Yes, I am going to make fun of college football one more time before the season finally (and, mercifully) ends.
By the time Auburn and Oregon take the field on Monday night, it will have been 37 days since either team played. In the meantime, we’ve seen about 487 bowl games (ok, so it will have been 34) featuring 68 of the 120 teams in FBS (or, as it is always called, “formerly Division I-A”). Auburn and Oregon will make 70 of the 120 teams that qualified and played in postseason games, a grand total of ONE of which actually matters (unless some voters want to vote TCU #1, which would make me smile!).
So, what is my problem with it? It is that these games almost all take place in the Christmas break of the schools, yet, for some reason, we are told that a playoff cannot be done because it would “compromise classwork.” Really? Practicing for 37 days and playing on the 10th of January doesn’t do that? No, it doesn’t, and a playoff wouldn’t either.
If you love the BCS, please find a real reason to back it. So far, I haven’t found one.
Oh, and by the way, my pick is Oregon 38 – Auburn 31, although I don’t have a good “feel” for this game. I think it should be a good one.
On to the links for this week:
1. We wrote about Bible classes yesterday. These periods are wonderful times to accomplish a lot of good, and the typical class isn’t all that large, meaning there is an opportunity for closeness in that setting. Matt Dabbs uses that concept as his basis for a good article entitled “Creating Ministry Environments: Refining the Process.”
2. One of my friends from Freed-Hardeman, Carrie Spear, keeps a blog about her trials as a young and widowed mother. Her posts are blunt, and they help me gain some insight into how difficult it must be to face that loss. I found her New Year’s Day post to be especially touching and insightful. It is called “Status Change.”
3. The New York Times recently ran an interesting series of videos from some if its readers. They were asked to voluntarily go without the Internet (or some other form of technology) for one week, and then report on their week. 12 videos were posted on the site. I have not watched all of them yet, but have found the ones I have watched to be fascinating. The first one (Aura Lopez) is the best I’ve seen. I think this is an insightful project, and one that you will find both interesting and entertaining. Here is the link to “The Unplugged Challenge.”
We hope you have a great weekend. Lebanon Road, we hope you have a “Greater” weekend! No matter where you are, we hope you meet to worship God on His Day!