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The Trickle - yet another sports blog
May 8, 2012 - Brian Ferry
So, the Bowl Championship Series title game is a bust. A sophisticated system that determines the rankings of the teams isn't good enough. Depends who you're asking. Having number 1 play number 2 for the national championship isn't good enough. I knew this before. I rather like the BCS ranking computations. They seem to work out pretty well. I figure a one-loss (to LSU) Alabama team is usually better than undefeated Boise. Every sport in the world has a playoff system for determining its champion. (That may be an exaggeration, I haven't researched every sport in the world.) Even NCAA DI men's volleyball, of which there are only a handful of programs, holds a four-team tournament. Football players play football. If they don't want to take the risk of getting injured, they shouldn't play football. If they don't want to miss classes once in a while, they shouldn't play sports at all. March Madness stretches on forever. Students are missing classes galore. So, I'm glad the commissioners decided to have a four-team playoff, right? Well, yes. It's better than what was going on before. But, now some #5 will be left out after beating #3. #3 will beat #2 and #1 and be named national champion. #5 will grumble. With careful planning, a bigger tournament could be held. A 16-team tournament would be better. Yes, the NCAA would have to pay someone to make up the schedule for the last two weeks of the season on short notice, but it could work. To soften that person's work, there could be a two-week break to end November or start December. Bowls would be happy. They could host multiple rounds of the tournament. Or, home teams that play in conditions other than 85 and sunny all the time would be happy if the tournament is not held at "neutral" sites.
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