Here are some "outstanding" editorials/letters to the editor" regarding the sad state of affairs of the College BcS cartel. TCU and Boise State upset their little elitist BcS Fake National Championship plans this year.
Read what others have to say and then chime in with your take on the BcS through adding your feedback to this post.
"TCU needs a bowl of its very own
Jennifer Floyd-Engel, Sports Writer,
What the heck is wrong with everybody? Are we really that naïve?
Of course, having TCU and
a) Smoking crack.
c) Has a vested interest in protecting this sham of a BcS system.
And c) obviously applies to Fiesta Bowl president John Junker, thus b) does, too, in regards to his laying kisses on TCU and unleashing his "biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard in my life" as a defense.
Where is Rep. Joe Wilson and his "you lie" shtick when really needed?
The Fiesta Bowl took one for the "team," probably in exchange for future considerations. The Fake National Championship (FNC) is in Glendale in 2011 and do not be surprised if this little sacrifice guarantees a prettier pre-Fiesta Fiesta Bowl.
Spin that Fiesta honchos chose TCU because, gosh-darn-it, it was more deserving is giggle-worthy. Name the last time a big-time bowl did the right, altruistic thing?
Bowls do the money thing and the money thing was to invite
So why would the Fiesta pass up on that payday?
Hmmmmmm, what possibly could it be? Could it be that if TCU, ranked No. 4 in BcS standings, played and beat Cincy or
And since everybody knows the Frogs have zero chance at this FNC, this only hastens calls for a playoff, and a playoff threatens to decimate their little bowl cartel.
Yes, the single worst thing to happen to the BcS was what Kyle Whittingham and his fine Utah Utes team did to
Say this for the BcS, it learns. No more inviting Boise to play Oklahoma and Utah to play Alabama because, instead of putting non-AQ schools in their place and shutting them up as planned, it only gave them evidence of what a sham the whole thing really is.
No way are they allowing that to happen again. So TCU plays
This is standard BcS operating procedure where C stands for conspiracy, and all that leaves is B and S.
Always a doer and a carer, though, I have a solution.
Actually, I have to give credit to my wonderful motley crew of faithful readers for sparking this idea. Red Raider Joe suggested taking their ball and going home, and I thought, "There has to be a sponsor for that."
So may I humbly offer:
The 2010 non-BcS National Championship Game presented by JerryWorld.
This is exactly the kind of rebellious, rogue, crazy idea Owner Jones has turned into billions of dollars in his Cowboy lifetime. And he has an ability to turn this into a wildly popular and profitable venture as well.
Start by having TCU and
"We are excited to be in the Fiesta Bowl," Horned Frogs PR man Mark Cohen said when I reached him in
Next have Owner Jones use his connections to wrangle up a TV partner, and really Football Night in
Find a few big-time sponsors, like my good friends at BNSF Railway (and I spoke there once so that makes us friends, right?) and the Dallas Mavs (this seems right up Mark Cuban’s alley) to help defray Jerry’s costs.
Finally, we market this as The National Championship. All we need for legitimacy is a trophy, a logo and a Twitter/FBook account as our good friends at The BcS have proven.
The Star-Telegram graphics department was a little busy Tuesday. So, if any of you graphically inclined Horned Frog fans could whip me up a logo to present to Jerry next time I see him, I’d sure appreciate it. And I’d doubly appreciate any sketches for a possible Ice The Cupcake logo as well.
We could recycle the Fort Worth Bowl runner-up trophy from 2003, and all we lack is an official Tweeter of this non-BcS. And I nominate The Great Joe Barton (R-Arlington).
Quick aside: How soul-sucking must it be to defend this indefensible BcS system in 140 characters or less?
Of course, if this fails, go to the Fiesta Bowl folks.
Good bowl. Good city. And you know the BcS will be taking attendance and looking for a way to justify conspiring against you next time around.
Remember the C is for conspiracy, and all that is left is B and S.”
"Not cheering Fiesta
Congratulations to the TCU football players for an outstanding season. However, I am very disappointed in the TCU and Mountain West Conference administrations and coach Gary Patterson. TCU should be in the Sugar Bowl playing
Playing and beating
I believe the BCS and the NCAA are scared to death of an antitrust lawsuit by a school like TCU. Giving automatic BCS bowl bids to only select conferences and not to others and the fact that all these schools accept federal money makes them a prime target for antitrust action.
These significant bowl opportunities do not come that often, and the TCU players deserved better this year. They were ill-served by their administration and coach for not standing up to the BCS and getting the bowl matchup the players earned.
I hope the local TCU alumni come down hard on this administration for its failure to support its players and stand tall against the very unfair BCS.
— James Sumpter, Mansfield"
"Biggest Concession Stand?
An objective person might think that if you work hard on the practice field and in the classroom, put the team above yourself, devise a good game plan, stay focused at every position for every minute of the game you would be considered the best team.
Not so fast, it has nothing to do with any of that, it’s how many hot dogs you sold.
BCS really means who has the Biggest Concession Stand.
— Perry Cozzen,
I wanted to congratulate the TCU football program and say I do feel you should be playing
— Steve Hasse,
By David Thomas, Sports Writer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"12 reasons the Fiesta Bowl is a good thing for TCU
Imagine you move into a much nicer, higher-dollar neighborhood.
You walk outside your first morning in your new home and bend over to pick up the newspaper. (The Star-Telegram, of course. Double-wrapped, because we care.)
But as you stand back up, you notice a U-Haul truck across the street. Out your old neighbor from your old neighborhood. ... of the cab jumps
Now here is a scene we do not have to imagine.
