Most powerful sports media members
Posted on: October 8, 2008 12:47 pm
On my way to work this morning I was listening to Mike and Mike and they got into the topic of who the most powerful/influential members of the sports media world are and Greenburg decided it was the crew from the ESPN college gameday. I got thinking about this and thought he's probably right (although guys like John Madden, Bob Costas and Shannon Spake are other possibilities). This is quite disheartening. The fact that 3 blatant, outright BCS c*ck-suc . . . um . . . homers could essentially be determining college football championships is scary in the ramifications. When you look at the SEC homerisms, the Pimp/Whore relationship with USC and the pandering to the fans that this group weekly display, it's no wonder that if you're not an already established dynasty or one of Herbstreet's or Corso's flavors of the month, you'll never get any respect from them. I may be in the minority here, but when a supposedly objective sports analyst goes on worldwide broadcast and says: "I don't care how good you are, if you're not BCS you don't deserve to play for a title", that sounds pretty biased, and honestly, outright crooked to me. Think about that for a second. No matter how good you are, hypothetically you could have a team made up entirely of NFL pro-bowlers and if you were in the MWC, WAC, C-USA, etc. you couldn't play for a national title in these guys' eyes. That is a shocking thought. Now, I know many people will think that the above quote was simply hype or overstatement, but there is truth in all statements, especially ones hastily made like the one above. Why should a conference hold a team back from national championships, isn't the best really the best no matter where they are or who they are. Isn't that the definition of best? Shouldn't the best, the actual best be considered and a determination made on who is in fact the best. Why the subjectivity? Subjective standards and stats and information are used by those that have something to hide. Objective stats, standards and information are used by those that have nothing to hide and honestly seek the truth. Without a playoff incorporating all division 1 conferences college football is fooling itself, it's lying to itself and the fans. It is cheating all those who work hard and believe in equality and a meritocratic system. The current BCS system is just another version of crony-ism, a disgusting tool used by those in power to oppress those they don't like while rewarding themselves and their close friends. If you want a true champion, play it out on the field. The only problem is, that many BCS conferences don't want to play it out on the field, they don't want truth, they are happy with the way things are. Why, you ask, well look at the current state of the ACC, Big East and Pac10 as examples, these conferences are terrible and with teams like BYU, Utah, Boise State, TCU, Tulsa, etc. playing very good football in conferences that are having strong years, having equality and an open system would hurt those 3 previously mentioned BCS conferences. They would lose money, in their eyes, because these other teams would be stealing their payoff nut. The BCS is an old fashioned monopoly. Monopolies used to broken up in the best interest of the American public, however the BCS is allowed to continue to the detriment of the people, the sport and those that have been taught that through hard work and determination you will be rewarded. Under the current system the best a non-BCS school can hope for is the crumbs. The BCS supporters point to the Consolation Bowl, I mean the Fiesta Bowl like it was some grand honor bestowed on a worthy little brother, when in fact it is really just a pacifier shoved in the mouth of non-BCS schools in the attempt to shut them up. The BCS is just another manifestation of how those with power seek to consolidate it, without providing access and benefits to those without it, no matter how deserving they are. And this attitude of crony-ism is reflected in governments around the world. How can you expect the best without demanding the best?