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  • Why it's okay to care about the BCS

       November 04, 2007

    Any day now, expect to read an article about how shallow Americans are for caring more about who gets to go the BCS National Championship Game than about the War in Iraq, out of control spending, protecting the 1st and/or 2nd Amendments, the 2008 election, etc., etc. etc. I'm here to tell you that it's a good thing that we care. Here's why:

    People don't like the BCS because it doesn't seem fair. Why, they think, should so-called "experts" decide who gets a chance to play for the championship game? They instinctively recoil from the idea that big decisions are made behind closed doors by select people rather than out on the field by those in the heat of the battle. We should be relieved that people feel like this. This is the attitude that made America great. As Thomas Jefferson said, "Were we to be directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread."

    I don't want a passive citizenry where people are content to let others decide their fate. I want to live in a country where the people are sure they know more than the authorities, whether it's about football or schools or tax dollars. A "government knows best" attitude can only lead to disaster. Or Hillary Clinton. ;-)

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    #  November 6th, 2007 11:59 PM      themandownthehall
    This could be the year the built in unfairness of the BCS is shown. If Kansas wins out and goes undefeated, having to defeat 2 top 10 programs in the next 4 weeks (Mizzou and Oklahoma in the b12 championship), there is a good chance they will not jump LSU or Oregon and go to the championship game. Talk about delicious. It's a no win. Do you suddenly vote them over 2 teams that you previously said they weren't as good as, just to save the BCS face? If so, then you just eliminated the arguement that the pollsters know what the heck they are doing and should vote teams into the finals when all you have is 2 slots. If you don't jump Kansas to #2, then you destroy all credibility. Does anyone seriously think that if Kansas had started out say at number 10 this year, that they would not be number 2 now? Maybe even 1? They are out of the top 4 because they started the season at #60 in polls that had no business existing until week 6.

    The complaining is going to be delicious. Especially if LSU get jumped while winning out.

    (Best Cartman imitation) Ahh, the tears of unfathomable sorrow. So delicious.  



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