Friday, January 09, 2009

Want college football playoffs? Don't watch bowl games

I skipped the National "Championship" Bowl last night in favor of a recorded FA Cup 3rd Round game and UW beating Stanford. Mostly because I didn't watch any bowl games this year, not wanting to encourage the entire system.

The only bowl game I even remotely tried to watch was the Rose Bowl, it has too many emotional ties for me to completely ignore it. But, if they got rid of it for a playoff system, I'd be ok with that.

Its weird to me that a ten year old article from World Net Daily would express my feelings so well on this topic:

If the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was supposed to make college football fans drop their demands for a national championship playoff, it is a complete and utter failure. If the BCS was supposed to bring meaning to the post season bowl games, it is a complete and utter failure. In fact, the only thing that the BCS has done is drive the last nail in the coffin of the old bowl system.

College football is the most exciting team sport in America. No other sport fills stadiums with more than 100,000 fans at a time, week in and week out. No other sport can match the excitement of last week's UCLA-Miami or Kansas State-Texas A&M games.

However, college football is seriously ill and those who are responsible for its health have taken leave of their senses. They have sacrificed everything that makes college football wonderful at the altar of egocentric coaches and advertisers who want to waste their money for meaningless bowls.

8 comments:

Rolandovich said...
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Rolandovich said...

Emmett, I must say I am sincerely disappointed to hear that you were not remotely interested in watching my original BSC-bustin' mockery-of-the-system-making, giant-killing, Utes eviscerate the mighty, top-of-the-bsc-for-five-weeks, Alabama.

Sorry for turning your blog into a frat house, but even though we finished a close second in the AP poll, this season was a great one to be a Ute.

Emmett said...

Point is, I would have liked to have seen the Utes beat Florida in an actual national championship game.

They're likely the best team in the nation, but because of archiac rankings and rules, they'll never get to prove it. The Utes run this year was an argument for a national play-off.

Rolandovich said...

Indeed, this year should prove once again and for all that a playoff system is necessary.

On the other hand, I can only imagine that nine times out of ten the Ute fans would be feeling slighted because they would be left out of the playoffs in favor of some 'major' conference.
A playoff system that gives an automatic bid to the Big East to the exclusion of the MWC could be even worse.

I think the solution lies in establishing some sort of (wait for it) soccer league promotion/relegation system.

Emmett said...

That will never end up happening. The UW (for example) would never agree to a system where they'd get relegated out of the Pac10 to the MWC or WWC because of the last few seasons.

No matter how just.

Rolandovich said...

I am not asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington... I'm asking you to believe in yours.

Rolandovich said...

No poor performing conferences would get 'relegated'; by that I mean whatever degree of suckfestiness would exclude its champion from the playoff.

Certainly the 'major' conferences would have to take a risk that their current superiority may recede during any given year, but if they not willing to do something similar than they should just admit that to their fans, students, and alumni and create the Soviet Union of College Football.

The way I look at it, such a system would actually encourage competition, investment, and long term commitment to winning. Certainly, it would not guarantee lucrative appearances in bowl games, but it goes back to what I argue, if you're not willing to play in a meritocracy, admit that you're a communist.

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