The honoring of the UCF Knights tremendous unbeaten 2017 season will continue this Sunday, when the NFL will recognize the team at the Pro Bowl.
With interest in the game lagging, especially with attendance, the league is trying to get locals in Orlando and the region to respond.
As Matt Shapiro from the league told the Orlando Sentinel yesterday, “When we thought about UCF and the amazing season they had going undefeated and their bowl game win, we thought there was really no better way, especially in the city of Orlando, to do something for that college celebration of football than to honor the UCF team in the stadium on Sunday,”
The important distinction for the NFL is it will not get involved in calling UCF “National Champions”
The school has taken it so far, that they had a parade down Main Street of Walt Disney World, then raised a “National Championship 2017” flag at their practice facility, recently.
And, there is also a movement, from state lawmakers in the area to have “UCF 2017 National Champions” license plates made out of Tallahassee for fans and for alumni.
We get that the Knights are trying to capitalize for what may be the only time in the near or distant future that they finish the only unbeaten team in college football.
However, at some point, you have to call silliness what it is: silliness.
We wrote previously that UCF should be willing to let others continue to tout their 2017 season.
Alabama won the College Football Playoff championship game in a thrilling overtime victory over Georgia. They are the National Champions by agreement with all of the conferences and their member schools. That includes, the American Athletic Conference and UCF.
If you want to continue to tell the world, that you were the only unbeaten team in 2017, that’s one thing. But, for Danny White, the athletic director, and everyone else involved in the “National Champions” P.R. push, the rest of the country is now not only rolling their eyes, but eventually you will come off as childish/immature, etc., if they haven’t already.
Take the recognition coming Sunday night at the Pro Bowl, revel once more, in being unbeaten in an historic season, and then, please, move on.
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