Cocktail Parties, Bar Conversations, the BCS and Phoenix Real Estate

avatarthumbnail.jpgEarlier this evening I was sitting in the Applebee’s north of the Westgate City Center listening to a man regale the woman next to him with an explanation of all the problems with college football’s Bowl Championship Series, or BCS.

There normally are one of two factors at work when a man starts waxing poetic in such a setting:

  1. He’s trying to impress the female in hopes of initiating a mating ritual
  2. He’s consuming alcohol, either boosting his courage to attempt factor one or to help drown his sorrows from a failed or aborted attempt at factor one

Given there was an adult beverage in front of him, it could have been number two. Based on her clearly feigned interest – ladies, you know what I mean: exaggerated responses, the occasional forced laugh – I’m leaning more toward number one.

That’s neither here not there. What is relevant is just about everything he said about the BCS was completely, totally and entirely incorrect.

To whit:

There are supposed to be four conferences involved but the same two end up in the championship game every year.

Not so. This year matched the SEC’s Florida Gators vs. the Big 12’s Oklahoma Sooners. Last year was the SEC vs. the Big Ten’s Ohio State. The year before that, it was the same. And the year before that it was the Pac-10’s USC Trojans and Texas from the Big 12. Each of the six conferences involved has had at least one title shot in the past decade.

There were four or five teams with better records than Texas and Florida who didn’t get to play.

Um, no. Utah finished the year as the only undefeated team in what used to be Division 1-A. And if the Utes had played anyone of note, they might have earned a shot. But they didn’t, so they settled for kicking Alabama around the Sugar Bowl. Our protagonist used Texas Tech as an example, conveniently forgetting that they were throttled by Oklahoma.

The coaches’ poll is like the electoral colleage and the other poll is like the popular vote.

Frankly, I don’t have the slightest idea where he was going with this one. If you have some clue, feel free to pass it along in the comments.

Now, this is the part of the show where I awkwardly segue into a conversation about Phoenix real estate by drawing parallels between his conversation and the real estate world. Tonight, though, I’ll make it brief.

When you’re at cocktail parties or sitting at the local Applebees, it’s not uncommon to hear someone talking about real estate. What you need to realize is more often than not, they either are fairly deep in their cups or are trying to impress someone with their knowledge. Except they’re quite often wrong.

So when you hear the stories of people buying bank owned homes for 30 cents on the dollar, or of the $20,000 house acquired at a real estate auction, or of the incredible sales price someone got for their house in spite of the market, think back to this poor soul’s analysis of the BCS.

And then call a taxi to get the speaker home safely.

[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at

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