TCU works its way into a much nicer, higher-paying, BCS bowl game. When the other opponent is revealed, it’s Boise State the Horned Frogs defeated last season in the — take a deep breath — San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
That is no knock on the Fiesta Bowl, and definitely no knock on the projected $17.5 million payout to the participating conferences.
But with third-ranked TCU and sixth-ranked Boise State being matched against one another, there certainly is the feel — which I have heard on at least two occasions — that the adults have sent SuperFrog and Buster Bronco off to the kids’ table for the family holiday meal.
The consensus of local purple-wearers is that TCU deserved better. A better opponent ("better" as in status, not ability) and a better bowl (as in the big enchilada.)
I am not going to join in the launching of a TV show called BCSI to investigate whether it was indeed only one person who amended the Big 12 replay rules at the last second, leaned the goal post to the side on
I do, however, want to at least try to make things better in our beloved city by offering 12 reasons TCU’s bowl and opponent are a great thing:
1. Tostitos rock.
2. If you have last year’s Poinsettia Bowl on DVR and have not gotten around to watching it yet, you won’t need to now.
3. The Horned Frogs have a chance to beat
4. Playing on a green field gives TCU a decided statistical edge.
5. Would you rather have a fiesta or an orange?
6. Of the BCS bowl sites, only
7. "BCS buster, Broncos buster" sounds good.
8. Having undefeated teams meet in a non-championship game for the first time in BCS history has to move us that much closer to the act of Congress apparently needed to create a playoff.
10. This will be the highest-combined ranking of teams for a TCU bowl game since No. 1 TCU defeated No. 5 Carnegie Tech 15-7 in the 1939 Sugar Bowl. Carnegie Tech football will appreciate the attention.
11. The 2011 BCS National Championship Game will be played at
12. Still working on a 12th reason. I’ll get back to you."
"Barton: Playoff system would end BCS cartel
Congressman Joe Barton, of
'My bill does not seek a federal government takeover of college football. In fact, it is just the opposite. It simply puts the onus on the BCS to come up with a playoff system. Every other sport in intercollegiate athletics at every level has some sort of playoff or merit-based national meet or tournament. Why not the top tier of Division I football?
Obviously, this isn’t the most important issue in
Having said that, college football is a multibillion-dollar-a-year operation, and it is interstate commerce. That makes it a legitimate candidate for congressional oversight. After all, we are talking about schools that receive public funding.
The Forth Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 2 editorial said that the BCS “is a lucrative operation” for “a few lucky conferences.” The conferences involved aren’t lucky. They deliberately set up a system that maximizes revenue for their members. It isn’t about student-athletes or determining a “champion.”
The BCS is a cartel in the truest sense of the word. If Exxon Mobil and Chevron did in the oil industry what the BCS has done in college football, they would be prosecuted for violating antitrust laws.
Need proof of the cartel? Well, look at TCU (non-BCS conference) vs. Baylor (BCS conference). Here’s the tale of the tape from 2005 to 2008:
■ Season record: TCU 37-10, Baylor 16-31
■ Bowl record: TCU 4-0, Baylor 0-0
■ Bowl receipts: TCU $2.01 million, Baylor $6.2 million
Baylor is earning more than $1.5 million a year from bowls it never plays in, while TCU — which during this time period beat teams such as
Since the BCS began in 1998, guess how many teams have played in the “championship” game. Only 11.
This means that each year, more than 6,000 student-athletes are left out and learn firsthand how a cartel really works.
This is a perversion of what college football is all about, and that’s why I introduced this bill.
Players and their millions of fans deserve a fair playoff system. It’s time for the backroom bullies of the BCS to replace the current system with a playoff that’s fair and open to all teams.
Let’s determine the college football champion on the field of play, four downs at a time.'"
"House panel passes college football playoff bill
By Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press Writer
The bill, which faces steep odds, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game as a national championship unless it results from a playoff. The measure passed by voice vote in a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee, with one audible "no," from Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.
"With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on," Barrow said before the vote, although he stressed he didn't like the current Bowl Championship Series, either.
The BCS selections announced last weekend pit two unbeaten teams, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas, in the Jan. 7 national title game. Three other undefeated teams - TCU,
"What can we say - it's December and the BCS is in chaos again," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Joe Barton of
The legislation, which goes to the full committee, would make it illegal to promote a national championship game "or make a similar representation," unless it results from a playoff.
There is no Senate version, although Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has pressed for a Justice Department antitrust investigation into the BCS.
Shortly after his election last year, Barack Obama said there should be a playoff system.
In a statement before the vote, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said, "With all the serious matters facing our country, surely Congress has more important issues than spending taxpayer money to dictate how college football is played."
The subcommittee chairman, Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, said, "We can walk and chew gum at the same time."
Yet Barrow wasn't alone in criticizing his colleagues' priorities; Reps. Zach Space, D-Ohio, and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., made similar arguments. Space said that with people facing tough times, the decision to focus on college football sends the "wrong message."
The bill has a tough road ahead, given the wide geographic representation and political clout of schools in the six conferences - the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC - that get automatic BCS bowl bids
The current college bowl system features a championship game between the two top teams in the BCS standings, based on two polls and six computer rankings. Eight other schools play in the
Under the BCS, the champions of those six big conference get automatic bids, while other conferences don't. Those six conferences also receive far more money than the other conferences."
"Class act, Frog fans
I attended the recent TCU-Utah game with my twin 8-year-old birthday boys. As this was their first college football game, they were crushed to find that virtually every person in the stadium was not rooting for "our" Utes.
With his feelings hurt, one son buried his tearful head in my lap. A few students sitting behind us perceived what was happening and proceeded to start cheering for both teams just to make him feel better. Class act, Frogs, class act.-- Steven Lund,