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Thursday, January 08, 2009

That damned game

What's Mallard raving about today?

The BCS.

Mallard Fillmore in a nutshell: don't bother being funny when you can just express bitter rage.

16 comments:

Factinista said...

Mallard just needs to realize that no one disagrees with him here. It would be fairer to have a playoff, that's true. But it's not going to happen, because people like money. Most people don't care regardless; they can just enjoy a football game between two good teams. But not Mallard!

Anonymous said...

I don't care much for professional sports at all, and college sports even less so. But it seems to me that a simple math/logic theory might hold an answer as to why there is no playoff system for college football.

How many college football teams are there in the nation? 300? 400? Hell, let's say that only 200 colleges are part of your college league. There are ~17 weeks in a college season. For a round robin style league to play all 200 (we're batting low here, remember) teams, assuming one game a week, those 200 teams would have to be broken up into roughly 12 divisions. For those 12 division champions to play-off bracket there way down to one National champion, that would require another 4 weeks of playoff games.
In short, your college season would take anywhere from 21-23 weeks (6 months) to play through. Why don't college players do this? Because they're IN COLLEGE, and they have SHIT TO DO.
I'm tickled, Ducky, that for someone who bitches every 3-4 months about the stat of education in this country, you seem to want college students to stop learning, and dance for your amusement.

But maybe I just don't understand how important college football is, in the grand scheme of things.

12xuser said...

The NCAA Division I is not a football league. There is no more reason to have a playoff to determine the "Number One" team than there is to have playoffs between the Congressional election winners to determine the "Number One" representative. When the season is over, it's over. Each conference can have its own champion, and hurray for the winners. This need to have a single winner, with every other team branded as a loser, mystifies me.

Kaitlyn said...

12xuser - "This need to have a single winner, with every other team branded as a loser, mystifies me."

Mallard in a nutshell.

But, but, someone must be number one!

USA! USA!

Kaitlyn said...

Anon - your hypothetical football system is kinda longer than a semester of college...

Now I know football season goes past the fall semester (or is that the post?), but damn, oh what am I talking about, Memphis football never gets out of the gate without tripping.

FINAL FOUR! See you in March, bitches!

mallardsucks said...

Anonymous, there's no reason why every team must play every other in regular season competition. The NFL doesn't. With NFL division comparable to NCAA conferences, a playoff system, with each conference guaranteed one spot, and then wild cards allocated by a selection committee to other teams which didn't win but are still deserving (just like the NCAA basketball tournament). 16 teams, maybe 20 with four first round byes. It's easy. The winner would play four games, starting in early December, hardly a huge number, and no more burden on the students' time than the current bowl game system.

As to 12x's question of the necessity of determining a champion, it's because that's what every other sport does, in every other level of sanctioned college sports. And professional team sports.

SamHawkins said...

The reason there is no playoff in college football, as has been pointed out, is that the bowl system is an enormous money-maker.

Mallard, being a hater of the Free Market, does not care about commerce.

He is a pinko commie, a wealth redistributing sissy-boy, a baby-eating socialist who wants a playoff system, mostly because Mallard hates America.

rewinn said...

"...playoffs between the Congressional election winners to determine the "Number One" representative..."

That's just crazy enough to work ...

... at the beginning of the term, pair off members of the House of Representatives in single-elimination bouts, a different event each week ... maybe use the Modern Decathlon events.

After nine weeks, the one left undefeated can be Speaker of the House!

exanonymous said...

I would suppose, from a business point of view, that it's probably better to be ambiguously competitive. Football brings in large sums of money, and universities spend a lot of time recruiting and selling.

While a set ranking for the fans might make it easier to some degree to ?boast? it doesn't allow as much leeway for advertisement.

And while it might be irksome, I've never been reduced to frothing rage over it. I think 12x hit it on the spot: the lack of one big set ranking system reduces one's ability to mock losers. And it might make gambling a bit harder since the lack of structure makes it harder to determine odds.

Anonymous said...

mallardsucks...
I did not want to waste my time. Thanks for explaining just a small amount about college sports to all of the, oh so intelligent liberals, who hang out on this blog and voice their opinions about subjects they no nothing about.

Do you honestly see anything wrong to bitch about with todays cartoon? Most mallard haters, half the time do not understand the cartoon and most do not even care, they simply like to bitch!

As for you...Mallard does not suck! He is a very clever little bird and BT does a good cartoon strip.

Anonymous said...

As I reflect on 2008, I can say we had a great year:

Blacks are happy; Obama was elected.

Whites are happy, OJ is in jail.

Democrats are happy; George Bush is leaving office.

Republicans are happy; Democrats will finally quit saying George Bush stole the election.

And all of us are so happy; The election is finally over!

I think 2009 will be even better.

Immediately after his inauguration,
Obama will balance the budget, revive the economy, solve the real estate problem, solve the auto industry problem, solve our gas/alternative energy problem, stop the fires and mud slides in California, ban hurricanes and tornadoes, stop identity theft, reverse global warming, find Osama, solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, get rid of corruption in government and achieve world peace. Plus find a fair solution for crowning a national champion in college football.

Then on the 7th day, He will rest.

My best wishes for 2009

And always remember

"The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else."

Anonymous said...

The London Daily Mail. Obama's Victory, a view from across the pond.

Factinista said...

And all that has to do with the BCS... how, exactly?

GeoX said...

Most mallard haters, half the time do not understand the cartoon and most do not even care, they simply like to bitch!

Yes, if only we worked harder, we might understand the dense, abstruse subtext of crudely-drawn pictures of dinosaurs. I'll get right on that.

As for you...Mallard does not suck! He is a very clever little bird and BT does a good cartoon strip.

Um...LOL? That sounds too weird (and insufficiently belligerent) to come from Tinsley himself. Is it possible that this is being written on his behalf by a family member? Or that he's hired a really cheap, ineffective publicist? Either way--good laffs all 'round.

GeoX said...

In all seriousness, though: I may be half-joking when I assume that all anonymous trolls are Tinsley, but I'm REEEAAALLLY liking the idea that that last comment was genuinely from a Tinsley family member. It just FEELS right.

Kaitlyn said...

mallardsucks - not that it's necessary, but thanks for providing an explanation. I certainly don't know everything, especially when it comes to sports.

Though I'm sure I'll forget it next time he says something about the BCS.