Is Cinderella dead?

Let me just say that if it were so, that’s a feature, not a bug, of the new postseason format.

But I fear the true answer is that she’s merely in a coma, waiting to waken once the field expands sufficiently.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

21 responses to “Is Cinderella dead?

  1. sectionzalum

    there were 9 teams in the final top 15 that finished with 2 losses. only Mich State and F$U had fewer in top ten. prepare for coaches out of top 4 to feign great outrage

  2. Goat Balls

    You remember we played Hawaii I think in the sugar bowl .. What 2008? I actually felt sorry for Hawaii’s kids before that game. I knew that the Dawgs would eat their lunch but the media had convinced Hawaii that they were good. Wasn’t a contest.

  3. Bright Idea

    FOX hack Brennaman I believe accused Richt of running up the score.

    • CannonDawg

      FOX hack Brennaman I believe accused Richt of running up the score.

      That’s exactly right, even with CMR playing everybody who had on a black jersey that night. And Charles Davis, who was also in the booth and is a former SEC player from Tenn., asked Brenneman if he thought Georgia’s reserve players should enter the game and not play hard. He also asked if Brenneman thought that it was Georgia’s fault that Hawaii was so overmatched. Davis very skillfully put him in his place.

  4. Athens Townie

    Yea, more like Sleeping Beauty, I’m afraid.

  5. Rick

    Sorry, senator, but if the teams that won 60% of their bcs appearances can’t sniff the playoffs, that IS a bug.

    Its a little embarrassing that we Georgia fans allow our view to be distorted by the Hawaii game. We lucked out and played by far the worst ‘Cinderella’. Big f’ing deal. 2011 Boise should have shut us up.

    • Sh3rl0ck

      When talking about the MWC, the only BCS game the MWC lost was to another MWC team.

    • Boise was good in 2011 and rightfully won the game straight up. Later in the year, I believe the outcome would have been different. Your point is taken: a deserving mid-major should get in the play-off but those have been few and far between.

    • You’ve missed my point.

      If there’s a year out there when a mid-major turns out to be a legitimate top-four team, go dog, go. By all means escort it in to the semis.

      But the term “Cinderella” has a loaded meaning for me. Cindy isn’t invited to the dance because she’s got a legit shot to win it. She’s a novelty act, there mainly to provide the titillation that comes from a potential upset threat to a better team. As far as I’m concerned, that isn’t what the CFB postseason should be encouraging.

      • Gravidy

        +1 more.

      • Rick

        I think you need to bone up on your Disney. Cinderella had the chops to be princess. Her evil step mother was just keeping her down.

        • This isn’t a blog about fairy tales, man. I’m using the term according to the context that’s applied in college sports.

          • Scorpio Jones, III

            “This isn’t a blog about fairy tales, man.” Dude, dude, dude 🙂

          • Rick

            In that case, why are we even talking about cinderella’s in the context of college football? Either you are counting the utah’s, boise’s and hawaii’s, (who, again, won at a 60% clip in BCS games) or she has never existed in the history of the sport.

            • You’d have to ask the guys in the linked story about that.

              • Rick

                Well, I didn’t pull that 60% figure from memory🙂

                I’d say he’s using my definition. And if teams of that ilk can’t qualify for the playoffs, it’s a bug.

                Don’t get me wrong, that stretch of Wild Card super bowl winners was apalling, and I’d hate to see it’s like in CFB. But a bonafide cinderella (of the fairy tale kind) should be able to get a seat at the table. I think an 8 team playoff gets us that.

  6. Cojones

    “Cinderella has another meaning to me. Just another broad who got drunk and lost her shoe at a dance. That analogy would then fit us when we played Boise State.

  7. Macallanlover

    Agree Senator, no room for Cinderellas. Teams should earn thier way.