Dear Football Mom,
What happened to the Crystal Ball Trophy for the National Championship? I am perplexed! That other trophy looks like a piece of garbage.
I understand completely, but if you were a player on the team that won the National Championship, I just bet you it really wouldn’t matter. Those boys are basking in some serious glory and really don’t give two hoots what trophy they hug!
But, that hunk of metal vs the Waterford Crystal Ball, that’s some comparison. The crystal was beautiful, shiny, and sparkly, and its diamond-like rays glowed from any platform on the field as it was passed through the hands of the National Championship winners since 1986. The hunk of metal — not so much.
Once upon a time, in a football field far, far away, there was something called the BCS, (Bowl Championship Series) which was the fairest in all of college football. Not! Too many programs, teams, and fans complained about the bias culture of the BCS that the poor BCS had to turn in their glass slippers and take-up fireplace cleaning — cinders, soot, and all.
Within the last few years a new sheriff has come to town confusing everyone involved, at least those of us who were confused to begin with on all this championship ranking stuff, as to who plays who in the bowl series. Just ask Central Florida how they feel about the rankings of the newly formed CFP (College Football Playoffs) and if anything has really changed. Hopping on fresh horses, the CFP commissioned a two-foot gold/bronze/stainless steel trophy, which was introduced in 2014. Rumor has it that the new posse, (CFP) wanted a new trophy to represent the new legend on the trail.
The delicate crystal ball has not been retired. Its bestowing ceremony takes place to the No. 1 winner in a coach’s pole. By the time this piece publishes, it will already be presented. Congratulations to Alabama and the refs who helped getter-done.
Originally Posted in the Forsyth County News