Expanding the College Football Playoff

Back in October 2016 I posted an article that laid out my plans for fixing College Football’s broken mess of stupidity — The college football “playoff”

If you’d like to read it, click this link –>  College Football is Broken.

Today, we see that the mess that is labeled “College Football ‘Playoff'” hasn’t changed.  It still remains a bungled, bogus joke that is touted by sport’s analysts as, “the best system we can think of.

The best system they can think of?  — I find that difficult to believe because every other level of college football has a playoff consisting of more than 8 teams.

Even high school and peewee football leagues have a system where the teams that finished first or second in their division are rewarded with the opportunity to continue playing for a coveted, albeit pathetic, championship.

HOWEVER . . . this is not the way things are done in the College Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Instead, the FBS uses a bias-filled ranking system where a group of pathetic cattle are appointed to a committee where they argue their opinions about who they favor to be the four pathetically top-rated teams in the college football world.

This pathetically biased group of individuals (who many believe can never be swayed or bought) convene as a committee of opinionated cattle to begin their deliberations sometime in late October or early November. 

Then . . . week after week this overly opinionated group of pathetically-esteemed cattle proceed to release a ranking of their magisterial top-25 until they finally release their overly-anticipated “final ranking” which seems to satisfy the pathetic morons of the college football world into believing the top four teams the committee selected are actually the top four teams in all of college football.

Furthermore, along with each weekly release of the rankings, the college football world is fortunate enough to hear the pathetic rationale from a chairperson of the CFP committee who sits on national television answering zany questions from sports media personalities who truly believe in their pathetic little minds that this method of pathetic madness is really the BEST way to crown a true national champion in the College Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Additionally, the members of the pathetic CFP committee continuously state that they are all about rewarding or penalizing teams for how they perform on the field during those coveted last four or five weeks of the regular season; sadly, the 2017 college football season was proof that their confessions hold zero truth.

The reason…

Because the committee decided to place a team among the top four teams in college football even though that team: 

1. Did NOT play in their conference championship game.

2. Did NOT win their division in their respective conference. 

3. Did NOT finish higher than third in their respective conference.

4. LOST the FINAL game of the regular season.  

That’s correct . . . a team that was supposed to be penalized for losing in the last four to five weeks of the regular season and finished THIRD overall in their respective conference was selected as one of the FOUR  —  OVERALL  —   BEST   —  TEAMS  in the FBS and allowed to play for a synthetic national championship. (Which they won and get to hold over the rest of the college football world)

Yet, the team that beat them during the regular season and finished second overall in that conference, first in their division and played in the Conference Championship game was left to wonder, “how the hell did we get left out?”

Consequently, the pathetic intelligence that makes up the college football decision making have somehow convinced not only themselves, but the rest of the pathetic herd, that the format they came up with to choose a “true” national champion is the “best” of the “best” and no one outside of their circle of confusion and mindless stupidity could ever come up with a better system that would keep the bowl games intact and also allow for a playoff.

Well!  I have news for these pathetic ignorant intellectuals . . . I have a better plan, and here it is. . .

Let’s begin with the The Regular Season…

Before each season begins bowl games would be assigned to specific tiers based on a certain criteria.

i.e.:

1) Amount of dollar payout to participating teams.

2) Average ticket sales and attendance in previous years

3) Conference affiliations

4) Location … and so on and so forth.

(For example: Here’s how it might work —  

Tier 1 Bowl Games would be those that have the overall highest payout to competing teams along with highest average attendance/ticket sales in previous years, and/or affiliation with upper-level conferences, etc…

Tier 2 Bowl Games – second highest payout, average attendance/ticket sales, affiliated with upper to mid-level conferences;

Tier 3 Bowl Games – third highest payout…and so on.)

Teams will not play more than 11 games per regular season – Force every team to play an eight (8) game conference schedule along with three (3) non-conference games that must be against FBS conference opponents.

Penalize FBS teams that schedule FCS teams for non-conference games by shrinking the revenue shared from bowl and conference payouts.

All college football seasons will begin on the third Weekend of August and no later that the first weekend in September.

All regular season games will end ON or BEFORE Thanksgiving weekend. 

All Conference championships will be played the weekend of Thanksgiving or the First weekend in December.   

 

The Playoff Selection…

16 team playoff.  (Ten (10) conference champions and Six (6) at-large) 

ABOLISH THE SELECTION COMMITTEE!!!  

All conference champions would automatically be seeded 1 – 10.  This would be done using the old computer generated BCS formula.  (Again….NO SELECTION COMMITTEE!)

