[NOTE: If you read my blog, you will see that the quality of some posts are far better than others. In other words, there are several posts that probably need a lot of editing. I apologize for this, but it is due to the fact that, among other things: (1) I don’t always have time to do more than just drop my thoughts on the page and move on (without editing); and/or (2) some posts are subject to being updated, or they are a work in progress, and thus they are not currently edited (see, for example, my posts regarding the college football playoff). I hope you can overlook this sloppy work, as I will get these cleaned up at some point in the future. Thanks.]
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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 (although I don’t expect that to be very many people). 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.
Anyway, if someone is actually reading this….thanks! Please check back from time to time, as posting here will be irregular (I mean, this blog does not “pay the bills,” so it will be taking a back-seat to just about everything else). Also, feel free to leave me a comment.
About 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 (and that is Texas A&M; as that is where I went to college) but my love for the game transcends this boundary. In fact, as mentioned above, one of the reasons I started this blog was to give myself an outlet for this college football passion of mine.
My passion for the college game is unmatched by anyone I have ever met, but I know there are 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 my site. If not, I will be putting up links to some other really good blogs and you can check those out instead. I won’t be offended if you think my blog is terrible (as it probably is). However, I do hope you will take this blog for what it is . . . my thoughts and feelings on the game. (Unless the post/column is 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 (but this has not happened yet). Hopefully having guest writers will allow for more content.
PS – As you can tell from the content of some of my posts, I also have an interest in the history of the college game. For this reason, not all of my posts are opinions on the current game or season; and you will find plenty of posts related to historical aspects of the game. In fact, I have found that reading, researching, and posting about the game’s history is a great way to pass the off-season.
Timeline for this blog’s creation:
- (Late) Fall 2011 – I decided to start my own college football blog as I was already posting at / writing for BleacherReport.com (and a few others); it was at this time that 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 answer: “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 also not something a passive college football fan will catch on the first reading. I mean, the fact that you have to go read the rule book should tell you something. I don’t mean to imply that passive fans are not capable of understanding the rule; but it is an obscure rule which most people don’t know exists.
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 a one-point safety (maybe I should have named this blog the “Conversion Safety?”).
Long before I had this blog, I had a conversation where I was trying to explain how a one-point safety is scored. I found this to be challenging and somewhat frustrating, as at that time, I was struggling with the rule and how to explain it. The frustration that came from this conversation was oddly reminiscent of the frustrations that I have experienced many other times as a college football fan.
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 — during the Texas vs. Texas A&M game. However, I later saw the 2013 Fiesta Bowl safety as well.
I have provided a link to the 2004 one-point safety (assuming the video is still working at the time you are reading this). If the link no longer works, you can search for the game on YouTube.com and you should be able to find it. Make sure you also pay attention to the broadcaster’s comments (note the confusion by Brad Nessler) as it adds to the bizarre nature of the moment.
Here is the one-point safety from the January 3, 2013 Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State (Brad Nessler, again).