There is an absurdity to National Signing Day in the way it is presented and covered. For many, this annual segue from high school to college football is an exciting and glorious thing. For me and perhaps others, it is closer to National Sighing Day — an exercise of excess that makes us shake our head and wonder how it got to this point.
The perfect National Signing Day story, for me, happened around this time in 2008, in a high school gymnasium in Fernley, Nev. There, a burly prep offensive lineman named Kevin Hart revealed to a large crowd and to local TV cameras his college football choice by dramatically choosing a Cal cap to wear instead of an Oregon cap.
The one minor flaw was that Hart had not been recruited by Cal, Oregon or any other school, but had decided his 15 minutes of fame outweighed the resulting shame.