I do not have a Heisman Trophy vote. This is an indication that good things do sometimes happen, all evidence to the contrary.
I do not have a Heisman vote, which means I don't have to worry about possibly casting it for a guy who might, not very far down the road, be charged with sexual assault. To vote for Jameis Winston or not to vote for Jameis Winston? That is indeed the question.
And, yes, that's the least pertinent question in all of this, considering we're talking about a serious potential crime which has already had seriously damaging consequences to the alleged victim. In that context, it almost feels dirty to be talking about who wins or doesn't win some glorified doorstop.
But sports is what we mainly do here at the Blob, so onward.
I don't have a Heisman vote, but if I did, I wouldn't cast it for Winston, even though, absent everything else, he's the slam-dunk obvious choice. Everyone else has taken himself out of the running with ill-timed losses, so-so numbers or a distinct lack of the sort of heroics that so often decide these things.
So Winston stands alone. Or would, without that certain elephant in the room.
But if not Winston, who?
Two words: Jordan Lynch.
Yes, he's an outside-the-box pick, considering he plays for a mid-major school (Northern Illinois) in a mid-major conference. But the kid's putting up ridiculous numbers for a school that, lest we forget, played in the Orange Bowl last year. And if there were any year when you could justify going outside the box, this is it.
Besides, it's not a totally crazy notion. Steve McNair of Alcorn State finished third in the voting one year, and Randy Moss from Marshall fourth another year. Gordie Lockbaum of Holy Cross was third yet another year. And one year, a Division III player, Joe Dudek of Plymouth State, finished ninth in the voting after Sports Illustrated picked him as its Heisman candidate.
You'll see him Friday in the MAC Championship game. Watch him. Then try to tell me he couldn't play, and excel, anywhere he wanted.
Anyway, he gets my vote. Not that I, you know, have one.