Monday, May 14, 2012

Don't Count On It To Happen, But This Is The Best Idea Yet

You done just got RUPED, SON!
I trust that all of you did well yesterday and treated your mother/wife with the respect that the calendar grants her.  I ended up giving my wife the greatest gift of all...the gift of ribs.  While I was finishing off my rack like a boss, I couldn't help but think of all of you.  Deep down, I felt like I was cheating on you shits.  After Ribfest, it almost seems like all BBQ eatings should be done together.  I don't like that.  I don't want to feel that way.  Nevertheless, Grumpy needs to take us out for dinner again and soon.  By the way, the drive to Gahanna to the last standing Hoggy's in town was ELITE (Granted, I was there to umpire a DH but neither team showed up and the coach never called me...I hope he dies).  I hope that my car smells like ribs forever.  Do they make BBQ-flavored air fresheners?  I got dibs on this idea.

For today's topic, it's time to finally hit on something that broke last week.  Now, I have never been a big fan of Big Ten Commish, Jim Delany, and I've said this quite often.  I think that he's a fraud.  He's greedy.  He doesn't have the best interest of college football at heart (which makes sense though because that isn't his job) although he acts like he does.  And every once in a while, he will talk about a playoff system even though he has no desire at all to see that happen.  But Delany's recent outline for a playoff system has piqued my interest.

This plan gives a huge preference to conference champions (as it should).  It is a four team playoff in which only the top 6 teams in the final BCS rankings of the season would be considered (as they should).  Now, correct me if I'm wrong here, the top two seeds would get to host the lower two seeds in the opening round (which is really cool as that would make a team from the South potentially have to play an outdoor game up North in the cold and that is something that everyone has wanted to see for DECADES).  If I was to finally weigh in on my own mythical college football playoff dream scenario, this would be pretty close to what I want.

First of all, and I screamed this a few months ago, conference champions should be playing for a title.  If you can't win your own league, then you should need a ton of help for possible inclusion.  Of course, Nick Saban came out over the weekend and was against this which makes sense because he is an asshole.  This year, for example, #3 OK State would have hosted #5 Oregon and #1 LSU would have welcomed #2 Alabama as the Tide would have been the lone wild card included.  Saban still would have been in which just goes to show that he doesn't know what he's talking about.  Way to be against an idea that would not have negatively impacted you at all, jerk.

Now, how I would do it, is that you play the semifinals on the Monday night of week 17 of the NFL season and then the championship the following Monday.  It would give the final four about three weeks to prepare for the semis and then a week for the big one and would, in theory, eliminate any sort of rust from sitting around for 6 weeks.  Monday is a football night anyway so you might as well piggyback on the groundwork that the NFL laid out.

People who are clamoring for a 16 team, an 8 team, or a plus one (Herbie!) are being impractical.  16 and 8 for obvious reasons because there aren't that many teams worthy of the title shot and scheduling conflicts.  The plus one MAY work but you would have to destroy the current bowl tie-ins and that doesn't seem like it's going to happen anytime soon.  The big money bowls aren't going to be too happy to get second rate teams every year.  I think that this makes the most sense though even if it means weakening the current BCS bowls.  Whatever, fuck them anyway.  The Fiesta Bowl people are sacks of taint anyway.

The issue with Delany's plan is Delany himself.  He will NEVER dump on the Rose Bowl which is exactly what would need to happen if you want to ever see something like this.  I would highly doubt that the Rose Bowl would want the 2nd place Big Ten team buttfuck the 2nd place Pac-12 team every season.  They want champions.  Haven't they seen enough of Bret Bielema?  Second, other than Ohio State, who else is the Big Ten going to send to this 4 team tournament every year?  When was the last time that a non-Fuckeyes team finished in the top 4 of the BCS?  Maybe Wisconsin once?  Needless to say, Jim Delany would need to convince his schools to fore go a LOT of money for the sake of the betterment of the game.  So, in essence, this is all posturing by the guy that holds the key to getting this done.

