About 10 years from now, if not sooner (sucks), my son will be old enough to understand the Tampa 2 defensive scheme, will know when a bubble screen is a good play to call during a game, and will ask me, "Dad, how did the settle who was the national champion in college football before the playoffs?" My answer will be, "Son, they didn't; they only thought they did".
I will never forget how I felt when Major came up short against Colorado in Texas Stadium that December night and how I polar opposite felt in January 2005 seeing VY covered in confetti as we selebrated the National Championship. The truth is, the BCS has gotten more and more attention each year that they have kept this crap around. Is the BCS better than what we had before, unarguably yes but it didn't answer the question: How do we find out the real national champion? My son will play and /or spectate football that operates a post season playoff to determine the champion at the pee wee, middle school, high school, small college football, and professional football league except the largest and most competitive college level if this farce keeps up. I am a firm believer that this will end soon but how soon is my question.
We, as Longhorn fans, can't blame the BCS for what happened to us today. Our student athletes, the athletes at other schools (even you OU), and their competiveness was mortgaged years ago. The BIG XII will most likely revise their 3 way tie scenarios at the end of the year but no matter. What's done is done. We as fans can afford to gripe, cry, moan, cuss and swear, and even point fingers but those kids and coaching staff can't and they shouldn't. I told my wife, (who I think is really looking forward to the season being over so she can get her husband back) if I feel this bad I can't imagine what the kids and coaches back in Austin must be feeling right now. And she agreed.
A fellow Longhorn fan asked me, "John, if you guys played OU again in a playoff situation, would the outcome have been different than Dallas?" My answer, "maybe, but at least it would have been settled on the field." I was so depressed today. I cleaned up my daughters room, cleaned out my old clothes drawers, bagged them up, and put them out on the curb for the Kidney foundations monthly pick up tomorrow morning, and other small stuff just to keep my mind off of what can only be described as election night times 10; waiting for results. This one hurt. This one hurt real bad.
The flip side of the coin:
I have so much to be thankful for: My wife, a strong, beautiful, and wonderful woman; My kids, healthy, strong, curious and mischevious; my freedom, and for my friends who weren't around to see this Thanksgiving because its their turn on watch or for those who never made it back home, and last but not least for a darn good season by a great group of kids from my home state. You guys make me proud as a fan and I like forward to whatever bowl game lies ahead for us; it will be a good one and one that will load up the money coffers for the rest of our sports and the other schools as well.
Back to the other side of the coin:
Dad, you mean to tell me that they settled on who was the champ by computers and votes at the end of each week to see who was rated higher and it changed as the season went on? Yup. In 2003, Auburn was undefeated and didn't play for the whole thing because the votes and computers left them out? Yup. In 2001, Nebraska got trounced by Colorado and still made it to the big game as did Oklahoma in 2002 after they lost to K State? Yup. And than they used this system to determine in 2008 who went to the Big XII championship game even after we beat OU earlier that year? Yup. Dad, the school presidents and the fans actually went along with this system? Yup. Dad, thats bull $#%$! GO TO YOUR ROOM YOUNG MAN, I DIDN'T RAISE YOU TO TALK LIKE THAT EVEN IF YOU ARE RIGHT!