Like the swallows to Capistrano…

They made the BCS selections yesterday, so you know what that means.

John Feinstein is very, very unhappy.  It’s the usual angry, mixed-up grumble we’ve come to expect from him, but I do love the send-off.  It’s as hackneyed as my header:

The year is 2009. We have put men on the moon, we have elected an African American president and we’ve invented Google. There is not a single reason not to end the BCS.

It just takes the right people deciding to make it happen. Barack Obama overcame a lot more than the specter of the puffed-up BCS presidents to sit in the Oval Office. The end of this debacle should begin — needs to begin — with him. And it needs to begin now.

It is my fervent hope that we never see John Feinstein and Ari Fleischer debate this issue.  Because I’m afraid that if we did, millions of Americans would promptly lose complete interest in college football forever.

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22 responses to “Like the swallows to Capistrano…

  1. Dog in TN

    WHY is the solution to all our problems in Washington D. C.?

    The BCS is decided by the college presidents. Direct all queries to them.

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  2. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Feinstein is dead right. When the BCS announced that they were sending TCU and Boise State to the same bowl (the Fiesta) I actually started yelling at the TV. This is the crookedest sports arrangement of all time. There are literally millions of dollars involved and the BCS schools are in an illegal restraint of trade–that is why Washington should be involved. As for the spirited defense of the current system by ESPN shills, ESPN is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BCS. Relying on our”media” to ferret out the truth, or depending on the BCS university Presidents to be fair, is like the foxes guarding the henhouse. Personally, I wish the Justice Department would indict the a$$holes for fraud. You would see some changes made pretty quickly then.

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    • Mayor, that makes no sense. Boise and TCU are going to be paid the same amount of money regardless of whether they face each other or other schools.

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    • For the final time, the BCS does not restrain trade at all. There is nothing stopping the MWC/WAC from creating their own championship tournament, pitching it to the networks, and claiming a national champion. Pairing TCU and Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl sucks, but it’s not about the money. As the Senator said, they will be paid the same whether playing each other or somebody else.

      If it were all about the money, then schools like Hawaii, Utah, TCU, and Boise State would never be invited to the BCS considering the respective games those teams have played in were the lowest rated BCS games during its history.

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      • rbubp

        Yet another apologist.

        Tell me, do any of you think any of the games other than Alabama-Texas will settle anything?
        Do you even give a damn?

        (I know I am having a hard time.)

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        • I realize I’m late to this reply, but by pointing out fallacies in an argument that the BCS is somehow anti-trust doesn’t make me an apologist. I’d love to see a playoff of nothing but conference champions similar to the one that the Senator has pitched. I’m just sick of people throwing out the terms “anti-trust” and “fraud” and thinking that it’s a logical argument when it comes to the BCS vs. playoff argument. The BCS may not be entirely fair, but it was created by anti-trust lawyers in the beginning to avoid those kinds of charges in court. Evil and money-hungry, they may be. Dumb, they are not.

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  3. Lil' Jeffy Schultz

    HA HA GEORGIA U GUYS ARE GOING TO SHREVEPORT TECH ONLY LOST CUZ HTEY DIDNT TRY HARD THATS THE ONLY ERASON DUDRRRRRR

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  4. Scooter

    As you guys know, I’m an Alabama fan. Now that I am coming back to earth from Saturday, I have a few observations:

    1. Why all the hate for Tebow? I’m speaking of Alabama fans, as well as Georgia fans. I think he has been a great ambassador for the SEC. Even in defeat, he showed tremedous class.

    2. Since I am speaking to a bunch of Georgia fans, why has Richt not tried to hire Alabama’s Kirby Smart? Smart is only one of the best defensive coordinators in the country and he played at Georgia.

    3. How did Georgia miss out on the Outback Bowl? You guys travel better than Auburn.

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    • Eray

      1. If Tebow played for Auburn and beat you like an ugly step-child, I’m sure you would feel differently.
      2. Agreed.
      3. Beats the hell out of me.

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    • Scooter, you’re “coming back to earth” already? Man, it’s only Monday!

