Saturday, May 2, 2009

The BCS and The Congress

Neither are organizations I have been particularly fond of lately, so it's tough to take sides in this debate.

Now, I hate the BCS system with a passion. I thought it was awesome when President Obama said that he wanted a playoff system. I'm all about, as fans of college football, pressuring the BCS to change their money-grubbing, discriminatory ways. I want a playoff. And I don't see why a 16 team playoff system doesn't work. (Sorry President Obama. If you want to be truly fair and non-exclusionary, 8 teams isn't enough.)

BUT, I am sick to my stomach (not swine flu, I checked that out already) that The Congress feels the need to have the government become involved. Senator Hatch is making Utah look like a whining baby. They just seal clubbed Alabama, ranked number 1 for most of last year's season, and proved just how good they are. Do we then need to bring legislation against the BCS to make our point??? No! They just need to continue to beat the BCS teams into submission and prove that we can play with the so-called big boys. That's what sports, and sportsmanship, is all about. That's why it's fun. Getting the political system involved is only sinking to the level of the enemy. Maybe even lower.

I laughed and laughed when President Obama started smack talking the BCS. But I worried and worried when, in a later interview, he looked quite serious and said he might use his "presidential weight" to shake up the BCS. Noooo! That's not what the President should be doing. And frankly, the idea comes across as completely arrogant. Just because you are the President doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. It means you are the highest level public servant, not a dictator. Not that Senator Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Barton (R-TX) are any better with their hearings and threats of legislation. Noooo! The government and legislation are not how we should be solving problems in this country. Whether it be the economy or the BCS, the people are the solution. True change happens when the people get together and pool their abilities, talents, and strengths. When the underdogs from Utah come together and decide that they can play with the big guys, then work and work to make it happen, that's when the foundations of the BCS crack. Not because the government said so, but because the people took a hammer to it.

Want to save the economy? Get out of debt and start working, earnings, and saving. Want to save the environment? Start conserving energy. Want to fix the BCS? Start beating their teams. Want to mess everything up? Turn it over to the government.


1 comment:

adam said...

Great post Steve. As much as I hated the fact that Utah wasn't playing Florida instead of lowly Alabama, I agree. Government has not part in this.

I also want to thank you for consistently providing an alternate yet non-arrogant view for me. I have been influenced quite a bit by some of your stuff, and my views on the role of government have changed a lot, at least to the point where I feel a lot more ambivalent than I used to.