Get Damn Mad

“The truth shall set you free,

but first it will make you DAMN MAD”

This report includes excerpts [IN CAPS] from M. SCOTT PECK, author of  The Road Less Traveled, the most popular book in the modern history of humankind.

Problem Solving and Time

I know that I and anyone else who is not mentally defective can solve any problem if we are willing to take the time.  This issue is important, because many people simply do not take the time necessary to solve many of life’s intellectual problems.


The Problem:  The BcS and those factions and forces which manipulate college football to the detriment of the sport itself - such as the conference commissioners whom thwart a Div. IA PLAYOFF in favor of lining their own pockets with approximately 94% of postseason revenues while rival conferences, institutions, fans, and players suffer severe consequences and languish unnecessary inequities.  The Neanderthal practice of withholding information and facts to deter progress in IA college football is of fundamental concern.


There is a defect in the approach to problem-solving more primitive and more destructive than impatiently inadequate attempts to find instant solutions, a defect even more ubiquitous and universal.  It is the hope that problems will go away of their own accord.   Problems do not go away.  They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to growth and development.


USA TODAY  12-4-00   AP media voters keep no.2 Miami’s hopes for title alive

If Florida State and Miami (Fla.) win their bowl games, voters in the Associated Press media poll confirm they will strongly consider a scenario that would produce a split national football championship.  Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe, addressing the possibility of FSU and Miami winning, said, “If Washington (also) won, I don’t know who I’d vote No.1.  I’d have a dilemma.”


Az Republic  12-4-00   Fiesta Opts for …

Last week, PAC-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen threatened to pull out of the BcS series if the Fiesta Bowl didn’t select Oregon State.  Bowl president John Junker said that Oregon State was picked on merit and the Notre Dame selection was based on getting the pairing that would be best for attendance and TV ratings.

In other words: after reasonably calculated threats, Oregon State was chosen on merit, while   Notre Dame … was NOT!  [One need go no further than ask why Virginia Tech (they had a better record than Notre Dame), Nebraska (they had an identical record AND beat Notre Dame in South Bend), or Oregon (they have a better 3mS final ranking than Notre Dame) were bypassed for one of the all-important top-tier slots.] 


USA TODAY  12-3-00  Toledo Stunned by exclusion from (all postseason) bowls

The Toledo Rockets were convinced they had earned more in a 10-1 season that led to a No.25 ranking in both major polls.  Pete Liske, the Toledo Athletic Director, said the exclusion of his program from the bowl structure is a sign of a greater problem – the control of the system by conference commissioners.

We are inevitably talking about a LOVE/HATE relationship:

The more you HATE the BcS,


Confronting problems is painful.

Life is difficult.  There are no easy answers.


The more you will LOVE the National Championship Bowl Tournament, where ‘Champions are Determined on the Field’ –  a Div. IA college football playoff – the most spectacular annual sporting event in the world, where all other info and systems can be found at:  


We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.  This statement may seem idiotically tautological or self-evident, yet it is seemingly beyond the comprehension of much of the human race.  This is because we must accept responsibility for a problem before we can solve it.      What is NCAAFootball?

Its mission is to improve, promote and protect the game of college football for those who play the game, for those who coach the game, and for those who support the game.

Notice there is no mention of promoting the game to the benefit of a percentage of conference commissioners.


The extent to which people will go psychologically to avoid assuming responsibility for problems, while always sad, is sometimes almost ludicrous.  The major obstacle to problem-solving is passivity.      What is the NCAA?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is devoted to the SOUND administration of intercollegiate athletics.  Through the NCAA, member colleges consider any athletics problem that crosses regional or conference lines and has become national in character.

                    How and Why did the NCAA begin?

Due to college football’s rough nature, President Theodore Roosevelt summoned college athletic leaders to two White House conferences to encourage reforms in college football.  On December 28, 1905, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS) was founded by 62 original members.  In 1910, the IAAUS officially took its present name of ‘NCAA’.


