A great standup comedian once said, “I like the concept of people, but people f— it up.”
Few right-minded people like the concept of the Bowl Championship Series, of course. In part because people tend to screw that one up, too. And this year is a prime example.
People — the obviously biased folk who get to vote in the two polls that put Florida in the BCS title game against Ohio State — have screwed this one up on a scale matched only by the Warriors’ unforgivable decision to give Adonal Foyle big money.
The Buckeyes have clearly been the best team in the country this season. But just as clearly, Michigan has shown that it has the second-best team in the country. Yet, rather than get a neutral-site crack at Ohio State, which beat them by three points at Ohio State last month in the most exciting game of the season, the Wolverines were voted out of the title game by a pack of selfish louts.
Why? Not because they think Florida is a better team than Michigan. Were that the case, Buckeyes-Gators for all the strippers in Arizona — oh, yeah, and a big crystal football — would be just fine. But it’s not. Many voters have admitted that they moved Florida ahead of Michigan simply because they
didn’t want to see the Buckeyes and Wolverines in a rematch.
If you don’t think that’s just plain wrong, you probably rock a Foyle jersey every time you head to The Oracle, too.
Ohio State, which had its hands full with Michigan all day in the Big Ten Conference classic at the Horseshoe, would have had an even more difficult time with the Wolverines in the title game. For one thing, Michigan would have had plenty of time to properly process Bo Schembechler’s sudden death on the eve of the first go-around; several Wolverines admitted it affected their mental preparation.
More important, the neutral site would have further leveled the playing field. Vegas generally considers home-field advantage to be worth three points, and what do you know? The Buckeyes beat Michigan by three points last month.
On a related note, Ohio State has been installed as an eight-point favorite over the Gators. And if you haven’t already laid down big bucks on the Buckeyes, you’re not a very smart gambler. That spread will be covered like Greg Anderson covers for Barry Bonds — dramatically and emphatically.
And knock it off with the weak stance that Michigan doesn’t deserve to play for the title because it didn’t win its conference. The best team in the land was in the conference.
So was the second-best team in the land. The Wolverines got jobbed.
Mychael Urban is the author of “Aces: The Last Season On The Mound With The Oakland A’s Big Three — Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito” and a writer for MLB.com.