Congress playbook calls for tackling the BCS

Written by Bob on December 10th, 2009

YUCAIPA, CA – It’s good to know that our elected officials are hard at work fixing America’s problems.

Let’s take a look at what our lawmakers are tackling of late: we’ve got the health care legislation, the troop surge in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, our national debt ($1.42 trillion, fiscal year 2009), millions of unemployed Americans …

And oh yes, college football.

As if they don’t have enough pressing issues, a House of Representatives sub-committee approved legislation to force the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion in NCAA Div. I football.

However, it’s reported that the bill is not likely to pass.

Personally, I would welcome a playoff system. What football fan wouldn’t want to watch the BCS’ Nos. 1-6 teams – Alabama, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU, Florida, and Boise State clash in a playoff to determine a true “national champion.”

As it is, The BCS top two selections, Alabama and Texas, will play in the national title game on Jan. 7.

And Congress is fighting mad about it and wants some changes. Led by Joe Barton, R-TX, and Bobby Rush, D-Ill, the two deeply concerned representatives championed the “College Football Playoffs Act of 2009.”

Known as H.R. 390, the bill would:

“Prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, the promotion, marketing, and advertising of any post season NCAA Division I football game as a national championship game unless such game is the culmination of a fair and equitable playoff system.”

A Division I college football playoff would be great. And I think we’ll eventually get to that. But I don’t want Congress involved. And I think I’ve got plenty of company.

Let’s put some things in perspective. I mean, just how important is legislating a playoff system in deciding a national champion to the man or woman, who has lost their job and can’t find work?

Or to the 15-million unemployed Americans struggling to support their families, and keep their homes?

Or to the 47-million Americans that go without health insurance – and in far too many cases, go without life-saving health care?

Or to the small business owner lying sleepless at night fearing bankruptcy?

Or to school districts forced to lay off teachers, close schools, and increase class sizes because of state budget cuts?

And just how important is a college football playoff system in deciding a national champion to the soldier receiving orders sending him on his third, fourth, or fifth tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan? Just ask his wife and kids.

But yet Barton and Rush believe their time is best served by becoming involved in college football.

Rush was quoted: “We can walk across the street and chew gum at the same time. We can do a number of things at the same time.”

Oh how comforting. Now Mr. Rush, please put the football down and get back to work and tackle the problems that really matter to most Americans.

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