My Plan to Create a Meaningful College Football Playoff System-2018

The current “selection committee” process for determining the 4 participants that will be playing for the National Championship in College Football is biased and very illogical. Time to make a change.

  1. Start by changing the conference championships for each conference. No more “divisions”. One conference with a round-robin schedule.
  2. Each team will play an 11 game regular season. Game 12 would be the conference championship if they qualified.
  3. The two best records in the conference will play during “12th week” for the conference title.
  4. You must win your conference title to be eligible for the playoffs. In the case of the 4 Independents, you may be eligible if you have 2 or fewer losses.
  5. There are currently 10 FBS conferences with 4 schools playing as Independents.
  6. 10 conference champions and 6 At-large bids that may be selected from the conference runner-ups and a qualified Independents.
    1. Round 1 The higher seed would be the home team for Round 1
      • 1 vs 16
      • 2 vs 15
      • 3 vs 14
      • 4 vs 13
      • 5 vs 12
      • 6 vs 11
      • 7 vs 10
      • 8 vs 9
    2. After that, it would continue as a normal single elimination tournament.
    3. Round 2 the team with the higher seed would host the lower seed.
    4. Round 3 and forward would be played on neutral fields and use the current bowl system.

This would end the problem with 13-0 Central Florida being kept out of the playoffs. Yes, they may be from a non-Power-5 conference but they deserve a chance to play against the big boys just like Boise State did when they upset Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

National Titles by Conference Since 1980:

SEC – 12 and 1 Split

ACC – 5

BIG 10 – 2 and 1 Split

Big XII – 6 and 1 Split

PAC 12 – 1 and 2 Split

Big East – 1 and 1 Split

Western Athletic 1

Independent – 6 (Notre Dame, Penn St, Miami)

Brigham Young is the only school from a non-power-5  to have won a National Championship since 1980, in 1984. Penn St. and Miami have since joined a conference, Notre Dame remains an independent and BYU is now an independent. Historically, schools from non-power-5 conferences have not won a national championship since Army in the 1940’s.

We all enjoy the first round of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament when you have the seeds 11-16 upsetting the higher seeds. We have the opportunity to see the same type of drama in FBS.

The current system of propping up certain programs to make other’s look better will disappear. It will be decided on the field. If a 15 seed upsets a 2 seed, then more power to them, bring on the next opponent.

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To Watch or Not To Watch, That is The Question!

As we approach the end of Week-1 of the 2018-19 NFL Season there have been many declarations from so-called fans that they are not going to watch the games because players take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

I personally don’t agree with it but, they do have a right to chose not to stand. By the same logic, their team owners have the right to fire them for not complying with team rules and standing during the playing of the National Anthem.

With that said, that is not why I’m writing this today. My focus today is the people that have declared they are boycotting the games.

After lots of thought, I think have an appropriate analogy. When kids are in high schools they get mad at a coach in a particular sport, and then declare, “I’m not playing for Coach X”. My question has always been to them; did you starting playing because you love the game or because of a certain coach. Nine times out of ten, it is because of a love of the game. I always remind them they play because they love the game, so play because you love the game and not because of an issue with a coach.

The same philosophy applies in this situation; do you watch the NFL because you like the game or because of some coach or ower.

So I encourage the “boycotters” to watch the games because they like it, rather than not watch it because of something you disagree with.

 

 

I Bounced Through Oklahoma to Missouri and Back to Texas

This week I had to make a very fast trip to the Lake of the Ozarks to clean out a storage unit. From my house on the North Side of Houston to the storage facility was 720 miles one way. Driving a pickup and towing a trailer to carry the stuff back home so it was safe and dry.

A third of my trip (550 miles) was through the State of Oklahoma. The State of Oklahoma has the worst roads I have been on in a long time. US Highway 69 from the Texas border South of Durant, OK to entering the Interstate 44 at Big Cabin was the worst stretch of the trip. I literally bounce through some towns because the road was in such bad condition.

Initially the worst  location was as I entered Kiowa, OK. I between the road and the bounce created from the trailer, I hit my head on the roof of the my pickup.

This was just the beginning, the roads continued to be in poor condition the entire trip. Eventually when I reached I-44, I had hoped the road would improve, it was more of the same even with it being resurfaced.

I’m not sure what the State of Oklahoma is doing to fix their roads but it is not enough. First their teachers go on strike because they are not being paid and now their roads are pitiful. This state is a mess.

Other titles I considered:

I Left My Back in Kidneys in Kiowa Oklahoma

The Titanic Faced Fewer Waves in the North Atlantic Than I Did Driving Through Oklahoma

Come Visit the Sooner State, We Will Help You Wear Out Your Vehicle is Sooner

Oklahoma, We Have the Best Roads, Just Like in 1889

 

 

The Gross Manipulation of the NBA

Many people wonder why I don’t care for the NBA as a league. The current season is drawing to an end with very little climax. The NBA will get their Cleveland vs. Golden State matchup Chapter Four.

In 2016 with the Warriors leading the series 3-1, all the sudden a screen by Draymond Green on the Golden Boy Lebron James leads to Green being suspended for Game 5. This changes the whole momentum of the series in which Cleveland goes on to win. Lebron should have been suspended as much as Green for the incident or neither. Green should have not been suspended alone.

Now here in the 2018, game 6 of the Western Conference finals. The Rocket jump out to 61-51 halftime lead. Only to come out in the second half and only score 25 points.  It almost appeared to as if they were not allowed to win. The NBA had to have their game 7 (translation, more money).

Tonight was game 7 in Houston, the Rockets lead 54-43 at the half. Suddenly, there was a missed foul on the Rockets end of the floor and a touch fouls against the Rockets on defense. Then all a sudden the Rockets go from leading to tied to trailing. The end result was  Warrior 101-92.

Yes it did not help that the Rockets Chris Paul was injured but even his presence could not make up the inconsistencies in the officiating.

The NBA can deny all they want but the video evidence speaks for itself.

At this point, I don’t care if either team wins.

Go Astros and bring on College Football.

Why Trekkers hate Star Trek Discovery

Odd Librarian Out

Star Trek Discovery has had a mixed reaction from audiences. But why? Why does a show like Discovery get so much hate?

1. Axanar

Fan films have been a part of Star Trek since the beginning.
The fan film Axanar had quite a buzz in the fan community. Being made with a real budget from a Kickstarter campaign (You can still see the 20 minute long pitch video they made on youtube.) This was going to tell the story of the Klingon Wars. The plot was interesting, and fans were excited!
Then CBS forced them to shut down the project citing copyright. In the aftermath CBS released official guidelines for fan films to follow. I should point out that CBS had every legal right to do this. but they could have gone about it in a better way.
When it was announced that Star Trek Discovery would be about the Klingon Wars…

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Primary Election Time!

As we approach the March Primaries in the State of Texas each person must decide what their priorities are going forward.

One of my priorities is to have Lt. Dan removed from office. The apparent better choice to replace him is Scott Milder a Republican from Rockwall, TX .  He says he wants to do the right thing for public schools. It will remain to be seen.

We are positive one thing, Lt. Dan must go. His narrow agenda of bathroom bills and school vouchers are bad for the people and students of the State of Texas.

On the link above it will take you to Scott Milder’s webpage for more information.