A formula for mischief

As complaints about the Bowl Championship Series go, this is one of the better ones, based purely upon my opinion:

175 university elitists (the human voters) determine what 100 million consumers have to consume, and do everything possible to insulate themselves from feedback on their decisions. This is close to the ratio of the Politburo of the old Soviet Union versus the population of the USSR. These elitists suffer no consequences if they are caught taking bribes for votes and are thus easily corruptible (much like the Politburo), especially with all the money the SEC and ESPN have available to corrupt those voters.

Now remember what the NCAA says: it’s only corruption if the students get money.

College football is only one of two competitive systems who use opinion to determine a champion. The other? BEAUTY PAGEANTS. Both use little to no objective data to determine a winner, and both are rife with bribery for the “judges” so that power players get to earn and keep undeserved prizes.

Real athletes settle it on the field.

Anyone for a Miss Universe cage match?

Addendum: You know who else isn’t impressed by the BCS?


  1. stixx23 »

    6 December 2011 · 10:06 pm

    I totally disagree with the college football and beauty pageants comparison. For one thing, the outcome of the NCAA championship is not determined by an opinion (unless you want to count the effect of the guys in black and white stripes), just the participants. The game itself is decided by who scores more points. Compare that to gymnastics, ice skating, most X-games and boxing matches that don’t end in a KO or TKO. THOSE are examples of sports where judges’ opinions determine a winner and, as we’ve seen in the Olympics, bribery has played a part.

  2. Dan B »

    6 December 2011 · 10:28 pm

    When only 2 of 120 teams get to complete for the championship, much of the championship is decided by who gets into the one game. And in this case that decision is made by off-the-field politics, who shouts the loudest, and who buys the most blow jobs.

    I’ll agree with you about the Olympics, gymnastics, etc. Maybe the author of the original piece forgot about them. I know I’d sure like to.

  3. McGehee »

    6 December 2011 · 10:30 pm

    the outcome of the NCAA championship is not determined by an opinion (unless you want to count the effect of the guys in black and white stripes), just the participants.

    Except that opinion decides who the participants are.

    If Ginormous Shoulderpads U. plays in the championship game against Panties-in-a-Bunch Community College, one might be excused for thinking one team more likely to win than the other.

  4. stixx23 »

    6 December 2011 · 10:34 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m in favor of the last NCAA sport without a playoff to get one. Just disagreeing with the premise that the football national championship is decided by opinion.

    I’m not even sure what all the fuss is about, really. I don’t have a dog in the fight as my bias is decidedly northeastern but comparing two one-loss teams, Alabama wins in comparison of who they lost to and Alabama wins in terms of non-conference schedule, winning at Penn State. OSU’s big non-conference win was against an Arizona team that fired their coach in the middle of the season. As much as I hate both teams involved and do not want to see a rematch, I believe the two best teams are playing each other. Again.

  5. stixx23 »

    6 December 2011 · 10:39 pm

    I wrote my original entry poorly. My sentence was intended to reflect the fact that opinion doesn’t determine the outcome, opinion just determines the participants. I definitely know that. And even if there was a playoff, unless all 120+ teams are in the playoffs, opinion will always determine the playoff participants. The argument now is between who is #2 and who is #3. With a 4-team playoff, the #5 and #6 teams will be most upset. With an 8-team playoff it will be #9 and #10 and so on.

  6. Dan B »

    6 December 2011 · 11:28 pm

    … but it’s a lot easier to tell #9 (8-team playoff), or #17 (16-team) to man up and STFU.

    Instead, we have a “#3” with a better case for playing (better wins, tougher conference, didn’t play a I-AA team) for the National Championship than the team anointed “#2” by a media who are supposed to report the story instead of CREATING it: cf. Pulitzer, Hearst, and the Spanish-American War. ESPN was talking rematch the day after the first game. Okie State, Stanford, Boise State, and Houston were still undefeated at this point.

    I will not be watching, but I really hope LSU beats Alabama like a rented mule, 50+ margin of victory. I want the ratings on it to be so bad that ESPN never again thinks again rigging the game like they did.

  7. okie1701(jimmy) »

    7 December 2011 · 12:20 am

    Well, I had some thoughts until I saw the line: Miss Universe cage match.
    Then I thought why not Miss Universe touch football. Then I was ashamed.
    It’s college football, the system is flawed. Then again, Valerie Bertinelli is on The Late Late Show so….I never claimed to make sense. Oooh a piece of candy…

  8. Jeff Brokaw »

    7 December 2011 · 7:29 am

    The BCS is just an extension of the polling process, which itself is already corrupted by bias and subjectivity.

    16 team playoff. Decide it on the field. It’s the least imperfect way to decide a champion.

  9. fillyjonk »

    7 December 2011 · 7:58 am

    Uh, what about American Idol? Or are they considering the people who pay to text in votes being a vox populi?

    I don’t know, I don’t give two hoots about how the “top” college football team is decided. Maybe pick the one with the least corruption? Now that would shake things up.

  10. CGHill »

    7 December 2011 · 8:09 am

    It’s not like they’re going to pick ’em on the basis of GPA.

  11. Brett »

    7 December 2011 · 8:57 am

    “It’s not like they’re going to pick ‘em on the basis of GPA.”

    Should they do so, Your Valiant Heroes in Purple, Illini-Sponsored Communism’s Worst Nightmares and Defenders of All That is Good, Right and Nice to Kittens — the Wildcats of Northwestern University — stand ready to do their part.

  12. fillyjonk »

    7 December 2011 · 10:19 am

    Hate to say it, but on the basis of the few Football Heroes I’ve had in my classes, I think my school would be totally out of the running in the GPA derby.

  13. Jeff Brokaw »

    7 December 2011 · 11:56 am

    We should, however, thank God above that Penn State is not in the running for anything important this year. How awkward that would be.

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