There has been plenty of discussion recently about the potential expansion of the NCAA’s Big 12 Conference. What many traditional media outlets are failing to mention, however, is that the Big 12 has actually been expanding for billions of years, whether we humans like it or not.
If you would, travel back in time with me, to 13.8 billion years ago. The universe was nothing more than a ball of hot, dense, atom-less singularity. And the Big 12 had exactly zero teams. Seems almost hard to believe, right?
But as time wore on, and the atoms fused to create our modern day elements, which in turn created billions of stars, galaxies and planets — including the one you inhabit today! — the Big 12 actually grew and grew and grew, ultimately skyrocketing to as many as a dozen teams!
Think about that for a moment: From zero to 12, seemingly by magic.
But this was not some overnight phenomenon. Oh no! This was trillions upon trillions upon trillions of atoms, colliding with each other in a chaotic environment, to produce such wonders as the Horsehead Nebula, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the Mountain West Conference.
So the next time you find yourself in a debate about the Big 12’s expansion, try to remember that you’re not changing the financial course of a single conference. No, no. You are, in fact, impeding the inevitable progress of the entire universe.