Who Needs a Playoff, I Want Tradition!

James ColtCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2008

Why would anyone want to miss out on the annual celebration of mediocrity that is the college football bowl season?

This year there are nine teams that are being rewarded for finishing their respective seasons at 6-6.  At least college football has standards I guess. 

After all, everyone would rather watch the Eaglebank Bowl and the MagicJack.com Bowl instead of a playoff because college football is all about tradition.  However, the only traditions I seem to find in the bowl system is that it continually celebrates and rewards mediocrity while punishing teams that excelled throughout the year by not letting them compete for a national title.

Well, there are some other bowl traditions that I can think of.  The tradition to add a new bowl or two every year to water down the once honorable feeling teams used to have when they earned a bowl invitation.

Then there is the tradition to come up with crappier names and more obscure sponsors every year.  I didn't know there was an Eagle Bank, and I guess if I ever move to San Diego (not very likely) I might decide to bank at the San Diego County Credit Union (again not very likely). 

Perhaps my favorite tradition is just abolishing the traditional name of a bowl game in favor of a sponsor.  Does anyone remember a bowl named the Peach Bowl?  I do, but now that game is ruined because it's been shamefully named the Chick-fil-a bowl.

As I sit here and watch the EagleBank Bowl, I can't help but think that I could possibly be watching the first round of a college football playoff, which could possibly feature OU vs. Penn State. 

Oh, but wait, thank you BCS for forcing me to watch Navy vs. Wake Forrest.  Just to think that I could have missed out on a rematch of two mediocre teams just makes me sick.  How dare all these playoff advocates try to take this game away from me.

While the BCS is at it, how about instead of bowl invitations to only about 60 percent of the teams, we just give every team in college football a sticker, and every conference the same amount of money?  I know that would really make Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin happy.  After all, mediocrity is the name of the game in college football now, isn't it?

Well I guess money really is the name of the game.  The BCS likes to hide behind this facade of bowl games are the tradition of college football, but what they really want to say is that the bowl games are the tradition of money and not allowing the country to crown a true national champion.

Don't get me wrong.  Tradition is a big part of college football.  Every school has their own tradition.  Most teams have their traditional rival.  However, bowl games are no longer a grand tradition in college football.

Bowl games are simply a creation, or a way, for the BCS to earn more money for themselves while not only cheating the people that actually bring that money in out of their fair share, but also cheating them out of their chance for what they really want, glory.

Whenever I think of the BCS I'm always reminded of the movie Billy Madison.  For those that haven't seen the movie I'll explain so you can understand.

In the movie Billy Madison, Billy must go through all 12 grades of school and graduate to inherit his father's company.  Eric, the person who was in line to run the company, is a weasel type of person who unethically gets Billy kicked out of school.

The two then square off in an academic decathlon.  With the score tied in the final event, each must answer a question selected by the other competitor.  Billy selects business ethics for Eric, knowing he could never be ethical in any response he may give.  This is the BCS, a weaselly, unethical institution.

The only tradition the world holds on to is that times must and always do change.  It's time for college football to embrace the world's oldest tradition and change the college football postseason for the better.