And why we should all be OK with that
The rose bowl died in 2004.
I'm not ok, playoffs have killed college football.
Yes no more Rose Bowl Before I Die sentiments. It's unlikely that Cal will ever reach the iconic venue other than our bi-annual games with UCLA. Sad, but true.
Let's go Bears! Win the Pac!
If adopted, college football's new playoff system will have three effects: 1) Destroy the traditional bowl system 2) Force some teams to play as many as 17 games and many others 15 and 16 thus exposing more young men to serious injury and concussions 3) Really tick off the teams that finish 13th, 14th 15th thus forcing them to expand to 16 teams.
One thing that won't change is that the same teams (see Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson) will win the damn thing. If you'll excuse my language, it's all a bunch of bullshit designed to line the pockets of NCAA officials, TV execs and whoever else can profit off the labors of young unpaid men.
As an aside, the actual Rose Bowl is a crappy stadium. The seating area is angled so it goes back way too far from the field so you are watching something much farther away than at a stadium has seating on a much more vertical manner. Also, it takes forever to get there, as it is not near a freeway. Finally, it is not next to a college campus to allow for the best pre and post game activities. Haven't visited even half of the stadiums in the Pac 12, but it could be the worst of the lot.
Since there have been so many comments about the 2004 Cal vs. USC in the Coliseum I thought I woiuld post the video for the whole game. Rodgers had something like 22 or 23 completions in a row and freshman Lynch had a better game than Arrington. Forgot the name the excellent wide receiver for Cal who got hurt and I don't think ever played for Cal again. But he had a good NFL career. Just looked him up -- Chase Lyman.
We play at the Rose Bowl every other year. I say we just celebrate that and forget the... other thing. Make as big a production of it as possible, put a rose on the uniform that day, have a Cal flavored doodah parade down Colorado Blvd. and leave it at that. Just eliminate pining for that one big game that arguably no longer exists from Cal fandom once and for all.
Feel free to ignore me - I'm the one comment every two years guy. In my mind this article could just as well be called "It's (past) time to give up on college football: And why we should all be OK with that."
It's pretty clear that the Tedford Era from 2004-06 was our best shot to reach the actual Rose Bowl, and once we missed that (got screwed out of it in at least one way) it was probably gone for good. The playoff was on the way.
I' hm sure it's just me, but I am confused about how the described playoff will work using the description in this article. Don't understand the different between the top 12 teams and the thirteen teams (6 plus 6) that seem to get in the article (probably not the case). Also, how about an example of how the playoffs work. Maybe a reader could provide this so Nick doesn't have to do more work.
Nick, you are right. No more RBBID. Just give us a spot in the PAC 12 title game. Or, give us a win over U$C and $tanfurd in the same season (without losing to Oregon State). Or a bowl of some kind each year.