Jon F, an AT reader, sent me an interesting email explaining his theory of how the BTN may be handicapping Mike Hart's Heisman chances this year. After reading his thoughts, I totally agree! Counting next week, more than half of Michigan's games will have been on the BTN. As a result, millions of people around the country have missed the following:
1) Mike Hart heroically rallying the Wolverines late in the game against ASU (despite the loss).
2) Mike Hart breaking the Michigan all-time rushing record last week.
4) Long, exciting runs in the Northwestern game and Hart getting up again and again after being pounded by a defense intent on destroying him.
How much more of Hart's heroics will the country and the Heisman voters miss before it is too late? How much longer will BTN bottle up Mike Hart's greatness and keep it to their relatively small handful of cable affiliates?
It has been shown in the past that media darlings have a much greater chance of winning the Heisman - and if Hart is only being shown on a fraction of the country's TV sets, he is at a serious handicap.
What do you guys think?