Acting against one’s self interest is nothing new, and even the most cursory glance through local newspapers will provide examples of people doing stupid things that ultimately harm themselves or their families.
It’s part of human nature.
Still, it is surprising when institutions of higher learning do this. You would think that “the experts” would be able to make rational decisions about fairly obvious tradeoffs. Unless there is something we are not being told, the Big Ten did not do this with the Rose Bowl tiebreaker.
Earlier this week MSU Coach Mark Dantonio lamented that the tried and true system of resolving conference tiebreakers – letting the team with the longest Rose Bowl drought go – was discarded in favor of deferring to the BCS rankings.
The vote was 10-1, with MSU being the lone holdout.
Obviously, this hurts the Spartans in their quest to return to Pasadena, but the real question is why the other schools went along.
Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota all had an interest in voting against this. Since the BCS is still largely poll-driven, and polls are basically popularity contests, none of the schools were likely to get ranked ahead of Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin or Penn State in the event of a tie. Heck, I’ll throw Michigan into that list as well, since they managed the feat of going up in the polls even though they had a bye.
In the event, none of these teams came close, and perhaps there was a concession to give the dominant powers the inside track. I certainly hope so.
DID THEY SING KUMBAYA? U-M held its football banquet last night and the highlight was an impassioned bleary-eyed speech by Coach RichRod, followed by a hand-holding session.
In all of RichRod’s previous exploits, one could count on hyper-loyal Blue Aid drinkers to rally to his defense, but this appears to be too much for the Walmart crowd. I’m sure Pabst Blue Ribbon is even now being sprayed across newspapers, computer screen and trailer living rooms as word of this debacles spreads.
Just to recap: Here is a guy who trampled on just about every Skunk Bear tradition he could get his hands on, from the Number One jersey to the defense, and he has driven off more talent that most teams ever get, not to mention using up quarterback like crazy. And now he’s part of the family? Michigan Man for life?
I’m honestly amazed the AD hasn’t fired him already. Whacking him after a bowl loss will only throw the program into even more turmoil and potential recruits are now wondering if they should go somewhere else (I’m not referring to MSU, by the way, because they are too small for us, but those Big East schools really like pint-sized players).
Anyhow, there will be lots of drama to keep us interested into January.
MSU LOSES TO DUKE: There, I wrote it. Are you happy? Our esteemed co-blogger (and resident basketball savant) Childe Roland has gone missing following last night’s game. Apparently he drop-kicked his television through the window and was last heard screaming “Another turnover?! Are you kidding me?!”
He may resurface in time to see how the Texas game works out.