a football fan?
Rice: Well, I read a lot of them. The criteria that’s already been talked about — particularly strength of schedule and head-to-head [results] — are very important. Since you don’t have a single league where everyone plays off against each other, like in professional leagues, I think it’s important to find surrogates for that, and strength of schedule among conferences will be a very important element. I have some ideas about it, but I really want to get in the room with the other members of the committee and have a very deep discussion about what kinds of data we want to look at it.
In today’s article, Scarbinsky selected the phrase, “a single league”, which clearly referred to the National Football League and interpreted it to mean a specific conference within the NCAA.
Armed only with his twisted interpretation, Scarbinsky proceeded to take his best shot at Dr. Rice:
The Big 12 has 10 members and plays nine conference games. That means everyone in that league does play everyone else.
You would expect an official college football expert to know that.”
Scarbinsky began his article with:
“You would expect Condoleezza Rice to be ready for her close-up.
You would expect the former secretary of state, on the day her inclusion as a member of the first College Football Playoff selection committee was made official, to be a veritable fountain of names, places, dates and facts.
After all, she’s now been labeled as an official college football expert.”
Really? My comment:
You would expect Kevin Scarbinsky to be ready for his close-up.
You would expect the former member of sports reporters show, on the day of Dr. Rice’s inclusion as a member of the first College Football Playoff selection committee was made official, to be a veritable fountain of names, places, dates and facts.
After all, he’s now been labeled as an official college football columnist.
Thankfully, not everyone subscribes to this “caveman thinking” as humorously described by Yahoo Sports Writer Pat Forde.
“Condoleezza Rice is absolutely right for NCAA football playoff committee. College football shouldn’t stop at naming Condoleezza Rice… She should be the new president of the NCAA.”