Generally, we perceive Rick Reilly's work since moving to ESPN.com to be lazy, boring, unfunny, ill-conceived, cliche, trite, uncreative, untimely, irrelevant and overall.....unnecessary.
We use his column as a barometer for what subjects to stay away from. A general rule: if Reilly is keying about it, it is either ancient news or not news.
How Reilly gets a 7 figure contract while none of our contributors can get so much as a corner in AOL's Fanhouse is beyond ponderance.
Anyway, sometimes storms catch us off guard, even though we tally the readings of the barometer.
Reilly's most recent cliche infested ramble anointed Utah as his national champion. Being of sound mind, we can generally pick apart any argument that Reilly makes and clearly show that siding with him is akin to believing we can invest a trillion dollars in the economy and do it while implementing a middle class tax cut. It's just plain foolish to take his point of view.
Well, we are fools.
Reilly is one hundred percent correct in believing that the BCS title game between Florida and Oklahoma is an affront to college football fans everywhere. That it is a fraud and a conspiracy. That it is a slap in the face to the competitive interests of the sport.
Reilly blames it on greed. On the unwillingness of BCS conferences to spread the wealth around a little.
Uh-oh. The barometer is showing a rising pressure.
While Reilly's conclusion is spot on; his arrival to correctness seems to be happenstance.
Yes, Utah deserves to be National Champion.
No, greed and conspiracy to exclude non-BCS teams from the pot of gold is NOT why they aren't in the title game.
Clearly, the painstakingly obvious reason must have been beyond the sleepy eyed view of the lethargic minded Reilly.
Utah has a Negro QB.
Since the installation of the BCS system, only two teams (1998 Tennessee and 2005 Texas) were generalled by Negro QB's to championships. Both of those teams were major players in major conferences, and undefeated. There was no possible way to exclude the teams from the title game.
Along comes a MWC team with a Negro QB. What better way to send a message to non-BCS schools that if you choose to align yourselves with Negro QB's, you will not be invited to the big party?
The effort is two fold. It will stop non-BCS schools from gaining the requisite competitive edge offered by having a Negro QB, which in turn will cement the dominance of BCS teams. And it also will cut down on the Negro QB pool of available draftees for the NFL. Saving jobs for white QB's.
Clearly, in Reilly's haste to crown Utah as his national champions, Reilly missed the crystal clear conspiracy that was right under his nose. Instead, Reilly went with money as the devil in this instance.
Haven't we all realized by now that green is not the color of evil?
Evil is the absence of color.
And Reilly's columns are the absence of relevance.