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Bill James: Boycott the BCS

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Inky_Wretch, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Says "statisticians, quantitative analysts, and all related professionals should have the dignity, the self-respect, and the common sense to have nothing to do with the BCS."

    http://www.slate.com/id/2208108/pagenum/all/
     
  2. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Bill James is an idiot. Everyone knows that Florida was the most feared BCS team this year. [/crossthread]
     
  3. Yeah, thanks, Bill.
    When it comes to entertainment, statisticians are the first people with whom I check. Always.
    Go away now please.
     
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Does he have a take on whom the Pythagorean national champion is?
     
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    I was about to post this. It has a lot of valid points, no matter what you think of James.

     
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I agree with Bill James. I think the BCS is killing themselves finally by insisting that every other bowl mean nothing and by spacing them out over 12 weeks so no two games are on the same day.

    Get rid of this obsolete rigged popularity contest and start a playoff already.
     
  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I sat avoid hedge funds . They were created by statisticians. If James had any dignity he would not be working for John Henry - a hedge fund operator
     
  8. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Thanks for checking in, Bill, but you're a little late to the party with that argument. He's basically saying that the BCS formula is hard to understand (duh!) and people want a tournament. What a novel freakin' notion!

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    Ranking them based on who they played and who they beat is kind of what they do now, genius. It's why schools like Utah will never sniff a national championship. Because PEOPLE don't think they play anyone worthwhile over the course of the season. It's odd that a guy who has built his living on turning sports into one big math equation comes back to the idea that you still need people to watch games and figure out who's good and who isn't.

    And redistributing the windfall from the BCS to the smaller schools? "A new National Collegiate Sports Collaborative"? When did American college sports become the old Soviet Union?
    Oh, and good luck on all of this, Bill. Gordon Gee laughs in your direction -- and then spits in your face for good measure as he's getting on the plane to Pasadena.
     
  9. Jesus, who the fuck cares?
    Give me 38-31 and I'm happy.
     
  10. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Ranking them based on who they played and who they beat is kind of what they do now, genius. It's why schools like Utah will never sniff a national championship. Because PEOPLE don't think they play anyone worthwhile over the course of the season. It's odd that a guy who has built his living on turning sports into one big math equation comes back to the idea that you still need people to watch games and figure out who's good and who isn't.

    And redistributing the windfall from the BCS to the smaller schools? "A new National Collegiate Sports Collaborative"? When did American college sports become the old Soviet Union?
    Oh, and good luck on all of this, Bill. Gordon Gee laughs in your direction -- and then spits in your face for good measure as he's getting on the plane to Pasadena.
    [/quote]

    I don't think he is being serious with that, I think he is saying congress could threaten them with it and it would force the BCS and the NCAA to come up with something better.
     
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    The hell if something as relatively trivial as the BCS should be considered by Congress for a nanosecond. The steroids hearings were bad enough.
     
  12. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    Anyone arguing against the BCS is pretty much automatically making a good point.
     
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