The Alabama Crimson Tide made a statement last night. So did their championship hats. Is it just me, or are these lids trying to convey a subliminal message? Take a look at the above image. The hat reads: "DONE. 2011 National Champions." On one side of the hat is the Crimson Tide logo. On the other (not shown here) is the Bowl Championship Series logo.
But is there a deeper connotation? The "D" is a darker color, which to me seems like a backhanded suggestion that, while Alabama's 21-0 win over LSU was for the BCS title, it was also somehow a Division I championship. D-ONE. Division I. Right?
I could be making too much of this, but if you're like me and prefer the FCS and it's playoff system to any crooked bowl structure, you know North Dakota State is the one and only Division I champion for 2011. That's all the NCAA, by its own rules, has room for.
If last night's snoozer would have been somehow sponsored by the NCAA, maybe I could get on board with these hats. But the Bowl Championship Series is its own entity, and the NCAA has no connection to it -- other than to allow its rampant corruption.
Like I said, I could be wrong. Maybe the hats aren't trying to depict a "Division I" title for Alabama. Maybe the "Done." logo -- despite the implication -- has a totally different meaning. One colleague of mine suggested it stands for "One and Done." As in, one game for the championship. As in, take your playoff system and shove it.
Regardless of the meaning, Nike and the Bowl Championship Series should stop confusing an already confused fan base. Alabama is the BCS national champion. North Dakota State is the NCAA Division I national champion. And so it goes. End of story.