For those of us in the western part of the United States, we have some disadvantages with the teams we root for, namely we are two or three time zones behind a lot of the media members. That means that a lot of media members out there don’t do their job, you know, their job of watching sports in the comfort of their own home after the clock strikes 10pm eastern time. Enter Paul Finebaum, a name that many western college sports fans may not be that familiar with, or may now just be learning his name. Well, Finebaum has been a radio host in SEC territory for years, and now he has a national platform with ESPN, because he says stupid stuff all the time and that’s a thing now. Well, on this morning's edition of “Get Up” on ESPN, hosted by Mike Greenburg, Finebaum had this to say:
The country does not want to see Utah in the CFP? Really. A guy that may not be able to name a starter on Utah’s team, pick out Utah on a map, or can stay awake after 8:30pm eastern time before says the country doesn’t want to Utah in the CFP. What a garbage, lazy take.
Here’s what Hans Olsen tweeted out yesterday, that shows how good this Utah team has been this season, because I know Finebaum didn’t use a football argument:
The Utes are top 25 in these categories:— Hans Olsen (@975Hans) December 3, 2019
#9 3rd dn conversion 50%
#10 3rd dn D 29%
#2 D TDs 5
#1 D RZ trips allowed 20
#10 RZ D
#19 INTs 13
#1 Rushing D 56ypg
#3 Total D 242ypg
#14 passing D 185ypg
#23 Rushing O 215ypg
#25 Total O 454ypg
And as if hell has frozen over, even BYU supporters are coming out to back the Utes, including homer Dick Harmon:
Paul Finebaum is simply poo poo, that's all.— Dick Harmon (@Harmonwrites) December 4, 2019
I think the BYU-Utah rivalry kind of took a turn today. Most BYU fans don't want Utah succeed but once Finebaum comes out talking crap on Utah, we've all got their back. I for don't want them in the playoff because of the smack talk that will rain down, but man they deserve it.— Joshua Landon (@TheJoshLandon) December 4, 2019
I'm a BYU fan so you won't see me defending Utah very often. But that team absolutely deserves to get in over Oklahoma. Especially if they win the Pac-12. Finebaum cares more about creating a narrative then actually providing expert analysis.— Blake (@naturelyblake04) December 4, 2019
And lastly, some national guys came to the Utes defense:
Sounds like a regional weak take from someone who clearly doesn’t watch the national stage. And that’s ok. Let’s just call it what it is: your head is buried in the SEC sandbox @finebaum Vs being a true national reporter on the sport. https://t.co/i4yfgxi05K— Yogi Roth (@YogiRoth) December 4, 2019
Come on...@finebaum this an absurd take...this might be your position, but to suggest that the "country" feels this way is not right— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) December 4, 2019
Also, to suggest that OU will look "a lot" better is not accurate either...If you haven't watched Utah just say it and move on https://t.co/vL6ymqzxOP
Of course, let’s just say the Utes took notice...
Alright. Which one of you Utah girls broke this mans heart https://t.co/zX0oUnqfpb— Julian Blackmon (@JulianBlackmon) December 4, 2019
This country doesn’t want to see you on tv... but we all can’t get what we want ♂️ https://t.co/RuwbDBrE8W— Mr. StopPlayinWithMe (@jason15shelley) December 4, 2019
At the end of the day, I love that guys like Finebaum are coming out and saying what they’re saying. I have little doubt that this will be played and mentioned a time or two in the facility this week as the Utes prepare for Oregon. If there’s something that the Utes are good at, it’s playing with a chip on their shoulder.
Of course, the Utes have a big task to take on No. 13 Oregon on Friday to fully assert themselves into this conversation on Sunday. If Utah gets the win, they’ll have a very strong argument to get into that final four.
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