In the 1970 film Tora, Tora, Tora the actor playing Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said after the attack of Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” There are serious doubts that Yamamoto ever said such a thing, but no doubt he was thinking something along those lines, because he surely knew that a pissed off America was going to obliterate Japanese armed forces wherever we may have found them. As the BCS Boys splash around in the infinity pool on their thousands of dollars junket at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, America, or rather college football fans, players, and coaches everywhere are watching all of this very closely. The BCS Boys believe they can act however they wish, because they alone hold the keys to the game of college football, and whatever the players, the coaches, and the fans think, is merely the words of fools and not important to the mighty BCS Boys. What the BCS Boys do not realize, is that no concerted effort has ever been made to bring pressure upon the game of college football by the fans to demand a legitimate way to determine the national champion. No, the BCS Boys have been getting a free ride, holding their meetings in secret, and emerging to tell all of us serfs how the world is going to work. How naive’ these BCS Boys are, because their arrogance is so apparent in the way the strut around the Diplomat Resort, acting like they are actually driving this train, when in fact the people that are paying for this trip are in the back and getting mighty antsy (Imagine pitch forks and torches BCS Boys, or rather a few scenes from the recent John Adams series on HBO. More on John Adams later.)
One of the great World War II films that first displayed the shenanigans of war was In Harm’s Way starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, and Henry Fonda. In one of the scenes in the movie, after the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, the character Captain Rockwell “Rock” Torrey (played by John Wayne) is invited to a formal party by the character Commander Egan T. Powell (played by Burgess Meredith). For those of us that have been in the US armed forces, it is quite hard to believe that after Pearl Harbor such a party would be held, but for the sake of this argument against the BCS we will let the idea pass muster. You can watch the scene with the party in it in this video on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6h_IQ7kqao&feature=related. The scene opens with Captain Torrey being treated by Nurse Maggie Haines (played by Patricia Neal), who Torrey later meets at the formal party. Before Torrey gets to the party though, there is a very entertaining scene involving Wayne and Burgess, where the plans to attend the party are made. Now this is some great acting.
Unfortunately for college football fans, the BCS Boys are throwing their own formal party after they have inflicted the Bowl Championship Series upon all of us for the past 10 years. The BCS Boys lay by the pool, hit the spa, enjoy restaurants where steak dinners go for $100 bucks a pop, and laugh at all of the college football fans that they believe they have under their thumb. That is where the BCS Boys are mistaken though, and if they continue along with their arrogance and resistance to establishing a legitimate and fair way to determine a national champion, they will get a taste of the outrage of college football fans in America, and believe us they are not prepared for that onslaught. Here at Coaches Hot Seat we have a few people that have worked in Presidential campaigns and on Capitol Hill, and we fully understand how a group of people that believe in a cause can go about informing, educating, and organizing another large group of people against or for a just cause. No, the end of the BCS and the establishment of legitimate way to determine the national champion in football is not up there with getting down oil prices, fixing our broken health care and immigration systems, nor even the disaster that looms in Social Security and Medicare, but how college football crowns its national champion is of interest to millions of fans, coaches, and players. Here at Coaches Hot Seatwe have been working on various print, tv/video, radio, and internet advertising campaigns for over a year now that make the case that the BCS is a fraud, and that it is up to college football fans to speak out and make sure their voice is heard. On all of those advertisements are the phone numbers, websites, e-mail and postal addresses, of the BCS Boys, which is made up of conference commissioners, bowl executives, network executives, the AD at Notre Dame, and the corporations that sponsor and support the BCS. What the BCS Boys have never gotten are those calls that a few of us at Coaches Hot Seatgot when we were working on Capitol Hill in Congressional and Senate offices. You see, the calls never end, and they all start with something like, “I am calling about this issue and how it affects my family, my state, etc…” It is the job of Congressmen and Senators to both answer and to respond to these calls, and many of our elected representatives track very closely their call numbers, so they can understand what the electorate is interested in. The BCS Boys and their employees inside these football conferences, bowls, corporations, and Notre Dame, have never gotten these types of calls on any kind of regular basis, but if they continue to thwart what a large majority of college football fans want, which is a legitimate way to determine the national champion, the calls will begin. Jim Delaney of the Big Ten and Tom Hansen of the Pac-10 right now act with impunity, with little concern with what the fans think, but if they continue their arrogance on this issue, then they will get an earful from college football fans across this country, who will be more than happy to give them a piece of their mind.
That the BCS is a fraud is hard to argue. At the end of the 2007 post-season, LSU was crowned the BCS champion, but they were certainly not the national champion. By our count, there were 9 teams after the bowls that had 2 or less losses. Here are those 9 teams:
1. LSU 12-2
2. USC 11-2
3. Georgia 11-2
4. Ohio State 11-2
5. Missouri 12-2
6. West Virginia 12-2
7. Kansas 12-1
8. Brigham Young 12-2
9. Hawaii 12-1
Is anyone with a straight face going to argue that LSU deserves to be the national champion more than USC, Georgia, Missouri, or Kansas? Please, the BCS has been a fraud from the get-go, or rather it has been a power grab by the conference commissioners and bowl executives to take control of the game of college football, and during the last 10 years of the BCS their behavior and arrogance towards a majority of fans that want a legitimate way to determine the national champion, is nothing short of the way two-bit dictators behave. The arrogance of Jim Delaney and Tom Hansen is stunning, only because it happens in a country like the United States of America. If this was the old Soviet Union, or even North Korea, we could understand their casual disregard of the fans, coaches, and players in their conferences, but this is America, and if the BCS Boys continue along their current path they are going to get a good ‘ole fashioned taste of democracy in action. If necessary Coaches Hot Seatwill lead a national campaign that will encourage college football fans to contact and express their feelings about the BCS and how the BCS is a disgrace in a country like America. We all tell our kids in sports leagues that if they play well, and their team plays well, they will get a shot at winning a championship. That is not the case in the bizarro world of the BCS though, and once college football fans understand the duplicity of the BCS and role that the conference commissioners have played in both destroying any opportunity for a true champion, and their unchecked desire to keep their hobnail boot (thanks Larry Munson for a great career broadcasting the Bulldogs!) on the game of college football, then the BCS Boys’ world is going to be turned upside down.
