Who are we? What are our goals? Why do we do the things we do?
Perhaps, if we spent just a little more time explaining ourselves and coming to grips with our intentions, things would be a great deal easier. Usually it comes down to a word or two.
I want to take the opportunity of helping you move from this deep headspace into something much more ridiculous: college football, and more specifically, the BCS.
So what is the designated purpose of the BCS? Is it to determine the best team or is it to crown the top team? Before we can feign to fix the system, we must determine its goal. So which is it?
If its purpose is to find the best team, then I wish you the best of luck. To figure out ‘best’, wins and losses are simply statistics in that situation. In 2003, an unknown USC dropped its first two games of the season, but went on to win ten straight, including the Rose Bowl. When the season was over, they were clearly the strongest and most potent team in football, led by their acclaimed quarterback, Carson Palmer. Voters couldn’t name them #1, though; not with two losses. Redemption came in a preseason #1 for the following year. Nor do best teams always win (just ask our basketball teams in international play). And let’s not forget that ‘best’ can mean the greatest solitary achievement as much as it does career-spanning dominance. In other words, a playoff is actually a worse determining factor of ‘best’ than voting!
Then perhaps it is to find the top team—the one that survives the gauntlet. If this is the case, why do we even dare to determine objectivity? What makes a team succeed in the Big Ten requires dealing with the cold, and in the SEC the heat. How do conditions and style of play factor into determining the “top” team? Such a subjective environment is ripe terrain for voting, not playoffs!
And speaking of the playoffs a second, are we ready for the effect they would have on the most popular sport in
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College football is really not about ‘best’, it is about scholar-athletes that do their best and learn to be men. It is about millions of people watching on Saturdays as their favorite teams duke it out for bragging rights for another year. It is about statistics and feats of heroism. It is about flashy and gritty playing next to each other. It is about Senior Day and freshman sensations. It is about underdogs and upsets. It is about mascots and rivalries. It isn’t about playoffs, and it sure isn’t about 117 teams playing over 1,400 games just to have everything narrowed down to one winner and 116 losers.
Now bring on the draft! I can’t wait to see which stupid team drafts the biggest headache because of his ‘upside’.