Since college football is the catalyst that brings this group back together and keeps them connected through good times and bad--well, you can see why they're so invested in the future of the game. When we joined a dozen more of their friends and spouses at Zingerman's on Fourth, the discussion accelerated.
"They are ruining college football," Detroit attorney Jason Conti said, in a view that was echoed by many. Why? "Because the essence of college football is not a national title. That's as cheesy as a unicorn. It's tomorrow's game against Michigan State. It's regional rivalries that go back generations.
"Honestly, I don't give a damn if Alabama wins the national title by a hundred points. If Michigan beats State tomorrow by three, I'm thrilled."
When an NFL team changes divisions--which happens often--how many fans really care? But when a college football rivalry is suspended or merely threatened, fans get their backs up pretty fast.