Grantland: Is Alabama and Notre Dame the End of an Endless Era?

by Kolby Solinsky
Editor, White Cover Magazine


I called the impending Alabama v. Notre Dame showdown boring. I’ve called it another predictable wash for the Crimson Tide. It’s exciting for Notre Dame. And… that’s about it.

Leave it to Grantland‘s Michael Weinreb to take it one step further.

“The End of College Football As We Know It?”

Yeah. That’s his title.

“There is something historically fascinating about a locked-in championship game between two old-time regional powers that will likely draw huge ratings and few points,” he writers. “Frankly, this may be one of the last times we see something like it for a while. It feels like the end of an era, even as it’s happening.”

Oh. So, its the end of “regional powers” going head-to-head? Is this due to the new playoff system? Is this like Francis Fukayama’s declaration at the End of the Cold War, that capitalism is here to stay and it’s the only thing that will remain once the dust settles and just a few cockroaches are left unscathed?

The End of History. Something like that?

“I understand that there are people who are bummed about the impending existence of a playoff, because they’ve long enjoyed the utterly nebulous quality of the Argument (“they don’t look as good, so they can’t be as good”),” he continues.

“And, I understand that certain people somehow find offensive excitement and theatrical innovation an affront to the history of a sports where, for so long, 10-10 ties defined the landscape. So, I supposed the next few weeks are for you. There is something kind of quaint about the fact that people still feel the need to pile on Notre Dame, even though an entire generation grew up with no real idea of why people hate the Irish so much; and there is something intriguing about this continued referendum on the SEC, and how a whole region of the country seems to take its conference identity so personally.”

The Weiner is right.

However, with Alabama seemingly running over everyone important when it matters and with the SEC the odds-right-on favourite to take the BCS title every year, we’ll have to wait and see if things really change.

After all, Butler never won the NCAA championship, did they?

*Also, the BCS playoff will only allow for four teams. How will that give Hawaii a real shot at the national title?