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亲爱的大学橄榄球:为失败者辩护

亲爱的大学足球,

你承诺了。

你承诺这不会再发生这种情况。您承诺将BCS转变为大学橄榄球季后赛将使大学足球更加包容,更可靠,更可关联。改造了BCS应该给2004年嘉年华碗和2009年糖碗的犹他州和2007年的博伊尔州,他们在敏捷中的时间,也是如此。您承诺这将是确定全国最佳团队的最具代表性和准确的方法。只需三年即可进入新系统,您已经离开了这一承诺在葡萄树,德克萨斯州葡萄酒,德克萨斯州,血腥和瘀伤的返回胡同中击败和贫困。You’ve officially screwed not only the pooch, but college football as a whole, leaving a decision that affects not only millions of fans, but the quality of educational institutions and athletic programs the nation over, to a select group of elites that are largely unrepresentative of the mid-majors that populate the college landscape.

You’ve successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of the collective college football fanbase, perpetuating a system that keeps the richest and most prestigious programs at the top, a "Selection Committee" that only thinly veils the bias hid behind the "College Football Playoff" selection deliberations. You thought that computers were bad at choosing championship matchups? You thought you could solve that problem by leaving it up to?在他们的意见中无可否认地倾向于人类?

让我说得更具体一些。

你在2009年搞砸了。我完全偏向于犹他大学。那一年是盐湖城的一个神奇的季节,最后一分钟赢得狂热,伴随着一个不败的常规赛和山西会议冠军。今年我大学足球师的整个司队只有一个不败的团队 - 犹他大学。他们有机会参加冠军吗?不。他们甚至有机会为标题发挥作用吗?纳达。我记得在对糖碗里扮演糖果阿拉巴马州的糖碗里的那一天。我坐在宠物的停车场,听着当地体育收音机,等待听到我们将在哪里降落。这个消息进来了。阿拉巴马州。 National media outlets gave Utah no chance. The Crimson Tide has been ranked near the top all season long and had just taken a loss to Florida in the SEC Championship, but were puffed up by their pedigree and reputation. Even Utah fans were skeptical of our chances. But I believed. That fourteen year old me knew we not only had a chance, but that we were better than anyone knew. Driving with my family across the snowy plains of Colorado, radio crackling as we went in and out of range, I listened to the domination. Utah did not just击败阿拉巴马州,他们拥有阿拉巴马州,振作。游戏。集。比赛。他们震惊了世界。几天后,我和父亲站在法院的台阶上,离凯尔·威廷汉姆、布莱恩·约翰逊和那个糖碗奖杯只有几码远,我唱着“犹他人”,唱得嗓子都哑了。我还保留着我那顶有多名队员签名的U型帽。威廷汉姆呼吁犹他和佛罗里达之间的胜者通吃。佛罗里达拒绝。只有一支球队在13场比赛后毫发无损。尽管记录总是会以不同的方式显示出来,但在我看来,2009年的BCS全国冠军是犹他爵士队,这一点永远不会改变。

今年我们也有类似的情况。我在看你,西密歇根。你可以用先进的统计数据、FIP、时间表的强度和其他你能召集的数学垃圾来愚弄自己,但你永远无法说服我pj . Fleck的野马队不配获得国家荣誉。今年甲级联赛只有两支球队不败。一个是阿拉巴马州,排名第一。另一个是西密歇根,排在第21位。即使野马在本周晚些时候拿到了麦金塔的冠军,他们的季后赛委员会也不会给他们机会。他们会带走克莱姆森,他有损失。俄亥俄州立大学吗?两个损失。 How about Penn State? Two losses. Western Michigan? Undefeated. Fleck’s charismatic leadership and excellent schemes have created a team that is not only rolling over their competition, they’re steamrolling them. I might be the first to say that this team is better than that Utah team of 2009. Will they get the recognition they deserve? No. They won’t. But they should.

体育运动中最伟大的故事是建立在弱者身上的。没有什么比大卫打败歌利亚更伟大的了。密歇根州西部能击败阿拉巴马州、克莱姆森或密歇根州吗?谁知道呢。但这就是你玩游戏的原因。为什么我们现在不休息,把冠军让给阿拉巴马州呢?因为你必须在场上决定。西密歇根不值得一个总冠军,至少现在还不值得。但他们确实应该得到一次机会。野马队是一个没有钱的人,不知怎么的,处于有钱的行列。 Inclusion in a playoff bowl would not only showcase Fleck’s genius, but would provide incredible monetary and visibility boosts for the university. You know why the same teams are good year after year? Why Alabama perpetually dominates? Money and visibility. Who doesn’t want to play for a team that receives national adoration every week? Who wouldn't want to play for a school with top notch athletic facilities and coaching staff? Who would go to Western Michigan over Oklahoma? The current playoff system preserves the stratification of the haves and the have-nots, diving up money amongst the top conferences and top schools that are selected to play in the top bowls. Big bowl games equal big national attention and big payouts which equal better recruits and programs. A championship appearance would do wonders for the athletic department at Western, both fiscally and talent wise. Mid-major programs cannot repeatedly keep up with bigger programs because there’s that basic flaw in the system — they’re not allowed to. Leaving who gets to play whom in the hands of a committee that only has two representatives from the so called "Group of Five" is downright rigged in favor the of the accurately named "Power Five".

所以。我们到了。离正式选举还有一周。我知道你会怎么决定,大学橄榄球决赛委员会。你会选择那些统计数据更好的球队,而不是那些在每一个转折点,每一个星期都在努力证明自己的球队。你真丢脸。阿拉巴马州、俄亥俄州立大学和克莱姆森大学都将年复一年地回归。规模更大、特权更大的项目已经在寻求挖走pj . Fleck。这对西密歇根,他们的粉丝,他们的节目,是的,还有你来说,是一个千载难逢的机会。如果西部银行被包括进来,但却失败了,你只能证明你自己是对的。 But after Michigan State’s embarrassment against Alabama last year, it’s hard to justify selections after the game has been played. You have nothing to lose by including Western Michigan, but everything to gain. What if? What if they beat Clemson, or Michigan, or Penn State, or Ohio State? God forbid they give Alabama a run for their money. You have an opportunity to have the single greatest story in college football history, but you can’t market it. You can’t capitalize on a Western Michigan playoff inclusion. You can’t那这里没有收视率杀手,没有主流媒体市场可以垄断。但还是有希望的。让西密歇根来玩吧。让他们证明自己。让他们一路“划船”到大学橄榄球季后赛去吧。

毕竟,你答应过的。是时候坚持到底了。

这篇职位由我们尊敬的读者提交,并不一定反映喧嚣带或SB国家的意见或思想。