October 18, 2010 by staff
Bcs Poll, Most people who scam the public have the good sense to keep quiet about it. No kids that the final Bowl Championship Series. Emboldened by their partner’s most recent television and running water carrier – let’s call BCSPN – who have made the con game in a weekly series.
Not as bad as grindingly “The Decision”, but at least it was an isolated incident. This is called “BCS Countdown” and the first words from the mouth of host Rece Davis when he made his debut on Sunday night could become prophetic.
“Love it or hate,” he said during the opening phase, “can not ignore.”
No, but just give us some time.
The vast majority of college football fans already hate the BCS. A year ago, conference commissioners and university presidents who run the cartel had a bad public relations advice and tried to charm his critics, creating a Twitter account and Facebook. Not surprisingly, both were bombed immediately.
“You are like a black boil, ichorous in the world of sport that must be lanced with rusty nails,” sent a message a disgruntled fan.
“I hate you,” wrote another. “Signed, everyone.”
Surveys show that nine out of 10 fans favor a playoff. The response of BCS in the years since the kidnapping of the game postseason a dozen years ago has been to change the rules, trying to bribe the smaller conferences that was exclusive, Congress rejected that complained, and moved by polls.
That last move was triggered when The Associated Press told the BCS to stop using its poll of media in late 2004 as one of the three components of equal weight – along with the poll of coaches and teams – in determining the classification.
The AP was replaced by the Harris Interactive poll, a decision that proved embarrassing when it was revealed that Larry Rash, one of the voters of Harris, was on board, simply because his father-in-law was Troy University coach Larry Blakeney.
“And if I was living in a perfect world,” Rash said, a masonry contractor supply, leaving the poll board, “I would like to see a playoff.”
Now, as some of us have long suspected, is that the books are cooked, too.
In 2004, Bradley Carlin, professor of biostatistics and professor of public health in May at the University of Minnesota, wrote an opinion piece for the Sunday New York Times and concluded: “No matter how you arrange the formula, the BCS is still nothing more than a seeding system for the development of a two-team tournament.
“The only benefit is to create a game that precludes all but two powerful contenders from a legitimate title shot. More to the point, they run a high risk of crowning the champion of evil.”
This view has gained momentum in subsequent years. In 2009, respectedanlyst Bill James called his colleagues to “have the dignity, self respect and common sense” to boycott the farce BCS championship.
Building on work done by Dr. Hal S. Stern, head of the Department of Statistics, University of California-Irvine, James Stern supported the conclusion that the purpose of the use of computer rankings in the BCS formula was “to create a bit of mathematical gobbledygook support” what voters in the survey came up.
“There is no point in our participation in the process if we are going to say how to do theanlysis based on ignorance, prejudice to the past,” wrote James, repeating his call to boycott the BCS. “Run your own computer damned.”
Increasingly, they have.
In another opinion piece Sunday in the New York Times, Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel and Jeff Passan, took note of all changes BCS rankings, the mandate of its equipment have calmed criticisms about his credibility. Two of the six BCS team leftanlysts acknowledged that it could produce a better rating without any interference.
You know nothing of this, of course, see “Countdown BCS, or visit the official website.
“The BCS is one of the most successful events in the history of college football, however, is often misunderstood,” a statement on the site, he said.
“Thanks to the BCS,” he added, “the best two teams have met 12 times in 12 years BCS measures and 9 times in the last 12 years according to the AP poll – including the last six years in a row.”
Some accomplishments. The BCS has been manipulating the computer formulas to justify their classification and nine of the 12 hours, humans reached the same conclusions without using computer formulas at all.
Not exactly the kind of thing you want to be broadcasting from the rooftops.
Jim Litke is the national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke (at) ap.org
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