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Throw 'em a bone

BCS 'rewards' TCU, Boise

You've gotta hand it to the aiee-my-eyes bowl blazers and store-bought suntans who run the BCS. They're always looking for ways to improve their product -- i.e., make it look as if it's not just some Members Only soiree for the six richest conferences and Notre Dame, which gets in because it has its own network and enough money of its own to get everyone's attention.

So what novel idea did the Because Coin (Reigns) Supreme poobahs hit on this year to make it all better?

They're giving one of their bowl games to the little people!

And so we'll get Boise State and TCU playing one another in the Fiesta Bowl, the traditional name for what on the Blob will henceforth be known as the Steerage Bowl. This is because it's the BCS' way of mollifying the lesser unbeatens while at the same time keeping them away from Tim Tebow and the rest of the elite in first class.

It's a brilliant stroke, if you ask me. The Boises and TCUs can't complain that they got snubbed, even as they're getting snubbed. What, you thought the blazers and suntans were gonna let you play one of the big boys? What are you, nuts?

No, you get each other. Have at it to your hearts' content. You'll like it down there in steerage. As Leonardo di Caprio said of the third-class accommodations in "Titanic," there are hardly any rats.

Well. Unless you count the ones with suntans.

Ben Smith's blog.