Archive for the ‘Football’ Category


BCS= Championship or Flop?

December 10, 2008

Do you like the Super Bowl playoffs, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA March Madness tourney, the Little League World Series, the College World Series??? Of course you do! It’s one of the best things about sports, the annual tournament at the end of the season, to determine the ultimate champion.

Every major collegiate sport has a playoff system in place for the year-end tournaments to determine the rightful champion of that specific sport… EXCEPT for Division-1 college football. WHY???

Even Division-1A, Division-2, and Division-3 football have major playoff/tournaments to crown their championship teams. Appalachian State has won the Division 1-A tournament 3 straight times, but missed their chance of making the championship game this year for a possible 4 straight championships. Mount Union out of Ohio has won 9 Division-3 National Championships in the last 15 years! How amazing would it be to see, say… Notre Dame win 4 straight National Championships? Pretty amazing, but alas it will never happen because of one reason…


The real reason there is no College Football tournament for Division-1 football is because under the current BCS system, the schools and TV stations are making silly amounts of dollars from having their teams in the current BCS system. A team from any of the major Conferences can make anywhere from 1 million to 2.8 million just for appearing in one of the four BCS bowl games. Now if a playoff system was installed, then the probability of a school making as much money under the old system would be diminished, not just because the field would be more wide open to upsets, but the BCS bowl games would lose their luster/history. Less sponsorships would go to the quarterfinals/semifinals, and instead would be allocated to the Championship game only.

I can see why the schools and Conference honchos would rather not have a playoff system, but with so many disagreements and controversies regarding the true #1 team year-in, year-out… wouldn’t it be so much better for the players and fans themselves to settle it on the field once and for all?

This year’s championship game will pit the Oklahoma Sooners vs. the Florida Gators. Nothing is wrong with that scenario, but there is also a glut of teams with the qualifications to be in the championship game. Texas Longhorns, Alabama Crimson Tide, USC Trojans, Utah Utes, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the Penn State Nittany Lions,  all are in the top 8 of the BCS Poll and the Associated Press rankings. Now imagine a 8 team playoff over three weeks, I can guarantee there would be many memorable games down the stretch.

Even though the teams/conferences might lose money, but I think for the fans and players’ sakes, there should be a NCAA Division-1 Bowl Tournament Series (anyone can come up with a better title?), because it would provide many thrills for years to come…



Bowden & Paterno, time to retire?

November 15, 2008

In life, the average working person’s retirement comes at the still spry age between 55-70, depending on your tax bracket. Many people look forward to the day they can retire, spend their days on the golf course, play with their grandchildren.

But not these two men… Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno, two college football coaching Gods. A quick introduction first:

Joe Paterno (81), head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions since 1966. 381 career wins (most all-time), 2 National Championships, inducted in College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Coach Joe Paterno

Coach Joe Paterno

Bobby Bowden (79), head coach of the Florida State Seminoles since 1976. 380 career wins (2nd most all-time), 2 National Championships, inducted in College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Coach Bobby Bowden

Coach Bobby Bowden

Both clearly look way past a normal man’s working age. But these two men have continued to coach football for over four decades, amassing astonishing win totals for any coach in the NCAA Division-1 record books. However in the last couple of years, many sportswriters have argued the logic of them continuing to coach their respective teams. Many point out the fact that neither coach calls more than 5% of the plays or dictates the coaching action on the field, instead relegating their duties to their assistant coaches. Writers argue that this is an obvious sign of men not being able to do their job and are instead hanging on due to their legendary status at their schools, chasing that one last National Championship dream, trying to pile up wins so no one else can touch them.

Valid points, indeed. But what they don’t hear from each of their friends is that both men cannot imagine life without college football. For example, from a close source to JoePa, Paterno is afraid of the next step that comes after retirement. I can only assume Bowden feels the same way, but he hasn’t said it out loud quite yet.

Personally, I don’t see why either coach should be pressured to retire if they don’t want to… UNLESS, their respective teams records aren’t performing up to standards. At the beginning of this year, both schools, FSU and PSU were coming of shaky seasons in 2007. Many writers felt that each coach should retire right now, but this year has seen a resurgence from both schools. PSU has been ranked as high as #3 and is second in the Big Ten Conference with a record of 9-1. FSU has been ranked as high as #15 and is first in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a record of 7-2. Both schools will be going to a Bowl game this year.

Now the question is, after a pretty successful year for both coaches, should they come back next year?

My answer is, if they wake up and their first thought every morning is…

God, I cannot wait to get to the football field and lead the boys onto victory!

May they coach until they’re six feet under, because you don’t find many men who have been that loyal to their jobs for that long.