Representative Joe Barton demonstrates one of the many things wrong with
And why should he? We fans love college football and will watch it (evidently) no matter how much the
Lesser ranked teams have consistently surprised higher ranked teams -- that is where we get upsets. Every conference and
Someday when someone from a major network walks into the
College athletics? The tail is wagging the dog.
We pay our football coach more than the president of the university and several of his top operatives combined. Whatever happened to teaching youngsters how to think? Politics and "education" in
JAMES BOUSMAN Honolulu
I totally agree that a playoff system needs to be established and the current system scratched entirely. It can be done and really not disturb the current bowl system. It's hard to get fired up about the bowls because none of the teams playing have a chance to be voted No. 1, even though some might be worthy. If we, the followers of college football, are to crown a national champion, it must be earned through a playoff. Note that all the other divisions of college football have playoffs to determine the national champion.
THOMAS A. PETTIT
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.
College Football Playoff Would Increase Problems
Should there be four teams? Eight? Sixteen? Wherever a line is drawn, excluded teams will inevitably start clamoring to enlarge the playoffs. That's exactly what has happened with the NCAA basketball, March Madness has grown from eight teams to 65 teams and now is under pressure to expand to 96. Joe Barton's playoff idea turns out to be more of a problem than a solution.
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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