© St. Petersburg Times, published November 12, 2000
So now Tiger Woods is whining about his treatment from the PGA. Why doesn't he just take his marbles and go home? These spoiled sports millionaires make me sick.
-- E. Adams, via e-mail
The baffling aspect of the Bowl Championship Series computer polls is that so many educated folks don't seem to understand them. I read where journalists, many I'm sure with advanced educational credentials, are overwhelmed by the complexities of the computer rankings. Several players from the University of Miami are at a loss as to how FSU can be ahead in the rankings after UM beat the 'Noles, yet are completely clear on how they are ahead of the University of Washington, which beat Miami. You understand what you want to understand.
It's not that hard. The polls take into account many factors that are actually factors (i.e., strength of schedule, margin of victory, etc.), not judgments. Short of a playoff system, this is the best thing. It forces teams to schedule better teams and creates a playoff atmosphere throughout the year and makes each game important.
Stop the crying and get on with it.
-- Antonio Orlando Rivero, Palm Harbor
The BCS was invented with the purpose of rationally resolving differences between the Associated Press media poll and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Now the BCS is countermanding the agreement between the two expert polls by placing FSU over Miami based on strength of schedule.
Miami beat the No. 1 and No. 2 teams, including FSU. This is the way the expert voters in the polls consider strength of schedule.
Exactly what has the BCS added to this?
-- Jim Rapp, Safety Harbor
Why is it that our local sportswriters keep complaining about the "complicated formula" for determining the college football rankings? First, the formula is not that complicated (the explanation/formula is in the paper each week), and it is not unfair. It is the best solution available at present.
If some schools (such as Miami, Tulane, TCU, Marshall) want to complain, they should think ahead and schedule tougher opponents outside their conference; don't play I-AA or weak I-A schools. If they do play schools in those divisions, they better play the best or be penalized for it.
Regarding a playoff system: The majority of coaches have stated they do not want a tournament like basketball has. Besides, where do you play the games? Who gets home-field advantage? If a neutral field is selected, how many real fans can afford to be traveling around the country for two or three games?
What happens to all the major bowls after the first or second round? All tradition (and money) goes out the door. Remember, this is not basketball, where teams can play two or three times a week to crowds of 20,000. Nor are they professionals. They're supposed to be student-athletes.
I suspect sportswriters are really catering to those TV sports addicts (maybe myself included) who would desire this type of playoff system for our personal amusement.
-- Glenn A. Paul, Indian Rocks Beach