Bowls & playoffs: The old and the new

Two items appeared in my email over the past 24 hours, one representing a celebration of college football's old system and the other the brand spanking new.

First, there's the four-team college football playoff, which will begin in 2014 and replace our beloved BCS system.

After working with consultants, PR and marketing firms, psychics and the Kardashians, it was decided to call the college football playoff, "The Ultimate Extravaganza of Spectacular Spectacular FancyPants Cornholio and Ole!"

Or ... the "College Football Playoff."

The Powers That Be, perversely, opted for the latter. And it will be played in Cowboy Stadium on Jan. 12, 2015.

“We decided to call the playoff what it is -- the College Football Playoff. We think the new playoff will be the most dynamic improvement to college football in a generation. Certainly it’s what the fans want. We also invite everyone to vote online to select the logo and help us kick off the new College Football Playoff,” said Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, in a statement.

We have been told the CFP will not be abbreviated.

From the press release:

The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-2015 season and feature the top four teams as chosen by a yet-to-be-named selection committee. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl have already been chosen to host the first national semifinals, which will pair No. 1 versus No. 4 and No. 2 versus No. 3 on Jan. 1, 2015.

You can vote on the logo here. I voted for No. 2, and my least favorite is No. 4. Of course, it's winning by a wide margin.

All of this college football cogitating is going on in Pasadena, the home of the Granddaddy of the All, college football's greatest tradition and spectacle, the Rose Bowl.

It also was announced this week the Rose Bowl has a special logo for its 100th game.

Think of that: Something lasting 100 years. Boggles the mind.

Of course, the Rose Bowl is double-hosting this bowl season. Five days after the traditional game that hopes -- fingers crossed! -- to match the Pac-12 and Big Ten, the Tournament of Roses will also host the 16th and final BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 6, at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

So in with the new and celebrate the old. And prepare for the long good-bye to the BCS.