Tag:Divison I
Posted on: January 12, 2009 8:36 am

Finally, We Can Agree on Something!

First things first.  Before you flame me, understand that I had a dream 18 months before the primary election, in which I rode in a limousine with Barrack Obama and his wife, and discussed his campaign.  While not agreeing with a damn thing in his platform, I knew that he was going to win the general election.  This was long before he overtook Hillary for the Democratic delegates lead, and before a clear-cut Republican nominee surfaced.  I knew almost nothing about Barrack Obama at the time, and I have no idea why I had the dream.  Regardless, the dream proved true, and here we find ourselves.

I can name at least one hundred points in Obama's platform with which I disagree.  Don't test me, it's true.  One thing that I know about Barrack is that he is a sports fan.  That might be our only connection.  Well, my step-mother is black, and I am white, but I don't call a blending of those races a connection, so don't even go there.  I'm not a racist, and I abhor racism, as evidenced by previous posts, so don't even go there.

While Obama is a classic liberal, regardless of his platform for "change," I am a conservative, and no, I don't agree with all of Bush's decisions, but he was our President, and we elected him to make certain choices on our behalf.  We don't have to like ALL of the choices, but we did elect him. 

Anyway, Obama says that Division I football (now known as the Bowl Championship Subdivision) needs a playoff.  I could not agree more.

It has been hard for me to hold my tongue until now on this subject.  Actually, I have not held my tongue, but I wanted to wait before I posted it here.  See my other posts.

Back on topic, we need to find a way out of this morass (pronounced More-ASS, but that is according to Webster).  I wanted to wait until the end of the official "National Championship Game" to post my thoughts, just in respect for the system as it now stands.  Personally, I think that Bob Stoops should be fired for his play calling, but that is just me.  Oklahoma should have won the game, hands down.

Perhaps, we should change his monicker from "Big Game Bob" to "Big Farce Bob," but perhaps I am being too harsh.

The key point here is the same point that Mr. Obama put forth when asked about the game.  "USC, Texas, Utah, and Florida all have legitimate claims to call themselves the best college football team in the land."  This is a shame.

Now, the NCAA will tell you, on a website no less, that having a playoff will hurt the majority of college football teams and that it will diminish the regular season.  They will point to two years when two teams with unblemished records played for the national championship, and explain that it would be incomprehensible to ask these teams to play two additional games in order to have the chance to face each other.  Now, CBS will not allow me to say "BULLSHI*" in response, so I will simply say, "BLOW ME!"

Utah had an unblemished record this year, and the liberals at the Associated Press rewarded them with a #2 ranking.  That is bull!  They are not the second best team in the land, even with a perfect record.  Of course, they also anointed Alabama with a #1 ranking for five weeks, for the simple fact that they were the only BCS school without a loss.  If they were #1, why did every bookie in America, for two weeks before the game, have Florida with a 14-point advantage in their game?  BTW, did Florida beat the spread?

Look, even with polls, rankings, conference standings, and what-have-you, we don't know where teams stand.  Sure, some years, we know who is the best team.  What is wrong with having them beat two or three lesser teams along the way to proving that they deserve it?  Let's get an eight-team playoff.  I don't care what is your argument about protecting the regular season or protecting the bowls.  With only eight teams in the mix, no team will ever slough off a loss thinking that it doesn't matter, and no team worth its salt will stop playing, just because they are not in the Top 8.  If that was the case, then the whole Bowl Complex is a farce, anyway.  If you let the four major bowls be the first round, they won't lose any money in the process.  If nothing else, they will get more competitive match-ups.

If you have to then take the four remaining teams, and give a home game to the higher-ranked seed in each of the two games, that is fine.  Play the final game on a neutral field.  The fans will take the extra trip, I promise you!  If a football team takes three road games in a row, all the traveling fans will make the trip.  Perhaps, the teams won't allow themselves to lose focus for a week, like they do for bowl games at present, but if taken in moderation, the teams (and their fans) could still spend a week in the host vicinity.

I don't care if USC is #1 or if another team beats them (OK, I do care, but wait for my point).  I just want to know that the #1 team is the undisputed #1 team.  Don't give me a bitter pill, and ask me to swallow it.

I welcome your thoughts.

Go Trojans, Fight On!


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