When character-disordered individuals blame someone else or something else – the government, the “system” – for their problems, these problems persist.  Nothing has been accomplished.  By casting away their responsibility they may feel comfortable with themselves, but they have ceased to solve the problems of the living and have become dead weight for society.  They have cast their pain onto society.  The saying of the sixties speaks to all of us for all time: “If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.”


Knight Ridder Newspapers  10-23-00  What rocket scientist devised the BcS rankings?

Along with his fellow commissioners, Roy Kramer settled on the basics of the formula.  Charles Bloom, SEC assistant commissioner for media relations, worked out the details of how the rankings are determined.


Escape from Freedom


The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior.


USA TODAY  9-8-00  College bowls dip into public funds

Eleven of this season’s 25 postseason games are drawing state or municipal subsidies totaling nearly $4.5 million.  The Orange Bowl in Miami, because it is hosting the national championship game this season, obtained a $400,000 grant.

A playoff needs not public funding. 

In fact, it would actually provide monies and resources TO communities!


Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity.  But this means we then give away our power to that entity, be it “fate” or “society” or the government or the corporation or our boss.  It is for this reason that Erich Fromm so aptly titled his study of Nazism and authoritarianism Escape from Freedom.  In attempting to avoid the pain of RESPONSIBILITY, millions and even billions daily attempt to escape from freedom.


While on our 2000 regular season college football national Tour to educate the fans, a top official of ABC stated the following to a representative – “I’m on your side, I want a playoff, but … I just work here.”  Our representative then inquired, “In your younger years, were you ever a Manager of any restaurant?”  The ABC executive emphatically responded yes.  Our representative then casually raised a last question: “If, while Manager of this restaurant, corporate sent to you CAT meat to serve to your customers … would you or did you then state  but I just work here?”  The ABC employee was angered - and proceeded to hurry away.


Learn that the entirety of one’s adult life is a series of personal choices, decisions.

Dedication to Reality


A tool of discipline for dealing with the pain of problem-solving, which must continually be employed if our lives are to be healthy, is

dedication to the truth.

Truth is reality.

That which is false is unreal.  The more clearly we see the reality of the world, the better equipped we are to deal with the world.  The less clearly we see the reality of the world – the more our minds are befuddled by falsehood, misperceptions and illusions – the less able we will be to determine correct courses of action and make wise decisions.    8-22-00   Letter from NCAA President Cedric W. Dempsey

In the last decade, we have fundamentally changed our system of governance in a way that makes presidents directly responsible for the administration of college athletics.


[In a July 2000 survey, a significant percentage of IA presidents, after citing rational opinions regarding a playoff, did show an overwhelming desire for a playoff with 94% in favor.]  However, if it is true that some presidents say no to a Div. IA college football playoff, it is simply because they may be uneducated to all of the facts concerning this issue.

The NCAA News   10-9-00   New CEOs should be briefed on intercollegiate sports

Almost none of them will have an understanding of intercollegiate athletics. 

“There is a serious hole, a missing link in the preparation of individuals for the presidency.  Those coming up the education ladder learn about collective bargaining, conflict resolution, personnel, strategic planning and many other things, but there is nothing on intercollegiate athletics, even though it is a very important component on almost every campus in this country.”

“What so many presidents know is what they read in the newspaper.”

No legislation is created in Division I through a vote of the membership.

In Division I, the one-vote principle was replaced with a legislative system based on conference representation.  Since August 1997, a Division I Board of Directors (a 15 – 18 member panel) has had full authority to adopt Division I legislation and policies, as well as to adopt the Division I budget – rather than a vote of all Division I members at an annual convention.

Now wait a minute!  Is this not virtually the direct opposite of that which the NCAA President proclaims above?    There is the smoke screen.

The more confusing, the less we understand; the less we understand, the more difficult is positive reform, otherwise known as … progress.   


The world itself is constantly changing.  Glaciers come, glaciers go. 

What happens when one has striven long and hard to develop a working view of the world, a seemingly useful, workable map, and then is confronted with new information suggesting that that view is wrong?  The painful effort required seems frightening, almost overwhelming. 


