Saturday, December 8, 2007

Your secret is safe with me: BCS Computers

Dear BCS Computers,

Well, it's official. You did it. We have a National Championship college football game set up-- LSU vs. Ohio State. We owe it all to you computers. Sure, there were polls conducted by humans that also played a part in the final rankings, but you crunched the numbers, analyzed the data and made the calculations. We relied on you to make sense of the madness of the 2007 College Football season, and you did it! Right?

Actually, you computers chose Virginia Tech as the number one team and LSU as number two. This is despite the fact that when these two teams played earlier this year, LSU won by 41 points! And let's not forget that you relegated 11-1 Ohio State to third in your final poll. Something isn't right...

The thing is, I don't think you analyzed any data at all. I think you pulled these two teams out of your proverbial hat. I think you fooled the computer geeks that were watching you into thinking you were number crunching, when really, you were just playing computer solitaire. (Do computers call it computer solitaire or just solitaire?)

I bet you had flashing lights and made a bunch of beeping noises, maybe you threw in some whirring and clunking sounds for good measure. I'm sure it was quite a show.

In any case, you fooled us all. If anyone ever said humans aren't as dumb as they look, you just proved them wrong.

Well done, BCS computers-- you win again, and your secret is safe with me.


R. LeBaron

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