I apologize. I googled “songs about Iowa” and this came up. Yeah, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Here’s a palate cleanser… also from Iowa.
Commentary- Mora The Same
On Tuesday, our long national nightmare was over. The frustrations about inadequate leadership and partisan bickering came to a halt, and a weary nation rejoiced.
Government shutdown? Nay, I speak of the glory that is the College Football Playoff Committee.
The names include a “Who’s Who” of sports- athletic directors, former stars, coaching legends, people connected to the pulse of college football, and others who understand both the national zeitgeist and the values of academia.
In other words- Human Error.
Look, I have no issue with the particulars of the committee’s makeup. I’m a fan of Coach Willingham and Coach Osborne, think Condi will do just fine thankyouverymuch. The only problems that I might have is the inclusion of the director of a conference that no longer exists and having the man who thought Bert Bielema and John L. Smith were good hires serve as chair.
But those things are just small potatoes compared to my major realization: None of this will matter.
It was also revealed that this group would release a top 25 a few occasions during the upcoming season, and that their votes/input would be anonymous in order to protect the process.
So again, that’s people getting together to make a list, but not letting you know their rhyme or reason. In other words… what we had before the 1992 Bowl Coalition.
“But it’ll help make sure that everyone gets a fair opportunity, and that it’s not just the same teams and the same financial ties…” Right. This year, there’s a possiblity of 6 undefeated teams at the end of the season; do you really think that there’d be any more clarity with a committee that chose which four got to move on to the playoff?
“I’m sure it will expand, though…“ That’s not really the point. First, if there’s 8 teams, we’re arguing about #9. If there are 16, #17 has pissed off fans. Look no further than the expansion of March Madness and the “bubble watch” for proof of this. Also, I’m not sure expanding is a good thing- think of NFL teams that have clinched their playoff berths and screw up your fantasy roster on the last week of the season by resting the starters… that’s a real possibility moving forward.
See, here’s the thing: As faithful readers will remember, bowls were and are about tourism and not “championship”. Hell, some of the titles that Alabama claims were “awarded” to them before they went on to lose their postseason exhibition.
We’ll be just as frustrated with the new Playoffs as we were with the old Polls and Bowls, and then the Bowl Coalition, and the Bowl Alliance, and the late great BCS. They’ll make adjustments; adding teams, considering “all the data available”, inviting new bowl partners,
playing games in cold weather stadiums (oh, who am I kidding), all without addressing the one truth of the matter- Fans will argue about the accuracy no matter what.
I said this in 1986 in a Public Speaking assignment while I was in high school, I wrote about this in 2009, and it’s still true today.
“Champion”, as a delineation, is only as significant as we allow it to be- think of Auburn’s recent title; there are a lot of folks who disregard this with no problem whatsoever. And since “champion” is a shared construct from fans, whatever the fans choose to accept as the way to determine that title will ultimately be the “best” way, be it a tournament, a “plus one”, or another true game of skill.
But by no means will that choice be universal or perfect… and we should just learn to love that the imperfection will always be part of the culture of college sports.
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And Finally: Sunday returned our favorite cast of battered Georgians (nope, not Mark Richt’s team), as The Walking Dead came back to AMC just in time for Halloween season. There’s still time to get on board if you’ve not watched it thus far- here’s a helpful trailer to catch you up to speed: