Ok, this is a hockey trophy but if we aren't careful, this is what college football's trophy could look like.
For years, the Bowl Championship Trophy has been presented to that year's college football national champion. The trophy has been a Waterford crystal football, mounted on a black marble base. Some of the greats have lifted this beautiful trophy: Saban, Carroll, Miles, Meyer. But, of course, in this era of college football change, so too must our beloved crystal ball change.
You are currently reading a website called Crystal Ball Run. Bill Hancock and the BCS know that they're ruining everything? Do they want us on the streets? Hustling late at night for college football blog money? Well, he better think really hard about changing this trophy away from a crystal ball, because there are lives at stake. But according to our intrepid editor Allen Kenney, "We ride or die with the Crystal." Take that, Hancock.
The BCS crystal football was iconic. It was the only memorable trophy in college sports, mostly because it was oddly unaffiliated with the NCAA. The NCAA gives out dull wooden plaques with some writing on them. Each sport's trophy looks exactly the same, whether it's water polo or men's basketball. This is the death of something unique. Yes, we will have a four-team college football playoff where the national champion is actually decided on the field of play instead of a computer algorithm and some media members. But at what cost?
They've named the playoff system "College Football Playoff," EA Sports' new football game in 2015 will be named "College Football 15." Will this new trophy be named "College Football Playoff Trophy"? Probably. The BCS is still oddly unaffiliated with the NCAA, who doesn't crown a football champion yet can sanction schools and punish players for insubordination of NCAA rules (I don't get it either), so hopefully the BCS will come up with a trophy deserving of such an achievement.
Thanks for finally getting it right with a playoff system, but a sarcastic THANKS A LOT for ruining our trophy presentations forever, BCS. I knew you couldn't possibly get everything right. Goodbye, my sweet Crystal Ball. You'll be missed.