Sports Lawyers Journal   Vol.6     The NCAA’s Role in the Alliance

Cedric W. Dempsey, Executive Director of the NCAA, stated before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May of 1997 (regarding bowl alliance) antitrust implications that the relationship between the NCAA and the Alliance is based on an “evolving cooperative relationship, not a legal binding agreement.”

In fact, (however), the NCAA has the authority to oversee every facet of the bowl process with the exception of selecting teams, negotiating television and other marketing contracts, and limiting the number of bowls played in one day.

In other words, the NCAA can do most of what is necessary for a playoff except provide the system.  But, of course, common sense tells us that certain privileged participants only (conference commissioners) should NOT determine the methods by which all participants enter a postseason and especially should not control the distribution of funds from a postseason. 


Of thousands, maybe even millions of risks we take in a lifetime, the greatest is the risk of taking a fearful leap into the unknown, undetermined, unsafe, insecure, unsanctified and unpredictable.  It is a leap that many people never really take in their lifetimes.


So who should provide the system for a college football playoff? 

A third party, a challenger, an outside entity – 3mSports because: their systems are flawless and hold FAIRNESS as the top priority, they own the rights, and their philanthropic goals to benefit especially the fans and student-athletes are without a need or desire for greed, or power, or to feed and quench egos.


What we do more often than not, and usually unconsciously, is to ignore the new information.  Often this act of ignoring is much more than passive.  We may denounce the new information as false, dangerous, heretical, the work of the devil.  We may actually crusade against it, and even attempt to manipulate the world so as to make it conform to our view of reality.  Rather than try to change, an individual may try to destroy the new reality.  Sadly, such a person may expend much more energy ultimately in defending an outmoded view of the world than would have been required to revise and correct it in the first place. 

This process of active clinging to an outmoded view of reality is the basis for much mental illness.


Such is, and has been for several years, the approach of the conference commissioners towards 3mSports and the material and systems presented.

Such has also been the case to turn a blind eye to or make an effort to remain ignorant of these very important issues by virtually all influential parties - especially during the 2000 regular season college football Tour - for instance: networks, local and national (print, radio, and television) media, the NCAA, and collegiate athletic administrators, as well as others.


The basis of the fear of change is laziness.  It is the fear of the work we have to do.  Laziness is love’s opposite.  Courage is not the absence of fear – it is the taking of action in spite of fear.


Amidst the smoke screen, though, we must ask ourselves:  ‘By what truly democratic and fair legislative authority do conference commissioners run a college football postseason?’

The answer is … Absolutely None!  They simply picked up the ball and ran with it.  However, those who desire the wrong to be right, take heart.  The winds of change are blowing, the smoke is clearing, and the aging and cumbersome will fast be hit hard, and will fall hard on the field of play. 


We must be totally dedicated to truth.  That is to say that we must always hold truth, as best we can determine it, to be more important, more vital to our self-interest, than our comfort.  Conversely, we must always consider our personal discomfort relatively unimportant and, indeed, even welcome it in the service of the search for truth. 


The Chronicle of Higher Education   11-24-00   Players Off the Field

The NCAA controlled football broadcasts until 1984, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the University of Georgia and the University of Oklahoma in a lawsuit alleging that the association had an illegal monopoly on the broadcasts.  That freed big-time football institutions to pursue their own television deals, but nobody knew quite how to go about it.  The College Football Association, a group of universities from the Atlantic Coast, Big Eight, Southwest, and Southeastern Conferences, among others became the marketing tool of choice.   Says Roy Kramer “There was a feeling that we still had to have a fairly large inventory [of games], and the CFA was born to create that inventory.”

Shortly after the Supreme Court decision, executives at an obscure cable network in Bristol, Conn. – ESPN – saw an opportunity to put on the air an otherwise unremarkable game between Vanderbilt and the powerful University of Georgia.  They called Mr. Kramer.  “I sold the game for $7,500, and I didn’t split any money,” he says, chuckling.  “Georgia tried to get 50 percent of it, and Vince Dooley probably still thinks I owe him.” 

