Regretfully, the book praises the AP for its magnanimous walk-off without mentioning it had been part of the BCS formula for seven years before suddenly realizing it was crooked. The power conferences do hog a disproportionate share of revenue, but that was a result of a Supreme Court decision that busted the antitrust NCAA, which had a boa constrictor hold on television rights but would certainly be called in to run any team football playoff.
The presidents are in charge. If they wanted a football playoff, there would be one tomorrow. It is also hard to fathom that presidents, in these cash-strapped times, would shun the kind of playoff money being talked about without good — or even mediocre — reasons. Enough of them must think there is risk in walking away from what they have — which is pretty good.
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Death to the BCS: The Need for a 16-Team College Football Playoff
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Please enter 5 or 9 numbers for the ZIP Code. Handling time. Will usually ship within 1 business day of receiving cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab. I really loved the book not because of its writing style or author, because I generally don't notice that kind of stuff, but because of it's content. I've always wanted a playoff in college football to give undefeated non-power conference teams like Boise State and Texas Christian shots at a title.
Death to the BCS was the only book I found on the topic, and provided a definitive case against the current postseason system. It listed and w One of my favorite pieces of sports literature I've read. It listed and went in-depth on several other reasons against the BCS, such as the rampant corruption of the organizations running the bowl, the complete devaluation of the regular season, and the fatally flawed BCS ranking system. The book seamlessly weaved in events in the college football world, and damning and sometimes funny stats and facts bowls would waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on such things as a "subcommittee on ladies entertainment" to support its points.
I agreed wholeheartedly on every point it made, and enjoyed all of the book's suggestions for a replacement for the system, such as a team playoff, or simply a 4-team playoff.
The book was made all the sweeter when I reread it this year, as college football decided to implement one of the solutions in the book, the 4-team playoff. I enjoy reading sports literature in general, but the content of this one pushed it over the top. View 1 comment. Jun 16, N-rose rated it it was ok. Death to the BCS has good ideas The book was stretched out with the kind of ignorant rhetoric that peppers politics - name calling about "fat cats" and whining about "welfare" for the conferences. I felt like I was reading a tea party screed.
There's only one Death to the BCS has good ideas There's only one pro-college-playoff assertion in the book that I think is spurious - that fans will flock to Nebraska or Wisconsin or Michigan in early January. That kind of weather is rough. Not enough to make the game unprofitable, but those games might not sell out.
And the stretch marks! The book was repetitive, a rhetorical drumming with a fundamental misunderstanding of American business - American businesses have never held fairness as their ideal, they've tried to dominate a market by any means legally allowed. Oligopolies and monopolies are the goal. Calling the BCS "unfair" and "unAmerican" because of their monopoly power belies an infantile understanding of the country we live in, an infantile understanding parroted by pro-business conservatives to the voters who sop up those platitudes, not realizing they are voting for less choice.
Good idea, tough writing to read. Dec 09, Brent rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in There are few things in this life that I am truly passionate about. College football is awesome. Until it reaches the "post-season" and we're left with some crappy bowl games that don't even mean anything.
Probably as stoked as I was to just attempt to type out the name. College football needs a playoff like O There are few things in this life that I am truly passionate about. College football needs a playoff like Oprah needs to go away.
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This book makes great point after great point about why the BCS came into fruition and just how ridiculous it is. Several fantastical bowl games assembled by computers and bowl directors that are trying to keep hold of their millions is not nearly as amazing as this proposed team playoff would be. The fact that it would make universities at least three times as much money and be 76 times as popular makes it even more ridiculous when they cling to and continually defend the BCS.
To quote Steve Spurrier, "every other sport in the country has a playoff. Why are they wrong and we're not? Read this book and then email Mark Cuban to make it happen. The end. If you have spent more than 5 minutes considering college football, the premise that the BCS must go seems painfully obvious. Unfortunately, there is a bizarre world, populated by a disturbingly few exceedingly well compensated power brokers who have their well padded wallets tied firmly to it. Death to the BCS is written somewhat like a series of columns. There is all the exaggerated terminology, seemingly disjointed references and twists of perspective that you expect from a columni If you have spent more than 5 minutes considering college football, the premise that the BCS must go seems painfully obvious.
There is all the exaggerated terminology, seemingly disjointed references and twists of perspective that you expect from a columnist like Wetzel. But as the book progresses, it isn't so much a series of columns, it's a singular disemboweling of the BCS, a point by point dismemberment of each and every argument presented in favor of maintaining the system and a through discrediting of pretty much every principal supporter of it.
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After some odd pages of destruction, in about 3 paragraphs Wetzel lays out a brilliantly simple and horrendously profitable playoff system that supporters of the BCS would have us believe is inconcievable and the growing masses who wish for the violent and abrupt end to this ugly era can only see as a dream come true. Jul 19, tgrantl rated it it was ok. I struggled to make it through this book, the entire time wondering what all the hype was about.
I dislike the BCS as much as any other college football fan, so the topic alone merits one or two stars. But this book should be called "Death to Logical Fallacies. What a terribly written piece of non-persuasive garbage. Wetzel spends all his time creating one strawman after I struggled to make it through this book, the entire time wondering what all the hype was about.
Wetzel spends all his time creating one strawman after another in a vain attempt to distract his audience from the fact he has no cogent insight to offer. Worse yet, he leaves points hanging, then contradicts them later without satisfying the reader. Again - I am against the BCS; but I am critical that Wetzel leverages the anti-BCS hatred of his target audience to disguise the fact that his he's quite terribly incompetent.
Preaching to the choir has its advantages, I guess.
Mar 27, Jennie rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. The title suggests a somewhat one-sided view of the issue, but actually provides the other viewpoint, albeit while ripping it apart. That wasn't a negative from my perspective The book made me think about some of the decisions made in recent years by Boise State University president, Dr.
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