The last time I saw John Feinstein was during the summer, when he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
That says two things: We are good friends, and he is far better at this typing thing than I.
But that doesn't mean we always agree, and this morning we don't.
In this morning’s Washington Post, Feinstein bashes one of his pet piñatas:
But in this case, methinks Feinstein goes a mite over the top.
His essential point is, well, I'll let him tell you, because the beauty of Feinstein is he never wastes any time getting to the point.
"Welcome to another thrilling season of Atlantic Coast Conference football, where all the games that really matter are played before basketball practice begins.
"Practice starts for college basketball teams this Friday. The ACC football season — except for players, coaches, close friends and family members — ceased to have any real significance late on Saturday night."
Late Saturday night is when unranked
Bad, bad loss. And as CBSSports.com's Matt Hinton points out, the continuation of a trend that must frustrate FSU faithful no end: Since 2005, the Seminoles are 1-8 when ranked and playing an unranked underdog on the road.
This is yet another season in which Florida State appeared poised to reclaim the ACC dominance and national relevance it enjoyed from 1992-2000 under
But maybe Florida State can, and perhaps
Both 5-1, the Seminoles and
Clearly, neither team has any margin for error. This isn’t the
Florida State and Clemson also need teams ranked above them to lose, perhaps more than once. If two or more from among unbeatens such as
But in college football, weirdness often prevails.
In 2007, for example,
Florida State and Clemson, a 49-37 loser in Tallahassee last month, have ample time to impress pollsters and computers. Plus, each has a potential marquee regular-season finale, at home: No. 6
Win out, and it’s certainly possible for either team to crack the top five by late November. That strikes me as relevant —
Feinstein is right. ACC teams have come up small in many non-conference games this season. Virginia Tech appeared disinterested in a 35-17 defeat at then-winless Pittsburgh;
Not exactly what commissioner John Swofford and the league's coaches had in mind when they said that only non-conference success would repair the ACC's football image.
But is the season already a lost cause, before Ol' Roy and Coach K even start practice? Is Feinstein spot-on as usual?
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After reading the above, Feinstein emailed a typically classic retort that merits the last word: