Usually, horoscopes are so general they make you laugh but occasionally one will grab you right where you are that day.
Such was the case for me on the stairmaster at the local gym on Tuesday. I opened the Philadelphia Daily News and, since the sports section is just a shadow of what it used to be (Gary Smith, Dick Weiss, Ted Silary, Tom Cushman, Stan Hochman, Ray Didinger, Tim Kawakami and Mark Whicker have never been replaced and not sure they can be), I went straight to the horoscopes and this is what I found:
Yes, amiss is a very good word when it comes to the current Group of Five versus the Power 5 conundrum. This is a system set up by the powerful to exclude the powerless. It must be changed. It should be changed.
It probably won’t be changed and that’s why no one should be satisfied and this is a system the G5 should have never signed off on. They have, though, and this year’s injustice is the result.
There’s a good verse in the bible that describes the problem: ” It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (MT: 19:24)
In college football, the opposite is true.
When the rich, the Power 5, set the rules and have taken control of the NCAA, which they have, do not expect them to invite the poor in for a meal. Even the bowl committee president said as much.
College football is the only sport where a team can win all of its games, beat a Big 10 team by 38-10 and beat an SEC team that beat both of the national finalists and NOT be even given a chance to compete for the title.
For Temple, this is what HAS to happen for the Owls to be considered for the four-team playoff next year. They have to win all of their games, like UCF did, and have Boston College win the ACC title and Maryland win the Big 10 title. Heck, they probably won’t get in unless one of those two teams has only one loss under that scenario.
That’s a ridiculous standard for a system that allows a two-loss team into the Final Four.
Basically, college football is telling half of its members that they have no shot of ever winning a championship and never will. If that is not a violation of federal anti-trust laws, I don’t know what is. The G5 should get together and pursue legal relief in this if the NCAA is not going to get involved and expand this playoff.
That’s the only way to get to the bottom of this.
Monday: A Book That Needs To Be Written