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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Letter from Iran's President to the American People

Last week, Iran's President wrote a letter directly to the American people urging them to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Iraq and to reject what he calls Bush's "blind support" for Israel and it's "illegal and immoral" actions in fighting terrorism.

While those points in the letter have received the most attention in the press, the MZone has learned of an additional fourth page of the letter that, until now, NCAA officials have been able to suppress. But, in the interest of free speech, we here at the MZone share it with you today.

Noble Americans,

Were we not faced with the tragic consequences of BCS interference in all that is great in the game of college football;

Were college football fans not God-fearing, beer-throwing, cheerleader-loving and instant replay justice-seeking while the BCS actively conceals the truth and impedes any objective portrayal of college football reality;

And if we did not share a common responsibility to promote and protect the dignity and integrity of the great game of American college football;

Then there would have been little urgency to have a dialogue with you.

While Divine providence has placed Iran and the United States geographically far apart (as well as giving Charlie Weis a multi-million dollar contract despite no signature wins for the program), we should be cognizant that our common human spirit, which proclaim the need for dignity and exalted worth for all January bowl games and not just the title match-up, have brought our two great nations closer together.

Both greatly value and readily embrace the promotion of sporting ideals such as deciding the national championship on the field and not by former coaches from Iowa State who don't even know what the hell the they're talking about. Praise be to Woody.

We are all inclined toward the good of a system that does not thrust Wake Forest vs. Louisville on the world and call it a "big game."

We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples' seat cushions when the fat person at the end of the aisle decides to hit the bathroom in the middle of the first half and the intimidation and humiliation of visiting fans in Columbus when walking down Lane Avenue. Praise be to Bryant.

We all detest the darkness, deceit, lies and distortion of ballots that would put Boise State at #2 in the country even though they played a high school schedule or that don't put undefeated Ohio State at #1 because the voter had his head up his ass.

The pure human essence of the two great nations of Iran and the United States, as well as the stupid hats Corso wears on GameDay, testify to the veracity of these statements.

Noble Americans,

Our people have been in contact with BCS officials before and have maintained these contacts despite the attempts of the NCAA trying to tell us there is no playoff for the good of the student-athlete. We see Satan's tongue on this excuse each year by the time that crappy bowl game on the blue Astroturf rolls around.

We, like you, are aggrieved by the ever-worsening pain and misery of the Michigan fans hoping to sneak into the title game despite not winning their conference while, in broad daylight, in front of ESPN cameras and before the eyes of the world, persistent aggressions by Urban Meyer turned the process into a mockery. Praise be to Bowden.

For too many years, the BCS regime has driven millions of college football fans mad with their non-sensical bowl games. And you know well that the NCAA has persistently provided blind and blanket support to these traitors, has emboldened it to continue its crimes and has prevented the ticket-buying public from condemning it.

Noble Americans,

You have heard the sad stories of Oregon in 2001, Miami in 2000, and Auburn during that season Tuberville and actually had a reason to. The BCS attempts to justify them through its proclaimed "keeping the integrity of the bowl season intact." But everyone knows such a bowl system, in fact, offends global public opinion, exacerbates resentment toward Notre Dame making a BCS bowl by only beating service academies and thereby spreads Internet taunting on Rivals message boards.

I have no doubt that the American people do not approve of this system and indeed deplore it.

Undoubtedly, the American people are not satisfied with this bowl system and they showed their discontent after the recent horribly produced Fox BCS show. I hope that in the wake of the the Michigan-Florida controversy, the administration of Mike Slive will have heard and will heed the message of the American college football fan.

To sum up:

It is possible to choose a winner on the field.

It is possible to implement a playoff system and keep the current bowl games (except maybe that thing in Toronto starting this season. Does anybody really give a shit about that?).

It is possible to lead the college football world toward the aspired perfection of letting the players decide the championshio and drawing upon the teachings of the Ancient Prophets such as the Gipper, Stagg and Paterno.

I pray to the Almighty, as well as network officials at ABC and CBS, to bless the Iranian and American nations with a true champion in college football.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
29 November 2006


baker34 said...

There certainly has been a lot of funny posts here and there about the BCS and the hypocrisy of Florida jumping Michigan...

But I have yet to come across the actual argument for why Michigan truly deserved to be ranked ahead of Florida.

I'm a neutral fan...Go Sun Devils...but it seems to me that Florida is more deserving to go and Michigan feels the spot should have been handed to them.

Anonymous said...

Oh no you didn't!?!

Tom said...

I always figured Ahmadinejad for a Buckeye fan. Shouldn't he be happy to have them playing Florida?

Crazy Joe said...

It could be worse

Yost said...

Crazy J,

Totally disagree with the writer's assessment of who would be in those non-BCS bowls. A one loss, third ranked Michigan team would be in over, say, 10-2 Auburn. I mean, it's not like Michigan didn't play the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, etc. in other years when it wasn't the Big 10 Champ. So I don't really understand why the person who wrote the piece arbitrarily picked those match-ups.

I guess just to make his point.

Jim said...

Funny stuff Yost - "(except maybe that thing in Toronto starting this season. Does anybody really give a shit about that?)." -

HAHAHAHA funny start to a work day.