The SEC wouldn't have an issue with this.  Neither would the Big 12 or the Pac 12 since they almost always have their champion qualify as well.  The Big East and ACC aren't going to mind since this doesn't really effect them anyway.  Delany is the lynch pin for the plan that he announced.  It's time for him to put his (for lack of a better word) money where his mouth is.  If he TRULY wants this to happen, then he has to make it happen.  I actually like his outline though.  It doesn't completely eliminate non-BCS schools or non-champion BCS schools, but it sure as shit makes it harder for them to get in.  And that is just the way that it should be.

So there.  I have always supported the current format of the bowl system but now I'm starting to lean toward a tournament featuring "The ELITE of the ELITE".  They should TOTES call it that.  It's time to get something done instead of just talking about how it's time to start talking about getting things done.  Thoughts?

38 comments:

Grumpy said...

I'm with 'ya. Get it done. So if a team like Boise or Miami finishes in the top 6 of the polls and win their league, they're in?

GMoney said...

The way that I understand it is that they aren't IN, but they would qualify. And if they qualify, then OBVZ they won their league.

But maybe I'm totally misreading this. If I am then consider it my plan. I'm sure that Drew will chime in soon enough.

Grumpy said...

That's what I meant; they would qualify for consideration to be in the Final Four.

Anonymous said...

The bowl sponsorship problem is an easy one to solve. Just rotate them all like they did before the BCS Championship Game (TM) came about. People don't give two shits what bowl they're going to (unless it's OSU going to the Fiesta bowl where we rape), so appease the sponsors by being fair.

For inclusion, the top 4-6 in the rankings are usually spot on every year, so it shouldn't be hard to weed out who should and shouldn't be included. If BSU goes undefeated every year as usual, then they are in. I think it is fairly retarded to arbitrarily designate conferences into certain spots. Rankings do have to play some role in this, so let the BCS determine who is the top 4/6. Granted, if that happens, people will get on their high horse that their team should be 4/6 rather than 5/7, so you will never make everyone happy. However, if your team wins every game or loses to a top tier team, you should be up there anyways. Went 12-1 but lost to Notre Dame? Fuck you, enjoy the Capital One bowl.

Ide

GMoney said...

It made no sense at all for Nick Saban to go insane about this on Tim Brando's show last week. He clearly had no idea what he was talking about. If the SEC keeps chugging along, they would get two teams in more often than not. If anything, it should keep annoying hangers-on like the VaTech's and Bob Stoops's of the world out of the huge games and that is what we all would like to see.

By the way, Hoggy's BBQ is still the shiznit.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a good plan to me. Any plan that doesn't involve a Southern team travelling up North for a semi-final game when they are ranked worse than the Northern team will infuriate me. So, I'm all for this. The "must be a conference champion" angle is a very good one too.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

From what I understand, the most likely plan would be for the 1 and 2 teams to "host" the 3 and 4 teams at their traditional bowl games. So if Alabama and OSU are 1 and 2 the semis would be at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. This really isn't a home game for OSU but whatever. Then the championship game would be up for bids to the highest bidder every year (like Dallas, Atlanta, etc.) Also, the conference champion stipulation is likely to be out as well. The teams hosting games on campus sites is still in play but is trailing the above scenario.

-Damman

Anonymous said...

But I would be all for the semis on campus. Seeing an sec team play in the north in December would be fantastic. The powers that be are worried that if a team like K-State is 1 or 2, Manhattan, Kansas wouldn't be able to accomodate all the media. This a bullshit excuse if you ask me.

-Damman

GMoney said...

Really? That sucks that the "home sites" are big stupid corporate venues. Jim Delany sucks again. The media can get fucked.

So if the conference champion stip is out as is as the actual home games then this really isn't a plan at all then.

Look, big swinging dicks of college football, if you want to do what is right and what everyone wants then someone's feelings are going to get hurt. Someone is going to get pissed off. It might as well be the bowls/media. Their opinions are gay anyway.

Anonymous said...

The conference champion stip is not out and neither is the campus site idea. They are just not the leader in the clubhouse from what I've read.

-Damman

Anonymous said...

I don't think playing up north during the "postseason" will ever be logical. I don't necessarily agree with this, but that is too drastic of a change with a playoff system. We are talking about completely redoing the entire way college football is played and restructuring billions of dollars of revenue. They will have to give some concessions if they want the sponsors to jump on board. No one want to see a bowl game played in Ann Arbor except for UM fans and sports purists.

