Everyone’s a Winner – What About the Trophy?

Have you heard this? “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you played the game.” If you played kid’s sports prior to the 1970’s, you NEVER heard that. Back then you either won or you lost. Only the champion received a trophy and it was one team trophy; at that. Nowadays, everyone is a winner, everyone gets a trophy and it’s not about winning… it’s about self-esteem. Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t build up our kids because we should – BUT, I also grew up as Coach Georgia Walker’s daughter. She’s more along the lines of  Ricky Bobby’s Daddy in Talladega Nights: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

What does the College Football Playoff Committee think? Apparently, they’re looking at ‘how they play the game’ and even then, it’s subjective. You can WIN, but it doesn’t mean you will necessarily get the trophy. Look at the current CFP Top 4. Alabama (#1) has a loss… to Ole Miss; a team that’s lost a few SEC match-ups and most recently beat the #4 team in the country, Mississippi  State. The Rebels were #19 going into the Egg Bowl last weekend.

Even before that, Alabama moved into the #1 spot after beating MSU in Week 12 by five points; two of those points were gained on a MSU safety. The other two Top 4 teams were Oregon and Florida State. The Duck’s strength of schedule pales in comparison to the remainder of the Top 10. (How can you sound like a serious contender with a mascot named the Ducks)? Regardless, that leaves Florida State – the Seminoles have won 28 straight games. TWENTY EIGHT, and that includes a National Championship.

So, it’s nearly 2015 and we have a new system to determine the NCAA football championship – so far it seems to me that the committee is post-1970’s: “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Does that  mean it’s the best system? I’m not so sure…


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