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JEFF LONG EXPLAINS

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POOR JEFF LONG HAS TO DEFEND EVERYTHING

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

As chair of the College Football Playoff Committee, it falls to Jeff Long to explain the thinking behind the group's rankings, even when some placements seem odd or difficult to defend. That duty also includes the Committee's thinking on non-football matters, however.

WHY THE PLAYOFF COMMITTEE ORDERED ONLY TWO MEDIUM PIZZAS FOR TWELVE PEOPLE

"There's no question two larges would be a better value, but the Committee had serious concerns about whether we'd just be paying for more crust, when quality toppings are more important to us. If that meant Tom Osborne was going to pull a gun and threaten anyone who took the last slice of pepperoni, that was a consequence the Committee was willing to accept."

WHY THE PLAYOFF COMMITTEE DECIDED TO RENT RUSH HOUR 2

"This was a really tough decision. As you know, the Committee doesn't weigh performance from past years in our discussions, so the fact that we all saw and enjoyed Rush Hour wasn't a factor. That said, we're familiar with Mr. Tucker's body of work and felt he would offer a competitive comedy experience. There were funnier options out there, but one thing we try to focus on is balance. Which movie can recover from a flat joke with a set piece where Jackie Chan gets in a massage parlor fight? You don't get that from Blazing Saddles."

WHY THE COMMITTEE PUT FAIRWEATHER JOHNSON ON THE CONFERENCE ROOM IPOD

"Look at the competition each Hootie album faced. Cracked Rear View was going up against the Dangerous Minds soundtrack and what we felt was a bloated Smashing Pumpkins two-disc set. Fairweather Johnson might not pass the ear test for some, but it managed to outsell The Fugees and Rage Against The Machine in some weeks. I can tell you right now that Bobby Johnson was very impressed by that performance against 'Bulls On Parade.'"

WHAT THE COMMITTEE SAW IN THIS CHEVY AVEO THEY RENTED

"It's a very sparkly blue, and we liked that. We actually think the cozy interior is better for team-building. And whoever rented ours last left half a package of Starburst in the glove compartment."

WHY THE COMMITTEE THINKS YOUR THIRD MARRIAGE IS GONNA WORK

"Everyone recognized that your previous two divorces were close, quality losses. It's hard because of the slate they play. We had discussions about that. [laughs] Lots of discussions about that. We don't want to punish teams that have losses. You played difficult competition. You married someone with OCD and a crippling relationship with every father figure in their life. You went big. That's what we kept saying. You went big, and you failed, but you tried. Twice. We want to reward daring and a commitment to a challenge. Love is real and so is the college football playoff."