What’s next, playoff tea parties?

I’m at a point where I confess that Clay Travis is one of those people whose reasoning is beyond my feeble mental ability to grasp.  He’s pumped up about PlayoffPAC, and bully for him on that.  But here’s why:

… The goal is to utilize social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to spread the PAC’s message. To accomplish this, the PAC has a board made up of six volunteers, among them two attorneys and several others with Capitol Hill experience. In many ways, the six are reflective of what could be the BCS’ most difficult combatants, intelligent and engaged fans who are better experienced with the tools of new media than the BCS itself.

And to me that’s the most interesting part of the new Playoff PAC, the degree to which the fan movement against the BCS is moving beyond message board and talk radio grumblings. The BCS believes their foe is disorganized and unintelligent, I think the reality is much different. Many people from all walks of life are beginning to operate the utilize the instruments of governance to draw attention to the current situation.

If I’m reading that correctly, Travis starts with a hideous assumption:  that an effort to “utilize the instruments of governance to draw attention to the current situation” is a good thing.  And who’s he kidding with that innocuous phrase, anyway?  Guys like Orrin Hatch aren’t interested in drawing attention to the BCS.  They’ve already done that, with little, if any, effect.  They want to force action on a playoff for D-1 football, whether by legislative threat or by a Justice Department antitrust investigation.

It’s kind of hard to see what Twitter and Facebook are going to do with that.

The naïveté on display here is impressive.  “The BCS believes their foe is disorganized and unintelligent, I think the reality is much different.” It is, but not for the reason Travis believes.  This isn’t some silly PR battle between angry fans and the suits from the Big Six conferences, the bowls and ESPN.  Ultimately, this is about money and who’s going to control its distribution.  That’s a battle to which the fans are a complete irrelevancy.

The BCS isn’t assessing the intellectual level of those in favor of a playoff – though, with people such as Joe Barton in the mix, it’s a valid consideration – it’s protecting its turf.  If there’s nothing concrete threatening that, it’ll be content to let all the new media wanking about a playoff go on forever.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Political Wankery, The Blogosphere

8 responses to “What’s next, playoff tea parties?

  1. SilverDawgFrank

    Mr. Barton-Wannabe-Tea-Bagger has much promise as a Tea Bagger.

    He’s obviously frustrated, has misdirected, bulging-veined anger, flaunts his naivete, and apparently likes to shout.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Your category for this post is ‘political wankery’. Is that redundant?


  3. the BCS

    Please, allow me to retort.

    You think that the PAC board members are “intelligent and engaged fans who are better experienced with the tools of new media than the BCS itself”. That’s fine and dandy, I suppose. Do you know what I’m experienced with? BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Billions and billions of dollars. My money could pound your tools of the new media into dust if I wanted it to.

    And please stop putting words in my mouth. Who are these “foes” of mine that you speak of? Do you mean the foes who have been making attendance at my games and my television revenue soar for the past ten years? Those foes? With foes like that, I don’t really need many friends, now do I?

    And you’re gonna commission polls, Clay, to show how unpopular I am? Really? Hell, I’ll just confess to that right now. Guilty as charged. Just be sure to include the aforementioned fact that THE PEOPLE YOU CLAIM HATE ME GIVE ME BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Try to match those puzzle pieces up, Einstein.


  4. Einstein the Parrot

    Please allow me to re-retort…


  5. rbubp

    That the BCS does what it does is so obvious it astounds me that so many fans are still in the dark. And yet there I was listening to two local (in Texas) sports radio buffoons spouting off about how the reason the BCS could not (not “would not”) have a playoff was because, well. It’s just too difficult to schedule and the several consecutive trips out of town would kill attendance. Oh, and one of their great sources for this nugget of info was the Big 12 commissioner (i.e., BCS company man). Hmmm…so they can figure this out for basketball but not for football?

    If nothing else it would be beneficial if someone like Orrin Hatch or the University of Utah or I don’t care who could at least make it clear in the public’s mind that the BCS and the bowls are the money- and power-controlling culprits here, and that all these other excuses like “exams” and “travel” and the “regular season” are just a whole lot of hogwash.

    But how’s that ever gonna happen, between “unbiased” parties like conference commissioners, ESPN suck-ups, and local yokel knuckleheads?


    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.


  7. Adolf

    It never gets old for me either!