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Monday Medley

What we read while not Having Another…

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What we read while Newt Gingrich started quoting Dragon Ball Z…

Defending the BCS (Again) [Yes, Again]

Like a snake eating its own tail, of course I have to respond to Tim’s response to my response to Dan Wolken’s response to the standard defense of the BCS. In his reply, Tim accused me of conflating his argument with “poorly conceived” arguments from “low-hanging fruit.” This time, therefore, I’ve decided to confine my response to Tim’s own words.

The main point Tim makes is this: “People dislike the BCS not because it’s different, but because it’s unfair.” As Tim says, I myself have admitted that it’s unfair. This is true, but Tim’s dilemma is false: People dislike the BCS both because it is unfair and because it is different. The essence of my point is that, because the BCS is different, it seems more unfair than it really is.

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Attacking the BCS (Again)

Man, John…could you be more John? Way to seize upon the first regular-season game in five years to make the BCS look like a good idea and promote the hell out of your “let’s-take-it-to-absurdist-realms-and-then-see-how-you-like-it” point that the BCS is good because it’s different.* Once again, people dislike the BCS not because it’s different, but because it’s unfair. You’ve admitted this yourself.

*Methinks The Human Centipede made the same case on its own behalf.

Your pro-BCS screeds have taken on a pattern by now: you take a poorly conceived article from a member of the mainstream media, point out its flaws, conflate his vantage point with mine, and wonder if anyone writing such nonsense gets sports at all. You’re fortunate that 14 seasons of the BCS have provided you with plenty of chances to squash such low-hanging fruit; sportswriters are running out of ways to say the same thing each autumn. Last year, it was Dan Wetzel’s incorrect interpretation of college football rankings; this year, it’s Dan Wolken’s perplexing insistence that the hype surrounding LSU-Alabama is bad for the sport (since when is hype bad for a sport? Isn’t it about time Jay Caspian King wrote an article for Grantland saying the NFL should annex the SEC West since it lacks star teams?). Maybe next time attack a sportswriter not named Dan.

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What I Like About The BCS

Playoffs? Don't talk to me about playoffs!

 

The BCS is probably the most universally reviled institution in all of sports. It is more unpopular than the Wild Card, free agency, Billy Packer, sideline reporters, in-game celebrity interviews, that weird ball the NBA introduced a few years ago, the designated hitter, Joey Crawford, blown calls by umpires, life-shortening head trauma, and even Roger Clemens.

Some of this is due to the blatant unfairness of the BCS, in that small schools from non-BCS conferences, like Boise State and TCU, are inevitably punished by the system. But this can’t account for all of the animosity towards the BCS—after all, in the latest rankings, TCU was #3 in the country. The BCS is no more unfair than, say, the absence of a salary cap in baseball, or the fact that there will be a playoff team from the NFC West this season, but it draws exponentially more ire than either of these injustices.

It seems to me that the primary reason for anti-BCS sentiment is that the principles behind the BCS are unique in the world of sports. They are so unique, in fact, that people don’t seem to even understand them.

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Monday Medley

What we read while waiting for the first Chilean miner book…

  • A real-life version of Hans Moleman presents, “Man Getting Hit by Football.” Starring Brett Favre.

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What we read while admittedly forgetting…

How Boise State Is Not Killing The BCS

Last night, as Virginia Tech was turning Boise State’s 17-0 lead into a game that would come down to the final minute, ESPN put up a graphic of the current AP top ten. “If the Hokies come back,” Brent Musberger said, “then TCU becomes the new darling of the anti-BCS crowd.”

This is the conventional wisdom—that college football fans who hate the BCS and want to see a playoff (in other words, pretty much every college football fan) should root for underdogs like Boise State and TCU in order to undermine the BCS’ legitimacy.

But this is wrong. People who want to see the end of the BCS should have been rooting against the Broncos last night. After their win, there is a more-than-decent chance that the Broncos will go undefeated—of their remaining opponents, only Oregon State is ranked in the Top 25, and they are already in danger of falling out. And if Boise State goes undefeated, then there is a more-than-decent chance that the team makes the National Championship. Continue reading

The Worst College Football Season Ever

Perhaps we all should have seen this coming from the start. I found myself unusually excited for this college football season (likely due to the misery surrounding the Mets’ baseball season) and, for the first time ever, actually tuned in to the season-opening Thursday night game between South Carolina and North Carolina State. It was a horrid football game, the kind of game where neither team deserves to win.

Two days later, BYU scored one of two big upsets of this college football season,* beating Oklahoma with the help of a Sam Bradford injury.

*Washington 13, USC 10 the other.

The tone for the season was set.

Here are the six worst things about the 2009 College Football Season:

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On College Football Rankings, or: Is Doug Lesmerises an American Pioneer?

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Doug Lesmerises* has caused quite a bit of commotion early in the college football season with his unorthodox manner of voting. This week, Lesmerises’ top five teams in the country are Alabama, Boise State, and Houston, Florida, and Iowa. No other AP voter ranked the Gators lower. No other AP voter ranked any of the other four teams higher.

*Lesmerises isn’t alone here. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News pretty much does the same thing. It’s just that I read about Lesmerises first.

Lesmerises has laid out the rationale for his voting in painstaking detail each week. Instead of voting based on talent or coaching or preseason predictions, Lesmerises bases his ranking purely on results. Alabama’s win over Virginia Tech is the best in the country, and thus the Crimson Tide are No. 1, etc. His rankings alter dramatically from week to week because, well, the results alter dramatically. In his preseason rankings, Lesmerises had Oklahoma State ranked 14—one of the lowest rankings for the Cowboys. After their opening win over Georgia, he moved them all the way up to third, behind only Alabama and BYU. When OSU lost at home to Houston the next week, Lesmerises bumped the Cowboys down again to 22 and the Cougars from unranked to fourth. Needless to say, his ballot embraces flux.

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