I've grown up my whole life as a huge football fan, but over the past five years I've found the college game to be far superior in terms of drama and excitement vs. the more corporate NFL.
The college football season had another great one, with last Saturday night an absolute sensation, with two of the three top undefeated teams, Kansas State and Oregon, losing in stunning upsets. That puts Notre Dame, who represents the "traditional" U.S. presumably that Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly have decried is gone forever, with the number one ranking for the first time in 19 years.
And how about traditional powers Florida and Florida State? Those two schools will meet this coming Saturday in the most anticipated match-up between the state's major college powers in nearly a decade.
But switching to the pros, I was in an Ybor City bar yesterday and saw first hand how the Tampa Bay Bucs stirring comeback electrified local Buccaneer fans. The Bucs O.T. victory over Carolina gives them momentum going into next weekend's showdown against the team with the best record in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons. But as we've had to ask all year - will that enthusiasm result in fans actually buying tickets, so that the entire Bay area can watch the game? Sadly, that fate is unknown at this early point of the week. But the excitement that this team is bringing to the community is very real. Reminds me of the good 'ole days that seemed to end around here after 2008...
On to the news...
What's it like being a black news anchor in the Tampa Bay area these days? Three of the region's best - Erica Riggins from Bay News 9, Reginald Roundtree from Channel 10 News and Josh Thomas from News Channel 8 sat down and discussed at a panel discussion late last week.
The Benghazi affair may not be turning into a scandal like some congressional Republicans have been hoping for, but the Obama administration's conflicting responses to the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya will keep it in the news longer than the White House presumably would hope for.
Mitt Romney may not be fondly remembered by any Republicans at the rate he's going. His leaked comments to donors and friends last week that one reason he lost was because of all the "gifts" that President Obama promised to blacks, Latinos and young people may be a sentiment that other Republicans agree with, but not too many of them who hold elected office are saying that publicly.