OK, as much as I admire and respect TCU football, I have to say that until TCU plays in a major conference –– and the Big East doesn’t count, ’less you’re talking hoops, and you’re not –– TCU football will never compete for a national championship, even though the BCS thinks kindly of the Big East for reasons that are murky and probably ridiculous. A lot of perennial powerhouses will have to have one loss and TCU will have to be undefeated in style for the Big Eastern Horned Frogs to be invited to the big dance. To be a powerhouse, a college football team has to compete against potential powerhouses nearly every week. I know, I know. TCU has offered to play potential powerhouses and has been turned down. Still, rising to the challenge is not that same as achieving victory. A playoff system also might not be fair. A team competing against second- and third-tier teams every week will undoubtedly be much healthier at the end of a season than a team that has faced the Oklahomas, Texases, Floridas, Ohio States, Nebraskas, LSUs, and Auburns of the world, all stacked with NFL prospects, week in week out.
Anyway, some electronic billboards have gone up in Columbus, the city where Ohio State is located, that read “Congratulations to TCU for their BCS Rose Bowl Victory,” from “Little Sisters of the Poor.” What is assumed is that some TCU supporter spent/wasted a lot of money to make a point to supporters of Ohio State president Gordon Gee, who not too long ago said that non-automatic-qualifying teams but potential BCS busters such as TCU and Boise State play Little Sisters of the Poor every week. The point that the billboard-buyer is making is unclear. Would any sports team go out of its way to congratulate a victorious opponent? Regardless, a funnier message might have been, “Congratulations to TCU on their Rose Bowl victory,” from “scared Ohio State fans.”