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The Newspaper in Athens is Whining About the BCS

Monday, December 3, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 1:15 PM, under , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 3, 2007) - University of Georgia fans and the Athens Banner-Herald are whining and bemoaning the fact that they did not make the BCS Championship game. They are making it sound like it is so unfair. ABH Sports Editor John Kaltefleiter writes

Playing for and winning a national championship consists of being at the right place at the right time. Georgia was there two weeks ago by beating Georgia Tech. LSU was there this past Saturday. That's what counts in a what-have-you-done-lately college football world.

He does acknowledge that Georgia would have been in the game if they had beaten South Carolina or Tennessee.

Matt StewartIn a conversation with "Eye on Sports Media" yesterday afternoon, Matt Stewart (pictured right with broadcast partner Buck Belue) of Comcast/Charter Southeast Sports (CSS) made the very simple observation: Georgia fans should accept this and be happy it turned out the way it did. He said that Georgia does not want to be in a reverse situation next year by winning the SEC Championship, but missing out on the BCS title game because a team like LSU is ranked higher.

Translation: You can't have it both ways.

Kaltefleiter also wrote:
A playoff is the only way to determine which team is No. 1. Until that happens, there will be more teams like Georgia and more debate about who actually is the nation's best.
He is right, there is no playoff system. The University of Georgia did not get the job done, so the media should not be stoking the fire. What Kaltefleiter and other writers/pundits should be writing and talking about is the fact that nobody expected much from the young Georgia team this year, and that their performance far exceeded anyone's wildest dreams.

Photograph Copyright 2007 by Christopher Byrne/The Cayuga Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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