Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
It has nothing to do with Congressional, state, or local politics, breastfeeding in public, Brittany Spears, or even Brett Favre. But it is a sports topic.
No matter who wins the FedEx National Championship Thursday night, Oklahoma or Florida, the victor won't stop the avalanache of discussion about how Division I college football is the only college sport that's decided without a true playoff format. Polls, computers, subjective analyses by coaches and reporters all have a say in who plays for the so-called national title. Again, it can be argued the game doesn't matter. Just ask the folks in Utah and their undefeated Utes.
While listening to SIRIUS Satellite Radio this week, I heard Tim Brando, often seen on CBS, argue vociferously for a playoff system. I can hear you, loud and clear. Yeh, yeh, yeh, that same, tired old debate. Brando, however, has a different take. His plan would result in what hecalls a Final Four of college football. The words, "Final Four," in sports are madly magical. The NCAA semifinals in basketball are not just games, they are a happening, an event embedded in the fabric of America.
Brando would keep all the bowl games, and then take the winners, and I can't remember from which games, but it would be four of the following five: Rose, Cotton, Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta.
The four teams would be seeded with # 1 facing # 4 and #2 facing #3. The two winners would then meet for the national championship.
As compelling as such a system might sound, it appears a playoff format isn't coming anytime soon. There's just too much love for the current way of doing things.
But a Final Four in college football sounds incredibly appealing.