Yost said...

Thanks, Jim.

Anonymous said...

horribly produced Fox BCS show

I think we can all agree with that.

Funny post guys.

And that article Crazy J linked is stupid. I have one question for the writer-does he consider the the D-1 basketball champion as a "Mythical" champion? They have a tournament during classes (at a lot of schools the conference tournys happen during Spring Break), and have controversy on who are the last teams in. So do we call Florida the MNC in men's basketball?

Anonymous said...

baker34 - for an answer to your question read the comments under "Voters Explain Why They Voted For Florida" article.

Ungar Kelt said...

Great work, Yost.


You could make an argument for either team. I think Michigan feels robbed by the process and the rationale behind their #3 ranking.

Michigan was #2 after losing to Tosu. Nov 26, USC jumps over Michigan to #2 based upon defeating ND, a team that Michigan beat more thoroughly on the road. Michigan lost to Tosu, the #1 team – USC lost to Oregon St. WTF?

Dec 3, USC drops after losing to UCLA, Florida leaps over Michigan by beating Arkansas, which lost to USC in an embarrassing route. Strangely enough, no one made a case for Florida while USC was #2. However, to avoid a rematch between Michigan and Florida, suddenly Florida is the definitive #2. (Didn’t anyone watch the S. Carolina game?)

If people voted Florida #2 because they were the better team, I'm fine with that. If people voted Florida #2 because Michigan already had a shot, Michigan didn't win the Big-10, Florida got to play in a conference championship, "I went to Florida", "I coach a team in the SEC & it suits my agenda", "I used to coach Florida", "Michigan didn't play since Nov 18 & I forgot how good they were", etc., it was bogus.

Even an Islamic facist like Ahmadinejad sees the injustice...

Yost said...

Good stuff, UK.

Mr Danielson said...

On his campaigning for Florida: "I figure I have two more months to go to catch up with ABC and ESPN. They've been [campaigning for] the Big Ten since September."

On the controversy over Michigan losing out to Florida: "That Michigan - Ohio State game in 1969. It wouldn't have been fair for Michigan to have to play them again, would it?

"Understand that winning it on the field is all that matters. There were only two teams all year that did not have to please voters - Michigan and Ohio State. They were ranked one and two for the last six weeks of the year – I don't know why, really. They were anointed one and two, they were undefeated and they deserved their rankings. I don't know how anyone knows they are the two best teams.

"I watch a lot of tape. I assume you guys watch a lot of tape. I'll bet you do. But I don't know who the best two teams are, and I'm sure no one else does. So I don't know how the Michigan argument goes that we are the only team capable of coming within three points of Ohio State. I don't know how you can justify that argument. I know you can't. You're telling the rest of college football we're the only team capable of coming within three points of Ohio State.

"My argument was that anyone was more deserving than Michigan. I would have voted Oklahoma over Michigan. Oklahoma got robbed. They basically lost one game, okay? I would have voted Louisville, anyone other than Michigan, because there was only one team in college football that had the opportunity to play their way into that game against Ohio State without having to please one voter. Not one voter. Michigan had a shot. They're obviously a very good football team.

"I think it's small minded to think that the two best teams just happen to play in the Big Ten this year. It reminded me of the Big Ten Conference in the 70s, where Michigan and Ohio State played every year with the two best records go out to the Rose Bowl then found the rest of the country isn't quite as easy as the rest of the Big Ten.

"Michigan and Ohio State didn't mind having the Sports Reporters [stumping for them]. ESPN and ABC had that clock running for over a month [for the OSU – Michigan game] while the rest of the country fumed about that. But the first time somebody says something about somebody else, oh, my, the whining starts. My drum was banging for college football. Now we finally got to a game here because of circumstances where everybody had to stand up and say, 'you mean there's another team besides Michigan Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC out there?' I think it's laughable, totally laughable that people think they know who the best two teams are. I know football pretty good, and I think I know how to watch film pretty well. If I don't know who the best two teams are, I don't see how anybody else can do it."

On other factors that went into his thinking: "I look at it that the rest of the country really didn't give anybody else a chance except Michigan and Ohio State for a while. Then once they looked at USC, ESPN and ABC jumped on a new bandwagon. Bob Davie was on the front page of USA TODAY saying, "I watched college football all year, and I know the two best teams are Michigan and Ohio State. Then that horse gets a little tired and they go to USC and watch and go, 'you know? Now that I look at it, I think USC is the second best team in the country.' Then when USC loses they go, 'what do we do now?' And I think the rest of the country is out there saying, 'who anointed Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame to run all of college football?'

"My stance has been consistent on this. I've been through this three times. I did the Colorado – Nebraska game, and you applauded me when I said the second place team should not play for the national championship. I did the Oklahoma – Kansas State, and you applauded me. Now all of a sudden when I make the same stance, do Michigan fans whine."

On Florida's case: "The SEC had five teams in the top 20. Florida played the other four. Now what kind of system do you have when the best conference in the country doesn't have according to the polls for their team to play for the national championship? Or put it this way – an equal opportunity to play in the national championship game. This whole thing about No. 3 and No. 4 – I don't think anybody cared who No. 3 and No. 4 were until USC lost. Once that happened, I think people stood up and said, 'all right, what should I do?'