This was the beginning.  Roy Kramer laughs about his greed and lack of camaraderie and loyalty.  Roy Kramer, and his colleagues which consort him, laugh at the whole of college football, and collegiate sports in general for that matter.  Roy Kramer and his fellow commissioners, by their deleterious actions over the past decade in a half, laugh at you … disrespects galore.

A decade later, conferences and institutions were getting impatient with the CFA, which faced an antitrust inquiry of its own from the Federal Trade Commission.  The University of Notre Dame was the first to jump ship, pulling out of the association and signing its own deal with NBC in 1991.  Mr. Kramer and the Southeastern Conference were next (to depart) when CBS came calling.

You will see another deceitful pattern beginning:  upon questions and inquiries relating to conference commissioners’ power and lack of fair treatment to other members of the college football and college athletics industry – especially Federal antitrust inquiries –, these people simply change systems to thwart any challenges.  As stated in previous reports, there have been FIVE different systems for college football’s postseason in the past decade alone.  They change systems, but certainly not their deceitful, egotistical, and greedy practices.

December 1992

Alabama and Florida play the first-ever Southeastern Conference championship playoff game – the take may be as much as $8-million – a sum the SEC doesn’t have to share with anyone. 

Remember, to facilitate its championship game, the SEC called on a little-known NCAA rule passed in 1987 to allow a Division II conference to hold a football playoff without counting the game against limits on the maximum number of contests.  This rule was not intended for Div. I conferences.

Now that conferences had become the bargaining entities for television, “independent” institutions, like Florida State University and the University of Miami, rushed to join the Atlantic Coast and Big East conferences, respectively.  The Big Eight formed a media-friendly Big 12.  All three newly enlarged leagues, along with the Big Ten, Pac-10, and SEC, signed lucrative deals with television networks.  But not everybody got a place at the new table. 

Instigated by the non-Alliance Western Athletic Conference and supported by other non-Alliance conferences, a new antitrust inquiry begins:

Statement of Senator Michael Enzi on the Antitrust Implications of the College Bowl Alliance before the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Competition:

May 22, 1997

“The current Alliance structure has stifled genuine competition and placed college football at the mercy of a coalition more interested in money and power than the best interests of the players or the fans or the colleges they profess to represent.  Simply put, the Alliance is bad for football since as a practical matter, it prohibits teams outside the Alliance from playing in the top bowl games.  The games being played on the field are now taking a back seat to the games being played by the Alliance behind doors closed to the players and the fans.  This has resulted in Alliance teams having an institutional advantage in both bowl receipts and future recruiting prospects.  This Alliance more closely resembles a payoff system than a playoff system.  The current Alliance structure does not do justice to the players, colleges, and fans who are the true beneficiaries of college football.”

How did the conference commissioners respond to this inquiry?

They changed the system to the current BcS – the corruption continues.

If the collapse of the College Football Association – hastened by Mr. Kramer – ended the NCAA’s control of the sport and the money it produced, the creation of the Bowl Championship Series helped the top six conferences seize control.

However, like the television deals made earlier in the decade, the B.C.S. has shut out the members of the other I-A leagues.  It’s a bit like being led to water but not being allowed to drink, says Craig Thompson, commissioner of the Mountain West.  He goes to B.C.S. meetings but doesn’t have a vote. 

Take the formula used by the N.C.A.A. to distribute money from its contract with CBS to televise the men’s basketball tournament.  Most of those funds are allocated to conferences based on the number of games their teams win in the tournament, and on the number of sports and scholarships their members sponsor – both factors that favor larger and wealthier programs over smaller and poorer ones.  (two-thirds of [the funds] are going to the major conferences).  That system was basically designed eight years ago by James Delany (Big Ten Commissioner), Mr. Kramer, and Eugene F. Corrigan, then commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Delany, along with Mr. Corrigan and the Pac-10’s Mr. Hansen, also were intimately involved in crafting the new structure adopted by the NCAA in 1997 - abandoning the old “one institution, one vote”.  Thanks to the commissioners, the SEC, Big Ten, and the four other B.C.S. leagues have a majority of seats on both boards (that now govern NCAA policy).  Outside the Big Six (“equity” conferences), commissioners in other conferences privately express frustration with the arrangement.  “Personally, they’ve been great to me,” says one league official.  “But they’ve made my job hell.”  This month, the commissioners of the Bowl Championship Series made an interesting decision:  They announced that they would let the commissioners (of the MAC and WAC) attend BcS meetings.  They will not have votes – nor will they get any of the money from the series – but they will have seats at the table.  But the lines clearly separate the Big Six from everyone else.

