That’s Right Nate

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Blacks are Messing Up Polls

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Were the BYU Cougars robbed of the National Championship?

A recent article in the Washington Examiner has stirred up a bit of controversy.  In it the commentator Byron York claimed that Obama’s support was inflated in polls because of his extremely high popularity with African-Americans.  Some on the left have called York’s argument racist in that he seeks to discount African-Americans, but I see a lot of merit to it.  I wanted to look at the effect of African-Americans on one poll in particular.

In the College Football Polls at the end of the 2009 season, Florida ended the season ranked number 1, Brigham Young was only ranked 23rd with a 10-3 record.  However, Florida had a considerably larger portion of their team made up of African-Americans.  Whether Cougar QB Max Hall was handing off to Harvey Unga or passing downfield to Austin Collie, the Brigham Young team showed they could win without all but a handful of  African-American players.   Florida, however, chose to stuff their roster full of players of color.  Tom Tebow may be white, but he’d have a hard time moving the ball without his black teammates.   Most of the best players on Florida are all African-American.

Now, just like Byron York, some people on the left are going to accuse me of racism.  There is nothing wrong with football players of color.   My point is, when teams are so stacked with African-Americans, the work of many gifted white players is overshadowed just as the overwhelming support of blacks is making Obama look much more popular than he really is among Americans.  The obvious answer in political polls is to simply count black opinions for less.   Perhaps we could count them for 3/5 what we count white opinions for.   However, fixing the final football polls is much tougher.  I have several good suggestions though.

  • Increase the importance of kicking and punting in football.   These are areas that white people traditionally excel at.
  • De emphasize speed in the game by requiring players to wear weighted shoes if they run a 40 yard dash in under 4.7 seconds
  • Reserve 4 of the 8 BCS  slots for majority white teams

Until we take steps like these, white teams will continue to be deprived their place at the table.  Who is the greatest white running back in American football?  I honestly can’t say.

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  1. Maybe football should be played indoors – with a round, heavy ball. And instead of gaining ground and getting touchdowns and passing and intercepting, maybe it would be better if the players just heaved the balls down a sort of alley to hit a target or knock something over. You could drill holes for your fingers to grip the ball. And there would be beer – for the players, not just the fans. Maybe white guys would be better at that. If that fails, there’s rowing and polo, but there might not be as continuous acccess to beer with those sports.

    zenyenta

    May 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm

  2. That sounds great for the players, but I don’t know that it’d be interesting to watch.

    thatsrightnate

    May 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm


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