Riled up in Utah. Really.

As you might expect, the best rants about the BCS/playoff battle right now come from folks with a Utah address.  The rest of us try to argue back and forth on the merits (well, except for John Feinstein) without resorting to hackery like this:

… Even the Las Vegas Sun, a newspaper circulated within Mountain West Conference borders, editorialized a few days ago that Congress has better things to do than stage a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the BCS. But even that op-ed page blather is populist drivel. Congress, for all its power, has about as much credibility as the BCS. So, what’s the harm? It might delay making us into Canada or Sweden for another day. Something has to be done.

Both sides suck, but Congress can do something.  That’s some wonderfully bitter stuff right there.  It’s almost as good as this breakdown in logic regarding the application of the Sherman Antitrust Act to the matter at hand:

… This law didn’t intend to punish businesses that dominated their market on their own merit, only those who did so through conspiracy ? like allowing Mississippi State but not TCU or its mid-major brethren automatic access to a national title. In other words is the BCS illegally enabling embarrassing college football programs like Duke greater access to money, bowls and championships than say a BYU, Utah or Boise State?

One more time:  there’s no restriction on playing in the BCS title game other than being a member of a D-1 football conference.  None. Does any sane human being really want to argue that Duke has a better chance of playing in this season’s title game than Boise State?

As for the money, how many times does it bear repeating?

Give enough people something compelling to watch all season, Utahns, and you’ll climb those golden stairs.  Meanwhile, could you please shut the hell up?  You’re just embarrassing yourselves.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Media Punditry/Foibles

4 responses to “Riled up in Utah. Really.

  1. I will try a new line of attack.

    We have all heard the school presidents and conference commissioners talking points on the matter, so I will use another tired, but insatisfied, argument, against the NCAA and not the BCS.

    The NCAA declares a champion in every sport that I know of with the exception of D-1 Football. If they are not going to declare a champion, enforce secondary violations, or even major violations in the case of USC, why shouldn’t the NCAA wash its hands of D-1 football altogether?

    To be fair, the NCAA does an outstanding job of running lower division championships in football.


  2. Just because it is important to occasionally put the sucky BCS in perspective:


    US Ranked 4th

    After determining the Big-12 championship game participants the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany to be the winner of World War II.

    “Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. Their only losses came against the US and Russia; however considering their entire body of work–including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule–our computers deemed them worthy of the #1 ranking.”

    Questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States the BCS commissioner stated “The US only had two major victories–Japan and Germany. The computer models, unlike humans, aren’t influenced by head-to-head contests–they consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event.”

    German Chancellor Adolph Hiter said “Yes, we lost to the US; but we defeated #2 ranked France in only 6 weeks.” Herr Hitler has been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn ‘style points’ to enhance Germany’s rankings. Hitler protested “Our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces.”

    The French ranking has also come under scrutiny. The BCS commented ” France had a single loss against Germany and following a preseason #1 ranking they only fell to #2.”

    Japan was ranked #3 with victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines.


  3. CFR

    I have this feeling that all the small-school fans and whiners should print this out and tape it to their bathroom mirror to read it every morning, like Stuart Smalley with the “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggonit, people like me!”

    “One more time: there’s no restriction on playing in the BCS title game other than being a member of a D-1 football conference. None.”

    Read it every day and hopefully it starts to sink in.