Funny thing – I’m reading John Feinstein’s latest anti-BCS screed and it doesn’t drive me nearly as crazy as he usually does. It’s not because he doesn’t trot out some of his tried and true themes – “This isn’t about fairness or doing what’s right. It’s about money, ratings and taking care of the big boys and the BCS Presidents who the ESPN suits do business with nowadays.” – or that he indulges in some ESPN conspiracy theory talk (welcome to the party, John).
Then it suddenly hits me what’s not there. He’s managed to write an attack on the BCS without advocating an extended playoff. And that makes all the difference in the world. In 2010, you’ve got a season in which four teams can make legitimate arguments that each deserves a clear shot at a national title. You don’t need a sixteen-school playoff to settle that debate. How hard is that to grasp? For once, not too.