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.