Why Not Everybody?

The Tostitos “National Championship” game on Monday was one of the best games I’ve seen in a long time. I had to work the next morning and I got into bed at halftime with the game on my laptop and figured I would be asleep before the game returned.

I was riveted. It was incredible. As an avid sports fan from a non-college market, I want to be a fan of college football. But the lack of a playoff is killing me. And the thing that kills me is, we could fix it.

There were 35 bowls held this football season, this includes the BCS (Which Portnoy likes to call “Beyond Common Sense “) bowls and everything. Thirty-five games that provide participating schools with purses ranging from $325,000 to $17mil. BCS advocates make a big deal out of the fact that the bowls provide a destination for players and fans and a satisfaction derived from winning a bowl game.

I don’t dispute those claims (although I do wonder how important it is to some of the players who win the R+L Carriers bowl). I also don’t want to do away with the bowls we have today. I say the NCAA can make the bowls participate in a Darwinian competition for the teams their sponsors covet. Continue reading