"As a broadcaster of this game, I banged on the table at halftime and said, 'we are not going to talk about Florida's national championship case until at least the fourth quarter.' But I did prepare in case this happen, and I put plusses and minues on both sides, said how am I going to make my argument? That's my job. My argument was to kind of compare the best thing to the worst thing for each team. I left a blank ballot up there for a whole series. I said, 'you make your own ballot out there.' I'm getting paid very well to give my opinion. My opinion was laid out the way I saw it. Now, if I convinced people, maybe I'm a good communicator."

On whether his opinion is influenced by his employer [CBS]: "So is everybody else's, but that's not true. When I was working at ABC and ESPN I got called to the carpet because I was doing the national championship game and said I didn't believe a second place team should do it … they had their chance. This is the same argument. I'm the ONLY one who has remained consistent. My old partner, Brent Musberger, anointed Michigan the second best team, then in the middle of the ND - USC game said, you know, I've always said a second place team shouldn't play for the championship, then doubled back and said, "I was off.' I don't know where other people stand, but I have been.

"If Michigan had beaten Ohio State, I would be making the same argument that it's not fair that one team only has to keep it close, the other team has to knock you out. Bo was against this thing, that's why Kirk Herbstreit was against a rematch before the Michigan – Ohio State game. Kirk's a wonderful broadcaster, but my opinion is he was so wounded by the Steve Breaston comments that he jumped on the Michigan bandwagon and rode it."

On carrying on too long on behalf of the Gators: "It wasn't Florida, even. I don't even know how good of a team they are. They're a gamer. They remind me a little of that Ohio State team that won the national championship that everybody thought would lose every game, and somehow they found a way to win at the end. Nobody thought they could beat Miami, and they seemed to find ways to win.

"My argument was, and continues to be, that you can't anoint teams. No one knows who the best team is. The Sports Reporters don't know, Mitch Albom doesn't know, Kirk Herbstreit doesn't know, Bob Davie doesn't know, and I don't know, and Michigan fans don't know. You have to go then to a resume. Now you are telling people that because Michigan beat Notre Dame, who I think is an emperor with no clothes, and they played Ohio State close, they deserve the national championship.

Now I look at the schedules and say, now wait a minute … there are other teams out there that have a resume. Why aren't they being considered? I think college football deserves to have something more than they get. I have railed, and as I said, they should pass rules that don't allow a second place team to go. That's not fair. So what do you do? But it is interesting that a whole year goes by, and can you name me any player besides a quarterback who plays for an SEC team?

"It's out of mind's eye. If you look at what dominates college football, it's ESPN/ABC. That publicity machine has rolled and rolled and rolled and has tilted the playing field in my opinion. So now one time somebody has an opinion that's different people say, 'wow.' You want to know what it's like in the Big 12, Pac-Ten and SEC? That's what it's like, every week from September to Nov. 25.

On the last time he talked to Lloyd Carr: "During the Michigan - Ohio State game a year ago. I respect Lloyd Carr. People can play out this stuff the way they want to. He's an excellent coach. I was one of his defenders. I'm a Jim Herrmann defender. I didn't think their defense was all that different this year, they just had better players than a year ago. They had a dominant defensive line and Lloyd always does a good job with his football team.

"Coaches can play out their campaign the way they want to. I think Jim Tressel was absolutely right on in the strategy he did. For him to have to try to determine the national … I think to excuse yourself was absolutely right on. I think Urban Meyer played it the way he wanted to because nobody was talking about the SEC and he said okay, look at my team. We are a pretty good football team, too. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, and I think for Coach Carr to attack somebody over what somebody else says is wrong. I respect Coach Carr, but I don't think he should jockey both horses."

On whether Meyer dragged Michigan into the conversation: "He could say anything he wanted to say.

"Here's my opinion after watching the Michigan - Ohio State game. If the same game was played with Louisville and West Virginia uniforms, everybody would have said there's no defense on the field. That 's number one. No. 2 is there were two outstanding teams with one great player. Same as last year's game. Ohio State has the best player on the field and when the best player is the quarterback, they have a great chance of winning. It's going to be very difficult to beat OSU because they have the best player in college football."

Anonymous said...

Daneilson, thanks for the comments. Do you have Herbie's response as well? Thanks

Anonymous said...

I find this whole scenario funny to say the least. Everyone bagged on Nebraska and Oklahoma when they failed to win their conference. Everyone was in an uproar when those two backed in. Also, Notre Dame gets crap for not dropping in the polls last year after losing to USC (and rightfully so), but it's okay not to drop Michigan after a loss to tOSU? Come on, let's not be hypocrites here. They finally got it right, even though it does suck in Michigan's case.

Anonymous said...

funny how he calls ND overrated, that it was no big deal Michigan destroyed them, on the road, when they were No. 2. Yet, USC beats ND, not as badly, at home, when they were ranked lower, and all of sudden, wow, USC is definitely No. 2.

This conference title thing is crap. Arkansas would not have been in the NCG had they beaten Florida.