The Big Ten Is a Big Joke: Conference Gives Fans the Finger Once Again

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IMay 5, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:   Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes react after being defeated by the Texas Longhorns in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Longhorns defeated the Buckeyes 24-21.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Big Ten has proved itself to be a joke once again. This time, the old boy network didn't even let the punchline develop on the field, as it has made a tradition of as of late in the Rose Bowl and BCS games.

As the pathetic powers that be continue to beg on their hands and knees for Notre Dame to join their team, they continue to let the fans be the ones who get short changed year after year.

As most of you who are familiar with my work know, I am a big Joe Paterno fan and feel he is the greatest coach in the history of the game, and not just for what he does on the field.

Paterno has always called it like he sees it from when he was offered the Miami job in the early '80s and admits he seriously considered it, until recently when he said Bobby Bowden should be given back his victories, because there isn't a coach in the country who can make a claim that 100 percent of their players are 100 percent clean.

Paterno has always been in favor of a playoff. Now all he is asking for is a conference championship. The response he received: That would mean having to split the money with a 12th team that isn't Notre Dame.

Paterno raises more than a few good reasons, most of which benefit the fans and fans of the teams in his conference. This, of course, doesn't mean anything to the jerks who run the Big Ten.

So this is where the Big Ten fans start saying that I'm a Miami fan and my players kill people or something stupid like that. I'm used to it, I lived in Ohio for a while. In fact, my wife's grandfather was a pretty famous starting Buckeye QB.

Believe me, I feel the same way about the Pac-10 and the same way about not having a playoff, but I felt even more emphatic when they gifted Ohio State another BCS game bid which they not only didn't deserve, they never had a real chance of winning, please don't even bother commenting about the hand grenades and horse shoes OSU threw in last year's Fiesta Bowl, they didn't deserve or belong in that game.

It's time the fans demand conference championships and teams that choose not to participate shouldn't get to participate in some of the revenue sharing, that should be enough to get the ball rolling.

It would kind of be like when the government said states who didn't raise the drinking age from 18 to 21 wouldn't get anymore federal aide for roads and highways.

So while we still have a few months of not much going on, it's time for the fans to step up. Maybe instead of talking about Lane Kiffin stepping in chewing gum or your man crush with all of the Gators, how about doing something to improve our game?


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