JUST CROWN THEM BIG 10

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Denny Green was normally not one to get emotional at a press conference. That all changed in 2006 when the usually imperturbable head honcho had one of the most unforgettable post game rants in the history of sports.

After the 1-4 Cardinals lost 24-23 to the 5-0 Chicago Bears, who would eventually become the NFC champions, early in the 2006 regular season, the usually cool and calm and collected Green lost it. He lashed out with a tirade that was one for the ages.

When asked about how his Arizona defense played against Bears, QB Rex Grossman who they intercepted four times, Green went off on a tangent. He emphatically stated, and I quote, “The Bears were what they thought they were. We played them in preseason. Who the hell takes the third game in the preseason like it’s (expletive)? We played them the third game everybody played three quarters. The Bears are who we thought they were. That’s why we took the damn field. If you want to crown them, then crown their (expletive). But they were who they thought they were. And we let them off the hook.”

Memo to the Big Ten.

Isn’t that what you just did by circumventing your own “playing at least six games” rule for participating in the conference championship game and coronating Ohio State as one of the participants after only playing five games?

My question is why bother playing the game at all? Even if Northwestern, who will be the Buckeyes opponent on December 19th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, happens to wins the Big Ten Conference administrators will vote that, even though the Wildcats were victorious, a “competitive analyst” would determine that OSU is the best team.

I really wish the Big Ten powers that be would just come clean and admit that this decision is all about money. If you think I’m wrong, I invite you to read on.

Going by the payouts in 2019,

the conferences (not the individual schools) of each of the four teams that were selected to compete in the College Football Playoffs would receive $6 million. Then, after the conference has reimbursed the participating schools, the remaining millions are divided equally among the conference members.

If you’re wondering why a majority of the Big Ten schools voted to change their rules, let me enlighten you. An institution of higher learning that doesn’t go to a bowl game but has one of the members of its conference make it to NCAA Football’s version of “The Final Four” gets a payday. Cha-ching, cha-ching!

So the Big Ten bowed down to the almighty dollar. I got to agree with Coach Green on this one. Why didn’t you just crown Ohio State before the season and not bother playing? You would have saved everyone thinking it was an even playing field when it really was not.