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Senate Reviewing College Football

So the BCS is flawed in its current form, but do we really want Congress legislating the merits of a college football playoff?

On the other hand, maybe this will delay them from spending another $1,000,000,000,000+

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.

If we keep the house and senate focused on stuf like this maybe they will stop ruining the rest of the country.

[quote]snipeout wrote:
If we keep the house and senate focused on stuf like this maybe they will stop ruining the rest of the country.[/quote]

My thoughts exactly.

This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.

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[quote]snipeout wrote:
If we keep the house and senate focused on stuf like this maybe they will stop ruining the rest of the country.[/quote]

Exactly.

I’m sure glad the Republicans learned their lesson after this drubbing and found their conservative roots. [/sarcasm]

mike

[quote]…
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.
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I’m neither a fan of college football nor government.

This is more about Utah not getting money from having played in a top tier bowl game, endorsements, easier recruiting, and giving the University attention. Football and sports in general bring in a lot of money for Universities and the better teams get notoriety and better merchandise sales.

I’m all for a small time investigation into presenting a case for including all conferences in a formula, profit sharing or some other form of whatever that doesn’t involve the federal government.

[quote]dhickey wrote:
This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.[/quote]

Yeah, heaven forbid our legislators actually do something productive like fix our broke ass economy or safeguard our civil liberties.

Edit: …needless to say, I think Thomas Jefferson would be pissed.

[quote]conorh wrote:
dhickey wrote:
This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.

Yeah, heaven forbid our legislators actually do something productive like fix our broke ass economy or safeguard our civil liberties.

Edit: …needless to say, I think Thomas Jefferson would be pissed.[/quote]

He and the rest of the founders would probably just go back to their own time and give up the revolution in despair at what it had become.

Of course, if he were present today Jefferson would probably be called a reactionary-nazi-religious-zealot-bigot-superconservative extraordinaire. He wouldn’t get the time of day in the media.

WTF!?!

[quote]Aragorn wrote:
conorh wrote:
dhickey wrote:
This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.

Yeah, heaven forbid our legislators actually do something productive like fix our broke ass economy or safeguard our civil liberties.

Edit: …needless to say, I think Thomas Jefferson would be pissed.

He and the rest of the founders would probably just go back to their own time and give up the revolution in despair at what it had become.

Of course, if he were present today Jefferson would probably be called a reactionary-nazi-religious-zealot-bigot-superconservative extraordinaire. He wouldn’t get the time of day in the media.[/quote]

Well, except for Jefferson not being particularly conservative or zealous religiously. But I agree with your sentiment.

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[quote]conorh wrote:
Aragorn wrote:
conorh wrote:
dhickey wrote:
This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.

Yeah, heaven forbid our legislators actually do something productive like fix our broke ass economy or safeguard our civil liberties.

Edit: …needless to say, I think Thomas Jefferson would be pissed.

He and the rest of the founders would probably just go back to their own time and give up the revolution in despair at what it had become.

Of course, if he were present today Jefferson would probably be called a reactionary-nazi-religious-zealot-bigot-superconservative extraordinaire. He wouldn’t get the time of day in the media.

Well, except for Jefferson not being particularly conservative or zealous religiously. But I agree with your sentiment.[/quote]

Right, I hear you. But what was considered non-conservative then would be considered extremely superconservative wacko now.

[quote]pushharder wrote:
conorh wrote:
Aragorn wrote:
conorh wrote:
dhickey wrote:
This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.

Yeah, heaven forbid our legislators actually do something productive like fix our broke ass economy or safeguard our civil liberties.

Edit: …needless to say, I think Thomas Jefferson would be pissed.

He and the rest of the founders would probably just go back to their own time and give up the revolution in despair at what it had become.

Of course, if he were present today Jefferson would probably be called a reactionary-nazi-religious-zealot-bigot-superconservative extraordinaire. He wouldn’t get the time of day in the media.

Well, except for Jefferson not being particularly conservative or zealous religiously. But I agree with your sentiment.

Jefferson would be considered conservative, in today’s definition of the term, in that he espoused a very limited and thrifty federal government.[/quote]

Actually today’s conservative simply means that you hate gay people.

mike

I am glad our government is protecting us from collegen football

[quote]Mikeyali wrote:
pushharder wrote:
conorh wrote:
Aragorn wrote:
conorh wrote:
dhickey wrote:
This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.

Yeah, heaven forbid our legislators actually do something productive like fix our broke ass economy or safeguard our civil liberties.

Edit: …needless to say, I think Thomas Jefferson would be pissed.

They also hate poor people

He and the rest of the founders would probably just go back to their own time and give up the revolution in despair at what it had become.

Of course, if he were present today Jefferson would probably be called a reactionary-nazi-religious-zealot-bigot-superconservative extraordinaire. He wouldn’t get the time of day in the media.

Well, except for Jefferson not being particularly conservative or zealous religiously. But I agree with your sentiment.

Jefferson would be considered conservative, in today’s definition of the term, in that he espoused a very limited and thrifty federal government.

Actually today’s conservative simply means that you hate gay people.

mike[/quote]

They also hate poor people

[quote]pittbulll wrote:
Mikeyali wrote:
pushharder wrote:
conorh wrote:
Aragorn wrote:
conorh wrote:
dhickey wrote:
This is insane. I mean the fact that they are even looking at this.

I would rather they focus making sure everyone in session gets an equal amount of the “special” coolaid. Now that would be productive.

Yeah, heaven forbid our legislators actually do something productive like fix our broke ass economy or safeguard our civil liberties.

Edit: …needless to say, I think Thomas Jefferson would be pissed.

They also hate poor people

He and the rest of the founders would probably just go back to their own time and give up the revolution in despair at what it had become.

Of course, if he were present today Jefferson would probably be called a reactionary-nazi-religious-zealot-bigot-superconservative extraordinaire. He wouldn’t get the time of day in the media.

Well, except for Jefferson not being particularly conservative or zealous religiously. But I agree with your sentiment.

Jefferson would be considered conservative, in today’s definition of the term, in that he espoused a very limited and thrifty federal government.

Actually today’s conservative simply means that you hate gay people.

mike

They also hate poor people
[/quote]

And science.

And books.

There once were intellectual conservatives.

From Paine to Limbaugh in 200 years.

Ouch.

This must be a joke…I think the Federal Government needs to worry about fighting a war that has our troops fighting on two fronts, a recession that we are trying to spend our way out of by becoming a quasi-socialist nation.

As a former D-1A College Player, I think there should be a playoff, but Congress should not be the ones figuring this one out.

The Framers of the Constitution would be in an absolute uproar over this. What an abhorration of our government

Are they going to review that super-late pass interference call in the Miami-Ohio State championship game?