The polls have just closed for voters casting their opinion on the major polling systems used to rank NCAA basketball and football teams, and the results may not surprise you.
People hate them. Unequivocally.
And because it seems as though you can never have enough polls (AP poll, coaches poll, Harris Poll, computer poll, rolly polly), a separately conducted exit poll showed that many fans believe that the voting population is totally unable to draw any correlation between talent and performance when attempting to cast their vote.
Truth to point, it seems as though one nationally known writer ranked Duke No. 1 in a recent football poll when he mistakenly thought he was completing his ballot for the AP basketball poll.
The only thing these polls have truly been able to provide us insight into is that the population of poll voters most likely hasn't attended an actual game in the sport they are voting for, and are least likely to care.
I mean Georgia was ranked No. 1 in football at the beginning of the 2008 season, Michigan ranked No. 2 in the country at the start of the 2007 season (who'd they lose to? Oh yeah, Division II Appalachian State)
We live in a society where being wrong is unacceptable. How many times have you gone to work, totally botched a project, and then had your boss say, "oh well, no biggie. There's always next week". It simply doesn't happen.
So why is it OK for sportswriters to be wrong? I mean for crying out loud, I've got money on this sh**!
Why are these polls so inaccurate? Simple. There are no consequences for being wrong.
So i have a proposition...Begin implementing serious ramifications for inaccurate polling immediately.
The repercussions for failing to accurately predict the future (assessed at the completion of each regular season) would be as follows:
- Failing to accurately select the No. 1 team at the beginning of the season: Be forced to mud wrestle Rosie O'Donnell on national television.
- Failing to accurately select at least one of the top TWO teams at the beginning of the season: Guest host "The View" for 5 episodes.
- Failing to accurately select at least one of the top THREE teams at the beginning of the season: Perform a weekly bikini wax on Bill Belichick for six months.
- Failing to accurately select at least one of the top FOUR teams at the beginning of the season: Write the complete biography of Celine Dion.
- and finally, Failing to accurately select at least one of the top FIVE teams at the beginning of the season: Take part in the polling process the following season
All punishments would run concurrent to each other and do not differ between sports.
Please feel free to poll amongst yourselves.
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