Friday, March 27, 2009

Is This Really The Best Way For The US Senate To Spend It's Time?

Senate reviewing how college football picks No. 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - Everyone from President Barack Obama on down to fans has criticized how college football determines its top team. Now senators are getting off the sidelines to examine antitrust issues involving the Bowl Champion Series.

The current system "leaves nearly half of all the teams in college football at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for the millions of dollars paid out every year," the Senate Judiciary's subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights said in a statement Wednesday announcing the hearings.

Under the BCS, some conferences get automatic bids to participate in series, while others do not.
Obama and some members of Congress favor a playoff-type system to determine the national champion. The BCS features a championship game between the two top teams in the BCS standings, based on two polls and six computer ratings.

Behind the push for the hearings is the subcommittee's top Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. People there were furious that Utah was bypassed for the national championship despite going undefeated in the regular season.

The title game pitted No. 1 Florida (12-1) against No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1); Florida won 24-14 and claimed the title.

The subcommittee's statement said Hatch would introduce legislation "to rectify this situation." No details were offered and Hatch's office declined to provide any.

Hatch said in a statement that the BCS system "has proven itself to be inadequate, not only for those of us who are fans of college football, but for anyone who believes that competition and fair play should have a role in collegiate sports."

In the House, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a football game a "national championship" unless the game culminates from a playoff system.

Now, I love college football and actually I agree with a lot of the arguments here. I am a big fan of a playoff and I do think that smaller schools and smaller conferences get screwed in the process. The question though is; Is this really worth literally making a federal case out of it?

We are heading into real dangerous territory here folks in that Congressmen are moving more and more towards government control of, well, everything. It would be real easy to rail against liberals, I now I do it all of the time, but this is not just a conservative v liberal issue. More often than not it is liberals pushing things like this and they do tend to push harder but take note that it is a Republican proposing this legislation.

I know this is a small issue and I am not being a paranoid conspiracy theorists but at some point we need to put the brakes on these types of things.


Always On Watch said...

Today during some kind of media appearance, I think that BHO was suddenly talking about basketball. What the hell for?

Don't our elected representatives have been things to worry about than professional sports?

Greywolfe said...

Actually, in my never-to-be-humble opinion, I feel that this is indeed the best way for them to spend their time. Hell, if they're talking about sports, then maybe they won't have time to chop more holes in the Constitution or tax another business out of existance.

Tell you guys what, when you're done with Football, why don't you look at lacrosse, or polo. How about water polo. or table tennis. Surely they can come up with a decent law or 30 for table tennis. If we're lucky it could keep them busy til after summer.

Larry T. Durham said...

I too am all for a playoff (how about the Clemson Tigers vs. the Michigan Wolverines in the title game), but this government "involvement" doesn't bode well. How often do they ever do anything right?

LASunsett said...

Maybe after they get done tackling this important issue, they could look into whether or not American Idol is fixed.

Chuck said...

AOW, I don't even have as much of an issue with this. Most presidents talk sports, go to events, have champions at the White House. It's the issue of control I'm concerned about

Greywolfe, good point, maybe Texas Holdem?

Larry, I would be nice. Don't rule it out for next year.

LA Sunset, I think investigating American Idol may be above their pay grade.

Z said...

I read your title and knee-jerked "NO" before I even read your post! Who believes anything lately from the senate is 'the best way'?!

Hold onto your hats: California, today, is suggesting dark cars be banned because they get hotter inside and need more air conditioning. I'm not kidding.

You mentioned freedoms............ARGH!!

Always, I'm with you on this. Chuck's right, every president's talked about sports, but it's unseemly at times like this. HE'S the one saying we're on the verge of catastrophe; stop going on Leno, stop having the WH cocktail party with rock stars on Wed. nights, and talk sports in private.

Chuck said...

Z, agreed. Hadn't heard of the car issue in California, insanity.

kevin said...

I'm with Greywolfe on this one. I like gridlock for the same reason.

Chuck said...

Kevin, there are some who believe a divided government is the best thing for the country