(Editor’s note: The following is a discussion overheard between a fourth grade teacher in Canada and his class discussing the BCS. The teacher recently moved from the U.S. and made reference to the upcoming BCS Championship game.)
Shiloh, Age 10: What is the BCS Championship?
Mr. Hellert, Age 31 (MH): It is the bowl game system used to decide which two football teams play for the national championship in America.
Michael, Age 9: Why do only two teams get to try?
MH: Well, because that’s how it is done. It’s kind of a tradition to do just one bowl game.
Baxter, Age 9: Tradition, like dying Easter eggs?
Shiloh (directed at Baxter): That’s a stupid tradition.
Baxter: You’re a stupid tradition.
MH: Boys, please.
Shawn, Age 10: How do they pick the two teams?
MH: They use a mathematical formula which takes into account multiple polls and computer formulas to create a BCS ranking. Whoever finishes in the top two is in.
Annie, Age 9: And are those two teams good?
MH: They’re supposed to be the best.
Shiloh, Age 10: Are they the best?
MH: Sometimes. Some people say they aren’t.
Shawn: And if you’re number three, you can’t play?
MH: You can play, just not for the championship. You can play in another bowl game.
Shawn, Age 10: Why play if you can’t win the championship?
MH: It’s tradition.
Shiloh: That’s a stupid tradition.
Baxter: Like trick or treating?
Annie: You’re not funny, Baxter.
Baxter: And you’re not cute.
MH: Baxter, that’s enough.
Shawn: When I played in a soccer tournament last summer, we were given a seed. Do you know what a seed is?
Shawn: We were the three seed. And we won the whole tournament. In the championship we beat the five seed.
MH: In the BCS, you wouldn’t have been able to do that.
Baxter: That’s not fair.
Shawn: Is everything in America that stupid?
MH: Only the BCS uses that system.
Annie: Who is playing in the BSC this year?
MH: Alabama and LSU.
Shiloh: What is LSU?
MH: Louisiana State University.
Hunter, Age 10: Louisiana is close to Alabama.
Annie: Who is better?
MH: Well, LSU beat Alabama earlier this year, so probably them.
Baxter: They already played this year?
Annie: Does everyone play everyone during the season?
MH: No, no. There are over a hundred teams. Each team plays 12 games, sometimes 13.
Annie: The whole country does that?
Annie: And those two teams are playing again?
Shawn: America is so stupid. Did you know they use British judges do decide who in America has talent?
Shiloh, Age 10: Why are they playing again?
MH: Because they finished one and two in the BCS standings.
Annie, Age 9: But they already played each other? Has the number three team played LSU?
Hunter: America is so stupid.
(Shouts of agreement throughout the class)
Marcus, Age 9: My dad likes Alabama, and I’m happy they get to play again.
Shiloh, Age 10: Well, your dad is an idiot.