Even on what should have been college football's greatest day, the powers that be couldn't help but insult their fans one more time.
Yes, a four-team tournament will decide college football's champion in the 2014 season. The BCS -- finally, mercifully -- is dead. That's the good news. And given the glacial pace of progress in this sport, maybe this isn't the day to complain.
But this always has been college football's way, to make its fans beg for a loaf of bread to the point of being thankful when a few crumbs fall off the plate. The new postseason that college presidents formally approved Tuesday at a meeting in Washington DC, is better than what it is replacing.
It's not nearly good enough.
And it's certainly not a playoff.
Including just four teams isn't a true playoff. Catering to the corrupt bowl system by anointing six games as semifinal sites isn't a true playoff. Putting the selection of teams in the hands of a cloak-and-dagger committee isn't a true playoff.
And before the public even had an opportunity to catch on to the ruse, presidents and conference commissioners went ahead and stuffed this system down our throats for 12 years, always one step ahead of the posse.
Instead of a four-year or eight-year deal that would allow a real playoff to evolve organically, we get 12 years of a system that may not be much more satisfying to anyone except those who count the money.
It's offensive to label this a playoff, to the point that the so-called "plus-one" might have made more sense. In that model, the bowl system would have remained essentially the same as before. Then, whoever was left standing as the No. 1 and 2 teams would meet in a championship game.