Tuesday, December 2, 2008

BCS: A Taste of Armageddon

Ever see that episode of Star Trek when Capt. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise get caught up in the middle of a war between two worlds that was completely fought by computers? Buildings were spared the ravages of war and the citizens caught up in the “attack” would report to their own government to be disintegrated. I was reminded of this episode when I found out that BCS computers were used to pick the champion of the Big 12 South.

Even though the University of Texas Longhorns (who as a DumbArkie I have always despised) beat the Oklahoma University Sooners in regular season play and both teams have identical records, Oklahoma was picked by BCS computers as the better team.

Why was the game even played? Couldn’t we have saved all those Texas fans their money and just cut straight to the computer pick? They would have had more money in their pockets and several hours of free time on a Saturday afternoon to rid their yards of those wild pecans that only Texas squirrels find edible. And what about the players? They could have been saved all the bruises, aches, and pains.

Perhaps now that a school the size of UT has been adversely affected by the idiocy of the BCS there will be a modicum of support amongst university chancellors across the nation to rid themselves of the inexplicable decisions of a machine.

But before we blame the machine, we have to remember that it’s garbage in, garbage out. The computer only does what we tell it to do. So instead of going through all of this nonsense, can’t we just have a playoff in NCAA College Football? That way no more teams will have to show up for their own “disintegration.”

Beam me up Scotty.

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