Some people just don’t understand sports.
Friend: Ok, so what does BCS stand for?
Me: Bowl Championship Series.
Friend: Ok, so then how can there be a BCS Bowl? A Bowl Championship Series Bowl? That’s redundant”¦
Me: No, it’s not redundant, it’s”¦ok, it’s redundant. That’s just what it stands for.
Friend: Whatever. So how does it work?
Me: Well they play the entire season and then, based on their rank and their conference and their overall record they can get placed into a bowl game.
Friend: Who places them into a bowl game?
Me: The BCS decides. But it’s not that clear–
Friend: Does every team make a bowl game?
Friend: That’s unfair.
Me: You can’t have every team playing in a bowl game, that would be absurd!
Friend: Everyone should have a chance! What happens when you win your first bowl game? You move on to the next round or something?
Me: No, that’s it.
Friend: What’s it?
Me: If you win your bowl game, that’s the end. You’re the champion of that bowl, whatever it is.
Friend: I don’t understand. There’s no playoff or anything? Like one bowl champion doesn’t play another bowl champion and so on until there’s one team left?
Me: No, it just ends. You play your bowl and that’s the end of the season. Only the two teams playing in the BCS Championship can be national champs.
Friend: So what’s the point of playing in any bowl game except for the national championship?
Me: For pride!
Friend: I don’t think I’d be very proud of winning some stupid bowl. If I didn’t make the national championship I wouldn’t go around advertising my failure with a trophy from some other bowl.
Me: But that’s the whole point of the season! You play the season in order to get to a bowl game!
Friend: Seems kinda pointless unless you’re in the championship. I’d skip the bowl games and put my team in the playoffs instead.
Me: THERE ARE NO PLAYOFFS! JUST BOWL GAMES!
Friend: That’s dumb. Doesn’t the NFL have playoffs?
Me: Yes, but””
Friend: So why don’t these teams just enter those playoffs?
Me: College teams can’t participate in the NFL playoffs! They’re in college!
Friend: (blank stare)
Me: Fine! You win! We can watch Jersey Shore!