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but I distinguish between Tim Tebow the person and Tebow-hype. I admire and respect the former. The latter drives me up the wall.

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      • rbubp

        Unfortunately they became indistinguishable after last year. Even Tebow the human seemed unconcerned with making any separation between himself, his hype, and his burgeoning legend.

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        • Dog in Fla

          +1 on ‘Tebow the human’

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          • rbubp

            Sorry. Should have been “Tebow the ‘human.’ ”

            I think it might have been the only time I have seen an athlete cry and knew that everyone would understand it as evidence of fraudulence…it only made him seem more fake, more self-conscious, even more of a Curt Schillingesque attention whore.

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    • Ausdawg85

      1) Openingly crying and class don’t go together. Cry if you must, but not openly so as to show others how much YOU care. If Timmy talked and acted more like Terrell Owens, would you think the same of him? Yet compare what both say and do very closely….they are comparable. For this, I don’t give the GPOOE a hall pass.

      2) Who says we haven’t? Let the guy enjoy and prepare for a NCG before getting him caught-up in that media frenzy. Hell…let’em soak up Saturday a little more.

      3) Ask the Outback Bowl guys with bad blazers, and check with Mike Slive while you’re at it too. Methinks the endzone dance backlash persists in some parts of Florida and the SEC to this day.

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      • Ausdawg85

        Re: Comparison of TO and Timmy…just on the football field, not off the field. No comparison there as Tim is truly to be admired and congratulated for being an upstanding citizen and using his fame and access to do good for others. I sincerely applaud his non-football activities.

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      • Dog in Fla

        Ausdawg, I bet after Tim is gone awhile though, you’ll miss his cheerleading of the crowd. I know I will.

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    • Lil' Jeffy Schultz, the pride of the AJC

      ILL ETLL U WHY, MISTER ALABAMMA MAN EVEN THO YOU GUYZ MADE ME CRY CUZ I LUV TEBOW

      1- CUZ GEORGIA FANZ ARE DUM NOTL IKE TEK FANS WHO ARE SMRT AND BCS BOUND BAYBEE

      2- CUZ RICKT SHUD HIRE BRYAN VANGORDER DUHH! AND IF NOT HIM THEN DAVID POTLUCK OR MAYBE MY PALZ AT 790 DA ZONE WHUT WHUT

      3- CUZ THE GAME GAINST AUBWARN DIDNT COUNT JUST LIKE THE TEK GAME AND NEWAY JORGJA CHEATED

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    • D.N. Nation

      1) I find Tebow the man to be annoying. I find Tebow the player to be boring.

      2) Who’s to say he hasn’t? Who’s to say Kirby Smart’s defense is his? (It isn’t.)

      3) Maybe we shouldn’t drop trou to Kentucky next time. Call it a teaching moment.

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  5. Puffdawg

    1 – I hate Tebow because he plays for Florida, but more importantly he plays his crowd (I don’t think he’s exactly what the media portrays). He’s supposed to be this all around great guy, but he’s going to justify his teammate gouging the eyeballs of an opposing player because, “They were playing just as dirty.” I mean, really? It just doesn’t add up.

    2 – Doesn’t make sense for either of them to make a lateral move like that. As hot as they seem to be as coordinators, a HC gig is probably right around the corner. And with the sweet setups they have now, why jeopardize that? You can say we could throw the farm at them, but (1) those other guys have purses too and (2) a HC gig will pay just as much as what we offer them.

    3 – Unfotunately, when you are 7-5, you leave yourself to the mercy of the system. I don’t get it either, but it’s tough to make a good argument after you lose 5 games. Hopefully we’ll get the most out of our bowl practices (read: get Murray and Mett as many snaps as possible) and build a little momentum going into next season.

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  6. Mayor of Dawgtown

    1-He’s what in HS we used to call a “hot dog.” A good player who is always trying to call attention to himself. Used to be that players on the same team would shun a guy like that.The players on the opposing team would make fun of him, too, no matter how good he was (which was always not as good as he thought he was). 2- I heard there was supposedly a problem between Smart and somebody at UGA. Senator, do you know anything about that? and 3- Bias still exists against the Dawgs, unfortunately.

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