Archive for Friday, December 1, 2000

Without BCS, what would we say?

Most people don’t know what the initials stand for, but the darn thing has become a monster

December 1, 2000


Like most of you, when the family gathers around the dinner table these days, we like to talk about the BCS.

I believe the BCS has changed our lives. Before the BCS came along I remember nights when no one could think of a thing to say except for the occasional admonishment not to chew with your mouth open.

I still have to remind the wife every once in a while, but it no longer ruins the rest of the evening now that she is so intent on making her case for Miami.

I've never seen her so passionate, and dummy me, I just never thought of whispering "Miami" into her ear.

The thing is, we're talking about an emotional issue here over dinner, the wife detailing plans to introduce a BCS computer virus, the younger daughter telling us what her boyfriend thinks, and the older daughter singing "Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame."

The other night it got so bad I think we were there as a family together for almost 15 minutes because everyone wanted their say. In certain cases making no mention of names here allowances were made to talk with food in their mouth so eventually everyone could be excused from the table.

And I must say, as head of the household, I took pride in my family, the way everyone worked Miami, Florida State and Washington into our annual holiday tradition of going around the table and offering thanks.

In case someone gets a look at the home video, let me apologize to the folks in Corvallis we didn't mean to leave Oregon State out it just happened.

I don't know how many times a day I hear someone say "BCS," and yet I'm not sure there is anyone out there who can explain to you how it works. Ask the guy next to you, and he probably doesn't even know what the initials BCS stand for but the darn thing has become a monster in our lives.

Washington beat Miami and it has a worse ranking than Miami, which beat Florida State and has a worse ranking than Florida State, and unless Kansas State defeats Oklahoma Saturday, the world will be rocked by injustice.

I guess you could put the whole thing in the context that some people also fretted about who would be selected to play in the Bowl, but all I got to say is, "Miami ... Miami ... Miami."

I don't find it amazing that Billy Sims will be auctioning off his Heisman Trophy, knowing that Charles White's drew $184,000 and O.J. Simpson's netted $230,000, but that someone out there would pay that much money for a doorstop.

The Harlem Globetrotters met with Pope John Paul II and gave him a jersey with his name on it presumably so the Swiss Guards will be able to identify him if he loses his ID while trying to reenter Vatican City.

The PGA Tour put out a news release saying Tiger Woods and Commissioner Tim Finchem had met to discuss their differences.

In a joint statement, Woods and Finchem said they remain confident they can work together.

In other words, Woods elected not to fire Finchem.

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