CBS’s anti-SEC stance is baffling

Tim Brando is a clown and has lost all credibility in recent years. The only thing he enjoys more than hearing his own voice is someone else picking up his mantle regarding Boise State’s right in the BCS picture.

His incessant annual campaigning for Boise State, a team whose schedule isn’t as difficult as Troy’s, is so tiresome that he has become a caricature of himself. When you think of a talking head with an agenda to push, you think Brando.

He’s the kind of fellow that if he tells you the sky is blue, you better go outside and check.

And then there is Gary Danielson. I once couldn’t stand Gary, who has a troubling habit of manufacturing controversy over non-stories (remember the Terrence Cody helmet thing?). In recent years I’ve come to appreciate Danielson’s analysis more, but still he has a way of not knowing when to let the game speak for itself.

And Verne Lundquist? Bless his heart. Half the time he doesn’t know what stadium he’s in, and hard things like pronunciation of a player’s actual name are just too much to ask.

I will never forget Verne’s admiration for the Alabama linebacker “Orlando” McClain…during the 2009 National Championship campaign…of which “Orlando” was the dominant player (we’re not talking about a walk-on here). I wonder if Auburn’s Nosa Eguae enjoyed his family name being bludgeoned the entire game last Saturday?

But let’s be reasonable. An entire week is just not enough time for someone to learn how to say the pronunciations of names you’ll be covering on Saturday.

But, this isn’t about Verne. We’re talking about Tim and Gary here.

CBS’s affiliation with the SEC has been longstanding. The network, that by the way has been run off the road by ESPN/ABC/Disney, hobbles along during college football season, waiting for the NCAA basketball tournament to get here.

But still, there is an affiliation. Once CBS decides to join the rest of the world–a full TWO WEEKS into the college football season following its broadcast of the U.S. Open–CBS has first dibs on the top SEC football game of the week, usually airing at 2:30 CDT each Saturday.

In fact, it also has an arrangement for one primetime SEC game of the fall, and this year even successfully jockeyed for position to gain a second helping of such a game…both involving the University of Alabama by the way.

So you would think a network whose bread is being buttered by the SEC would understand good football. You would think personalities from CBS, a.k.a. Tim Brando and Gary Danielson would be able to look out across the landscape of college football and be able to clearly identify who the best two teams are, and who the best player is.

And going even further, if they DID have a bias in one direction over another, you’d expect them to lean toward the SEC…since, in Gary Danielson’s case, it’s the only games he actually sits in a broadcast booth and covers.

But if you expect this, I’m afraid today you’re sorely disappointed.

Tim Brando will not openly admit that the two best teams in college football are still Alabama and LSU, both of the SEC, and that the best college player in America deserving of the Heisman is Trent Richardson…of Alabama…of the SEC.

Instead, you’ll hear Brando opining for Baylor’s Robert Griffin III for the Heisman, and anyone but Alabama-LSU for the BCS title game.

You’ll hear Danielson balk at the thought of Alabama-LSU again. In fact, as heard on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network this week, you can even hear the disgust in his voice when forced to think about it.

Like a child ready to take his ball and go home, on the Finebaum show Gary made it clear that if Alabama does get the rematch and does defeat LSU, then it should be a split title with LSU taking the AP, since they’d both have won one game.

It just seems ironic to me that these men, paid handsomely to know something about college football, have totally missed it.

The phrase “too close to the forest to see the trees” may apply here.

Love it, hate it or indifferent, the purpose of the BCS National Championship game is to pit the two best teams in the country against one another. And if you can’t see that those two teams are Alabama and LSU, you should really be doing something other than analyzing college football.

Brando’s disgust for what we all consider to be obvious is much more out in the open than Danielson’s recent irrationality, but both men can’t seem to see…or say…what the rest of us know without a shadow of a doubt is the truth.

Trent Richardson may not win the Heisman. Andrew Luck is a good quarterback with skills any NFL team needs. And Robert Griffin III is a good player as well. But you would think a representative from CBS would be leading the way for an SEC player, considering the fact that he’s the only one of the three major candidates that Danielson has actually seen in person. Richardson can change a game, one first down at a time, and Gary Danielson has seen it with his own eyes.

But no one on this planet whose profession is to cover college football can rationalize anyone but Alabama and LSU in the final game.

Unless, that is, they have an agenda to push. And if you’re sitting in the SEC office, it may be time to question those agendas, and whether or not your league most benefits from an affiliation with CBS.

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