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The BCS is laughing at you

Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 5:23 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When I first heard the BCS announcement today about the "punishment" it has handed down to the Fiesta Bowl, I could only laugh. Maybe I should have been outraged, but laughter is the natural reaction to a joke. Which is exactly what this whole thing is, and all that the BCS has ever been.

For all its improprieties, the Fiesta Bowl was told today it must pay a one million dollar fine and follow tighter BCS guidelines. In other words, pay this paltry sum of money -- "walking around" money to the Fiesta Bowl -- then do what you should have been doing the entire time.

It's the equivalent of parents sending their child to his room as punishment, where cable television and his XBox await.

Part of me wishes the BCS could run the entire judicial system for this country. "Tom Fornelli, you have been found guilty of murder. Pay a $50 fine and try not to kill any more people." I'll do my best, your honor.

So now, the Fiesta Bowl will reach into its very deep pockets, pull out a wad of cash and go back to being a BCS bowl game. Which means it will once again have the chance to award a couple college football teams the opportunity to pay their way to Glendale, pay for millions of dollars in tickets, and then play a football game where the vast majority of income will fill the Fiesta Bowl's coffers.

It's like a time-share seminar on steroids, only you've got to keep paying rent on the condo even after you've already bought it.

The Fiesta Bowl may not learn any kind of lesson from all this, but I have. Or at least, I've been reminded of it. The BCS may in fact be a joke, but the BCS has been in on it the entire time.

What I hope more people realize today is that the joke has been on us.


Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:56 pm

The BCS is laughing at you

cougarfan, I think you and your LDS status need to keep your mouth shut on retaining their tax exempt status.  The LDS church should have to repay all they have been exempted from since its a racist, jim crow law society.  Wasn't there a recent article on how selective BYU is in enforcing their honor code? 

You live is a very thin glass house and need to look at what your school and religion does before you even attempt to comment about others.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:21 pm

The BCS is laughing at you

You left out that the $1 million fine is to go to Charities...when in its Articles of Incorporation, the Fiesta Bowl's profits (after expenses and payouts) are REQUIRED to go to the BCS didnt even FINE the Fiesta Bowl, because the money is already supposed to go there.

THIS IS THE STORY...c'mon media.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:08 pm

The BCS is laughing at you

Tell us something we don't know Fornelli!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:52 pm

The BCS is laughing at you

Yes the BCS system is silly and only really good for Bowl Directors and Football Coaches.   A Playoff for College football would be better for fans, universities, players, and the TV networks.    With a 16 team tournament with 11 conference champs and 5 at large there would be way more meaning ful games than there are today (was Boise St vs Nevada really meaningful, no).     By the way when you buy a TimeShare you pay rent also, it is called maintenance, try not paying it. 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:42 pm

The BCS is laughing at you

and if you didn't understand how big business operates this should explain it quite well.  With money you can buy your way to anything.  Pay the right people and you can ignore what the people want and get what you want...

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:10 pm

The BCS is laughing at you

We all should learn a lesson or two from the BCS's Fiesta Bowl.  I mean, where else can someone be reimbursed $1,200 for a strip club visit listed as a legitimate business expense?  Even more impressive is how the BCS boys can approve such "legitimate business expenses" and still retain their tax exempt status!  Impressive!

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:18 am

The BCS is laughing at you

actually gas is now 3.96 agallon. it rose 8 cents overnight like it does most nights. magically with no question

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:06 am

The BCS is laughing at you

And in other news today, gas is still $3.83 per gallon.....

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:15 am

The BCS is laughing at you

Hopefully the IRS won't think this is so funny and revokes their non-profit exemption

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:43 pm

The BCS is laughing at you

Laughter is contagious....the BCS sees everybody laughing at them so of course they laugh back.

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