Openness to Challenge


What does a life of total dedication to the truth mean?  It means, first of all, a life of continuous and never-ending stringent self-examination.  The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action. 

We are beginning to realize the process of constant self-examination and contemplation is essential for ultimate survival. 

A life of total dedication to the truth also means a life of willingness to be personally challenged.  Not only individuals, but also organizations are notorious for protecting themselves against challenge – even universities and charitable organizations – in short, all human organizations.  Just as it is necessary for individuals to accept and even welcome challenges if they are to grow in wisdom and effectiveness, so it is also necessary for organizations to accept and welcome challenges if they are to be viable and progressive institutions. 


The NCAA News   11-20-00  Board of Directors endorses presidential football review

The study likely will not include discussion of a potential Division I-A football playoff and the distribution of revenue that would come with it.

“It is important to point out that a Division IA football playoff will NOT be among the issues studied,” said Division I football Board Chair Graham B. Spanier, president at Pennsylvania State University.


The tendency to avoid challenge is so omnipresent in human beings that it can properly be considered a characteristic of human nature.  But calling it natural does not mean it is essential or beneficial or unchangeable behavior.  It is also natural to defecate in our pants and never brush our teeth.  Yet we teach ourselves to do the unnatural until the unnatural becomes itself second nature.  Indeed, all self-discipline might be defined as teaching ourselves to do the unnatural.  Another characteristic of human nature – perhaps the one that makes us most human – is our capacity to do the unnatural, to transcend and hence transform our own nature. 


Sports Lawyers Journal:     Analysis of the Antitrust Implications of the Bowl Alliance

While the NCAA officially cites idealistic goals as its purpose of existence, a closer examination of the NCAA’s hybrid nature reveals a more corporate, multimillion-dollar entity.

The federal antitrust laws have historically played a crucial role in shaping sports in the United States.  In 1890, Congress passed the Sherman Act in order to protect and promote the competitive process in the American marketplace. The general objective of the antitrust laws - promoting competition in an open market - is a primary feature of private enterprise and American economics.  The Alliance, in effect, arguably possesses a monopolistic feature by preventing certain institutions from competing at the highest level of college football.

In essence, the arrangements established by the Alliance allow a group of college conferences to agree to eliminate competition among themselves in the sale of their post-season Division I-A football games.  Thus, different anticompetitive effects are potentially created by the Alliance (such as) a decrease in the output and product quality in the market in which college football is sold to consumers during both the regular and post season.  The Alliance is structured in such a way that approximately fifty Division I-A schools are not included in the arrangement, thereby permanently placing these institutions out of the highest level of college football.  Non-Alliance schools will be greatly disadvantaged in their ability to recruit the nation’s elite athletes, to obtain profitable television appearances during the regular season, and to attract large donations from alumni and other supporters.  Also, a quality-reducing effect on college football centers around the impact on the non-Alliance bowls themselves rather than on the excluded teams.  The Alliance arrangement has effectively reduced any non-Alliance bowls to a permanent second-tier status, including the once-prestigious Cotton Bowl.  Consumers or fans associated with the excluded bowls will have the quality of their preferred product greatly diminished or even eliminated by this arrangement. 


What is clear is that the Alliance’s arrangement produces several anticompetitive effects on college football and its fans.  As Professor Roberts of Tulane University explained to the United States Senate Subcommittee in 1997, the odds of a jury finding that the Alliance violates (antitrust laws) are legally quite good.  Another argument in favor of finding that the Alliance’s actions violate the Sherman Act involves what Professor Roberts called a “less restrictive alternative doctrine.”  The presence of a less restrictive alternative to the Alliance in providing a National Championship game would diminish the Alliance’s chances in prevailing in a court of law.  If a challenger could show that a National Championship game could be produced in a manner that would cause much less injury to the market and its consumer, the likelihood of finding the Alliance arrangement illegal should be enhanced.  At least for now, excluded schools may take the WAC approach – “if you can’t beat them, join them” – even if that means receiving less than you deserve.

