2009 College Football Thread Sept 16, 2009 13:00:39 GMT -5
Post by hifigator on Sept 16, 2009 13:00:39 GMT -5
Three quick comments/question on that:
1. I have heard that suggested by some and heard it refuted to a degree by both Miami and Florida. That was "one option" that was considered, was what both sides said. In any case, Florida wanted to play every year for a decade, Miami didn't.
2. That is how they decided on it anyway, with one game in G'ville (last year), one game in Miami and one in Tampa in coming years.
3. How is that not neutral? Orlando is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours from Gainesville and Miami is about 3 hours from Orlando. Granted, Tampa is further from Miami ... about 4 1/2 than it is from Gainesville -- about 2 1/2. But do you really think that distance makes it significantly favorable to Florida? Really? No, I didn't think so. Now what does make it "favorable" to Florida is that we simply have a much more significant fan base. But you can't blame Florida for that. If you want to say that Florida had an advantage playing Oklahoma in Miami last year, then fine. Even if you want to say that Florida has a significant advantage over Georgia playing in Jacksonville, then I can see that. Although it doesn't affect the game, it's certainly a lot easier on the fans to travel 1 1/2 instead of 5 hours. Still, the crowd is always virtually dead even, regardless of the teams' records that year. The point is that claiming that Orlando or Tampa are unfairly favoring Florida over Miami only serves to illustrate a "you" problem, with Miami being the "you."