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Readers' forum: An honest playoff system

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  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    I will tell you what is a crock--the idea that there must be a national champion. What is the infatuation with "one left standing"? Why is it important to know who is the "best"? College football is a bunch of kids playing a sport while trying to get an education. For 99% of those kids, their education will take them much further in life than their sport will. Most universities play sports within a conference. Each conference crowns a champion. Fine, all is well and done. The bowl game should be a perk for a job well done. Each bowl game should stand alone--get the teams they can(through negotiation) and make the money they can(also through negotiation).

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    I agree with Opinion. As we have just seen this past season, we must have 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 5 to really find out who is #1. Maybe do away with baseball season and run football year round.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    BCS university presidents are less concerned with a legitimate national championship than they are about receiving money and maintaining the current monopoly. Ask a PAC-12 school in the lower half what their likelihood of a NC is in the next decade and they will confess it is nil. Ask them if they want to receive a smaller slice of the BCS monopoly's funds by opening up the process.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    "...Honest..."?

    Anytime you combine money (unfettered greed) and people (willing to sell their soul), Diogenes becomes a part of the conversation...

    And we all know how that turned out for him.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    The TYGA reference to Diogenes is a bit of a stretch and I would bet not everyone even knows who was, but I see where he is going with it. Money seems to equal power in sports and we all know that power corrupts. And so I also agree with Cougarista.

    On the other hand, a true play-off system would be virtually impossible to implement, so I can see the dilemma. I just see the BCS as being totally monopolistic for the powers-that-be.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    To be fair the profits should be distributed to the players and students. This is college football, where do the millions go?