MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2023
The dogs which continue to bark: It's long been known that you can't fit a square peg in a round hole—or at least that you can't fit it snugly.
Something else is fairly obvious. You can't fit five (5) "Power Five" champions into a four-team playoff.
As in musical chairs, someone has to get left out.
This would seem like a fairly obvious point. But as of this very morning, the cable dogs continue to bark, arguing about which of those five conference champions should have been left out this year.
After Saturday's games, it was Florida State which got left out. Alabama was selected for the final spot in this year's four-team playoff.
As you may know, Florida State's star quarterback has suffered a broken leg; he's now out for the season. Presumably, that injury was a significant part of the Playoff Committee's thinking.
On the basis of that injury, many sports pundits have asserted that Florida State simply isn't one the four best teams at this point. Whether you agree with that assessment or not, it's perfectly sensible thinking.
Other pundits think Florida State deserves to be included, given its unbeaten record. All day yesterday, then on this morning's programs, the various dogs continue to argue a wide array of plainly subjective points.
We're fascinated by the way we humans conduct our various debates. On Saturday, we noted a point of fascination:
Very few sports pundits seemed to realize that they were arguing subjective points as they tried to fit five champions into a four-team format.
Instead, the dogs continue to howl. They seemed to think that they could prove that their preferred assessment was somehow "right."
On this matter, there's no way to do so. We've seen almost no one say that.
Also this morning, we saw one of the worst segments we've ever seen on Morning Joe. We thought the discussion was extremely unfair to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a progressive legislator with whose views we don't always agree.
As always, Joe was spouting and fuming, with Mika backing him up. Two reliable pundits arrived and quickly piled on. Under current arrangements, disagreement is rarely allowed on our blue tribe's "cable news" programs.
The football playoff concerns a game. The topic discussed on Morning Joe was of the deepest importance.
We'll try to lay it out for you in the next day or two. In the meantime, we'll offer this:
On Morning Joe, the conversation was full of feeling, but it struck us as very unfair. In our view, our blue tribe is often poorly served by the spouting and fuming which occurs on this high-profile "cable news" program.
In the end, college football is played for fun. It's a form of entertainment.
On Morning Joe, the gang was discussing a topic of the highest importance. We thought their judgment was very poor. This was not a unique occurrence.