The Mountain West decides to embrace Satan.

I don’t see how this is going to end well.

Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson visited Capitol Hill on Thursday, part of a two-day lobbying effort to seek changes in the Bowl Championship Series.

Presidents of Mountain West schools agreed to hire a Washington lobbying firm last month to assist in efforts to change how the Football Bowl Subdivision determines a champion, according to league spokesman Javan Hedlund. With Congress in recess this week, Thompson has been meeting with staffers.

Yeah, spending money on lobbyists, the grand old tradition.  Maybe they can apply for a little TARP money while they’re there.

Nothing like a little over the top rhetoric to spice the proceedings up, either.

“We know what we have to do,” said Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, whose staff briefed him on the meeting. “We’re going to have hearings on this. We are not going to back down. The sooner they come up with a playoff system, the better. The BCS is on a death march.”

Money, sold-out games, TV – I should be dying like that.

On the other hand…

“I agree the system is broken,” said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., whose staff also met with Thompson, “(but) as a member of Congress, my first priority right now is finding solutions for our economy.”

When Lynn Westmoreland is the voice of reason on a matter, you know you’ve gotten a bit off track.  Best of luck, gentlemen.


UPDATE: Dennis Dodd also notes this:

In a stunning announcement, Thompson also said his league had not signed the next BCS television deal with ESPN that runs from 2010-13. A formal agreement with the other leagues was reached in November. A source said the other 10 leagues have either signed the agreement or will sign it.


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5 responses to “The Mountain West decides to embrace Satan.

  1. Dog in TN

    Perhaps, this will focus the governments attention on the BCS and they will leave the economy alone. That would be the best remedy for our economy. Of course, it will be the kiss of death for college football. Rock and a hard place.


  2. The Realist

    This cannot end well. This reminds me that you can’t sue your friends… only ex-friends, because once you’ve sued, you are no longer friends. I don’t this scenario playing out where the MWC gets a seat at the Big Boy Table, regardless of the intervention of the self-important puffers in Congress.


  3. Athens95

    “When Lynn Westmoreland is the voice of reason on a matter, you know you’ve gotten a bit off track.”
    Well done.


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  5. Dog in Fla

    Wonder if Lynn (“3 out of 10”) Westmoreland has been able to memorize more than three of the Ten Commandments since his interview with Colbert when Westmoreland was sponsoring legislation to place the Ten Commandments in the House of Representatives and the Senate?

    Probably not. Too busy. His first priority now is trying to find solutions for our economy. His first priority since his 2004 election to the House? Keeping us safe from Democrats.