Pigskin and Polls. Passions that define college football

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

Its a fact of life.  The older we get, the more responsibility we inherit.  Drivers license, job, children, etc...  Sometimes we embrace the responsibility and sometimes we ignore it.  Today, I was empowered with a bit of responsibility that makes me proud, excited and honestly a bit nervous.

I received a call this morning from a gentleman representing the Harris Interactive Poll.  The poll that helps determine the BCS national championship game in college football.  The man asked if I would be interested in becoming a voter for the weekly Top 25 poll (he told me an NCAA conference recommend me as a voter).  After some thought, I accepted the responsibility and will be one of 114 voters in the country for the 2007 season.

When I hung up the phone, it hit me...  This is a huge responsibility.  College football is BIG BUSINESS.  There is a lot on the line for teams when it comes to the polls and the race for a national championship.  Literally millions of dollars are at stake.  The Harris Interactive Poll determines 1/3 of the BCS formula, and I now have a say in which schools receive millions and which schools are stuck with a commemorative bowl game watch.

Perhaps the biggest reason for my nerves is the passion and sometimes unreasonable fan fair that is involved in college football.  It is a sport unlike any other.  College football fans bleed their team's colors.  Their moods and ability to reason are sometimes determined by the teams success.  By nature, polls are controversial.  Its my opinion vs theirs.  Only mine counts a bit more now and that will upset more people than it will please.  Its a lose-lose-lose proposition.  In the end, only two sets of fans will be happy with me.  I have heard its not uncommon to get hate email from schools who are left on the outside looking in by way of your vote.  While that passion makes me nervous, it also made my decision easy.  I love passionate fans.  I get to play an integral part of that passion every week!

Being held accountable is the most important part of responsibility.  You the fan, will be able to hold me accountable.  We at KKTV will be making my picks public each Sunday night on Double Coverage (airs at 10:20 each Sunday night during football season).  You also will be able to see my picks right here on my blog each Sunday.  I welcome your praise, criticism and comments as I dive into my new challenge.  In essence, you have a new responsibility to go along with new responsibility.  Together we will determine who will play for college football's ultimate prize!

Until next time, keep living the dream.

Jesse Kurtz, Sports Anchor/Reporter, KKTV

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