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Calvacade of Whimsy, Part 1 - Make My Day

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Posted Sep 4, 2012


Fiu's Cavalcade of Whimsy, Week 1, Part 1 - Make My Day

Cavalcade of Whimsy

Sept. 4, 2012, Part 1

Past Cavalcades
- 2008 Season | 2009 Season | 2010 Season | 2011 Season 

Week 1 Cavalcade
- Part 2 - Pinkett, Penn State & More 
- Part 3 - Ten Reasons To Be Grouchy 

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"I was lucky in the order, but I've always been lucky when it comes to killin' folks."... Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Save a little for the season.

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I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, what's a regular college football fan doing out here? You know they are all NFL and fantasy fans out there, left of Lombardi. At least that is what people think. That is not really the case. There are a lot of regular college football fans, a lot of moderate people, BCS league fans, non-AQ fans, across the nation. It is just that the regular college football people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hotdogging it.

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So -- but they are there, believe me, they are there. I just think, in fact, some of them around town, I saw Matthew McConaughey, a lot of people around.

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Matthew's here, an Academy Award presenter. A terrific guy. These people are all like-minded, like all of us. So I -- so I've got the BCS sitting here (note: pointing to an empty chair). And it's -- I was going to ask it a couple of questions. But -- you know about -- I remember three and a half years ago, when the SEC won another national championship. And though I was not a big supporter, I was watching that night when the BCS was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles.

They were saying, I just thought, this was great.

Everybody is trying, Oprah was crying.

(LAUGHTER)

I was even crying. And then finally -- and I haven't cried that hard since I found out that the SEC is on a streak of winning six straight national championships and a team won the 2011 BCS championship after not even winning its own division.

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Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven't done enough, obviously – the BCS hasn't done enough to cure that. Whenever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for the four-team playoff system to come along and solve the problem.

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So, BCS, with two years left before you become irrelevant, how do you handle promises that you have made when you were implemented in 1998, and how do you handle them?

I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just -- you know -- I know -- people were wondering -- you don't -- handle that okay.

Well, I know even fans in the SEC were very disappointed when you didn't let Oklahoma State play LSU for the national title. And I thought, well letting in Alabama after it lost to LSU at home -- why do that, we spent so much time and energy on it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse -- what do you mean shut up?

(LAUGHTER)

Okay, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of trying to take away Reggie Bush’s Heisman in downtown New York City.

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I've got to hand it to you. I have to give credit where credit is due. You did finally create a playoff system. And that's -- now we are moving onward. I know you were against a playoff, and that's okay. But you thought the idea of a BCS championship was okay.

You know, I mean -- you thought that was something worth doing. We didn't check with the other sports to see how they did it – but you still kept the BCS formulas for more than 10 years.

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But we did it, and it is something to be thought about, and I think that, when we get to maybe -- I think you've mentioned something about having a target date for finally implementing the playoff system. You gave that target date, and I think college football fans asked the only sensible question, you know, he says, "Why are you giving the date out now?

Why don't you just start the playoff idea this year?"

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And I thought -- I thought, yeah -- I am not going to shut up, it is my turn.

(LAUGHTER)

So anyway, we're going to have -- we're going to have to have a little chat about that. And then, I just wondered, all these promises -- I wondered about when the -- what do you want me to tell college football fans? I can't tell them to do that. I can't tell them to do that to themselves.

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You're crazy, you're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as college basketball.

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Of course we all know Jim Delany and Mike Slive are the intellect of college football.

(LAUGHTER)

Kind of a grin with a body behind it.

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But I just think that there is so much to be done, and I think that fans of all teams and conferences can come along.

See, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to run college football, anyway.

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I think attorneys are so busy -- you know they're always taught to argue everything, and always weight everything -- weigh both sides. They are always devil's advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff.

But, I think it is maybe time -- what do you think -- for maybe the college football fans. How about that?

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True college football fans. Quote, unquote, "true college football fans."

And I think it's that time. And I think if you just step aside and us college football fans can kind of take over. You can maybe still use the bowl system.

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Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler you are going around to colleges and talking about the importance of the games to the communities and stuff like that.

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You are an -- an ecological sport. Why would you want to keep all those bowls around?

Okay, well anyway. All right, I'm sorry. I can't do that to myself either.

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I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen.

Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we -- we own this sport.

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We -- we own it. It is not you owning it, and not the conference commissioners owning it. Conference commissioners are employees of ours.

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And -- so -- they are just going to come around and beg for more TV money every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize, that you're the best in the world. Whether you are an SEC fan or Sun Belt fan or whether you're a Big East fan or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when some system to determine a national championship does not do the job, we got to let it go.

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Okay, just remember that. And I'm speaking out for everybody out there. It doesn't hurt, we don't have to be …

(AUDIENCE MEMBER): (inaudible)

(LAUGHTER)

I do not say that word anymore. Well, maybe one last time.

(LAUGHTER)

We don't have to be -- what I'm saying, we do not have to be masochists and accept two more years of a BCS system we don't really even want just because the conference commissioners seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys, if you look at some of the recent ads going out there, I don't know.

(APPLAUSE)

But okay. You want to make my day?

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All right. I started, you finish it. Go ahead.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS: Make my day!

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Week 1 Cavalcade
- Part 2 - Pinkett, Penn State & More 
- Part 3 - Ten Reasons To Be Grouchy