Alabama and Texas on a Thursday Night: The Final BCS Screwup

Eddie DzurillaCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns runs the ball during the Big 12 Football Championship game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It's the big enchilada.  

Texas versus Alabama. Two storied programs. BCS No. 1 versus BCS No. 2. Mano y mano.

On a Thursday night.

The BCS has taken a lot of flack this year. Proponents of a playoff have been howling mad. The Fiesta Bowl conspiracy is still in full force in Fort Worth and Boise. The minor bowls have had more than their share of stinky 6-6 and 7-5 teams that we would not have had to endure in a playoff type format.

Given all of that, why did they have to schedule their championship game, their self-proclaimed pinnacle of the season, on a Thursday night?

For all you people with children and jobs; forget about it.  

No BCS game party, no chance to celebrate after the game. Just, go to bed. Because you've got work in the morning and have to get the kids off to school.

Am I the only one who thinks this is strange?  

The University of Alabama, which has a school that the football team is dang proud of, suspended classes so their kids could watch the game. Wouldn't need to do that if it was scheduled on a Saturday.

I'm a traditionalist.  

I miss the days when New Year's Eve had the Sugar and New Year's Day the Cotton, Rose, and Orange Bowls, which were all meaningful games. Time goes on, and I can adjust. But if you're not going to schedule the championship on New Year's Day itself, then put it on the next weekend, not on a work and school day.

Like most, I'll watch the game tonight.  

And like most, who have responsibilities, I'll also watch it at home. And if it is a blowout, well, I may turn it off early.

If it was on the weekend, I'd be watching with friends at one of our houses or some public venue. We'd buy food and drinks and watch to the end, even if it was a blowout. So the Thursday night would also seem to be a bad call from a sponsorship perspective. 

It seems to me that the BCS is afraid of the NFL.

They will not schedule anything that comes close to conflicting with the pro playoffs (there's that word again!). But in this day and age, it would seem feasible to just sit down and negotiate your slot, so that the game comes after the pro playoff games scheduled for that day. This would probably increase viewership across the board, as it would be a football "day" around which people could plan gatherings.

Well, just another reason to hate the BCS.

Horns fans still have a bad taste in their mouths from the BCS shenanigans from last year. TCU, Utah, Boise State, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, and Auburn have also been stiffed by these guys over the years. I figure if you give them enough time, they'll eventually piss off every constituency in college football, so we'll get the playoffs that the vast majority of fans are in favor of. 

I guess with the BCS, we'll have to fight, for our right, to party.

( With apologies to the Beastie Boys!)