Sunday, December 4, 2011
Huge Computers Decide They Want to See LSU v. Alabama One More Time!
None of it matters.
The cash matters, and that's about it.
So the BCS has produced a re-match between two teams that are - without any real argument - no worse than 1, 2 or 3 in the country.
Somebody had to lose out. Sorry, Oklahoma State.
Now, let's move onto to the bigger story. When are we going to get an actual, Division I football playoff?
Four teams, 8 teams, 16 teams. Max.
Bracket this bitch up, and let's play, right?
Well, until the financial house of cards upon which the entire "bowl system" is built, gets toppled by consumer indifference, nothing is going to change.
The system is profitable, for the people running the system.
Even though it's a complete sham for many of the schools.
The prime example is UConn last year, which took a multi-million dollar bath last January for the "priviledge" of making a BCS Bowl.
People were tweeting on Saturday about how Houston losing was going to "cost" the conference potentially $14 million in BCS revenue. Oh really? If Houston saw how many tickets the BCS would make them purchase at gunpoint, full price, they might have blown a gasket.
I'm not so sure Houston and C-USA didn't dodge a major financial bullet by missing the BCS, their wounded pride not withstanding.
I just watched Kirk Herbstreit wondering about the Virginia Tech "at large" selection for the Sugar Bowl, saying while he knows "they will bring alot of fans" he quickly added "is this what this is all about."
Has been for about, oh, forever.
So sure, VaTech will travel their proud fan base to New Orleans after the holidays. And so will Michigan fans, thankful to be back in a meaningful bowl game again, for the first time since 2006.
And the register will ring. And nothing will change.
If you go to any of these games. If you purchase a ticket, either directly, or on the secondary market. If you get a free ticket, and pay for parking. If you do all that but ride in somebody else's car, and only buy one tiny soda at the game.
Well then, congrats. You have helped feed the beast. The system that will not die.
The system that has to resort to complex, byzantine computer formulas and flawed "human" polls, to give us ONE, little measly game of importance in the sport's "post-season."
Don't complain to me about "who got screwed." You then, are the ones giving the BCS powers the tube of lube.