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Why did I start OnePointSafety.com? Simple, because the world needed another college football blog.
In case you haven’t noticed, there are already a lot of college football blogs, a lot of which do a fantastic job. However, I always feel compelled to write about college football (not sure if that is good or bad) so . . . I created this blog.
There are a lot of people sharing their opinions on the game of college football. I, of course, have my own opinions and figured I should start writing and posting them for those who might be interested enough to read them. I will try not to take myself too seriously, as I am sure that most of the people who find this site won’t take me too seriously either.
If someone is actually reading this….thanks! Please check back from time to time, as posting here will be irregular. Also, feel free to leave me a comment.
As for me, I am a “college football fan.” I am not a “sports fan” as that would imply that I feel the same way about all sports. However, I don’t really care about other sports and I definitely don’t have the passion for other sports that I have for college football. I do have a specific team that I pull for (where I went to college) but my love for the game transcends that boundary. In fact, another reason I started this blog is that I wanted an outlet for my passion for college football. My passion for the game is unmatched by anyone I have ever met, but I know there have to be a few others out there that are equally obsessed (yes, I am not afraid to use the word “obsession” when talking about my interest in college football).
I hope you enjoy the site. If not, I will be putting up links to some other really good blogs and you can check those out instead. However, I hope you will take this blog for what it is . . . my thoughts and feelings on the game. (Unless the post/column was written by someone else, and then it is their thoughts on the game.)
Oh, and due to the fact that I don’t have as much time to write and post as I would like, I hope to host a crowd of guest writers on the site. Hopefully having guest writers will allow for more content.
Timeline for this blog’s creation:
- (Late) Fall 2011 – I decided to start my own college football blog as I was already posting at BleacherReport.com (and other places). I began working on the blog’s concept, name, creation, etc.
- March 2012 – I made my first blog post on OnePointSafety.com: You can see it here.
I have been asked, “why did you name the blog ‘One Point Safety?'”
Well, have you ever seen a one-point safety? I am guessing that most will say “no.” If you have time, go read the NCAA Rule Book on how to score a one-point safety (See Rule 8-5-1 in the 2012 rule book found on page FR-80). It is not that complex, but it is not something a passive college football fan will understand on the first reading. (The fact that you have to go read the rule book should tell you something).
If you don’t have the time to read the NCAA Rule Book, you could read the Wikipedia article on “Safety.” Scroll down to the section titled “Conversion Safety” (which is another name for the one-point safety.)
Anyway, have you ever had a conversation with someone about college football, where no matter what you said they just couldn’t seem to understand what you were describing? I have. During one of these moments, I got so frustrated that I finally blurted out “Hey, it’s not like I am trying to explain how to score a one-point safety or something!”
It was at that moment the name for this blog was born; created from pure college football frustration … the way it should be.
Despite the rule allowing for a one-point safety to be scored, it is not something that happens very often. In fact, here is a list of the “known” (college) one-point safeties (Note that a one-point safety has only happened twice in Division 1 or FBS play):
- Westminster vs. West Liberty State (NCAA Division II), September 7, 1996.
- Moorpark College vs. Bakersfield (Junior College), September 21, 1996.
- Hamline (MN) vs. St. Thomas (MN) (NCAA Division III), November 11, 2000.
- Texas vs. Texas A&M, November 26, 2004. (Game Recap from ESPN.com) (Game Recap from 12thMan.com and Box Score)
- Fiesta Bowl – Oregon vs. Kansas State, January 3, 2013 (Game Recap from SBNation.com)
The one-point safety that I witnessed live was the 2004 safety — fourth on the above list.
You can see the 2004 one-point safety in the video below (if the video is still working). Continue watching for a few minutes after the safety and listen to the commentators’ remarks (note the ensuing confusion, by Brad Nessler).
Note: If the video has been disabled (or doesn’t work) I believe you can still view it on YouTube.com. Here is a link directly to the video on YouTube.com – http://youtu.be/uK4otBRW-3k
Here is the one-point safety from the January 3, 2013 Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State.