- 01:42 PM ET 12.22
I revised last week's story about two Florida recruits and the pictures on their MySpace pages on Tuesday because I got a key piece of information that allowed me to ask one more question.
Owen Good writes about video games for a Gawker Media site called Kotaku, but at first glance, he strikes me as the kind of writer who could turn an instruction manual into a page-turner. Why? This past weekend, Good produced a compelling argument that a playoff not only wouldn't kill the bowl system, but might actually enhance it.
In a post that detailed his video-game simulation of a college football postseason that includes a 16-team, seeded playoff and the bowl games -- minus some dead weight -- Good illustrated that a playoff and bowls wouldn't just offer a more fair system and distribute millions more to the dozens of schools currently using your tax dollars to subsidize their athletic programs, it would also be must-see TV. Based on what we've learned in the past few years about the BCS, chances are the only entities that wouldn't benefit from this system competitively and financially are the four CEOs of the current BCS bowls. If Friday's Arizona Republic report on the Fiesta Bowl is 100 percent accurate, one of those guys is about to be out of a job anyway, and the rest wouldn't exactly be out on the street wearing a barrel and begging for scraps. They just might have to join some of the CEOs in other industries and take a pay cut.
Even though it's still in the nascent stages, the idea of Big Ten expansion suddenly seems very real. Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein - one of the more plugged-in reporters in Big Ten land - wrote that the league may consider expanding to as many as 14 teams.
We can safely assume that Notre Dame is the ultimate prize here, and we also can safely assume Notre Dame remains too valuable a commodity on its own to join a conference. So let's leave the Irish as an independent and engage in the most fun a college football fan can have when the conference championship games are over and the bowls have yet to begin. Let's imagine realignment scenarios and their domino effects.
Whenever people from other parts of the country try to claim their favorite school has an atmosphere comparable to ones in the SEC, I'm tempted to pat them on the head, smile and explain the difference between people who merely enjoy football and people who swear a blood oath to their teams. This distinction is even greater when it comes to fandom in the state of Alabama, where, were it legal, people might toss their children into pits, Sparta-style, if the little tykes didn't utter "Roll Tide" or "War Eagle" as their first words.
Now, instead of a lengthy explanation, I can just show them this Motion to Continue from attorney Jon B. Terry filed Tuesday in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County in Alabama.
By Hugh Falk, Pollspeak.com
Pollspeak's Christmas comes early every year, and Monday the 7th was this year's Christmas Day. When I woke up, I was treated to 233 presents...233 shiny new ballots from the AP, Coaches' and Harris Interactive Polls. OK, I've peeked at the AP "presents" all year, but it's great to finally open the gifts from Harris Interactive and the Coaches. Of course, we'll never know how closely the current ballots resemble those of the previous weeks. Someday, if there really is a Santa Claus, we'll get to see every ballot made public.
Until then, let me share some of my best presents with you...