In a world filled with old men in suits and their $33,000 birthday parties, a small group of young professionals decided to band together and fight the system. What they came up with was the Playoff PAC, and it has become the thorn in the side for Bill Hancock and the rest of his BCS buddies.
Follow me after the jump for all the reasons why the Playoff PAC might be the most important adversary to the BCS that you have not heard of.
They're just like us!
That is, if you are an early 30's young professional with a law degree. It started when six guys were fed up and got together after Utah was left out of the 2008 National Championship game. Matt Sanderson is the face of the group and a Utah grad himself.
So, now that Utah is in the PAC-12, does that mean that the Playoff PAC has lost its drive? Not according to Matt in a recent USA Today profile:
Though Utah has joined the BCS elite in the Pacific-12, Sanderson said Playoff PAC has "seen too much to let it go."
They share our cause
They are doing everything in their power to take down the bowl system. They are filing complaints to the IRS to have the Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta bowls stripped of their nonprofit status due to excessive spending. They have exposed the conflicts of interest regarding the committee to investigate the Fiesta Bowl since almost every person has received an excessive gift from a bowl game.
The commissioners aren't fond of them
Mike Slive, the SEC commissioner, had this to say:
"I don't agree with a lot of the things they say; they extrapolate and draw conclusions in a hurry, but the First Amendment is alive and well. They're entitled to their view."
Matt Sanderson also took place in a Boston College of Law debate last October with former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer. You can see the video here. It's long but fascinating.
My favorite part might be when Matt kept pushing Kramer about Utah being left out of the 2008 National Championship game and Kramer finally asks everyone in the room if they played in that game. After no one replied, he concluded condescendingly with "See, it's not that big of a deal."
I think that exchange pretty much sums up everything the BCS is and everything the Playoff PAC is trying to take down.
- They are Utah fans. Take it for what it's worth.
- They have a Bleacher Report profile?
Does Playoff PAC have what it takes to be Bronco Nation's People's Champion? Can you forgive them for being Utah fans? Can you overlook the Bleacher Report profile? Share your thoughts in the comments.