As Nole fans, an increasingly awaited off season event is release of the new year’s football schedule from the ACC mothership. Nailbiting anticipation gives way to grousing, Jello shots or something in between.
But after 24 hours of reaction often fit for a hyperactive teen off his meds, it’s time to remind ourselves of one simple fact. Like it or not, there is absolutely nothing any of us can do about it. Zero. What the ACC has put together, no man can put asunder.
It's something that not even I, NOLEstradamus, can predict, much less manipulate.
Incredibly, you have a better chance to influence the nation’s most disliked institution -- hey, your congressman needs those votes -- than you do the mystical wizards of ACC scheduling.
Slap a traffic-enabled GPS on the dash and have more control over your rush hour commute than if FSU gets a fair shake.
Taxes? At least you can argue your case with the IRS.
Just be glad this year’s schedule is relatively painless. For fans of other teams…well, it’s their turn in the barrel. Virginia Tech faithful, for example, can get their Hokie feathers ruffled about playing back-to-back Thursday night games -- but it won’t change a thing. The scheduling train has left the station.
And now it's a different crapshoot for FSU and all ACC teams, thanks to three of life's other uncontrollable forces: Injuries, weather and, of course, ACC referees.