Now, changing a bowl venue to Soldier Field or the Meadowlands, however, would totes be awesome, and bring a big enough market to make the sponsors more than happy.

Ide

GMoney said...

As VP Salena Meyer would say:

"Ray Rice? He so nice."

Veep is just tremendous.

I just love how some people are so adamant that conference champions not be weighed so heavily. It's like, "YEAH, SOMEONE NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT THE LOSERS!" That makes no sense.

By the way, my proposed plan eliminates Notre Dame privileges. ELITE!

Anonymous said...

No need for that G$, they do a better, and more hilarious, of a job doing that themselves.

I haven't seen Veep yet, maybe I'll give it a shot. Homeland was indeed ELITE, though.

Ide

The Iceman said...

That's the best part of your plan, G$. Fuck Notre Dame. But Ide brings up a great point. With Brian Kelly too busy finding ways to murder students and their players beating the shit out of cops, I don't know where they would find the time to compete.

I agree with most of this...and winning a conference championship was always an unspoken prerequisite to play for the NC. Until they made an exception for Alabama this past year.

GMoney said...

Ide, you know how think that Hung and Bored To Death are good shows (they are not)? Veep is a million times better.

No one wants to see January football at The Big House? Hilarious. You imply that Michigan would ever finish in the top 2 of the BCS standings. That makes me LOL.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, how is Michigan gonna make it when Urban and the Buckeyes are rolling the conference each year?

G$...I randomly saw on Friday that there were like 60 days until the Big Brother premiere. When are you supposed to hear if you made it to another stage or not?

--Drew

GMoney said...

Damman, no props (or "dap" as Wilbon would say) for Rupe making the banner pic today???

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I was picking a random city in the north. If cold conditions come into play, it will be a B1G school hosting it. The Big East is lol bad, and there isn't any team up north to compete. Wiscy will always be the visitor. MSU/UM/OSU are the only teams that have a modicum of a chance of hosting a game. No one, aside from the fan base and people that love the game, wants to watch a game at the Big House/Shoe/East Lansing (lol), regardless of how great a site 2/3 of them are.

The SEC will suck off every person they could to make sure that wouldn't happen. Sponsors will threaten money to make it not happen. Like I said, the only chance they have is a big market place like Chicago or NYC/Jersey. Remember the Super Bowl in Detroit? More people hated it for other reasons than the fact the Steelers won.

Ide

GMoney said...

Apps were due in by last Friday 5/11. Mine was received on 4/28. I would imagine that they will be flying people out for the finalist interviews by the first week of June and then picking the 14 houseguests a week or so later. The show starts up (before airing) around July 4th.

My guess is that if it gets to Memorial Day and I haven't heard anything then CBS made the biggest mistake of their lives. Thanks for asking! I saw those commercials as well.

GMoney said...

No, Ide, the only up Norf teams that have a chance to host this game are Ohio State and Boise State (would Oregon count because they have a chance, too). That is it. FACT!

Anonymous said...

Yes, definitely mad props on the Rupe pic. The post is entirely unrelted to the pic, which actually makes it funnier. Random Rupe pics are always welcome.

-Damman

Anonymous said...

If CBS does not pick G$, then I'm suicide bombing their headquarters.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

I would say i will never watch CBS again, but i already have that covered.

The Iceman said...

It's funny how everyone thinks Michigan will never finish in the top 5 ever again. Tell me again how predicting the future is working out for you.

A program like Michigan always has the potential to finish in the top 5. It's a major program in a major conference that gets major recruits. With that formula they could accidentally finish in the top 5 some years. You guys act like the balance of power will never shift in the next 50 years. So dumb.

Eb said...

What are the asterick rules? Like if your not the conference champion, or your Notre Dame how do you get in? Top 5 Ranking?

I would love to see SEC teams play in the Midwest in November!

MuDawgfan said...

The moment a fanbase with a massive following has to go to a site with a stadium for 50-60k in a shitty college town, this plan will be scrapped for four neutral sites.

Only thing I think makes sense is that whatever school is the host should have to double their opposing fanbase ticket alotment.

