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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Saturday, December 18, 2010 :::

CNNSI has a feature inviting you to "create your own college football playoff", though it seems to be rather rigid. "Your" college football playoff has to have 16 teams in a single-elimination format where the winner of one match is always predetermined to play the winner of another given match (unlike, for example, the NFL playoffs). Further, contrary to what I had imagined — I imagined this in particular due to another feature on their site, where they seeded a sixteen-team playoff of this nature and had people vote who would win each matchup — they don't let you pick the teams that win, or otherwise designate a criterion for figuring out which team would win. You set up your bracket and they'll tell you who wins which games.

What I do like about the feature, though, is that it includes a realistic number of upsets. I hope strong proponents of a playoff will set these things up, play it through a few times with the same teams, and ask themselves whether a different team is really the best team in the country each time.


::: posted by dWj at 9:22 PM

This is in response to your Daniel Webster quote at the top of the page -

"It does not follow that because something ought to be done the National Government ought to do it."
- President Calvin Coolidge / May 15, 1926

Neither Coolidge nor Webster had much to say about football. When Red Grange visited Coolidge at the White House. The president asked him what he did? Grange said he was with the Bears. "Silent Cal" said: "Im sorry Mrs. Coolidge isn't here; she likes animal acts."
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