Quick Slants: Barack and Roll, BCS
A word to the wise: If a stranger from Nigeria drops you a random e-mail and says
Swofford, the respected ACC commissioner, released his statement in response to President Elect
The argument over whether a man in Obama's position should care about such a topic is irrelevant in this space. The real headline, at least in my opinion, is the way American government can make the BCS squirm without having any real control over how it operates. There's a certain level of satisfaction in this for those of us that favor a playoff. There's something special about watching someone powerful call out the BCS for it's logic (or lack thereof). At the end of the day, Congress won't pass any anti-BCS laws or seize any formula-wielding computers, but if we've learned anything through public debates about performance-enhancing drugs, it's that image problems can prove far worse for organizations than the threat of any scandal. And well, it's kind of fun to see the BCS acting more defensive than the Big Ten.
In all likelihood, the president elect will be dealing with much more important issues when he eventually takes office in January; however, it should be noted that symbols and credibility carry a whole lot of weight in American culture. Obama doesn't need to make a college football playoff an agenda item in his administration, because the mere fact that he referenced it twice on national television -- first on
So it will be interesting to watch how the BCS reacts to rekindled criticism. While changes are far from imminent, something tells me we're inching closer to postseason reform. It could just be that we're one more BCS controversy away from insufferable public scrutiny and a revised system.
Outside of Texas Tech-Oklahoma, the second most interesting game of the week is Washington-Washington State. And by "interesting," I of course mean "potentially the worst game in the history of college football." Neither team has beaten an FBS opponent all season, Washington's coach is on his way out and at this point, Washington State has to consider it a moral victory to merely beat the point spread. In the media business, we say a game like this has a "face for radio."
If you plan on attending this game or watching it on television, please e-mail the Quick Slants inbox and share your experience. For all the cheap jokes I've thrown around in this space, I truly feel for you. It seems like working disaster relief in a third-world country would be a more cheerful experience.
While much of the media was busy focusing on the Tinkerbell-ish wings on Oregon's shoulder pads Saturday night, I was busy wondering about another uniform on the other side of the country. Tell me why Maryland sports those crusty old helmets that say "Terps" when it has one of the top collegiate logos at its disposal. Would anybody at Maryland be opposed to putting the ferocious turtle on the helmet instead of some cursive text? Anybody? Who is in charge of things like this?
Got an e-mail on Saturday night from
While no Irish apologist would ever advocate a second
What's most amusing, though, is the notion that Notre Dame could just decide to fire Weis and move on. Aside from his exorbitant buyout, canning Weis would mean whiffing on a fourth consecutive coach, and that'd be a far greater rub against the Irish's credibility than anything else.
Looking for a new drinking game this Saturday? Tune into Penn State's home finale against Michigan State and look for the inevitable camera shots of
So, if you're really looking for a reason to drink, take five sips every time you spot an obstructed Jay Paterno. If you see an unobstructed shot, finish your beverage.
Surprisingly, Clemson looked rather impressive in its game against Duke last Saturday, which marked my only blemish of the week. Please note that this was the only time all season Clemson actually looked impressive. Reason No. 687 to always bet against
Last week: 2-1. Season: 10-8.