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Utah’s Dres Anderson has made the Biletnikoff and Maxwell watch lists, while Andy Phillips is on the Lou Groza list and Tom Hackett the Ray Guy.
All of those players, along with more not mentioned here on other lists, are terrific at what they do. This is not meant to make fun of them. It’s meant more to ridicule the watch-list bonanza, the inclination not just to honor the supposed best at their positions, but to honor 81 or 39 or 53 players at their positions — before the season even starts. It’s like T-ball. Everybody gets a ribbon. Thanks for playing.
On the other hand, those organizations also issue these lists to drum up publicity for their awards. And, yeah, we’re talking about them here. But college football has more than its share of preseason conjecture and hype. Sometimes, it suffers from regular-season and postseason fluff and fiction. What it needs more of is reality and truth.
Beyond that, it’s a team sport. Individual awards inside that kind of group effort are almost always overblown. If voters and football clubs, organizations and outlets want to hand out player awards after they’ve been earned, go ahead, if it must be done. Still, you have to wonder, at times, if they’re trying to honor the honorees or honor themselves.
The trophy inflation is already too much, but the ballyhoo and hullabaloo of watch lists are like dandelion seeds blowing in the wind, sullying a yard that would be a whole lot better without them, without the hype.
GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson
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