It's no longer just an extra home game - it's a national semi-final and visiting teams should be able to bring more than 6,000 fans.

Grumpy said...

Off topic, but Napoleon resident has died playing semi-pro football.

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/05/14/Semipro-teams-mourn-death.html

Anonymous said...

A white 32 year old with 5 young daughters? Dude broke some stereotypes. I guess he truly will be a "dead" beat Dad.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

MUDawg...I'd actually think it would be cool if OSU had to play like in Stillwater,OK in a Final 4 game if they were ahead of us in the system polls. I ain't scurred of nothing.

--Drew

The Iceman said...

That should go to show us all Grumpy...if you don't accept reality that your wildest dreams will never come true by your 30th birthday, you'll die.

What the hell is a 32 year old still doing playing organized football anyway? Trying to break all of Kevin Milius's semi-pro records I would think. I wonder...does semi pro even have a record book? What about a HOF? I'm sure I could look this up myself but I really don't care all that much.

GMoney said...

Iceman, I'm not saying that The Hokester would not ever be able to finish in the top 6. I am saying that it is going to be really tough to finish in the top 2 to get that home game.

I am not familiar with this Dave Coleman guy. Patrick Henry HS alum so you know that he sucked.

Eb, the way that I read it is that say only the SEC and Pac-12 champs are ranked in the top 6; then the remaining two slots will be filled by at-large schools also in the top 6. Basically, it's a screening process like at a club. The conference champs get to sit in the VIP rooms but the second place teams can also show up as long as they qualify for inclusion and there is still room. Take for instance:

1. Bama
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Ohio State (after getting upset in the Big 10 title game)
5. Oregon
6. Florida
9. Michigan
13. Texas
14. WVU
15. Florida State (the last 4 all won their leagues but don't qualify)

Bama and USC are hosts for the semis. Even though LSU and Ohio didn't win anything, they are included based on rankings and no one else qualifying to get in over them.

Hope that that helps.

GoT last night...where were the tits? Dude from the House of the Undead is going to give me nightmares. So who was BBQ'ed at the end by that douche from the Iron place? Those weren't the Stark kids. No way. Still bored as fuck with the bastard Jon Snow. He should have fucked that mongrel.

Anonymous said...

Game of Thrones was a good episode last night. I thought Jon Snow surely would have fucked that girl. I also thought there was no way that was the actual Stark boys hanging at the end. If it were, we would have actually seen them caught. The series is spiraling towards the Lanisters being massacred. Did Jaime Lanister actually get killed by Catherine Stark? They certainly left a lot of loose ends that you would expect to see in a season finale.

-Lil' Strut

Anonymous said...

Iceman...who is the bigger loser. The 32 year old that is playing semi-pro football on the weekends? Or the schmuck that must be putting down like $ 8 to go watch the 32 year old play semi-pro football? If you ignore the fact that the 32 year old died...it's kind of a toss-up.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

Those were the kids scurrying around the farm. The episode was good and that Undying guy is creepy as fuck, but im guessing they are settimg up for an asscrazy last 3 episodes.

Ide

Prime99 said...

GoT is always good. This episode had some awesome conversations- Cersei totally admitted openly about being a brotherfucker to Tyrion. Joffrey is crazy due to incest? Ya think?

I love talking about the show but I hold back a little because I already read the books. I know too much! Tell me to shut up if I border on spoilers.

The Iceman said...

I'm gonna have to go with the douche paying to watch that pathetic shit, Drew. Without fans this losery wouldn't even exist. But now that I think about it...I would TOTES drop $8 to rip on Hawkstedt wannabe's for 2 hours at least one time. Hmmm...two hours....Who the fuck am I kidding? probably 3 series and I'm out.

Brady said...

Good post G$. Why something like this hasn't been implemented already is fucking crazy. EVERYBODY wants something to get done besides the money hungry fucks at the BCS. I understand there are traditions and scheduling conflicts but it's just plain un-American to not decide a champion on the field.

Anonymous said...

Brady, a playoff is going to happen. That's been decided. Its just a matter of what its gonna look like. And it won't go into effect unitl after the 2014 season.

-Damman