things go poorly
I figured this would be a nice way to ensure that all day dreaming about NCAA FBS Playoffs sit tidily in one thread. If you're wondering "Why are you initiating this pointless discussion? WHY?" It's because I have my own day dream that I wanted to share, and it will be posted as the first comment in this thread. Enjoy, ignore, or hate.
But to keep the board from being cluttered by day dreams of how a playoff should work, or why it won't work, or what your idea is, or why my idea is stupid, etc. I thought we'd keep it to one thread.
Now that the Big 10 has finally sold out, it seems like we've reached the point where an NCAA football playoff is just about the next step in this soul-less progression toward maximizing profit. There's no point pretending that anyone with power cares about tradition. If the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry can be destroyed without even a second glance from the suits, fan input must mean nothing. And soon, the other suits will realize this: that it doesn't matter if fans and coaches like the bowl games despite the mass commercialization; they'll see the indescribable sums of money lying on the table, and a playoff will happen. So the day many of you have wished for seems just on the horizon.
As for me, the pain I feel from Delany's idiocy, his clear betrayal of the Big 10 and college football in general, is just enough to bring me over the edge; at this point, everything is already going to be different-- so bring on the playoff.
Edit: Marked OT
Go Wings. Keep it rolling.
Octopus >>> Shark. Mark it down.
So the NBA playoffs are finally here! I actually care because my home team (the Atlanta Hawks) are decent and have made yet another playoff run.
So who do you like to win it all? Conference finals?
Hawks have a relatively easy road, with the Bynum-less Bucks in round 1. Second round, though, is a toughy. No one to match up against Dwight Howard; struggles on the road (although spectacular at home); and haven't proven they can beat the top 2 teams in the east (Magic, Cavs) consistently (only 1 win against each in the regular season and, in the Cavs game yesterday, both teams basically benched all their starters). Ray of hope against the Magic is that the Hawks were winless against Boston in the regular season 2 years ago, but managed to take them to 7 games. Should the Hawks get past Orlando, chances aren't good against the Cavs (sweep last year in the playoffs still hurts). If Boston somehow manages to upset Cleveland (not likely), I like the Hawks chances.
As it is, I'll go out on a limb and say Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals. Cavs over Jazz in the championship.
As you are aware, M hockey takes on Sparty in the 2nd round of the CCHA playoffs. Sparty will be on spring break next week. Even though Munn Ice Arena is already comparable to a library on game days, I feel we can truly outnumber Sparties in their own building all weekend.
That being said, we need a strong Munn invasion to help our chances for a CCHA Semifinal berth.
To get started, here's the link for tickets from MSU's website. Someone else confirm that MGoBlue will be selling our allotment of tickets starting tomorrow, please.
Buy buy buy my hockey brethren and may we flood the green and white with the maize and blue.
I am currently taking my last English class ever(thank god), and one of the final assignments is a 10 page argumentative research paper. For a paper this long i need a topic that I'm truly passionate about; and what better than college football?
Most, if not all, of us know that the great controversy of college football is of course:
the BCS system vs a playoff system
I wrote a shorter 6 page paper on this same topic last semester but I'll re-word everything to avoid that whole plagiarism thing. Onto the whole point to my post...I want to improve my paper but don't want to post it on here so my teacher doesn't Google a section of it and find it on a sports blog. (I almost did, that would have been stupid of me)
At the moment there are no rebuttals to why a playoff system would be bad but from what I've read around here, the BCS makes a lot more money than a playoff would. Is there any factual data to prove that so I could put it in my paper? Also, I understand that a playoff would remove the student athletes from their schools or homes for a longer duration, but doesn't March Madness do the same thing?
So if you could comment on the reasons a playoff system is a better option than the BCS system, it would be greatly appreciated.