...is flawed & imperfect. (Said the Alabama grad whose team will play for a BCS National Title tomorrow night)
(As I write, it's ~9:00 p.m. on Sunday night, the day before the BCS National Title game between LSU & Bama. Thus, this has precisely zero to do with the outcome of the game.)
The current BCS system for determining who plays in the game is imperfect & controversial. Exhibit A: tomorrow night's game, which is a rematch of an earlier regular-season game.
Here's the thing: (please read this next part slowly, especially if you're a BCS hater who's livid about a rematch) There is NO flawless system for determining who wins the national title. Not one. A system that makes everyone happy just doesn't exist. It's not there. It will never be there.
I've argued for a top 4 tourney since I was a student at Bama when we were 5-6 & had no shot at the NC (or even a bowl game, for that matter). The argument (by me & by many now who are smarter, including Ok St. HC Mike Gundy) is that while the polls might disagree over who is #1 v. #2, there's rarely disagreement over who's #1-4. Let 'em have at it in a 2-game tourney. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? It's flawed. What if your team is a microscopically-close #5 that genuinely believes it could beat #4 & deserves a title? Then you'd be howling.
OK, then what about an 8-team tourney? What if you're a close #9? (etc.) Reply: Yes, but the NCAA hoops tournament in March has 65 teams...Reply to the reply: and every single year, there are teams left out that are controversial. If we can't pick the optimal 65-team field, why think we could find the perfect 2...or 4...or 8...or (etc.)
So, can we please recognize that ANY replacement to the current system has flaws?
(I'll give you a moment to let that be processed...)
In summary, under the current system my school is one of the two teams in the national championship game. Should we win, I will proudly claim another national title for the Crimson Tide.
Should we lose, I will graciously congratulate LSU on another national title for the Tigers.
Some concluding remarks:
--I think tomorrow night's game will be a *great* game. Smash-mouth, hard-hitting football with defenses that are both just awesome to watch.
--I thought the first game was also an awesome game. Personally, I'd rather watch a defensive slobber-knocker 9-6 OT game than a whoever-has-the-ball-last-wins type game.
--I won't be watching tomorrow's game...you read that right; not watching. I have class on the coast. I'd strongly consider skipping, but I'm the teacher! *huge grin*
--VERY IMPORTANT POINT: Precisely NOTHING that matters ultimately will be determined in the Dome tomorrow night. Zero. Zip. Nada. If you're just livid about an LSU-Bama rematch & the BCS system such that you're tweeting & firing non-stop facebook statuses, may I gently suggest that you read the news? Google "Nigeria unrest"..."Religious oppression"..."North Korea"..."Africa Famine"..."Human Trafficking"..."Slavery in 2011"...and get outraged about those things. Tomorrow night is just a dang football game!
Last thought: If you're furious about LSU-Bama playing a rematch, here's some advice: Don't watch!!
Roll Tide regardless of the outcome!