In Mystery Science Theater 3000's revue of Pod People, we wondered what compelled people to wander into the gates of Hell (Cue it up to the 2:08 mark).
Today we wonder what compels Heisman Trophy winners to fold like rusty card tables in national championship games. Teams whose superstars just recently acquired a bronze likeness of a stiff-armed Gentile are 1-5 in BCS title games since 2000.
So here's just a wacky idea. Why not hand out the Heisman Trophy after the season's over?
Suppose we took Adam Hoff's list of Heisman finalists and see just how poorly they played in December and January. Nah, let's not suppose. Let's just do it:
1. Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State: 4-14, 35 yards, 1 INT; team lost to Florida 41-14 in the BCS Championship.
2. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame: 15-35, 148 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; team lost to LSU in the Sugar Bowl 41-14.
3. Mike Hart, RB, Michigan: 17 carries, 47 yards; team lost to USC 32-18 in the Rose Bowl.
4. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers: 24 carries, 170 yards, 1 TD; team beat Kansas State 37-10 in the Texas Bowl.
5. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas: 14 carries, 150 yards; team lost to Wisconsin 17-14 in the Capital One Bowl.
6. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia: 3 carries, 11 yards; 2 catches, 20 yards; team beat Georgia Tech 38-35 in the Gator Bowl.
7. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii: 33-42, 559 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT; team beat Arizona State 41-24 in the Hawaii Bowl.
8. Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State: 23 carries, 101 yards, 1 TD; team beat Boise State 43-42 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl.
9. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal: 20 carries, 111 yards, 2 TD; team beat Texas A&M 45-10 in the Holiday Bowl.