The conclusion of this lengthy report states that there must be an outsider to challenge and defeat those currently in charge of a college football postseason in order to bring about a IA playoff –

3mSports is that challenger!

The above report also states that this challenger must simply provide proof that there are systems available which are better than the BcS – 3mSports and their systems provided for review at  most definitely satisfies this requirement.  In fact, educating others to that end was the sole objective of the 2000 regular season Tour.

An ironic note:  the 3mSports’ motto is “If you can’t JOIN ‘em, BEAT ‘em”TM


A life of total dedication to the truth means, therefore, a life of total honesty.  Such honesty does not come painlessly.


The Chronicle of Higher Education   11-17-00   NCAA Leaders Squabble …

The Division I Management Council specifically rejected the idea of studying a (football) playoff, but was overruled by the Board of Directors, made up of university presidents, this month. 

Are they or are they not going to study a IA college football playoff?


Are you beginning to see through their smoke screens?

It doesn’t matter.  The BcS is on the way out!

Withholding Truth

Lying can be divided into two types: white lies and black lies.  A black lie is a statement we make that we know is false.  A white lie is a statement we make that is not in itself false but that leaves out a significant part of the truth. 

Withholding of essential information is the most common form of lying, and because it may be the more difficult to detect and confront, it is often even more pernicious than black-lying. 


On August 24th, 2000, a representative of 3mSports met with NCAA President Cedric Dempsey in Indianapolis to talk about a college football playoff.  Our representative made it abundantly clear that he would be happy to share information relating to actual statements from IA presidents displaying their desire for a IA football playoff.

There were no calls, no communication, except …

 Email from NCAA President Cedric Dempsey to   9-29-00  

“Our presidents have discussed it on several occasions and there is no interest in pursuing a playoff at this time.”

When Thomas Edison held up a shining new invention approximately a century ago, the lightbulb, in the faces of his peers and others – they too refused to believe reality, refused to believe the truth.


The act of withholding the truth is always potentially a lie.  Integrity is never painless.  If you wish to discern either the presence or absence of integrity, we must ask: ‘What is missing, has anything been left out’?


USA TODAY  11-1-00  Questions rise about commissioners’ roles

With the commissioner’s control of football comes control of the primary purse strings.  The sport, on average, accounts for two-thirds of schools’ athletic revenues in the NCAA’s Division IA.  “The shadow of football hangs over everything.”

The commissioners argue a playoff would come at a heavy cost – sucking interest and life out of football’s regular season.

This section ‘Withholding Truth’, can unofficially be declared as the category by which virtually all of the conference commissioner’s statements might be placed.  It does not take long to realize that when utilizing 3mSports’ systems for the National Championship Bowl Tournament’s college football playoff, the regular season is actually MORE meaningful!  Teams will fight and claw each and every week to obtain one of the top four slots and a first round bye, and they will give the old college try for every game to gain a spot in the National Championship Top 12 tournament, and they, without fail, will give 110% throughout each contest to earn a place in the secondary tournament and postseason – with a playoff, the regular season will be … more meaningful.

Furthermore, we must ask: what should the conference commissioner’s role actually be in college football?

This question is too simplistic.  A conference commissioner should, of course, run his or her own conference, not a college football postseason.


The rewards of the difficult life of honesty and dedication to the truth are more than commensurate with the demands.


The point is … don’t let them or anyone confuse you – with one ridiculous excuse against a IA college football playoff after another – because the truth of the matter is that there are NO valid reasons not to have a Division IA college football playoff.

3mSports’ 2000 regular season Tour to educate the fans was difficult, but worthwhile certainly, and the overriding theme was:

“Who wants a Div. IA college football playoff?

(tremendous roars and great laughter)  Well, of course, you fool …

Everyone wants a playoff!”


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