Monday, January 08, 2007

The Folly of College Football

Hey, remember when the college football season used to end on New Year's Day?

It was always, "So-and-so earned a New Year's Day bowl bid!"

Occasionally, you'd get the odd Jan. 2 game, if Jan. 1 fell on a Sunday or something, but you get the general idea.

When Florida and Ohio State square off tonight in the Tostitos BCS Mythical National Championship Game (Fox, 8 p.m.), it will be taking place over a month since the Gators last played and some 50 days after the Buckeyes last took the field. Hell, why not play the game in June at this rate?

(Of course, if Ohio State played in a real conference like the SEC, in which they had to play a conference title game, the Buckeyes wouldn't be so rusty. I'm just sayin'.)

So, this game will be after the NFL playoffs have already begun, after college basketball has started to play its conference games. If the BCS people had waited just a wee bit longer, they could have had the game coincide with when pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

All of this helps kill the argument about having a playoff system, because what in the world were these guys doing over the past month? Studying?

And if Florida wins tonight (heaven forbid), does Boise State get its shot at No. 1? (Of course not).

OK, so I'm a little pissy because I'm mathematically eliminated from my football pool (not that I gamble or anything, because gambling is wrong), but honestly, who really likes the current system college football has in place (besides the bowls themselves?)

SIX MILLION DOLLAR NEWS: I'd make a little fun of the news that NBC is doing a remake of "The Bionic Woman," except that David Eick is behind the project. When Eick helped launch the remake of "Battlestar Galactica," no doubt there were a few snickers here and there, and look at how well that turned out.

However, the actual writing is being done by Laeta Kalogridis, who did the movie "Alexander" (the crappy Oliver Stone version that knocked out the production of the really great version written by Chris McQuarrie) and the TV series "Birds of Prey" (any "Birds of Prey" series in any genre not written by Gail Simone is just pointless.) So, buyer beware.

TONIGHT'S BEST BETS: If you aren't interested in the mythical national championship (I call it mythical because some teams are automatically excluded from it, no matter how well they do, unlike college basketball, for example), you do have options.

CBS has all-new episodes of its comedy lineup, beginning with "How I Met Your Mother" at 8 p.m., and follows with a new episode of "CSI: Miami" at 10 p.m.

ABC has the reality drivel "Wife Swap" and "Supernanny" from 8-10 p.m., followed by a new episode of "What About Brian?" NBC offers "Deal or No Deal" at 8 p.m., followed by the final two reruns of "Heroes" from 9-11 p.m., in case you need a refresher.

And, since I promoted "Star Trek: Voyager" last week, Sci-Fi is beginning to run episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise" beginning at 7 p.m. with the pilot, "Broken Bow."


Zodin2008 said...

As a fellow Georgia fan, I am very disgusted and disheartened to see the Gators playing for another National Title, when they already won it in Basketball 10 months ago, plus, just for good measure, beat my Dawgs in Football in late October and beat us again in Basketball this past Saturday.

Even I can't deny ahow lopsided the rivalry is these days and tonight's BCS game just magnifies this as Urban Meyer is only in his 2nd year in Gainesville.

That being said, I really can't root for Ohio State either. Beyond the fact that the Big 10 has only 4 real teams in the conference (Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) and the Buckeyes didn't even have to play one of them (Wisconsin) nor a championship game, we really don't know how good this team is seeing as their one big non conference win was against Texas in September breaking in a brand new QB.

Plus, as Georgia fans remember all too well, the LUCKeyes, backed into the National Title in 2002, the year Georgia should have won it if not for 3 Billy Bennett FG misses in Jacksonville to have the mediocre Ron Zook led Gators beat us again, and had Bennett not screwed up our whole season, Georgia would have played Miami in the Fiesta Bowl that year rather then the dull consolation prize of pounding the 4 loss Seminoles in he Sugar Bowl.

I am a bitter, bitter sports fan.

(and this coming of a weekend when my beloved San Antonio Spurs dropped a Friday night home game to the Gators or the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks).

Anyway, I am relieved "Mother" is back new tonight though I would have killed to have "Heroes" back a week early. Plus, I still have to wait one more week for the most exciting show on Television..."24".

Phillip Ramati said...

I can honestly say I'm completely apathetic to this game. I wish there was a way they could both lose. The only reason I'd pull for Florida is because a win might help push toward a true playoff system, though that's about as likely as snowskiing in Hell.

Can't wait for Heroes, either, obviously. And, if nothing else, 24 will give something to write about next Monday.

Anonymous said...

Go Gators! SEC rules. I am a true, hard UGA fan myself but cannot figure out for the life of me why any UGA fan cheer against Florida. Yeah, yeah I know they beat us every year (almost) and they are our sworn enemy but they are SEC. And as we all know the SEC is the Florida has proved once and for all. Of course I would have rather seen any other SEC team go to the BCS but any wining SEC team will prove the point that the SEC has the toughest, fastest, and hardest conference in the league. So for the finial (if not ever agin) time...Go Gators!!!

Phillip Ramati said...

Under no circumstances will I pull for the Gators. ... Well, maybe if it was the Gators vs. the French or something like that, I'd pull for Florida then.

But, you're right, it was a good night for the SEC and a bad night for the BCS.

I own nothing with orange on it.