The teams who lost their conference championship game. . . AND ONLY the teams who lost in their conference championship game . . . would then be seeded 11 – 16 using the old BCS formula!  These teams would make up the “at-large” portion of the playoff field. 

Seeds 1 – 10 respectively would be matched against lower seeded teams.  (for example: Seed 1 vs. Seed 16,  Seed 2 vs. Seed 15 and so on…).  

The higher-seeded conference champions would get to play on their home field while lower seeded teams would have to travel to the higher seeded locations.  Home Field advantage would be a “perk” for teams that won their respective conferences outright.* 

*Meaning — All playoff games through the Semifinal games would give home=field advantage to the higher seeded teams.  

Every round leading up to the championship game would be played in consecutive weeks through the month of December with the championship game being played at a Tier 1 neutral-site bowl game two weeks after the conclusion of the semi-final games.

(Note: a variation to this format could be that the semi-finals and the championship games be played on the same neutral site, Tier 1 field.) 

 

The Remaining Bowl Eligible Teams…

AFTER THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS are complete and playoff teams have been selected and seeded for the 16 team playoff … 

Tier 1 bowls (highest payout) would be able to select two teams for their respective bowl game.  The choice of teams would consist of the remaining teams who lost their conference championships and were not selected in the 16 team playoff.  These Tier 1 bowls could also choose from teams that finished the season with one or two losses but did not manage to make their respective conference championship games. 

Once Tier 1 bowls have completed making their selections, the remaining Tiers (2, 3, 4…etc…) would be able to select from the remaining bowl eligible teams (6+ wins) until all selections have been made.     

If there aren’t enough bowl eligible teams (6+ wins) to fill the remaining lower Tiered bowl games, teams that finished the regular season with a 5-7 record would be selected based on their highest APR rankings until all the bowls are filled.

Completion of the Bowl Games and Playoffs

Depending on the calendar year, all bowl games and playoff games would be completed on or around the first or second week of January. 

So there you have it.  That’s my plan to fix the broken mess of college football playoffs. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s better than what we have currently where some teams are left out for the sake of bias and money.  

 If you like this plan…share it with your friends and social media groupies. 

If you don’t like it, then come up with a better plan instead of complaining about this one.   

It’s not perfect.  It needs some tweaks.  It won’t be easy, nor will many of you pathetic, blowhard college football fans enjoy the changes, but it would work.  

It’s not rocket science.  It’s a pathetic college football playoff system that should be better than it currently is. 

 

 

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Words of Discouragement for a Lifetime of Regret

I’d like to take a moment here on my blog-o-pathetic to list off a few words of discouragement that have been directed at me over the years by people who claimed to “love” me. 

And yes…These “love-claiming people” included very close family members, girlfriends, friends, co-workers and self-proclaimed “christians”.

So, Let’s begin!!

You’re a moron.

You’re the most horrible man I’ve ever met.

You’re an embarrassment.

You’re the stupidest man in the world.

You’re going to be a horrible husband.

You’d make a horrible father.

Your children will hate you.

If you ever get married, your wife will leave you.

You’re an asshole.

You’re a troll.

You have zero qualities that anyone would want to share.

You’re not “christ-like”.

Jesus hates you.

You have nothing to offer anyone.

You’re a joke.

You’re disgusting.

You’re the ugliest man alive.

Why don’t you do the world a favor and die already?

You’re so horrible that hell is too good for you.

You make people miserable.

You’re a coward.

You’re so dumb.

You’re so unattractive.

You’re not a man.

I don’t hate you, I loathe you.

No one will ever love you.

You’ll never amount to anything.

The world would be a better place if you were never born.

You’re an ignorant ass.

No woman will ever want you back.

No woman will ever want you, period.

If any woman ever asked me for advice on dating you, I’d tell her to flee.

You are the most boring person I’ve ever met.

You’re unforgivable. 

You’re the worst uncle in the world.

You’re the worst brother anyone could ever have. 

You will never succeed at anything. 

You are so ugly.  Why would you ever think I would like you?  

. . . . . . . . 

Pathetic people are everywhere and they say some of the most horrible things, but whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and what makes you stronger makes them more pathetic.    

 

Authority Figures

It was a church youth group that I had been invited to when I was about 10 years old.  About 50 or 60 kids of various ages had gathered in a room of the church where a teacher was about to begin a lesson on some topic none of us children would ever remember. 

Since it was a large group of kids, I had chosen to sit in the back of the room near a couple guys I knew, and about mid-way through the lesson one of the guys I was sitting with, for no apparent reason, started to leech saliva on me.

