So I promised myself that I wouldn’t blather on about football, but this is relevant to work, I promise…just bear with me. This weekend, aside from my my attempts to recover from the most annoying head cold ever, the focus of the weekend was football. Even to a larger extent than usual. Yes, I watched my game (and frankly, was surprised at how well ucla played…never know what will happen in those big rivalry games). If you are a newer visitor to this blog, I’ll just tell you up front that I am a huge Trojan football fan. Went there…loved it. Was President of the Midwest Alumni Club when I lived in Chicago. In the fall, I live for football. Jeesh, I hope that doesn’t sound sad. It isn’t. I just love the sport. I’m not into pro football (AKA money ball), just college.
Anyhoo, year 7 of the BCS format and people are still really ticked off…namely Auburn fans and Cal fans (this year). We knew someone was going to get left out of the NC game. At least this year it was the number 3 team (last year it was the number 2 team and it was us and I was ticked, but attended the Rose Bowl game anyway). If you aren’t really familiar with the BCS format, here’s the quick rundown. There are 4 BCS bowl games and each year a different bowl is designated the NC game. This year it is the Orange Bowl. Typically, each bowl invites champions of particular major conferences. For example, the Rose Bowl invites the Pac Ten Champion to play the Big ten Champion. This year, the Pac Ten Champion is going to the NC game (that is USC…wheeee!). What generally would happen in this situation is that the #2 team in the Pac Ten would go to the Rose Bowl. HOWEVER, according to the BCS regulations, if a team does not win their conference championship, but finishes in the top 4 of the BCS standings, they get an automatic bowl berth. Since Texas jumped over Cal in the polls (Texas moved to number 4), and since the #1 ranked team left a hole to be filled in the Rose Bowl (they fill the holes in order of the rank of the team vacating the bowl berth), Texas was invited to play Michigan in the Rose Bowl. I’m sure a bunch of people at the Tournament of Roses lost their lunch over that one. No disrespect to Texas (though I am not a huge fan of coaches lobbying for BCS ranking…I mean you Mack Brown), but it just doesn’t seem right to have a Rose Bowl without a Pac Ten team…especially a team as great as Cal is this year.
OK, so here’s where this becomes relevant to work. My question is how long do you stick with a system that does not work? We’ve all been there haven’t we? We pour resources into something that is supposed to improve how we work and, when it doesn’t, we are stuck with it because we have put so much into it (money, people hours). It’s good to take risks (calculated ones, at least), but at what point do the ill effects of an ineffective system trump the need to rationalize the resources you put into it in the first place? When is it appropriate to cut your losses?
With regard to the BCS, the most painful part is that there is a clear solution that will fix the system (4 plus one bowl game scenario or top ten round robin play-offs for example). How much longer will these young guys be victimized by the system (I know that sounds dramatic, but ask Aaron Rogers how he feels)?
And since I promised not to do a bunch of posts on football, let me get a couple things out there…
1) Reggie Bush deserves the Heisman. Sick of East Coast bias. If you are a Heisman voter and didn’t give equal attention to the top nominees (by this I mean, watching their games, even if it’s past your bed time…get a Tivo), shame on you. I mean it!
2) Did anyone else think that Trev Alberts lost it on Saturday? He reminded me of the kid who disagrees, just because. I fully expected to see some foot stomping. Sheesh!
3) Great finish by Virginia Tech. They are getting some well-deserved recognition.
OK, thanks for letting me get that put of my system!