Saturday, August 16, 2014

On College Football Playoffs

If I had my way, and believe me the world would be a much better place if I did, statistics and sports writers and university presidents and AD's would have no place in deciding the national championship. I would expand Division I (or the FBS or whatever you want to call it) to include the largest 128 schools by enrolled student population. They would be divided into 8 sixteen team conferences mostly along regional boundaries. Each conference would be divided into 2 eight team divisions. Each team in the division would play every other team in the division plus 2 non-division opponents for a regular season of 9 games. Division championships would be determined by W-L within the division. Tie breakers are to be determined by each conference. Then the winners of each conference's divisions would meet in week 10 for the conference championship weekend (Wouldn't that be a great weekend of football!) Weeks 11, 12 and 13 would be a 8 team playoff among the conference champions. Seeding would be determined by a selection committee... or maybe by drawing straws... or maybe a cheerleader bikini jello wrestling tournament between week 10 & 11 (that would bring in some extra TV revenue!) Anyways, that's my two cents worth. In this system the championship is determined on the field where it should be.

I'm excited about the playoffs. Although, to be honest, I preferred it the way it was when I was growing up. The SEC champ went to the Sugar Bowl vs. an open bid. Rose was Big 10 & PAC 12. Orange was Big 8 and open bid. And then you had all the arguing afterwards. I liked the arguing. I also liked knowing you were going to New Orleans if your SEC team played well. New Orleans is definitely the place to be for New Years. It beats LA and Miami hands down! I've been to LA a bunch of times, the Big 10 & PAC 12 are welcome to it IMHO!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tony Steward and Kevin Ward

I'm not a Tony Stewart fan. In fact, if anything, I'm a Tony Stewart anti-fan. I've watched more than a little racing and I've never driven a race car but in my opinion there's only one person to blame for Kevin Ward's unfortunate death and that person is Kevin Ward. If he had stayed in his car he would be alive and well today. But, instead, he let his temper get the best of him and he chose to get out of his car and walk into the traffic on the race track.

If anything good can come from this let it be that these driver's stop acting like spoiled children and climbing out of their cars and getting out on the track to throw their helmets at the drivers they are mad at as they drive by. Temper tantrums are unbecoming in 3 year old children. They are even more so in grown men. You can take out your frustrations on the track if you are still in your car. If you are no longer in your car then you take out your frustrations in the pits or garages after the race. That's what fist fights are for.