As a college football fan, I suppose I should be jumping for joy that we're finally getting a playoff system to decide the national champion.
Of course, I'll be tuning in for every game because, well, I'm an insane football fan who thinks there's no such thing as too much football. But I still can't help but feel that the system devised isn't going to necessarily make things any less complicated, so much as make it more complicated.
The biggest thing that gets me is we still have the interminable lay-off between the end of the regular season and when the bowls (now the playoffs) will begin. I know the argument goes that it's to protect the student athlete, but I call shennigans on that logic. Every other major sport under the sun has multiple games per week and a playoff system that barely takes into account the fact that these athletes are also students. I'd argue that football players have the potential to miss fewer days than their fellow athletes who participate in basketball, baseball or another sport.
And then there's a selection committee that will look at--well, we're not exactly sure how the teams will be chosen. I can't wait for the year that we have five, six or seven undefeated teams or that some independent team or team from a lesser conference gets overlooked because a)they're schedule was full of cupcakes and b)they won't bring in the huge bags of cash that you'd get from an SEC or other big conference team. Or heaven forbid you overlook a conference champion and instead insert a more deserving and better second team from a conference.
It seems to me that the playoff idea is a step in the right direction. And maybe they'll prove me wrong and this will all work out well and the new system will be a good one.
But on my initial view, I've got to say I see far more potential for this thing to be an epic fail than an epic win.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/27/2012 10:58:00 AM