If you’re not familiar with the action of leeching saliva, it’s when someone opens their mouth then presses their tongue on the roof of their mouth to literally shoot a stream of saliva in the direction of an object or person.

It’s disgusting.

Therefore, me being repulsed and not wanting to interrupt the speaker, I tried to be as quiet and nonchalant as possible by telling the kid to stop and then sliding a few feet to the left from the guy who was continuing to leech on my person; but the leecher kid didn’t stop.  Matter of fact, he decided to slide over as well and continued his disgusting onslaught of leeching.

Once more, I quietly slid a few more feet away hoping the kid would get the hint and stop…but the leecher followed.

Yet again…I quietly slid a little further away…but to no avail because once again, the leecher kid followed.

By now I was really frustrated, so I sternly looked at the kid and whispered, “Knock it off!”  Consequently, it was louder than I had expected and after the words left my lips I turned back towards the group only to see that everyone in the room was now staring directly back at me.  Including the pathetic teacher.

I didn’t mean to make a scene, I really didn’t!  And at that moment I had a deep yearning to be someplace else. . . Even better. . .someone else . . . because it was an extremely uncomfortable situation. 

Regrettably, I didn’t have the ability to transform into someone else, nor did I have the ability to teleport someplace else; so I was stuck.  And quite sadly, that wasn’t the most pathetic part of the story.

To this day, I still don’t remember the topic the pseudo teacher was sharing with the group; however, I do remember the conversation that he and I had after I disrupted the lesson he was attempting to convey to the class. . .

Teacher: “Umm, is there a problem back there?”

Me:  “Yes.  (pointing directly at the leecher)  This kid is spiting on me!”

Teacher:  (with surprised look on his face) “Well. . . You do know it isn’t polite to be a tattletale?  Try to keep it down.”

At that moment I went through a number of emotions.  Anger, disbelief, confusion, shock, disappointment, frustration, sadness and regret. 

I couldn’t believe that I was reprimanded for trying to stand up for myself and this leecher kid was left unpunished.  More than anything I was left with a lot of disappointment and anger because the teacher called ME out for being a tattletale and didn’t stand up for me when I needed someone to help, protect or stand up for me.

If the the roles had been reversed and this sham of a “leader” were in my spot, would he call out the person for the wrong they were committing towards his person?  

Would he want to get rebuked for standing up for himself?

Would he expect the “authority” of the group to come to his aid?

After all, shouldn’t the authority figure in the room do something to balance the scales and provide some form of protection against those who were causing discomfort towards others? 

Additionally, I sat there for the remainder of the lesson getting leeched on by a horrible kid and wondering how this pseudo “leader” could call me out on being a tattletale and not reprimand the leecher for spitting on me.

In that moment I was hoping for someone to stand up for me.  To provide protection from that kid who was making me uncomfortable.  To balance to the scales….To do SOMETHING to help me. 

At the very least the pseudo leader could have moved me to the front of the room to save me from this torrential downpour of saliva. . .But sadly, he did nothing.

Well…that’s not entirely true.  He did leave me with an empty feeling of dissatisfaction, a label for trying to right a wrong being committed against my person, and a lifetime of regret and distrust towards others. 

. . . . .

Brav – – – –  

 

yeah…not so much… 

Pseudo leadership is not only frustrating and annoying, but it’s extremely pathetic.  

 

Reminder of God’s Grace Revealed through His Compassion and Love

 

“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem, “Your origin and your birth are from the land of the Canaanite, your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.  As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water for cleansing; you were not rubbed with salt or even wrapped in cloths.  No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you.  Rather you were thrown out into the open field, for you were abhorred on the day you were born.

“When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’  Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’  

I made you numerous like plants of the field.  Then you grew up, became tall and reached the age for fine ornaments; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown. Yet you were naked and bare.

“Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness.  I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord God.  

“Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil.  I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk.  

I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck.  I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.  Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth.

You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty.  Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 16: 1-14

 

How Long Shall the Land Mourn?

 

And Jeremiah prayed to the LORD…

How long is the land to mourn and the vegetation of the countryside to wither?  

For the wickedness of those who dwell in it, animals and birds have been snatched away, because men have said, “God will not see our latter ending.”

Jeremiah 12:4

Lewd Adulteries and Lust…

 

And the LORD said…

“As for your adulteries and your lustful neighing, the lewdness of your prostitution
on the hills and in the field, I have seen your abominations.

Woe to you. . .How long will you remain unclean?”

Jeremiah 13:27

Dreams of the False Prophet

 

And the LORD declared…

 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’   

How long?

Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart, who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?

 The prophet who has a dream may relate the dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth.  What does straw have in common with grain?”

Jeremiah 23:25-27