As promised, we at AA have been closely following Craig James' doomed political run in Texas. What with the former ESPN analyst polling in at 4% and his unfavoribility numbers much higher, James' campaign has to be getting desperate. Well, with the latest ad from the James campaign, it seems the disgraced analyst is making a direct, desperate plea to explain why he's running for Senate. You know, that's an excellent question. Why is this ex-football player running for Senate, besides the fact he's a corrupt, lying buffoon?
As always, James talks about Washington being "off its rails" and that he will fix the problems with "simple solutions" and "common sense." Of course, I'm sure simple is a word many would use to describe what must go on in the mind of Craig James.
James also talks about going outside of his comfort zone, you know, the zone that involves getting head coaches fired, fighting your petulant son's battles, and rumors of dead hookers. That's exactly the type of life Franklin and Jefferson and the rest of the Founding Fathers imagined, right? We might soon be able to add perjurer to that list as well.
There's no official word from James if he's filimed his latest ad straight from "Real Street". However, in a letter to President Obama before his State of the Union, James encourages him to "deal with the issues that face the American people living on Real Street." We're working to confirm if James' next letter was to Santa Claus asking for a new BB gun for Christmas. Don't stop now Craig! I'm sure the Real Street Express will take off very soon... maybe even to 5% in the polls!
I actually came up with an idea for a 15 team playoff system - 11 conference champions and 4 at-large bids determined by the BCS system (but not hand-picked). Top 5 seeds get byes and we have a play in game between the 4 v 12/15 winner and 5 v 13/14 winner before the semifinals. And as the bowl week is especially special for the teams involved, only the semifinals would be bowl games and and the National Championship being hosted by a BCS bowl like what's already done. All the rest of the games would be hosted by the higher seeded team.
I would love to post what would be this year's bracket (That I made myself) if we had one but I don't think I can upload a GIF to a comment...
In the same vain, last year I came up with a 24 team playoff (11 conference champs; 14 at-larges). Four quadrants, top two seeds in each get bye weeks (think NFL playoff system). Locations identical to yours.
Get out of my head!@crippenstation
@crippenstation post it on flickr or another hosting site and copy the link
@crippenstation Love the idea! Maybe you could email the AA staff and they'd let you do a big guest post with the GIF and everything?
I have a much bigger issue with Virginia Tech getting to the Sugar Bowl than Alabama getting to the NC. The difference between the two in terms of schedule is that Alabama played Penn State out of conference and Oklahoma State played Arizona out of conference.
Viriginia Tech getting to the Sugar Bowl is a joke. Kansas State and Boise State were much more deserving
I definitely agree with your article, It is a joke the way that things turn out normally!
I also think that it is a joke that between 10-14 teams make a Bowl game with a 6-6 or a 6-7 record too!
This is exactly why I don't care about college football. The end result is meaningless because of the way it is determined. It's not a fair system at all, and it's pathetic that college football is tarnished by the greed and politics that should be kept to the pro leagues.
Give me an 8 team playoff and call it a day. Those games can be all the major bowls to "preserve tradition." And the NCAA will make hundreds of millions more money than they do now. Those 7 playoff games would be insanely awesome. Seems like a win-win to me.
If they must, make it a 16 game playoff. I don't really care how many teams. It just needs to happen. Either way, Fu*k the B*S.
Great article, that point about the 2006 OSU and Michigan is exactly my problem with this years rematch. The SEC is full of hypocrites and I do feel sick to my stomach as an avid college football fan. Ridiculous...
"BCS" and "national champion" should never be used in the same sentence. "BCS champion" is the only correct way to say it.
Great article and great argument for a tournament. It's said that the money involved is what keeps many towing the BCS line. But what I don't understand is how the money would be different for a tournament. Couldn't the 7 games of an 8 team tournament be branded as the 7 best bowl games? (Or have the top 4 teams host the first round games then move onto the 3 best bowl games.) Sure there would be extra travel involved, but the hype and excitement would make up for that. It seems to me the universities and networks would still get their money. It's only the BCS people who wouldn't.
@Winky_Dinky_Dog It's not just that "money flows." The Bogus Championship System directs the money flow to the big conferences, the major bowls and the execs who run them. Any eight teams won't do if they are not from the right conferences. If your fans fill hotel rooms, you get a Bowl. (See Tech, Virginia)
If a Cinderella team earns its way in by competition, as George Mason did in Men's Basketball a few years ago, millions of dollars are siphoned away from the cartel.