Claiming that determining an unquestioned national champion through a playoff system “went against the very idea of sporting competition,” and that the sheer exuberance of college basketball fans was “a shocking and nauseating display of everything wrong with collegiate athletics,” top BCS officials roundly condemned the NCAA Tournament Monday.
“I frankly cannot even believe what I’m seeing, and I can’t stomach the sight for long,” said a pale, trembling Jack Swarbrick, the Notre Dame athletic director who, along with the commissioners of the major conferences, manages the complicated system of polls and computer rankings that make up the Bowl Championship Series in college football. “The elegant logic of actually having teams play one another instead of having a council of their betters select which team is superior to which—that is not what sports is all about.”
“And the fans…urgghh…simply enjoy their teams’ triumphs or mourn their defeats. Where are the heated arguments? Where are the unsettled disputes that will fester forever?” said Swarbrick, a sheen of feverish sweat curdling on his face. “Oh, God, I think I got vomit on my tie.”