I'm suspicious of the BCS as an organization, I think we all are.
I've watched a lot of mob movies over the years. For whatever reason the mafia, why it started, and how it grew, has
always intrigued me as a side study into human behavior. The Godfather series is one of the best trilogies of all time
in my book.
La Cosa Nostra
I see a lot of parallels with the BCS. A criminal organization that publicly pretends to be about the people and providing
protective and beneficial services to the community. But behind the scenes its all about vested interests, power, and
most of all...money. Another similarity would be that the BCS is not a true heirarchy like most criminal organizations.
Like the mafia's 5 families, the BCS has 6 founding families...it is a syndicate.
Again, behind the facade of working cooperatively for the benefit of the community and its members, is a deep
reservoir of political intrigue, treachery, blackmail, paranoia, and...
"the rise and fall of families".
So, we have this small-time family, the MWC, that has made some bold moves lately. It's now threatening to overtake
one of the 6 founding families, who has been weakened by internal disorder and poor leadership over the past
decade. In order to seal the win, the MWC brings in a heavy hitter, a renegade killer that's long been shunned but
always wanted in. This threatens the power structure of the overall syndicate and strings begin to get pulled behind the
Sudeenly, Utah leaps for the PAC family, the struggling BE family nabs TCU, and BYU, always a bit of an oddball,
does an oddball thing and takes off on his own. Even with these moves, the BE is still vulnerable.
Sweating Bullets and Making Moves
But the undercurrents of frustration combine with the opportunity of timing as a lightning strike assault is made against
the Big East family by two other mainline families. The Big XII family, always the ancestral home of the
Horned Frogs, snatches TCU from the BE, proving blood is thicker than water...or at least money is paramount. Nearly
simultaneously, the ACC, a longtime rival, sweeps Syracuse and Pitt. The BE is ripe for the killing and the MWC
begins to crouch for the kill shot. The rest of the syndicate doesn't seem to have any loyalties to the BE, long
considered a millstone and embarrassment, and is fine with watching her die. But the BE isn't going down without a
fight as it musters its nefarious talent to scheme.
Let the Bloodletting Begin!
The BE has been around a long time and is privy to many backroom deals, schemes, and the underpinnings of how the
syndicate operates. The BE has also learned that the MWC tried to put its new renegade in its place upon arrival,
ruffling feathers along the way...there is tension and tension can be exploited.
I Are Invizacabal!
Thiz iz leeding reezuhn Iz about to brake Coke Mcoyz NCAA recordz... TaTa, Finguh Gunz :)
So the BE, as desperate animals do when cornered, pulls out all the stops. It offers the renegade a spot at the table
while simultaneously threatening to go to the Feds and sing like a parakeet concerning the Syndicate. They point out
how the founding document has no criteria for kicking them to the curb )opening the door for litigation) and they also
threaten to sue the main supply force, ESPN, over some loose lip accusations by a major syndicate underboss named
Let them know we want to avoid war, but hint that we have the capability to make things messy
Meanwhile, sensing its own impending doom, the MWC makes a desperate bid of its own. It merges with a smaller
upstart to cover as much territory as possible. Attempting to increase the cash flow to keep the renegade sated, it
also makes several "behind closed doors" concessions to the renegade. It knows now, that this entire war between
huge conglomerates within conglomerates, could very well turn on the renegade it rejected for so many years. Poetic
Justice is beginning to take shape.
Back at HQ, the BE continues its nefarious plans. Though not guaranteed a win in the courts, the threats are enough
to enlist the aid of the Syndicate in order to avoid nasty public litigation and unwanted attention from the Feds. After
all, La Cosa Nostra ("This thing of ours"), has been a founding principal for the Syndicate and "hush hush" has always
been the phrase of the day. The Syndicate, not caring one way or the other as long as the money keeps pouring in,
begins to scheme with the BE against the Mtn/USA upstarts in order shut them down permanently and keep everything
"in the family" like it has always been.
At the same time, the more powerful families begin to quietly discuss the possibility of lowering the split and upping the
cut, arguing that those who contribute the most should get a bigger slice and gain more representation in future
I has a large hat
With so much turmoil and increasing pressure from the Feds, could the destiny of hundreds of silver haired foxes
really be decided by a lone outlaw dressed in blue? In a world made up of half-hearted alliances and coordinated
ambushes it takes smarts and guts to live on the outside. Not only has our hero lived, he has thrived, leaving one thing
for certain...he's nobody's fool.
Which side will our hero choose, old established money or new rankled upstarts? After all, he has been burned by
both. As always, our hero will take the course best suited to his interests and his own code of honor. Ever the
individualist, no one can be sure. Stay tuned to find out what happens next.
Queue classic 80's song "Here I go Again on my Own"