Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Playoff or busted: Everyone knows the Bowl Championship Series is broken. Broken broken broken. But the most anyone's done is the 109th Congress threatening to take away the BCS' Sherman Antitrust exemption. That didn't go far. Why the inaction? Take it away, Sports Illustrated:

Let's say you work in an office and you come into work on Monday to find that the copier has died. There would seem to be one clear, obvious solution to this problem: Replace the copier. After discussing the matter with several of your co-workers, they're all in agreement: the copier is broken and it needs to be replaced. You bring this up to your office manager, and she also agrees that, yes, something needs to be done about the broken copier.

Three weeks later, you walk into work and the same, non-functioning copier is sitting right where you left it. Why? Because your office manager needs clearance from her supervisor before making such a major purchase. And while the supervisor shares everyone's concerns about the copier, he's facing pressure from his supervisor to reduce spending in the office and is going to need a thorough review of company copying needs before determining whether a new copier is truly the best course of action. Finally, your office has a longstanding relationship with Kinko's, and Kinko's has been reminding your boss on a weekly basis how loyal it's been to your company over the years and how it hopes you will keep that in mind when making any future copying decisions.

The end result of all this is that, while nearly everyone involved agrees that something should be done about the broken copier, it will wind up staying there for the conceivable future.

The broken copier represents the BCS.

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