December 02, 2006

Another Opinion on the BCS: Just to keep the BCS controversy going, here is an interesting column from "The Washington Post"

posted by Howard_T to football at 01:51 PM - 17 comments

I read this one in the Nashua, NH, "Telegraph" this morning, and I couldn't resist posting it. MS Jenkins has put together some interesting things about money and the BCS. It's worth looking at.

posted by Howard_T at 01:53 PM on December 02, 2006

Hrm, this one is right up there with steroids as most rehashed, least interesting topic on the board. Nuke it from orbit. (Nothing personal, Howard, just that this adds nothing new and nothing different.)

posted by tieguy at 05:37 PM on December 02, 2006

As much as I'd like to continue bashing the BCS and Notre Dame, I'd have to agree with tieguy, especially since this is "just keeping the BCS controversy going".

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:35 PM on December 02, 2006

Scratch that. Now that UCLA won, everything is fair game.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:56 PM on December 02, 2006

Now that UCLA won, everything is fair game. HOMER ALERT Go Gators! Please? Just a little bit?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:42 PM on December 02, 2006

Interesting idea from someone named Sally. Let's just do away with the BCS and its evil praise-the-dollar attitude and then ask 'what about that title IX law that requires equality for women's sports?' College football and the MEN'S NCAA basketball tournament are the only endeavors which make profits and to finance that all equal title IX rule, huge profits must come from somewhere. The BCS is supported by the University Presidents because of the 'evil dollar amounts' and because funding for the 'equal' athletic opportunities must come from somewhere. Do away with the big dollars, okay, let's first do away with title IX.

posted by jaygolf at 07:59 PM on December 02, 2006

Please? Just a little bit? Just a little bit. There is a small sliver inside of me that will be happy for you if they win. But it is a very small sliver.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:00 PM on December 02, 2006

Isn't reality boring? I'd rather live in a fantasy world of skilled amateur competition. In any case, go Meechigan.

posted by sickleguy at 08:34 PM on December 02, 2006


posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:49 PM on December 02, 2006

Jaygolf, you're right that the money is a necessary evil, but a playoff system could generate a ton of cash, especially if the "bowl" games all ended up having an effect on the national championship just like the NFL playoffs. As for Florida or Michigan in the championship, I truly think that Michigan is the better team. Having said that, Florida had a slightly tougher schedule (maybe the toughest in the nation). I expect that Florida gets the nod, even though I bleed maize and blue. Again, the damned BCS leaves major doubts about the championship.

posted by ctal1999 at 09:19 PM on December 02, 2006

Contrary to Sally Jenkins, I do not want to go back to the old system of poll and bowling (which has just as much propensity for corruption). Allow me to be one of the only ones to defend the BCS. The BCS is good at its job, which is to take college teams with identical records, shake them around, and decide who is the best. Not an easy thing to do, and it will never be a popular way to do it. The problem with deciding the champion is that the moronic poll voters are still involved. Until a playoff comes around (if ti ever will), the BCS will do, because it gives us a number one vs number two match up, which is better than the old system ever could have. If Sally Jenkins wants to bitch about the money in the system, I will agree. But start talking about the NCAA, and then use the BCS as a symptom, not the other way around.

posted by Bonkers at 09:42 PM on December 02, 2006

There is a need for a playoff game for gators and mich. to determine who should play The Ohio State....

posted by blademan6946 at 09:07 AM on December 03, 2006

With the USC loss the BCS now becomes a nightmare. Who plays OSU? Arguments are plenty but here is the reality. The game is secondary. What is important now is the controversy about who plays OSU. Talking heads on TV and the unrecognizeable faces but a voices on radio will be in their full glory. It will be talk, talk, talk ad nauseam for seven weeks. By the time the game actually arrives I'll be so tired of the hype that I may just throw up my hands and forget about it.

posted by BlindAlvin at 09:29 AM on December 03, 2006

Howard _T that column in the Wash. Post was hitting the nail on the head. Just goes to show how corrupt the NCAA is,or some of the people that run it. I know we have beaten this thing to death here,but if and when a playoff format is put in place, contraversy will remain. Even if one is put in,the people that don't like it won't be happy. Aside from the BCS system, after USC getting beat yesterday,whos number two?Does Michigan deserve to be in that spot, or does Florida get the nod there? It'll be interesting to see what happens when the rankings come out. I know as of Sun.12:50pm est. I have'nt heard. This is where I think that a playoff format is needed. Just my opinion.

posted by Ghastly1 at 11:58 AM on December 03, 2006

Didn't know the BCS selection was tonight. I guess that gives me my answer about the rankings huh?

posted by Ghastly1 at 01:47 PM on December 03, 2006

The writer is right on!!! Go back to the old system!!!!

posted by pcbenedict at 07:30 PM on December 03, 2006

Sally Jenkins is quite a good writer, which is why she impresses me with her opinion. I don't agree with it, yet am impressed with how well she expresses all that of which most of us are aware. To me, this BCS Championship game is just another game, inasmuch as nobody is worthy of OSU. They are undefeated against worthy seasonal opponents. Florida is not. Didn't Auburn beat them? Anyway, the only way a National Champion can really evolve from this overhyped skirmish is for OSU to prevail and become the champions that we know they are. As far as the money is concerned, we get to see the game this way. My greatest effort will be locating the remote control. Of course, last year when my Texas Longhorns whooped USC ... . Nah, the reality is the same, yet last year the two best met, but it can't always be so cut and dried as it is at other times.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:31 PM on December 03, 2006

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