Apparently the folks in Boise, Idaho have more political clout than we realized. After being snubbed from college football’s national championship game for what feels like the 137th straight year, members of a congressional subcommittee recently took the first step to stop the tyrannical rain of the BCS and ensure that every school across the country (even you, Rutgers) gets a fair chance to play for the game's top trophy.
The House Commerce and Energy Group (who dabble in a little college football anarchy on the weekends), voted near unanimously to ban the NCAA from referring to the BCS title game as a “Championship” until they adopt a proper playoff.
The only dissenter, John Barrow, a Democrat from Georgia said “"With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on." Clearly he feels there's not enough hours in the day to ruin legislation on health care, immigration, and social security.
Before the folks at mid-major schools like TCU, Cincinnati, and Florida State get excited, it’s important to note that this is simply the first stage in what will be a long process.
The proposal must pass through various other channels before becoming a law, which means there will be plenty of time for common sense and equality to be shut down in true Congressional style.
It’s also worth noting that Barack Obama promised to help create a playoff system after he was elected claiming “I'm going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it's the right thing to do."
Obama made his first big push to keep his promise by distancing himself from the vote and refusing to comment on the situation. Atta boy! Wait to see if it passes, then pick a side.
Is this a promising start in the fight to eliminate the BCS? Or simply a waste of effort from people who should be focusing on further plummeting the financial future of this country into failed companies?
Source: Elliott J. Schechter