It's time to celebrate Columbus!

Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the only remaining undefeated team, and the team that we have unanimously chosen to be our National Champions for the 2012-2013 Football Season!

The Buckeyes improved all season long and completed their season on November 24th with a 26-21 victory over rival Michigan. Former #1 Notre Dame, the only other undefeated team following the regular season, lost in dramatic fashion by a score of 42-14 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in their bowl game tonight.

College Football has a storied tradition of not having an NCAA sanctioned official national championship. This has resulted in teams claiming national championships every single time any two-bit publication declared them to be the champion. Alabama, as it turns out, may be the worst offender in that regard, claiming as many as 13 national championships. That includes 1961, where they claim a unanimous championship, despite the fact that Ohio State also claims a Championship in 1961!

So, here you are ‘Bama. We’re gonna play your game. Let the debates begin, but I claim the Buckeyes are better than you simply because Ohio State didn’t lose a football game. Period.

Our official, and totally meaningful, Top 25 appears below the break.

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National Championship Preview: Alabama -vs- LSU

Written January 8th, 2012 by Eric

It’s the eve of the most mythical of mythical national championship matchups. The game that no-one outside of the bible belt actually wanted to see again after the ugly 9-6 OT finish in the middle of the season. The matchup that brought to light questions as to why, exactly, Michigan was not allowed a rematch in the 2007 mythical national championship game.

Amusingly, while everyone was busy clamoring that they would refuse to watch the championship game this year, a number of major College Football analysts and writers claimed that fans would watch anyway. “It’s college football at it’s best,” they breathlessly exclaimed, “You can’t help but watch it in the end.”

Well, I have repeatedly argued that I would not, could not, watch that travesty of a championship. To that end, I will not preview the game either. Instead, I provide you with a channel-by-channel listing of everything else you could be watching instead of torturing your ocular nerves with that field full of pathetic SEC suck. Enjoy!

I’m choosing the 8pm showtime start, so that you’re not even tempted to finish the ridiculous preview show.  Also, I’m not endorsing any of the shows or channels on the list (especially none of the political/news programs), merely providing you a public service so you know what’s available rather than having to scramble at the last minute.

  • ABC: The Bachelor, Castle
  • CBS: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Mike and Molly
  • NBC: Who’s Still Standing?, Fear Factor
  • Fox: House
  • PBS: Antiques Roadshow (x2), Martin Luther, Charlie Rose
  • A&E: Hoarders (x2)
  • ABC Family: Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game
  • AMC: Blazing Saddles (if I turn the TV on at all, I’ll probably be here)
  • BBC: Top Gear (x2)
  • Cinemax: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • CNN: Anderson Cooper 360, Piers Morgan Tonight
  • ESPN2: College Basketball (West Virginia at Connecticut)
  • ESPNU: College Basketball (Oklahoma at Oklahoma State), College Basketball (Cincinnati at Georgetown)
  • FNC: The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity
  • FX: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • G4: Groundhog Day
  • History: Pawn Stars (x2), American Pickers
  • MSNBC: The Ed Show, The Rachel Maddow Show
  • TBS: Family Guy (x6), Conan
  • TCM: The Andromeda Strain
  • TLC: The Cake Boss: Next Great Baker
  • TNT: The Mentalist (x2)
  • USA: NCIS, WWE Monday Night Raw
  • WE: The Golden Girls (x8)

Heck, better yet, go watch something on Netflix, or on your DVR, or go read a book.  You could even go get a tooth canal if you can find a dentist willing to do it that late.  Whatever floats your boat.

Just don’t give the Championship even a minute of your time.  It’s really, honestly, not worth it.

Justice, Alabama, and the BCS: Part 2

Written December 6th, 2011 by Eric

This is the continuation of the article posted this morning looking at a solution to the current problems.

To the victors, the spoils.

Many people have spilled an incredible amount of ink over the years trying to determine a just system for selecting a national champion.  Our own Malibuckeye came up with his own system a while back and expounded upon it in length.  I honestly believe there is only one possible method of satisfactorily deciding a champion with all of the proper criteria. That answer is to allow the teams to decide it on the field in a playoff format. But, unlike with many other views, the playoff isn’t the critical factor. The biggest issue is to start to make the regular season important again.

The best way to determine who gets to play in the Division 1A Playoff, while simultaneously allowing fair access to all of the conferences, is to restrict access only to conference champions. Yes, you heard that right – conference champions only.

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Justice, Alabama, and the BCS: Part 1

Written December 6th, 2011 by Eric

Objectivity, Balance, and Power. Two of these are not possessed by the BCS.

This is the first of a two part article on this year’s BCS problems.

When you think of justice it obviously brings to mind the concepts of the court of law, lady justice, and a jury of your peers. Rarely do people consider justice in college football. They may use words like “fair” and “just” or their antonyms freely, but never in any rigorous context.

What the last 48 hours should have demonstrated to college football fans is that the current bowl system is inherently unjust – meant in the strictest philosophical sense.

What is the definition of justice? Dictionary.com suggests (irritatingly as the fifth definition) “the administering of deserved punishment and reward”. This gets at the very heart of the matter.

The BCS as a system was designed to solve the age old problem of determining who is the college football national champion in any given year. Where in previous years the AP and Coaches polls – and a laundry list of other polls before that – occasionally chose different teams, the BCS was supposed to be the unifying consensus. That, of course, went out the window in early 2004 when the AP poll decided to vote USC #1 over LSU, the team that won the national championship game that year.

But the ludicrousness of the BCS doesn’t even begin there. It begins with the very concept of using a poll to determine anything of importance at all.

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