This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
WAYS TO MAKE COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S FINAL FOUR PERFECT
NO. 3, FIND THE RIGHT NAME
There has to be a lot of pressure on whoever is in charge of naming the college football playoff.
"World Series" has lived on for well over a century. "Super Bowl" was a marketing genius credited to longtime Chiefs owner Clark Hunt. "Final Four" and the spinoff "March Madness" nickname for the NCAA tournament are synonymous with the sport. You don't want to get stuck with something bland ("NBA Finals," we're looking at you) for all of eternity.
The college football final four doesn't have a name yet. Whatever name is picked will live for a long time. You don't want to make a "Legends and Leaders" type blunder.
We know there won't be a title sponsor, thank goodness. "The Burger King College Football Whopper Game" isn't rolling off anyone's tongue. When that news broke, we asked for some good names for the college football final four on Facebook. Here's a sampling (as you'll see, not all were serious):
Reva Friedel: "About Time"
Debbie Waddell Testen: "The NCAA Super Bowl Series"
Dan Kiernan: "The Collegian Clash Bowl"
Tom D Landry: "The Fournament?
Scott Pewenofkit: "Pigskin Championship"
Robert W Harman: "Number 5 is Outraged Championship"
Paul England (he was ambitious): "The Fantastic Four," "The Pigskin Playoffs," "Clash of The Champions," "NCAA Football Finale," "Championship Shootout"
Freda Hubbard Pittard: "The Alabama Invitational"
Greg Tatum: "The 2014 BCS/SEC Pageant"
Some good suggestions there. And yes, we'd pay to see them call it "The Alabama Invitational."
It'll have to be something that's catchy, not something that will be dated in a few years, and can be easily marketed. A name that you'll immediately say, "Yes, that's it."
In fact, this about sums up what it should be:
The name is no small thing. This is what you'll refer to in conversations with your friends for years and years. It's what every commercial will feature and every news item will mention. It will stick with the event for years.
Now, don't screw it up.