3 things I'd rather suffer through again than watch Alabama-Clemson AGAIN:

Submitted by the blue planet on January 7th, 2019 at 10:13 AM

1)  Six weeks of boot camp

2)  72 days of strike-line during a Michigan winter

3)  Separate my throwing shoulder

#won't support the current system.  Thanks for listening.

Comments

Chuck Norris

January 7th, 2019 at 10:23 AM ^

Bama and Clemson are head and shoulders above everyone else. I'm not sure what you mean by "won't support the current system." Any system that didn't result in these two teams playing is a flawed system.

Chuck Norris

January 7th, 2019 at 11:51 AM ^

I'm talking specifically about the playoff system. You seem to be talking about the sport as a whole.

Which, like, fair. But also, most of us are here because we love watching this sport. And to be fair, when you look across D1 college football things are by and large rigged towards the programs with the most money, and Michigan sits in that top tier money-wise. So by and large things are rigged in our favor as well, we just haven't been able to take full advantage.

trueblueintexas

January 7th, 2019 at 12:19 PM ^

The argument as you have laid it out, actually counters itself. If it truly was only about ability to spend money, Michigan & Texas should easily be in the top 4 every year. Instead we get Clemson, Alabama and a rotation of ND, OSU, and Oklahoma.

Yes, being able to spend money is a starting point, but the real difference amongst the spending elite is the willingness to take part in "....cough, cough other activities". 

I know there is a contingent which does not like this argument, but it is the most likely given what you have already said. How have the top two revenue schools in the country not been in the playoff once during it's existence if other things are not happening.

Chuck Norris

January 7th, 2019 at 12:37 PM ^

The argument as you have laid it out, actually counters itself.

No it doesn't, since I didn't say what you think I said. I said that it's rigged in favor of the wealthiest programs. It is. That doesn't mean that specific wealthiest programs will win. There's a tier of teams who can spend money essentially indefinitely. Michigan is in that tier.

And teams doing better than us "because they cheat" doesn't mean the system is rigged against us, because we're fully capable of cheating if we choose to do so. And, although I believe that we don't cheat to the extent that some other programs do, we are by no means squeaky clean. I was at UM <5 years ago and knew a good number of players and I can tell you point blank that we're not squeaky clean. Players get extra perks. It happens. 

trueblueintexas

January 7th, 2019 at 12:44 PM ^

I agree there is a tier and Michigan is in it. I also believe there are further sub-segments within that tier. 

Like you, I fully accept Michigan has to do it's fair share of things to field the talent they do. I said it in a post last week. There are teams that pay recruits, there are team which use steroids, there are teams which use questionable roster management practices.....then there are team that do all it. 

That is the sub segmentation I would prefer the NCAA fix to insure a more even (not even) playing field.

MichiganStan

January 7th, 2019 at 11:23 AM ^

Of course the best teams should play for the championship but the problem I have is that the NCAA sat by and allowed Nick Saban to cheat and buy the best recruiting classes for years and years which is why we have to watch Bama in the championship every single year.

The NCAA allowed Bama to grow out of control and its destroyed diversity in the NCAAF championship

WeimyWoodson

January 7th, 2019 at 10:29 AM ^

You would be completely fine with this if it were Michigan in this situation.  Clemson and Alabama are just so much better then everyone else and I cannot fault them for greatness.  Me personally, I like seeing these two teams play against each other because its the two best teams.

DCGrad

January 7th, 2019 at 10:30 AM ^

Eating a lemon?

I may watch some of it, but I won't watch the whole thing.  For the first time in my life, I am actually more interested in the NFL than college football.  I would love to see the offense in a Saints-Chiefs Superbowl.