Thursday, January 11, 2007

Boise State Wins National Championship
Just a few quick notes so everybody knows I'm still alive:

Ohio State thoroughly embarrassed the great state of Ohio on Monday night. Buckeyes, you are a much more talented, much better team than the one you showed us in the most important game of the season. Shame on you for playing WELL below your potential. I was shocked and awed by the lack of effort, and Teddy Ginn injuring his foot in a touchdown celebration really was just the icing on the cake. I am deeply disappointed... make no mistake, the Florida Gators are a great team, but not that much better than Ohio State this year.

That being said, I think I'm just about done with watching college football national championship games. Much like the NFL, the season gets longer every year for purely reasons of profit. I'm not against profit, but I am against the exploitation of great national traditions for profit. There does not need to be a 50+ day layoff between the end of the season and the national championship game with a bowl game every single day. Also, the BCS title game does not need to be a seperate game from the other bowls. That's just ridiculous. I think it's almost universally agreed that the BCS is a trainwreck (not much different than the NCAA itself as an organization), and the national championship game should be held on January 1st, period. Also, if you're going to have a single "national championship game," have a playoff, or do not pretend that the winner of a single game is the predetermined champion. Ohio State was blown out by a very good team, but probably not the best team in the nation. Boise State went undefeated and knocked off traditional top 10 power Oklahoma to cap their season and they finish... 5th? Where is the justice in that? I gave up consistently following the NFL a couple of years ago, when the 2nd time out taken in the 3rd quarter was sponsored by A Corporation and presented by B Corporation, with the stats shown at the beginning of the commercials were provided by C Corporation. While I'm on this topic, do we really need spectacular computer generated displays of the offense and defense, and interviews with every player on every team before the game so they can be played during the came? I can't tell you how many times we've had to be brought back into a game midway through a play just because we "need to hear" what a certain player had to say in response to an interview question forced on him.

Well, I feel much better now. In short, I used to be a huge sports fan... every day, I am less so, due to the dilution of event presentation.



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