Sunday, November 06, 2011

COUNTERPOINT: The Urban Meyer Rule Must Go

So it turns out they're equally "good."
As much as it pains me to disagree with this blog's senior proprietor, I must argue in favor of abolishing the Urban Meyer Rule and setting up an LSU-Alabama rematch in the BCS championship game. Were it not for the modern barbarism of overtime, last night's match would have ended in a 6-6 tie. Truly a score that even the Big Ten greats of old would appreciate! And then both teams would be undefeated, which, as an SEC fan would tell you, is how it should be.
Now some will say that Alabama had their chance to topple LSU and that they failed, so why should they deserve another? While I am sympathetic to that argument, there is a counterargument in favor of a rematch I find more compelling.
We all know that LSU and Alabama are dirty fucking cheaters that sign way too many recruits and then use dubious methods such as grayshirting or claiming medical hardship to keep their team roster at the scholarship limit. I say we let them go off and have their precious "BCS Championship" and, if there is a consensus #3 vs. #4 matchup in one of the other BCS bowls, we argue forcefully in favor of that being the true national championship for teams that don't fuck over 17- and 18-year-old kids.
The most likely way for this scenario to go down is for Stanford to lose once down the stretch, Oklahoma State to lose to Oklahoma, and Boise State to remain undefeated. We could then end up with #3 Boise vs. #4 Oklahoma at the Fiesta Bowl. Ironically, the dirty fucking cheater of bowl games would benefit most from this scenario, but this is big-time NCAA sports. At least one cheater has to prosper.
So I say rematch! But I also say, who cares who wins? The true national champion will have been decided a week earlier.

4 comments:

Your Name said...

i say who gives a *#$% about national championships, mythical and otherwise

David said...

You do, obviously, or else you wouldn't have been moved to comment.

Your Name said...

how very glib of you to say so, but in fact i do not (and i wonder if you know what the word "obviously" means outside of the internet.) i'd like to pitch the whole mess and return to the system that gave us cool matchups in bowl games.

PS: there are way too many uncontrollable variables in the mix to allow any mechanism to accurately gauge the best team in the country, things like weather, injuries, scheduling, etc. fundamentally, this is a system that has very little signal and a whole lotta noise. so the final game is less a matter of picking a champion than it is conferring prestige to two teams. there might be many teams that have a claim on that, due to the noisy channel; i am fine with any highly-ranked undefeated team taking on LSU — let someone else take a cut. in any case, for the national championship fetishists out there, i don't see how any outcome other then LSU beating 'bama again resolves the question.

David said...

Writing two paragraphs about how much you don't care has really convinced me that you don't care. I concede the argument to you, sir.