I’m not ready to anoint Boise State as college football’s national champion. I was impressed with the Broncos’ win over Virginia Tech on Monday night and that’s certainly a game Boise needed to thrust itself into the discussion.
My problem is with the BCS and this incessant “controversy” about which two teams are going to play for a national championship in January. Two teams. We should be talking about eight or 10 teams, but it’s about two. In fact, we shouldn’t even be talking about the national championship picture yet; we should be letting the college football season gain some definition.
But it’s a silly system for a sport that deserves much more.
Boise State should, at least, be in some kind of a playoff when the season ends. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best eight or best 16 teams in the country. But if Boise is judged as the country’s third-best team in the final BCS standings, the Broncos will be left out of the championship picture.
When is enough enough? When do the right people – whomever they are – get so fed up with this nonsense that they demand a playoff?
I usually don’t get this worked up about the BCS and the playoff system until mid-October. Every year, there is a BCS train wreck. And every year, the powers that be in college football put the pieces back together so there can be another collision.
If Alabama, Ohio State and Boise State finish the season as the country’s only unbeaten teams, guess who gets left out of the national championship game? Hint: It’s not Alabama or Ohio State.
It’s a long season and there is sure to be a lot more BCS turmoil. For many of you, that’s fun and one of the big advantages of the current system. For me, it’s the cause of a perpetual headache.
Tiger Woods is on the United States’ Ryder Cup team and I’m OK with that, in case team captain Corey Pavin is wondering.
I’m not a Woods fan anymore and I think you know why. It’s that he’s balding, and bald heads give me the creeps.
Anyway, a Ryder Cup without Woods would be a nightmare for television. Not even the Us vs. Them aspect of the competition would be enough to draw the kind of TV viewers necessary to compete against college football and the National Football League.
Except for the hair-challenged Woods, I like the American team. I’m especially interested to see how Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson and Dustin Fowler handle the spotlight of such a big stage. All are rising stars and future winners of majors, in my opinion.
However, I think the Europeans should win and it might not be close. There’s just too much inexperience on the U.S. roster and its two biggest stars – Tiger and Phil Mickelson – have struggled this season.
We’re having a high school reunion this weekend. Count me as someone who is always excited about these things. Why? Because my best years came when I was in high school. I don’t mind saying, I kind of had it going on in those years.
Anyway, a group of us from the classes of 1973-74-75 will be at Friday night’s Hutchinson-Derby game in Derby, where we went to school. I’m a ‘73 grad who is looking forward to everyone telling me how young I look.
Since I’ll be busy fending off former flames, watching the football game might be difficult. But it looks to me as if Derby has its hands full. I was disheartened by the Panthers’ lopsided loss to Salina Central in Week 1 and expect Hutchinson, coming off a one-point loss to Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst, to be loaded for Panther. It’s that kind of raw wit, by the way, that made me so popular in high school.
As part of my return to blogging, I’m unveiling a few new features here and at least one old one – my “Who Is the Opinion Line Caller?” from my first or second attempt to sustain a blog.
It’s easy. I’ll repeat one of the best Opinion Line contributions from the past few days, then use my powers of deduction to figure out who crafted the anonymous opinion.
No names, don’t worry. I will only provide a few loose, but very accurate, details.
The “Who Is the Opinion Line Caller?” feature will appear here each Tuesday. Other regular features will include:
My Facebook Friends – A look into my Facebook friends list with some juicy details about the personalities who exist there. Look for this feature each Wednesday and Saturday. It’ll kick off Saturday.
Shock Talk – A weekly conversation with a Wichita State athlete, usually about something other than athletics. Look for this on Fridays.
A sports writer’s memories – A regular Thursday feature here on the blog; I’ll look back at a cool moment in my Eagle career, which started in 1974, the year after I graduated from high school. I was still pretty hot stuff, FYI.
Thanks and keep checking back. I appreciate you taking the time to read.