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The Hills I Choose to Die On: Tom Shares His Dumb, Unpopular Opinions

Everyone has opinions. Opinions are good! Unless they’re bad!

Opinions are good. Everyone has opinions. Sharing them is a good thing.

Except when they’re bad. People should not share opinions that do not match with those of the majority of their audience, and they should keep those opinions to themselves.

Unless, of course, that person is a writer at Anchor of Gold. Then, those opinions shall be broadcast to the masses. Because why have a blog if you’re not going to share your absolute dumbest opinions? Here they are, in no particular order.

NFL overtime rules are better than college football’s.

Let’s get this started with the hottest take. College football’s overtime rules are dumb, and the NFL’s are better. There, I said it.

Want me to back that up? The main arguments against NFL overtime are that (1) winning the coin toss is a big deal (though less so since they changed the rules such that a team can no longer win the game by kicking a field goal on the first possession of overtime) and (2) NFL overtime allows the possibility of the game ending in a tie.

But I view the possibility of the game ending in a tie as a feature, not a bug. For instance, imagine how much better this iconic photo would be...

...had Frank Beamer been celebrating the fact that the game ended in a 0-0 tie rather than going to a stupid overtime where each team gets the ball in a spot at which they’re already in field goal range. The point is, sometimes, nobody deserves to win.

The other reason college football overtime sucks? Well, both teams get the ball at the other team’s 25. College football overtime is a contest to see who has a better red zone offense and a better kicker. Oh yeah, and after the second overtime, the rules arbitrarily state that you must go for two after a touchdown, which is basically just an admission that the extra point is virtually automatic. This is no way to determine a winner. Just go back to having ties. I want to see Michigan with a 9-0-3 record, where they went undefeated but had three tie games. This actually happened. Look it up.

College football should have a 16-team playoff with all conference champions getting automatic bids.

Why is this an unpopular opinion? I don’t know, apparently many college football fans are offended by the possibility that a five-loss Sun Belt champion could win the national title. That this possibility is an argument against playoff expansion tells you a lot about where we are as a society. If a guy who made a cameo appearance in Home Alone 2 can be President of the United States, then Arkansas State can be the national champion, damnit.

Jeff Green Traveled

Look, this is just a fact.

College Basketball’s regular season is actually good

Another point that the anti-playoff expansion crowd likes to make is that expansion would make the sport too much like college basketball, whose regular season has lost any importance because there’s just a big tournament in the end that everyone qualifies for anyway. This is confusing to me because I like college basketball’s regular season.

First, most of the people arguing against it probably don’t actually like basketball; they just need something to entertain themselves in the two months between the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft. (Fact.) Second, the fact that each game has almost no higher meaning beyond that game actually makes it more entertaining, not less. You know what’s bad? Watching two coaches who are too afraid of taking a loss to do anything interesting. The fact that you need a regular season game to be meaningful says more about you than it does about the game. When did we decide that a sporting event needs to be meaningful, anyway? Isn’t the whole point of sports to be an entertaining diversion that has no greater meaning aside from telling the Vols to kiss our ass?

What’s more, college basketball has almost the perfect schedule for following your team. You’re basically playing two games a week, which is one more than football (meaning you get a game to watch on a weeknight), but not so many as to be an overload. It also means that if you want to watch games that you have no rooting interest in, you can do that basically every night. It’s like college football, but where Pac-12 After Dark is three or four nights a week and features Bill Walton on color commentary. Seriously, why would you argue this is a bad thing?

Vanderbilt Should Never Do White-Outs

Look, white is not a Vanderbilt color. Vanderbilt’s colors are black and gold. If you don’t see why it’s stupid to tell all the fans to come to the stadium wearing a color that is not a school color, you’re the one whose opinions is bad.

(Related: alternate uniforms are mostly trash, but especially Tennessee’s gray uniforms.)

What are your bad opinions? Share them in the comments.