This year's BCS championship matchup more proof that system works
As head football coach of the
"We had a vision nine years ago of reaching a BCS bowl and going to a
The BCS has given teams like the TCU Horned Frogs and and the Boise State Broncos the chance to play in major bowl games, earn significant revenue, and become national powerhouses in college football. But more than that, the BCS has given such teams the chance to win a national title. Here is how Patterson explains it: "Is it easier to win one game for a championship? Or to have to win four? If you have a playoff, you practice and get on a plane and play. And if you lose, it's over. If you go to a bowl game, you're there seven days, and the kids can enjoy a place and get rewarded."
Where to begin to correct all these exaggerations?
First, rather than restricting marketwide output as cartels do, the
BCS expands output by creating an annual national championship game that
would not otherwise exist. Before the formation of the BCS, the
Second, the BCS offers a real championship game, not a mythical one.
But don't take my word for it. Who are the top two teams in the
How is it a mythical championship when the two teams that lead in
every major poll are playing for the title? But remember this: Were it
not for the BCS,
The second problem with Barton's complaint is that he believes college football needs a "single-elimination postseason playoff system." The congressman may not realize it, but we have that now. It's called the regular season. Every game counts, and a team can't afford to lose, lest it ruin its chances at a national title.
But the bigger problem with Barton's argument is that it does not anticipate the pressure that will mount if a playoff system is implemented.
Should there be four teams? Maybe eight? Sixteen? How about
just including everyone? Wherever a line is drawn, the teams on the
outside looking in will inevitably start clamoring to enlarge the
playoffs. That's exactly what has happened with the
Perhaps the congressman should visit his neighbor,
The principal goal of the BCS is not and never was to fairly determine a national champion. It was designed to maximize revenue for its members while limiting true competition. That makes it a cartel. If you ask me, they can still call it the BCS -- just change the words to Bowl Cartel Series.
Expensive Lesson: Gun is Not a Joke - Gilbert Arenas
Leonard Pitts Jr.
A gun is not a joke. Maybe Gilbert Arenas gets that now. But look at what it cost him to learn: his NBA livelihood, his reputation, maybe his freedom. But even at that, you could argue that Gilbert Arenas is a lucky man.
When Good Athletes Behave Badly - Gilbert Arenas
Over the years I have often had the pleasure of introducing my son to significant people as politically diverse as Barack Obama and Pat Buchanan. (Welcome to my world, kid.) He turned the tables on me one day in his early teens when he rushed across Washington's Reagan National Airport to introduce himself to basketball star Gilbert Arenas.
Tiger Woods and Disposable Gods
Robert C. Koehler
Read the tabloids -- watch the tube -- if you want to know how a society that has lost its religiosity can still engage with the deities. The eerily appropriate term 'celebrity worship' is evidence of the extent to which we've improved on Greek culture: We've invented disposable gods and our latest example is Tiger Woods
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