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Sunday - November 6, 2005

Off-topic: A wee little football rant

So, for those of you that watched the Texas game. Oh wait...no. For those of you that watched the Miami/Va-Tech game. Did you like the way the story and rumblings changed as the game went on? At first it was:

"We really need a play-off system. Or at least a Plus One. Because Virginia Tech is going to be so screwed at the end of the year when it's USC and Texas in the Rose Bowl. There'll be three undefeated teams but only two of 'em get to play for the brass ring. (Nevermind that Alabama and UCLA are also undefeated at this point in time...surely they'll both lose by the end of the season and we'll be left with the other three.)"

But, then...as it became clear that...shock!...horror!...Virginia Tech wouldn't, in fact, be undefeated at the end of the season, the story became:

"We really need a play-off system. Or at least a Plus One. Because it's not fair that Miami lost that first game of the year and now it turns out that they just might be the best team in the country by the end of the year. Even though they have a loss. But, we'll never know it 'cause it'll be those two undefeated teams, USC and Texas, in the Rose Bowl. They just got lucky not to lose early in the season. But, it's clear as day, now that Miami stomped all over the team we know could beat either of those other two given half a chance, that Miami simply should be in the championship game. Waaaahhhhhh."

I sat there watching that game and could not believe how the story changed to fit the pre-conceived thesis that we really must have and desperately need a play-off system (or at least a Plus One) as the game wore on. And, it's not just that we need that. It's more than that. Because, if you're paying attention, you'll notice that things might actually work out and we might actually have a Championship game between the only two undefeated teams at the end of the year. But, that doesn't mean the BCS works. I mean:

"For God's sake...Texas (a team we all know is extremely over-rated...and, oh by the way, it's clear Vince Young just keeps getting lucky) might get into the Rose Bowl. Again! Even though we took those spineless wimps that vote in the AP poll out of the damn equation. How can this be???? Ack. Change the system. And, do it before the end of the year. If at all possible."

I said I couldn't believe my ears as I watched. But, I could. It wasn't at all surprising. It could've been predicted. It's sad nonetheless. That's not to say, by the way, that I think the BCS is the be-all and end-all. But, it's what we've got. And, it's better than what we had. All I want out of those talking heads is a little honesty. Yeah, I know. World peace is also just around the corner.

Posted by Joanna at 9:32 AM