January 17, 2012
Coming off the NFL Divisional games we saw the cream rise to the top of the league. Clearly the most entertaining game was the Saints at the 49ers. Drew Brees and that awesome Saints offense did everything in their power to get to the NFC Championship game.
The problem is the Saints defense did everything in their power to not go. Yes, the 49ers were at home, but you cannot let a team march down the field in one minute with a couple of 40 yard bombs to retake the lead. As the game progressed I said the Saints are going to need a miracle, no pun intended, to win this game because the 49ers were scoring too easily and the Saints just couldn't keep up.
Coming off of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday I learned something new about him. I often do research on my heros...my grandparents, my mom, Dr. King. Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. played sports in school. Not only did he play basketball and football but apparently he was great. I've been to Washington, D.C. once in the fourth grade but I want to go back sometime this year to check out his memorial.
Since my last blog a lot has happened regarding the BCS and I waited on purpose until I heard from the key people involved and not just the speculators. The BCS has a real chance of turning into a four team playoff. Commissioners from the 11 FBS conferences met in New Orleans to exchange ideas about what the system for crowning a new champion will be starting in the 2014 season.
According to BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, 50 to 60 possibilities for various charges were presented. Between 5 to 7 meetings are scheduled before July 4thh to make a decision.
Hancock said, "They have a lot of cans to kick down the road. This will not play well on twitter."
Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Smith said, "I think people realize there are flaws in the current system and people are ready to think creatively about ways to improve it. Today was more a philosophical conversation about the extent to which people are open for change. I was very pleased. People are open-minded. But we didn't officially rule out ideas or rank ideas." Well first let me say that I will be very objective and will hold my breath hoping for change...uhhh on second thought maybe not. We've seen the matchups these geniuses have given us since the inception of the disasterous Bowl Championship Series was implented. Well to be fair to Larry Scott, he's in his first year and a big reason the change has an actual shot of happening.
The BCS gave us such classics as the 2003 split National Championship LSU and USC. And Oklahoma's 13 - 2 win over Florida State...well ok that was impressive especially since it was in the Orange Bowl. And of course we have the latest debacle of Alabama's 21 -0 shut out against LSU.
The main reason college football fans get upset is because every year a team gets screwed out of playing for the National Title. This year it was Oklahoma State but because three teams can't play in one game someone is left out or they have to share the title which is unacceptable for a little league team. A new BCS format must be in place before the fall when television negotiations with ESPN open. The BCS is in the middle of a four year deal with ESPN that runs through the 2014 season.