Hmmmmm, what would a print ad look like that helped to explain the fraud that the BCS is to the college football fans in America? Well, it would have all the relevant info of course, some snazzy football graphics are a given, but most importantly will be the photos, names, and contact information for all the BCS Boys. Yes, a full-page ad in about two dozen newspapers across the US should get the ball rolling nicely, but does it really have to come to that? Is it really necessary for American college football fans to call conference offices by the thousands every hour for weeks and months on end demanding to speak with conference commissioners, pr hacks, and anyone else they can get onto the phone, to explain why their football team or conference isn’t given the opportunity to play for the national championship? The calls would go something like, “College basketball has a playoff, college baseball has a playoff, every sport within NCAA athletics has a playoff, so why doesn’t college football? Can you explain that to me Jim Delaney?” Well, no he couldn’t, because trying to justify the BCS would take incredible mental gymnastics, and even then the bullshit would be flying from every direction. Of course, you would have to catch Jim Delaney and the rest of the BCS Boys when they were not laying around 4-star resorts in south Florida, but they must go to their offices sometimes, right? In the past 20 months we here at Coaches Hot Seat have talked to and interacted with thousands of college football fans, both in person and via e-mail and the phone, and we find very few people that are for the BCS. Unlike the BCS Boys, who jet into college towns, are driven to sports venues, and rarely actually get to talk to real fans, we go out of our way to get the lay of the land and understand the general consensus of the fans. On the BCS, at the dozen or so schools that have been jobbed by the BCS in the last 10 years, the feelings toward the BCS are unanimous. It sucks! At all the other schools, the fans rightly recognize a fraud when they see it, and of course the BCS is one of the greatest frauds in the history of sport going back to when the Greeks first dreamed up the Olympics.
No, we don’t have any interest in launching a national advertising campaign to explain the bogus BCS to American college football fans and direct them to call the BCS Boys who have set up this sham of a system to determine the national champion. No, we do not want to prominently feature head football coaches, former head coaches and players, non-BCS athletic directors, non-BCS conference commissioners, US Senators and Congressmen, famous Americans, and other people on those ads telling the American people that the BCS is a fraud. No, we do not want to do that, but we will do that if necessary to help to bring an end to the bogus BCS. Yes, we will do that, and there is plenty of money available to launch such a campaign, and there are plenty of people around Coaches Hot Seat that already design and implement such campaigns for brands and companies that all of us recognize from our daily lives. We here at Coaches Hot Seat are a big believer in the Ted Turner quote, “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.” Yes, we are watching the BCS Boys very closely this week in Hollywood, Florida (a few of us have stood right next to the BCS Boys this week), and what you decide will of course effect what we decide to do. If the BCS Boys continue their pigheadedness, their arrogance, their total disdain, and their outright contempt for the American college football fans, players, and coaches, then will note it duly, and respond accordingly.
As we mentioned earlier there is some dispute if Admiral Yamamoto said after the attack on Pearl Harbor that, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” There is no doubt though that Yamamoto predicted to many of his aides the outcome of a naval war against the United States. Yamamoto was reported to have said on more than one occasion: “I can run wild for six months … after that, I have no expectation of success.” BCS Boys, you have had 10 years to run wild, and your actions with this bogus BCS have put at risk the very integrity of the game of college football. You have sold the game off to the highest corporate bidder, and then have the audacity to claim that a legitimate way to determine the national champion, a playoff, would do what you have already done. Shame on you BCS Boys, for you are the modern day equivalent of King George III, and you look upon college football fans and the game itself as just an afterthought that exists only to justify your own power. That is where you are wrong BCS Boys. The college football fans buy the tickets, watch the games, buy products from the sponsors, and if we tell the BCS Boys to walk on their hands down the beach from Hollywood, Florida to South Beach, that is exactly what they will do. We are paying the bills and for this elaborate junket that all of you (the BCS Boys) are now enjoying at theWestin Diplomat Resort. We are paying the freight here, and if a majority of college football fans want a playoff, a playoff is what they are going to get. You have “six more months to run wild” BCS Boys, so choose as you wish, but the revolution is just over the hills ahead, and have no doubt Americans once engaged do not back down.
We hope that all of our fellow citizens got to watch the terrific John Adams series on HBO starting Paul Giamatti playing Adams. John Adams and our other Founding Fathers had the courage to stand up for what was right against an arrogant and imperial king (remind you of anyone?), and none of us should ever forget the sacrifices they made to establish this Republic. The seven-part series was a triumph and many of us here at Coaches Hot Seat watched the series with our children, so that they too could understand the price that was paid by people that came before us, which allows us to live in this grand country today. There are dozens of scenes in John Adams that will live on in our memories, but John Adams speech just before the signing of the Declaration of Independence is simply unforgettable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Y1ougODMo. After watching the John Adams mini-series, the theme music that accompanied the show is a powerful reminder to us of what this American Republic will always be about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6DPeCXV5bI. Enjoy!