I haven't written anything on the topic of the week, the possible move of the Ohio State - Michigan game, because I truly don't know what to say. (Although I managed a few choice words in our podcast from earlier this week.)
It's also frustrating because it seems, as with most Big 10 decisions, this thing is three-quarters done before the powers that be decide the paying public gets to know what's going to happen. Most of the time I sense Jim Delaney just wants to come down from the mount with his new rules on stone tablets and we're all supposed to bow down and thank him.
See? I'm already off track because this whole thing is so infuritating.
Yesterday, Delaney spoke with ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg and offered up a series of lame analogies to Duke - North Carolina basketball (basketball?!?! do apples taste like oranges in your world, Jim?) and explaining how much Ohio State and Michigan would mean meeting a second time in a Big Ten championship game.
This smells completely bogus. Today, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith offered up a vague video on the web site speaking of "sensitive issues that cannot be revealed" which sounds a lot like our government's "we know better than you because we know things but can't tell you" explanation for -- well, doing just about anything.
I've sat around and gone through just about all the long-term scenarios I can -- Notre Dame eventually joining the Big Ten; super conferences; a football playoff; etc. -- and I can't think of a single reason that justifies moving this game.
Most people who are up in arms speak of tradition, which is no doubt important. I've heard many others claim that moving the game to October would be no big deal -- after all it works for Texas-Oklahoma. Yet Auburn-Alabama remain in the same division, the week before the SEC title game and it seems to get along just fine. There just isn't really justification for moving this game. I've never heard an argument that made a single lick of sense in this whole debate.
But, I'll add in marketing speak, moving this game diminishes it and any change that diminishes this game hurts the Big Ten "brand."
That's my head talking.
My heart is slightly less rational. That Big Ten Championship game? Who gives a crap?
Hopefully at the end of November.