Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!

In the past, I've sounded off about my dissatisfaction with the BCS & college football, but I still have to share a few thoughts after tonight's game.

1. Though I wouldn't have known the game was on tonight had Bobo not reminded me this afternoon, I was rooting for LSU to win.

2. I think it is whacked to have a 2 loss team (i.e., LSU) playing for the national championship.

3. I think LSU would have done well enough in a playoff system and likely still won.

4. The BCS is really quite silly and the NCAA should pick the top 4 teams and have a playoff system. Pick the 4 highest ranked conference winners, but only 4. Five is right out.

5. A team that cannot win its own conference should be ineligible for the playoffs. (Incidentally, I believe that about professional sports as well and hate the "wild card" slooge, but that's another post for another time.)

6. I realize that there are 5 pretty good conference champions from which to choose (ACC, Big 12, Big 10, SEC, and PAC-10). At least one of those would be tender each year.

7. I also realize that there are certain schools that are independent and not in a conference. Learn to get along with others by joining a conference if you want to play for the national championship. Otherwise, keep doing what you're doing and you can still wind up in the non-BCS bowls.

8. Unless the go to a playoff system, the tenderness, conspiracy theories, and controversy will continue to overshadow what could actually be a pretty good product. You might as well have strange women lying in ponds distributing swords as the basis for a system of championship determination.

  • In my playoff system, you'd quibble about how teams 5 & 6 got snubbed, but you'd be less likely to hear that the best team in the country wasn't able to play for the national championship.
  • You'd only need an extra 2 weeks for a 4-team playoff and you could start the NFL games a week later, if you're worried about playoff competition.

Congratulations to LSU on their win tonight and to the 2 schools (i.e., Kentucky & Arkansas) that can boast that they were/are better than the National Champions.


At 08 January, 2008 06:54, Blogger Lance said...

1) Pac-10 and Big 10 need a conference championship--such games can be a virtual "first round" of the playoffs.

2) Notre Dame needs to join a conference if it ever wishes to be invited (or else go undefeated).

3) At worst, put the best eight teams in the best four bowls--all must be conference champs at the very least. Then either have semi-finals or a "plus one" that comes from the two most impressive winners (by vote).

Not the best solution, but a start.

At 08 January, 2008 15:10, Blogger Oilcan said...

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I was just asked by a non-football-fan this last weekend, what is the wild card?

I must say that I have gotten so use to the term that I had forgotten how silly a term it is. I mean, the NFL could not have come up with a more impressive term like challenge team or bonus team or circus team or slooge team? They might as well have called it the wild and crazy team.

More offensive is the concept of the wild card. It is sort of like cheating or rewarding failure/mediocrity or advancing without merit. It's like letting a student with a D+ go to the next grade even though he did not meet the minimum requirement. It's kind of liberal really - ah, you were so close, well okay go ahead. This is not justice.

Still, on the other hand, there is one redeeming value: that occasionally it lets a team that is better than the sorriest division winner into the playoffs. Why should an 8-8 division winner team get a shot at the title instead of an 11-5 division loser team? This is not justice either.

I guess I am conflicted. I mean Rocky didn't deserve a shot at Apollo Creed, but he got one anyway and we are all better off for it.

In regards to NCAA football, there should be a playoff system. I am thinking the Top 8 would work good - 7 major conference winners and 1 wild and crazy team. Certainly, no team who could not make it into the Top 8 could credibly suggest they were the true National Champions. Actually, there sort of already is a playoff round such as in the SEC and the Big 12 where the two division winners have to play each other for the conference championship. They could just make the Big 10 champ play the Pac 10 champ that same "playoff" weekend. The playoff system works great for NCAA basketball - why not football? I could go for a little December Madness - couldn't you?

At 09 January, 2008 13:37, Blogger Michelle K said...

That non-football fan was me!

At 09 January, 2008 20:24, Blogger randal said...

Hay, those teams were only better then L.S.U.in overtime. they could not beat them in regular time. Thats what Coach Miles said. I'm an L.S.U. fan but iI was surprised to see them make the big game. I thought at best they would make the Rose Bowl and nto hear the team talk they thought the same thing. L.s.u. does come from the hardest confrence in the NCAA.

At 09 January, 2008 21:06, Blogger GUNNY said...

You'll get no argument from me on that, randal.

Far and away the SEC was the toughest conference this year ... again.

At 10 January, 2008 01:41, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see them go to an anarcho-syndicalist commune where we take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week, but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more major affairs.

After all, you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!


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