Mavs Owner Mark Cuban is looking into starting a REAL NCAA Championship Playoff system for College Football.

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Mark Cuban has always been one of the most outspoken proponents of marketing in the NBA. But he has interests far beyond that sport. He attempted to buy the Chicago Cubs but was rebuffed by the Old Boys Club known as Major League Baseball. Now he has another idea and this one is something I can really get behind–He wants to finance a true NCAA Playoff system. He told “The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team. You can do something the whole country wants done.”

There are precedents for starting a true playoff. Pryor to the first NCAA Basketball National Championship Tournament, the National Invitational Tournament was the “unofficial” championship. It took a few years before the NIT became a footnote and the NCAA Tournament became the central focus as the “real” championship.

Cuban wants to replace the BcS and most of the football world (except the pinhead ivy covered college presidents) agrees it should go. Cuban is totally correct that there would be a lot more money generated by a national playoff than by the 34 bowl games plus the BcS Championship game.

There are some that complain “we can not lose the tradition of the Bowl games in college football!” Who will ever recover from the loss of the Poulan Weed-eater bowl? I know I cried for weeks! There are 14 teams in bowl games with a 6-6 record. What Drama! What excitement to proudly claim “We’re number 33!”

There are 3 key questions. Question 1-Would TV pay BIG BUCKS to broadcast a true playoff? Oh, YES THEY WOULD. Today for example on the local ABC affiliate at 2PM opposite the ESPN coverage of the New Mexico Bowl is showing “Paid Programming.”

Question 2– Would the really good teams sign up to play vs going to a BcS bowl?

I will leave it to you. Do you think the undefeated TCU would rather play in an 8 team playoff for a national title rather than playing a one loss Wisconsin for all the roses in the Rose Bowl? I think so. Would Ohio State rather play Arkansas in the Sugar bowl or have a shot to win a national championship? No, they would rather have a shot at the big game.

Now an even harder question. If you were undefeated Oregon or Auburn, would you rather receive a crystal football from the BcS or win a true playoff? If the other top teams were going to the playoff, I think both would opt out of a fictional championship for a real playoff. That is particularly true of Auburn who could lose their BcS championship if QB Newton is eventually found to have been ineligible. When you win a playoff similar to that in the NFL, you have much more credibility.

Question 3-Will the schools go along with the idea? In terms of the Cuban plan to get the playoff started, here is what he said, “Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option. Say, ‘Look I’m going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you’re picked for the playoff system, you’ll go.”

The only thing that is more important to college presidents than their dedication to a far left agenda is their greed. Pay them and they will come. The TV rights to an 8 team playoff has been estimated to be worth 2 billion dollars. That is where the playoff would probably start.

If it started this season, here is what the playoff would look like.

8 Arkansas v 1 Auburn

5 Wisconsin v 4 Stanford – Winner plays the winner above

6 Ohio State v 3 TCU

7 Oklahoma v 2 Oregon – Winner plays the winner above.

The first round would be played today and tomorrow. The second round would be played the following Saturday and the finals would be played on Jan 1.

The rest of the bowls could go on as usual. There would be 4 fewer bowls. The ones to go first would most likely be the New Mexico Bowl, the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the hardest to give up–the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl. Somehow, I can face another day without those great games if there was a real playoff at the end of the season.

So, that is the plan. Do you think that would be a better system than the BS–I mean BcS?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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Niblets for 5/16/09

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Best comment of the week:

Comment on The NBA Playoffs are rounding first and staggering toward second. by Free T Shirts: Cleveland is on a mission. I like the way Lebron is taking the team on his shoulders and pushing them to sweep teams. He has help this year but he’s making sure there are no slip-ups.

There is no question that the difference between the Lakers and the Cavs is Lebron. Kobe has the better and deeper team. Lebron has the leadership that Kobe Bryant lacks. That plus home court will be the difference IF the Lakers make it past Houston and Denver.

Updates on previous columns:

NBA Playoffs—What have we learned? One of the things we have learned is that the Lakers don’t seem to be able to put a team away when they have a chance. They allowed the Rockets to tie up the series 3-3 after a lackluster 95-80 loss Thursday night. The Celtics are no better at locking up the deal as they too allowed an underdog Orlando Magic team to tie their series as well. Neither of these teams look like champions to me.

