Good intentions and that well-traveled road to hell

Another courageous politician, Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., the incoming chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, intends to take a look at the BCS in the hopes of motivating D-1 football towards a full-blown playoff.

“Nobody questions the Super Bowl. The team that wins is the best team that year. I think we can do the same thing at the college level where once it’s over there is no questions about who is No. 1 and who is No. 2.”

“I really feel that you can’t leave it as is,” Towns said. “Right now, if you ask what the No. 1 team is, a lot of people would say USC. Others would say Texas and if you ask anybody in the state of Utah, they would say their team was the best. I want to get a system that has credibility.”

Doc Saturday notes that, considering the Congressional committee involved here, the likelihood that this will degenerate into little more than grandstanding is fairly high (although he thinks this is more evidence that the good ship BCS is taking on more water than it can handle and stay afloat).

Maybe yes, maybe no.  But here’s what I want to know.  Let’s say the politicians succeed in imposing a playoff on D-1 football.  After the cheers from the adoring multitudes fade, will anyone have considered the dark side of this sort of political manipulation?  Does something like this help bring that question into focus?

I hear it’s a bitch to get camels’ noses out of tents.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Political Wankery

9 responses to “Good intentions and that well-traveled road to hell

  1. Heyberto

    With everything our politicians need to be concerned with, if any in my jurisdiction get in the middle of trying to tackle College Football Playoffs, they’ll be losing some votes in the next election. I can’t believe anyone would seriously waste their time with this…


  2. RedCrake

    Just when I think Jesse Jackson can’t get any batshit crazier…


  3. Boy, I’m glad we’ve defeated terrorism, fixed out of control government spending, reformed the tax code, repaired the economy, stopped illegal immigration, and got beer sold on Sundays so our politicians can finally focus on college football. I was worried they might run out of important platforms to run on.


  4. Ally

    Let me get this straight, he’s the incoming Chairman on the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform. That’s rich.

    Nice to see the government apparently isn’t in need of much reforming. Change we can believe in folks!


  5. The Realist

    How does the BCS negatively impact the country? I understand steriods in baseball to a limited degree, because it is in the best interest of the country as a whole to not have superstar athletes passively promoting the illegal use of drugs. But, how, exactly does having a bowl system versus a playoff system negatively impact the citizenry?

    I think the BCS is good for the country. It creates jobs. Not only are bowl representatives well paid, but somebody has to manufacture those ridiculous blazers they wear. Jobs, people. The BCS creates jobs. Do playoff representatives wear ridiculous blazers? I think not. Case closed.


  6. Red

    Save the Blazers!


  7. Dog in Fla

    No, no, no Rep. Towns (D-NY)!

    The team that wins the playoff is not necessarily, “the best team that year.”

    That team is, however, the better team in the final game of the tournament. See, e.g., NCAA Final Four and Super Bowl (especially last year’s).

    And what do they know about college football in New York, anyway? West Point, the ‘Cuse, Buffalo?


  8. Dog in TN

    These jerks in congress will do anything to make the masses happy. “Let’s make people happy with a playoff in college football.” Did you notice rep Towns did not mention Fl as a national champion?


  9. Joe

    The BCS is negatively impacting the Nation; The Government isn’t getting any of the money! (Note laced with thick sarcasm)
    Wow now if the Government can focus in on, I don’t know…fixing all the problems THEY created, then maybe when their done with that, they could dabble in college football.