Quick, anybody outside the Windy City name the Chicago Bears "fight song."
That's what I thought.
See, I didn't even know they had a fight song until Benny made the claim in his post above. And yeah, the Chicago's 39-14 victory over New Orleans was close...except for the first half until the last 46 seconds. Close...except for the 4th quarter. Close...except for 75% of the game.
Pinch me. I'm riveted.
Yet, my esteemed cohort, Benny, uses this NFL playoff game as an "example" to make his case that the pro game is better than the "minor leagues" of college football. As many of his pro-style playoff advocating ilk do this time of year when the NFL crowns its champion.
Granted, the Indy-New England game was a classic. One of the best pro games I've ever seen. But one great game does not make a great league. Nor does it make a strong case for a 16 team or 8 team playoff. Because the fact is, for most of the season, the NFL is about as exciting as an old Pauly Shore movie.
That's because, the regular season doesn't matter one tenth as much as the regular season does in college football. That's why the Colts can go into a late season slump, losing four of their last seven games, yet still have a shot to win it all. That's why three 9-7 teams and one 8-8 team made the playoffs (and you thought the Motor City Bowl had low standards and let some shit teams slide through?). Most importantly, that's why the Super Bowl doesn't crown the best football team for a given season but rather the hot football team at its end.
The college football game has many flaws in the way it chooses its champ. That's a given. But a pro-style 8 or 16 team playoff isn't the answer, even though such a system would have greatly been to Michigan's benefit this past season. Because it would take away what makes college football so great - the only major sport where every game matters if you want to win the title.
The big "Game of the (INSERT HYPERBOLE HERE)" between Michigan and Ohio State last November would have simply been about seeding. Ho hum. Would the loss that day have been that bitter? Not really.
And USC's loss to their arch rival UCLA, instead of knocking them out of the title game, would have simply dropped them to a #6 or #7 seed instead. Big deal.
So, yes, those were exciting pro games Sunday. But just remember all the meaningless dreck you have to wade through to get there. And remember that next September when you're glued to your TV from college football's first regular season game in September to its last in December while the NFL excitement hasn't even started yet.