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Utah Might Be Best In Country

Posted on: January 2, 2009 11:57 pm
 

Which is reason 2,345 why we need a playoff system.

That team might be able to hang with the best. They destroyed Alabama. The game was never really close.

Imagine a Final Four of Utah-USC, Florida-Oklahoma.

The ratings would approach Super Bowl numbers.

Time for Congress to intervene and clean up this mess that is college football.
Category: NCAAF
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Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:50 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

Congress should have no say in NCAA sports.  "We the People of the United States, in Order to perform a more perfect union and a playoff system..."  Its not within their responsibilities or their rights to interfere with something like this.  If legal action needs to be taken, it should be in the form of an ant-trust suit or something.  Maybe we should all boycott the National Championship game next year - with the exception of the fans of the teams IN the game.  That's too much to ask.  But the rest of us could do it.



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:37 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

Hats off to Utah they played a heck of a game. Their coaching staff did an excellent job.



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:26 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

Even if Utah is not the best team in the country they deserve a shot to play for it. Some members of Congress have already proposed a non-binding resolution for the justice department to look into the BCS system (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.co

m/2008/12/02/congressman-requests-o

bama-doj-investigation-of-the-bcs/).
Unfortunately ESPN owns the BCS for the next few years, so unless they decide they want to muscle the BCS to change their system it won't change beyond a plus one system (that wouldn't have helped this year).



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 2:16 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

Replacing a conference in an inequitable system with another system just perpetuates the problem. I don't care in particular whether there is a playoff or not - only that NO conferences get reserved seats and ALL teams get an equal shot if they are good enough. If the six best teams are in the SEC, they all ought to be there. DItto if the 12 best teams aren't from the current BCS conference, then they should go. I have little doubt that the current BCS conferences will EARN a majority, if not ALL of the seats each year, but they shouldn't be afraid to have their conference members actually earn them. Once there is equal opportunity for access by all 119 schools, THEN you can talk about a playoff and how to pick who goes. Not until.




Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 1:59 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

Having Congress focus on Iraq, Afghanistan and Sports, especially the anti-trust type of situation we have here is exactly what is needed.  It is Congress screwing with the Economy, the housing market and now the auto manufacturing/financing market that has ruined those respective areas of our economy.  What, you want more housing bubbles brought on by terrible laws that threaten corporations if they don't lend to people who can't/won't pay back their loans???  Or maybe you want more of your money to go to corporations who sign bad contracts with employee unions that only work fine if everything stays perfectly clear and we have no downturn in the economy???  Just 12 months ago, our wonderful auto market leaders were predicting blue sky for as far as the eye could see.  Even in those great times, they didn't have the foresight to put away a little money for a rainy day.  Here we are 12 months later, and without a bailout, the 100 year old company GM would have folded . . . in my mind, perhaps they should have folded.  Let a better run company take up the slack.  Maybe Ford, Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mercedes, or some new player in the market might be wiser and actually make cars people want to buy, and pay wrench turners a reasonable wage rather than the 70 sum odd dollars per hour that GM has to pay their employees, both working and retired, and in the "job bank". 

Look, Sports, Football and getting rid of a bad BCS system is exactly what Congress should do.  That and national defense is about it.  Don't you think after a couple hundred years, all the laws that need to be written have been written?  (Except for a quick re-evaluation in light of new technology and advances.)

Anyhow, as appeal to anyone inside the BCS system isn't going to get anywhere because the BCS is a self awarding and self propogating system.  It would be a pay cut for the schools in the BCS to allow any other conference or team into the game.  It will take an outside influence to get any movement on the issue.

ciao



Since: Jun 30, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 1:54 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

I have always been in favor of a playoff system in college football, but it isn't the job of Congress to organize one.  They have a lot more important matters than football to focus on.  In addition, they will likely screw up the playoff system the same way they have screwed up the country. 



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 1:42 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

And then Texas is left out.  Nice going there.  Let's face it, expanding it to at least 8 is only practical, if you're going to go for a playoff, anyway. 



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 1:24 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

The AP could do alot with a big statement in voting Utah #1. They won't have the guts to do it. That #1 vote would be the first step in a true champion.




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2009 1:19 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

Utah beating up on Alabama might be the best thing for college football. A playoff sure would fill the void between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don't care the number of teams 32, 16, 12 with byes or 8 all work for me.

It's pretty boring between Thanksgiving and New Years especially when you're a Big Ten and a Detroit Lions fan.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2009 1:18 am
 

Utah Might Be Best In Country

I do favor a playoff system but the U.S. Congress has no standing or place telling our state and private universities how to play their sports.  Trust me on this one, as someone who spent 26 years of my life as a law maker in elective office.

If they ever achieve 'world peace' and balance the federal budget for about twenty years I might consider giving them a go at it.



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