Friday, January 9, 2009

On a Completely Unrelated Note......




As a huge football fan, I was anxiously watching the Championship Bowl tonight to see what happened. I hate the BCS. I think it's a crock that the team that SHOULD be considered "the National Champion" is sitting at No. 2. The Utah Utes finished their season with a perfect 12-0 record. This article by John Feinstein of the Washington Post is phenomenal. He breaks it down why Utah should be number one.

"All of us know that in competition anyone -- whether an individual or a team -- who does not lose once is the champion. It's really pretty simple: If no one beats you, then you are the winner. You are No. 1. You go home with the first-place trophy.

The reason to vote for Utah is simple: This is the one and only way you can stand up to the BCS bullies -- the university presidents, commissioners, athletic directors and the TV networks who enable them -- and, to renew a catch phrase, just say no. Say no to this horrible, hypocritical, feed-the-big-boys system. Say no to the idea that fair competition doesn't matter. Say no to all the hype surrounding the power conferences and power teams. To co-opt yet another catch phrase, say yes to change."

The BCS needs to be stopped. Even Division-II football has a 16 team playoff for championship. That's why football is all about. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. And yet, there was NO defeat for Utah. And they are still number 2. The final AP poll was released a few hours ago.....Florida had 48 first place votes; Utah had 16.

So...I'm exercising my right to free speech. GO UTES!! In the hearts of America, you are truly No. 1!!

Now....back to the books!!

7 comments:

Tammy said...

I also have problems with the BCS, but I don't agree that simply being unbeaten entitles you to be #1. If you play an easier schedule and are unbeaten compared to another team with a much harder schedule that loses once, you aren't necessarily the best team.

I'm in favor of a playoff along the lines of March Madness, but for now it sounds like the BCS bigwigs are holding firm.

Stephanie said...

Tammy, you are just saying that because you are a Florida fan!! LOL

Actually, they can say all they want about Utah's schedule, but it wasn't an easy one. AND they beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl...handily. Alabama was considered number one for the last 6 weeks of the season. I agree that going undefeated doesn't automatically give you a National Championship. But these are all Division I schools we are talking about.

Tammy said...

I knew I'd get that, lol!

Sure, the teams are all Div. I, but that doesn't make them the same caliber. No way Utah's schedule was as tough as many of the other top-ranked teams, only 2 of the teams on their regular schedule ended up ranked in the top 25 and maybe 1 or 2 more were tough, but that's it. Compare that to an average schedule for a Big 10, Big 12, or SEC team and it just doesn't match up. I'm not saying they're not a good team, they're just not the best.

Stephanie said...

Tammy, we will just have to agree to disagree!!

Carl V. said...

The BCS is a mess, no doubt about it, and that game last night was a mess. Having teams wait a month to play each other is ridiculous. These were two powerhouse teams who never seemed to consistently get their offenses together and a lot of that has to do with so much time off.

I desperately want a playoff and it is hard that Utah did so well and didn't get a chance to play in a playoff system. I don't consider them number one simply because I don't believe they would beat several quality playoff teams on the way to a championship, but that is just an opinion. I love that they went undefeated so that more people are talking about and complaining about the BCS. Maybe someday the football gods will listen. :)

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bkclubcare said...

I second the sentiment here; GO UTES!!! You're my #1.