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Friday
Jun012007

Do Not Pass Go

Rejoice.

Get The Picture's all over Bernie Machen's futility at the SEC meetings.

“I’m done,” [Machen] said.

In a unanimous vote, the SEC presidents decided to stay with the BCS.

What’s that old line?  “Not with a bang, but a whimper…”

I eagerly await Dennis Dodd’s next crusade.

Heh.  Observe: before ... and after.

Movements need credible and charismatic leaders.  Machen is not that guy.  You attract more bees with honey and pissing on the Rose Bowl, Pac-10 and Big Ten wasn't an intelligent start to the campaign.

Disaster averted, at least for today. 

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Reader Comments (5)

I've heard all of the arguments, and I think I've established myself here as intelligent enough to put forth a legitimate opinion.

I dislike the NCAA bigwigs. I think everyone does, or at least should. However, I somewhat agree that the silly arguments for a playoff are just that. At the same time, I can't see why everyone involved fails to acknowledge the simultaneous positive impact and insignificance stemming from ONE MORE GAME. Just one more. Don't change anything else. Allow yourself to avoid the temptation of "playoff creep," and you have no problems. I am yet to be convinced otherwise.
June 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCody
Your opinion here is always legitimate.

I'm against a plus one, but I think it can be debated much more readily than a wholesale playoff. I respect that opinion but the creep factor is incredibly powerful.

Watch how government works enough and you see the power of the concept. So maybe it won't happen, but unless there's a guarantee things wont expand people like Blutarsky and myself are profoundly aware and suspicious of such a change.

Besides, I'd rather go back to the old model than tinker any further with the current one.

The pendulum looks like this at the moment:

Old Model --- BCS --- Playoff

The plus one is a tilt towards a playoff, while I tilt the other way.
June 1, 2007 | Registered CommenterCFR
Hey CFR, haven't been over here in a while, but this one caught my attention.

I'm in agreement that the idea of a CFB playoff is a terrible idea. However, I also think the current bowl systems need to reworked. Some of the matchups are godawful at best, and unwatchable at worst. We'll watch them, because fans of the game need it like heroin, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.

The BCS, imho, keeps losing credibility, as they change the formula and reweight it every year. It hasn't lessened debate, its arguable as to whether its placed the two top teams against each other, and its doing more to divide CFB than unite it.

I think its back to the drawing board. My 2 cents
June 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterUSCLink
"However, I also think the current bowl systems need to reworked"

I'd like to see that, although the bowls make money for people and unfortunately I think we'll see expansion before we see contraction or a reshuffling of the matchups.

And FWIW, the BCS didn't change the formula after this year's meetings. It's beginning to look like things are calcifying if you will, locking into place as playoff proposals flounder and the BCS stabilizes.
June 4, 2007 | Registered CommenterCFR
Rejoice!!!!!!! The anti-competitive, anti-competition, and arbitrarily determined format lives.
February 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCJH

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