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Bowl Math for Dummies (& College Presidents)

I like to think of myself as a fairly agreeable, friendly person.  However, there are a few things that I hate to my core.  They include sanctimony, intolerance and the college Bowl system.

I’m only a sports guy to the extent that I’m a fan. So all you MSAs can show off your big brains and poke holes in my logic.  But as a fan, I HAAAAAAATE the college Bowl system.  It’s fascist and unAmerican on every level.  Since only one game counts for anything, I only really watch one game. I might stumble upon the Fiesta Bowl for 30 minutes to watch Texas beat the snot out of OSU, but I’m certainly not going to plan my day around it. And every 38th year when OU gets a bid, I’ll watch a 2nd bowl game. (Yay 2044!) But I have a hard time even getting very excited about that. Our season’s over whether we win or lose.

By contrast, I try to watch every second of every game that I can during March Madness. It doesn’t matter who’s playing.  Yesterday (12.18.08), I asked that a meeting not be scheduled for 03.19.09 because I know that the tournament starts at noon that day.  Now, I’m willing to acknowledge that I may be at the end of the bell curve re: my devotion to the tournament and this might be a good time to note that my office is located in the former state mental asylum on The Ridges, but I am absolutely convinced that there are millions of people like me who’d watch a heck of a lot more college football in December and January if it was part of a tournament.  More viewers = more money.

Others can argue the entrenched interests of the BCS and the distribution of proceeds to the power conferences as reasons there will never be a tournament.  I’m not going to challenge that.  That’s a money coming out the bottom of the funnel argument.  I’m arguing the money going in the top of the funnel.  The total economic activity around post-season college football would be much greater in a tournament than it is in the current arrangement.

I’m also not going to argue for the complete dissolution of the bowls.  You love the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl?  Fine!  Keep it.  Make it an early round game in the tournament.

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December 20, 2008 Posted by | BCS, Football | , , | 12 Comments