To listen to some folks, you'd never know that the greatest tyranny in sports is on the verge of collapse.
Most people are appropriately delighted by the death of the BCS and celebrating accordingly. But there are a few sticks in the mud who are doing the adult thing and worrying about the future.
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle can't help but think about the 1978 Oklahoma team that got passed over. Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post is angry the players involved in the playoff won't see a dime of the new profits. Business Insider calls it a potential disaster because picking No. 5 from No. 4 is just as hard as picking No. 3 from No. 2. They're all legitimate points, as are the more minor ones that any right-minded analysts are making about the potential plans.
Has the NCAA and BCS turned us so cynical and jaded that we can't enjoy anything?
This is like waking up on Christmas morning, finding a red-bowed Lexus sitting in the driveway, then getting upset that it's not a Mercedes. When Americans won their independence the first time, do you think Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson sat around and fretted about how to set up the Treasury department? Heck no. That's what July 5, 1776 was for. Live in the now and enjoy it.
It's all about patience and perspective. You know the NCAA is going to screw up something -- neutral-site games for the semifinals, restricting conferences to two teams per playoff, giving Notre Dame an automatic bye into the finals. There's going to be plenty of time to complain about that in the next few months.
For now, stop worrying. You don't have to learn to love the BCS any more.
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