Breaking Up With College Football: One Man's Journey To Change The BCS

Wes HowardCorrespondent IApril 30, 2008

Do me a favor.  Turn to the person closest to you and ask this question, "Do you think there should be a playoff in college football?".  My name doesn't have to be David Copperfield to predict the answer you just received.  A resounding "YES" is what you heard.

No reason for a recount, no crazy primaries needed and no reason for your former crazy pastor to start shouting.  This vote isn't even close.  The fans want it.  They crave it.  It would immediately be bigger than March Madness.  So what's the problem? 

Mark Schlabach recently reported a story that said most of the presidents do not support a change in the BCS.  In it was this gem of a quote from ACC commissioner John Swofford who also happens to be the BCS chairman.   "I feel good about where the BCS is at this point in time."  

OK, now here comes a shocker.  I agree.  He should feel good.  College Football is as big as its ever been right now.  Millions and millions of dollars is being made.  Ever heard of the expression, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"?  Well it applies here.  Money talks and the money is saying, "it isn't broke". 

The solution?  Let's break it.  We as fans have no other choice.  We have to break up with college football.  

What I am going to suggest might be seem tough, even impossible for most people, but I believe it's the only way to break the BCS.  Ok, here it goes:

Stop spending money on your Alma mater or your favorite team.  Just stop.  If no money is coming in then changes would begin to occur.  Try your best to not support your favorite team. Yes, that would be near impossible for me as well.  How do you break up with something you are so passionate about? 

I have no clue.  I can only offer these suggestions:

- Don't watch your team on TV.  Ratings are the biggest cash cow the BCS has. 

- Don't go to the games.  Empty stadiums look bad on TV.  Really bad.

- I know it's going to be tough since many people have already purchased season tickets, but they can help somehow.  They can help by not purchasing concessions or buying that T-shirt.  Or just stay at home!

Yes, I feel sorry for the kids as well.  They do work hard and they deserve better than what I am proposing.  All I can say is that I am sorry.

I believe this is only way our voice can finally be heard.  Why let so few decide that we don't know what's best for College Football when we are the ones funding it!

Now, do me one more favor.  Turn to that same person and ask them this question, "Would you give up your favorite college football team for one year if it meant having getting a playoff system?"

Cue the political music, we might need a runoff for this question.