Driving home after the game yesterday, Kate's husband Ryan turned on sports radio so we could listen to a few recaps. For the most part, all the analysis came down to whether Utah would be able to hack it in the Pac-12 next year based on tonight's performance (irrelevant) and BYU fans complaining about a questionable call (typical).*
But my very favorite debate was who was truly the better team - Utah or BYU?
Utah with its 10-2 record and a (admittedly close) win over BYU ... or BYU, with a 6-6 record, and a loss to Utah.
So tough to figure out.
As the debate raged on about physicality, statitistics, aggressiveness, attitude, whose team was trending up versus down, and who just "looked better" on the field, I began to wish there were a way to determine which of two teams was superior to the other.
Perhaps there should be a way to assess the skill level, leadership, ingenuity, toughness and cohesiveness of two different groups of athletes. Maybe we could assign points to different actions, and give a certain amount of time (just throwing it out there - four fifteen minute quarters maybe) to see who achieves the most points.
Seems fair to me.
* Before you get all outraged and send me links to the instant-replay, I just want to say this: Sports are not scientific. Let's assume the call was wrong. Guess what? Mistakes get made, teams win and lose over bad luck, and it all evens out in the end. Cough cough Washington State? Yeah. So please, keep my blog a NO BITCHING ZONE.
(Except for my bitching.)
(OK, you can bitch. But minimal pro-BYU bitching, please. There's already too much of that in the world.)
And as for the possibility the call was right? Look. The calls are made on the field. If they are challenged, there has to be incontrovertable evidence that the call was wrong or the call stands. The call was challenged, and there was not sufficient evidence to overturn it. If you want to live in a world of activist referees, fine, but personally, I want to live in a world where our judges call it like they see it, and restrain themselves based on the parameters they are given. Liberal hippies.
Finally, there is also the luck factor. Yes, a punt-interception-touchdown drive is a bit of a fluke. But to that I just want to say, in general, the classics had it right: Fortes fortuna adiuvat. Suck it, monkeys.