CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A love of college football brings different people to different decisions.
For Gene Murphy, it brought him to creating a board game.
Earlier this year, Murphy witnessed the birth of one of his dreams - the board game Statz, based upon knowledge of various nuances of college football.
"I love college football,'' said Murphy, a native of Man, a 1979 graduate of Marshall and current resident of Charleston.
"I love the end of the games. But the writing part made me want to do the board [game]. All the aspects of college football intrigued me. You need knowledge of not only players, but coaches and salaries, to enlighten people to the prospects of college football.''
The project, which took eight months to complete, covers only the 2012 college football season and features more than 1,000 questions in four different categories - coaches, colleges, compensation and conferences. Players take turns spinning the wheel and answering questions. It's billed as "the numbers and names behind the names and numbers,'' on its website, Statzgame.com.
It retails between $19 and $20, though Murphy has yet to find outlets willing to sell the game. He said he has a few leads, however.
"Board games are not as popular as they used to be,'' he said, "but they're not going out of style. It has the potential to do really well.''
Murphy, a former schoolteacher and a first cousin to former Pineville High, Penn State and Seattle Seahawks standout Curt Warner, realizes his game might be a hard sell for a younger audience more attuned to video games and action-oriented pastimes.
"Most people don't like to read nowadays, you know,'' said Murphy, who authored a book on black history a few years ago. "But my objective is to at least let my kids see you can create something, and it gives you your final reward, the ability to be a little bit different and creative.
"It took a lot of editing and all the writing. It's a bootstrap kind of idea. You look at where the iPhone started - in a basement. It's a question of how big you want to dream and how much you want to work for it. You start from the bottom and work your way up as much as you can. I wanted to create something for my daughter. Create something they can take and take it forward. Every business and idea begins with a dream, and that's what I have with this.''
The last time I talked with Bill Campbell, well, I sort of knew it might be the last time.