Cuban faces a tough decision about PG Jason Kidd. Kidd is a free agent and the trade for him didn’t work out like the Mavs hoped it would. Expect the Kidd to be set free.

Mavericks’ Owner Mark Cuban is a punk! I got a couple of people complained a bit about how tough I was on Cuban. One said that his anger should be excused because he has so much invested in the team. I would feel a lot more sympathy for him if the Congress had not played politics with Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac and caused the world to lose half of its wealth.

The Commissioner suspends the entire National League for 50 Games! Manny Ramirez of the LA Dodgers has taken some hits. Manny met with his team for the first time since his suspension and apologized for his actions. The Dodgers are still in first place with the league’s best record and will probably will win the NL Worst with or without Manny.

Niblets fresh off the cob:

Basketball great Wayman Tisdale passes. After becoming the Oklahoma Sooner top scorer and rebounder ever, Tisdale had a 12 year steller career in the NBA. What most fans don’t know is that he was also a very accomplished jazz musician. He died of cancer and will be missed.

The NFL salary cap will be raised to 128 million. The increase is due to the players not getting all the money that it was supposed to last year. This will be an increase of 12 million over the last estimate. It will be a great help to those teams that are struggling to sign rookies this year.

Lebron’s MVP puts pressure on Kobe. Kobe has yet to prove he can win a championship without Shaquille O’Neill. The face to face final against Lebron’s Cavs would make winning his own ring even more important to Kobe. The fact is he will be lucky to get to the finals and I don’t expect him to win the series against Cleveland if he does.

An NFL free agent finds that you can go home again. LB Jason Taylor is passing up more money with Washington to go back to play with the Dolphins. He told reporters he wanted to be closer to his family. An unstated reason that Taylor wanted to go back to Miami is that he feels that the Dolphins are a lot closer to a championship than the Redskins are. Expect the Dolphins to fail to equal their record last year. They have a 1st place team schedule including the entire NFC East in 4 straight weeks.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits .

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Mavericks' Owner Mark Cuban is a punk!

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Mark Cuban was mad after the Mavs blew a playoff game against the Denver Nuggets and proved what a wimpy punk he is. Did he go up to the 6-9 240 pound PF Kenyon Martin and say something? No.

What he did was to insult the wives, mothers and girlfriends of the visiting Nuggets players calling the team thugs. But that was not enough for the emotionally underdeveloped punk Cuban. He then pointed at the mother of Martin and reportedly said “Your son is a punk.”

For those that have forgotten, this pinhead is the same guy that financed the alkida propaganda film Redacted in which US soldiers commit horrible crimes against innocent civilians in Iraq. While it totally bombed here, it is still being shown in the Middle East and according to several intelligence reports has become a recruiting film for our enemy. He is helping to recruit people to kill US soldiers during a war. If that had happened during the Civil War, Pres. Lincoln would have had Cuban’s butt in jail for the duration of the conflict.

Cuban is a constant humiliation to the NBA. When he attempted to buy his way into baseball by bidding on the Chicago Cubs, the MLB fathers showed sense in selecting another bidder to approve for league membership.

But back to his latest exhibit of stupidity under pressure. Martin said that he would not address the insult to his family in the press but would take it up with Cuban face to face. With some players, I would pay good money (even in this economy) to see that. Martin is a very physical player because that is his role on the team. But Martin was not going to physically confront Cuban. He spoke to Cuban after game 4 but would not comment on the exchange.

Cuban apologized in the press for his actions and offered to take the Martin family out to dinner this summer. Given the experience of team mate Chris Andersen’s apparent food poisoning at the team hotel the night of game 4, that might be an invitation that the Martins would want to pass on.

Here is the real problem with Cuban and the Cubanista thugs that come into the American Airlines Center—because the head punk gets away with insulting the opposing team with no repercussions from the NBA, the follower punks think they have the right to do whatever they want to visitor fans as well. In game 4, the families of Denver players were given extra security. Even so, a couple of them had to be escorted out of the arena “for their own safety” according to Center officials.

There have been multiple reports of fans of Dallas opponents being drenched with beer, having opponent jerseys stained and torn by Cubanista thugs as well.

Cuban has the emotional development of a 6 year old. He should be put on a 0 tolerance policy by the NBA. One more incident like this latest and he should be banned from the arena for a period of 1 season. If it happens a second time, he should be forced to sell the team. MLB got rid of Reds’ owner Marge Schott didn’t they?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits .

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