Good morning everyone - it's shaping up to be a great day in San Marcos, America. The forecast highs are expected to be in the 70's, while the forecast lows are expected to be in the 40's for the NEXT WEEK on Bikini Hill... Anyone who was in the great state of Texas this summer will appreciate this... Game 6 of the World Series was postponed until tonight, and the Texas Rangers will have a chance to win their first championship, unless it gets postponed again.
Now that the BCS rankings have been out for a few weeks, the chirping has started again, so I decided to address the topic today. It's time to blog about that villain, that monkey in the wrench, the college football faux powerhouse that is the Boise State University Broncos... Take away their smurfy blue football field and even the fact that they have the lowest admission standards of the three major universities in the state of Idaho (a fact I learned when playing free online poker at MSN, and if you can't trust an online poker player in a setting where the stakes are nothing, who can you trust?), and I still have my issues with Boise. As far as I'm concerned, they can be in any conference they want, and they can play any schedule that they choose, but they shouldn't be rewarded for it. This is a conversation that I had with a co-worker a few nights ago, one that I have had with Boise State supporters on many occasions, if you substitute a few words here and there (this is as close as I recall, but still pretty close). Co-worker: "Boise State is ranked number 5 in the BCS." Me: (calmly responding) "But they don't play anybody." Co-worker: "They are going to go undefeated this year." Me: (raising my voice a little) "But they don't PLAY ANYBODY." Co-worker: "Kellen Moore ...some statistic about how many games he's won... blah, blah, blah..." Me: (now almost screaming, with my arms raised in exasperation) "BUT THEY DON'T PLAY ANYBODY!!!" At this point in the intellectual exchange of thoughts that we were having, the police pulled up, so our conversation was put on hold until Boise beats the next cupcake on their schedule... As I was saying, I really don't care who Boise State plays, AS LONG AS they aren't ranked among the elite teams in college football for beating these teams. As you probably know, the top division of college football does not currently have a playoff system, so this BCS ranking system determines who plays for the national championship. If you compare Boise State's record with that of the other highly rated schools who are either undefeated or even have one loss, you'll discover that Boise State DOESN'T PLAY ANYBODY! I repeatedly hear that on any given day, Boise State can beat any of the elite football programs, and that is EXACTLY the problem that I have with them getting so much credit for beating the schedule that they play. They don't deserve the shot to play for a national championship compared to a team that has to play an SEC schedule, or a Big 12 schedule, or a Pac 12 schedule, etc, etc... This leaves us with the need for a playoff system (like EVERY OTHER SPORT at the top level of intercollegiate athletics has), a topic that I will address fully in another post. For the record, I wouldn't have a problem with Boise even if we had an eight-team playoff system, because then they would have to beat three elite programs to win the national championship, and I wouldn't have any problems with them if they could accomplish that. I'll revisit this need for a playoff system in a blog in the near future, when we get closer to the end of this college football season. In the meantime, someone PLEASE be this year's Nevada, and jump up and knock them off! ;)
So, I get home from work last night, I make myself some spaghetti, and I put some shredded cheddar cheese on it. As I started feasting on this culinary masterpiece, I started wondering about that age-old question, "what is your favorite food?" I wondered if anyone has ever answered that inquiry with the words "melted cheese." Then I started thinking about some of the foods that I like... Pizza (melted cheese), Quesadillas (melted cheese), Cheese Omelettes (melted cheese), Nachos (melted cheese), Cheeseburgers (melted cheese), Lasagna (melted cheese), Cheese Enchiladas (melted cheese), Macaroni and Cheese (melted cheese), melted cheese, melted cheese, MELTED CHEESE! These are the things that I think about while I'm eating my spaghetti at 3:00 in the morning, and why I need to start working out again... ;)
Please come back again tomorrow when I make my weekly football picks. I'm still managing not to be horrible on that front this season... Have a good one!