It’s so you won’t look like a complete and utter dumbass when they start clearing the brush.
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This may be the single stupidest column authored by a credentialed national sports columnist that I have ever read. Rarely does someone write such drivel and then be exposed for what an idiot he is so immediately and so completely. Yes, there is a God and he must be a college football fan.
“Rarely does someone write such drivel and then be exposed for what an idiot he is so immediately and so completely”
You must not read the AJC much!
I disagree. If there was a god then the Dolphins would have won their game against the fighting Tebows today. That’s the lock.
Haven’t you heard? God’s on Tebow’s side.
What??? Didn’t you hear Michael Irvin declare Tebow “The Son of God” tonight, on the NFL Network tonight?
Rick Rielly played college football at Northwestern when Duke could beat them, coached by the legendary Alex Agase. He’s just pissed that the yahoo redneck southerners are winning what we deserved in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, when pointy headed yankees like him had all the poll votes.
I think you have Rick Reilly confused with Rick Telander, who now writes for the Chicago Sun Times. It’s still a stupid column, though.
Rick Telander could never write something this dumb. Reilly is from Denver, so he’s part of the “what’s the big deal about the SEC bandwagon?” Guys like him looooooooove Boise State. Throw Boise St in the blender that is LSU’s defense, and you’d probably get a result like Auburn got yesterday.
That’s what I’m hoping happens. What’ll shut up the Boise State fans faster than watching LSU’s Honey Badger dominate Kellen Moore.
I’d enjoy that. LSU, and probably Bama, would destroy anyone else in the country right now.
A mite resentful, are we?
“…trying to win a national championship by beating Big Ten teams is like trying to get drunk drinking non-alcoholic beer…” Huh? Seems to work OK for us. We won it, didn’t we? We keep getting in the BCS National Championship Game and we would have won the BCS National Championship a few more times if we could have just beaten the damned SEC team in it.
An interesting perspective: TWO teams do not get hosed by the BCS, the two teams deemed to be the most deserving not to get hosed.
Under the old system, everyone got hosed including #1 and #2. You might have #1 play #7 in a bowl and #2 play #5 in a bowl then votes decide the champion. At least now, play on the field decides the champion.
Truthfully, there will always be someone on the outside looking in. If you have a 4-team playoff, #5 can (all too) easily claim they could have won it all. 8-team playoff…#9 makes the claim.
At this time, two teams get picked and while people get left out (which will always be the case) at least we get ONE GAME that decides the champ.
To be fair… #3 usually has a much better claim to that “we could have won it all” than #9.
And if you had an 8 team playoff… There would still be only one game that decides the champion.
Like I said, someone always gets left out, but at least we now have a true championship game.
No, we do not have a “true” championship game. How in the world can you say that? What we have is slightly better than the prior system, but just barely. What we have is a farce where someone always has a legit gripe to contest the team VOTED a faux championship. But, we can get there, and one day we will. Unfortunately, I will probably never see it unless we continue to rip the conferences apart. There could have been a better way, but this method is the best way to achieve what so many fans have been wishing/hoping/praying for. Future generations (being optimistic here about the coming years) will look back on how we ignored the logical need for an earned D1 champion for a century plus.
Just look at MLB for proof that a playoff will always find the beat team. The cardinals (2nd place NL Central) have been unstoppable! But really their system isn’t legit. They should expand to include more team like the Braves and Red Sox this past season. Oh what’s that, they are already planning to expand? Goodie!
Tony La Russa seriously thanks Phillies manager for kicking the Braves ass that last regular season series. Manuel won’t be doing that again.
Never said there was a way to determine the “best”, that will always be subjective. But a method of determining a “champion” is achievable. I doubt many feel the “best” team wins the National Title many years in basketball, golf, etc. But you should be given a chance to earn a title on the field, we do it in the SEC, they do it in the Big12/10, they even do it in the ACC. The best team doesn’t always win the title (injuries, flukes, etc.), but everyone knows that team was given a chance and seized it. No one could block them with a biased vote, or mathmatical formula fed into a computer.
After 2003, I don’t think Tuberville has any tears for whiny Bob Stoops taking the position that his team is being treated unfairly. I love that Tubs knocked them out!
I’ve been meaning to send Andy Stone to see Reilly to tell him that he is embarrassing friends of ours and maybe……he should quit.
We bag on the AJC guys, and for good reason. But there is nobody in America phoning it in more than Rick Reilly. This column probably took ten minutes to write. Forget his point, the writing is just … lazy. It’s almost like he is playing it up as a joke at this point just to ape the Fake Rick Reilly Twitter.
Who exactly (besides this shit-stirrer) is saying Alabama and LSU might play each other again in the BCS Championship? After 2007, I’m pretty sure that if that happened, the entire state of Georgia would explode in a fireball of righteous indignation.
What is that supposed to mean?
What that refers to I think is the idea that a team that didn’t win it’s conference can’t compete for the Championship ( see UGA in 2007).
Yep. I was just trying to emphasize one of the stupider points of the article Reilly wrote.
Even though that has happened twice before. Oklahoma and Nebraska have each played in the BCSNC Game in years when they did not win the championship of their conference.
And the BCS caught hell for both of those, with USC getting a separate title from the AP and that poll pulling out of the system in 2003. They’ve tried to keep it from happening since, as it very well could have in 2006 and 2007.
Yeah they wanted to let it happen like that in 2006 REALLY, REALLY bad. Remember all the talk of what an awesome clash it would be when Ohio St played Michigan – so good that they should let the two of them play again in the BCS Nat’l title game? Well they did not and the result? USCw crushes Mich and fla upset – and crushed Ohio St. They dodged that bullet, I don’t see them opening that can of worms this year either, just to go along with the whole – don’t win your conf don’t play for the MNC argument.
“... Shoot, why does anybody who’s ever won something do it again? Because it’s cool. So, let’s go do it again. Let’s see if we’ve got what it takes.” -- Stetson Bennett, The Athletic, 3/22/22
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