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Sunday, September 13, 2009

BCS Defender: FedEx Cup

New series here from the HQ of the BCS Defender.  This series will compare other methods of determining a champion to the BCS, and you will quickly realize that maybe the BCS is not as outrageous and obscene as you think it is.

Our first victim:  The FedEx Cup.

What sport is this the championship awarded in?  No Googling!



Golf, yes the PGA Tour pisses away nearly a century of tradition by not even naming it's trophy after Ben Hogan.  Which brings us to the issue of Money.  The PGA Tour wanted to sell the naming rights so bad they did not even think of their history or the Legacy of such an championship.  The trophy given out to the winner of the BCS Title Game is not a commodity to be bought and sold.  In fact the trophy itself pre-dates the BCS and has been awarded since 1986.  Worse is that the PGA Tour already gives away an award for the Player of the Year, and it is the Jack Nicklaus Trophy.

Second issue right there folks!  They made up the FedExCup!  Wished it into existence right out of thin air.  You could also refer to it as Imaginary, or Fantasy, or Make Believe, or Faux, or you can insert the adjective that you stick in front of the BCS Title.  The BCS filled a need.  Before there was no system, and what little there was worked to make sure the best teams would never meet when it mattered most.

Here is where things get really confusing so follow along closely.  The Player of the Year award is actually 2 different awards.  The PGA Player of the Year and the PGA Tour Player of the Year, they have been won by the same player since 1992.  But get this, the PGA Tour Player of the Year is chosen by a poll of the players.  A POLL!  Also there is a yet another annual best player award, the guy that won the most money!  Does your brain hurt?  Because we have not even discussed the Majors.

So there are 3 (potentially 4) different end of year Champions in Golf.  Not even College Football before the BCS (and it's two predecessors) was as messed up as that.  The BCS got that part right.  There still can be a split national champion thanks to the AP Poll.  But the match-up in the National Championship game is such that you cannot punish the winner of the game.    You can only argue that another team should have played.  By denying that team a game a hard as the title game, you ensure they can't leap frog the winner of the BCS Championship Game in any poll.  All you are left with is what-if with nothing to back it up.

One thing I have not brought up is how ridiculous of a format this playoff is.  The average tournament starts with somewhere between 132 and 156 golfers.  How many people make the playoff?  125  Basically if you have a tour card and are keeping it next year, you get to make the playoffs.  That is how I want a Champion selected, not just from the best but from anyone.  And if you think the BCS is complex, just try to understand the FedEx Cup.  If you accomplish that feat could you please explain it to me?

Here is a case where a Playoff is just dumb!  There is already a money list and an end of year Poll, isn't that enough?  Apparently not from the PGA Tour's point of view.

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