Tuesday, May 1, 2012

... But Critics Disagree

Well, of course they do.  Otherwise they wouldn't be critics, would they?

The line about "critics disagree" is one you'll probably hear at least once in every news broadcast, but it's far too predictable to be truly newsworthy, particularly since many critics make careers out of perpetually disagreeing.

There are much more important examples, but the example I'd like to concentrate on right now is in sports.  Specifically, headlines like "College football's potential four-team playoff isn't perfect, but it's a start".  The typical sports columnist or broadcaster seems to schedule about 1 or 2 weeks of complaints yearly about how national champions are chosen in college football.  They have a professional interest in being dissatisfied.
  • They weren't satisfied with the traditional bowl situation in which the #1 and #2 teams (according to any given poll) rarely met in a bowl game. 
  • They weren't satisfied with the Bowl Coalition or the Bowl Alliance, which usually guaranteed a #1 vs #2 matchup.
  • The BCS finally guaranteed a #1 vs #2 matchup.  The Associated Press -- the very people with an interest in complaining about the status quo -- bailed on it after 2004. 
That the press would complain about whatever replaces the BCS was completely predictable. 

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