Ask not what the BCS can do for you, ask what you can do to the BCS.

Senator Orrin Hatch, mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore, is firing with both barrels:  July 7th hearings on the BCS in front of the Senate Antitrust Committee on which he sits and a “Why I Fight” piece he wrote that appears in today’s Sports Illustrated.

He sounds pretty fired up.

Hatch notes the sentiment for a college football playoff and writes that “almost anything would be better” than what the BCS has in place now.

Hmmm… I wonder if that would include ditching the BCS in its entirety and going back to the old system.  Hey, that did get dear ‘ol BYU a national championship in 1984!

Nah, probably not.  Because as much as he keeps talking about playing for the title, he keeps looking at all that money.

“Every team from a preferred conference automatically receives a share from an enormous pot of revenue generated by the BCS, even if they fail to win a single game,” Hatch wrote. “On the other hand, teams from the less favored conferences are guaranteed to receive a much smaller share, no matter how many games they win.”

And that, my friends, ain’t right.  If those heartless commie bastards that run the BCS won’t voluntarily share the wealth, well, then, by God, good conservatives like Orrin Hatch will just have to do something about that.

If “those with the power to reform the system” don’t do so voluntarily, Hatch writes, then “legislation may be required to ensure that all colleges and universities receive an equal opportunity.”

All I can say is that it’s a damned shame the BCS doesn’t control Wall Street.   Or the health insurance companies.


UPDATE: Judging from this, I’m sure the WAC would like to see Senator Hatch move things along.


UPDATE #2: This is a fun read.  Especially this part:

That’s been the problem all along. The BCS system is the natural outgrowth of college athletics’ essential stance to the outside world — one hand outstretched to hold the cash, one hand held aloft with the middle finger prominent.

Even the fight against the BCS, feeble though it’s been, has been fought by Orrin Hatch, the senior senator from Rice-Eccles Stadium, solely because his state school, Utah, was the latest one to get jobbed by the system. Otherwise, he’d be a loyal Republican and defend the BCS’ right to strangle the competition as part of doing business in a capitalist system.

If Hatch were serious, he’d actually be trying to strip college athletics of its power to hide behind the tax laws, or force it to be run as a separate entity outside the protection of the university, or find other ways to slap the system out of its institutional and extra-ethical arrogance.

But no, he just wants his favorite school to be a greater beneficiary of the currently corrupt system, and so does Calhoun. In other words, the Mountain West folks are not reformers, they’re just failed candidates without the throw-weight or interest to help overthrow the system. They just want their place at the trough.


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14 responses to “Ask not what the BCS can do for you, ask what you can do to the BCS.

  1. Dog in Fla

    Inside the Beltway, Antitrust and Football Capitol of the World, D.C. –

    Dapper Dan U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the ranking Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Panel, looks admiringly in the mirror, adjusts his ascot and straightens the hankie in his Armani suit coat. He along with his trusted compadre brothers in arms, Obama (D-Basketballer), Utah AG Shurtleff (Opportunist-UT) and Representative Joe Barton (Alamo Bowl-TX), prepare to declare WWIII on the BCS, a battle for money that they will likely lose because none of them have any idea of what monetary warfare is like in the South. Many think Barton is no more than a mole for Mack Brown, no fan of Sabin or Meyer.

    Obama feels more confident about his odds in taking out the BCS compared to his odds in trying to whip the ass of the banking and health insurance monopoly congolomerates, which along with other big business monopolies, as Obama has learned, govern the United States of America, him, Hatch, Shurtleff and Barton and everyone else.

    As the ranking Republican member of the Antitrust Panel, Hatch and his fellow antitrust committee members are very well rested, having had an open date of eight years of not lifting a finger since the filing of the U.S. v. Microsoft antitrust trial in 1998 and wrapping up the settlement thereof in 2001 or doing anything whatsoever to enforce any antitrust law of any sort during the eight years of the Bush occupation while banking and insurance consolidated their respective gains to govern the country.

    Swofford and the BCS think that the Antitrusters will be rusty having had no game or practice experience during their long open date and will not even have any coherent offensive scheme to implement their spread communist gameplan by taking money from the football factories that earn it and giving it to the wanna-be football factories that have not earned it. Swofford is having his receptionist draft an Anti-Bailout Memo and as his ‘nuclear option’ has a last resort plan of filing a bankruptcy petition on behalf of the BCS and has opened negotiations with Fiat to take over the BCS and turn it into a soccer league to completely kill all the revenue just to show the wanna-be’s.

    Swofford is considering bringing on board the Chairman of the Alamo Bowl who has more than a little axe to grind with Barton.

    Swofford also intends to bring Jimmy Sexton, whose nomination of BCS Czar has been filibustered, and Huntley Hog Johnson, a highly successful criminal defense attorney and close friend of the States Attorney in lovely Hogtown Gainesville, Florida, with him as counsel for the first go-round with the Antitrust Panel on July 7.


  2. Senator, this keeps bumming me out. When did conservatives become socialist? He keeps harping on the belief that there’s an anti-trust issue but his argument always ends with the inequities of the money distribution.

    I’ll continue to make my same point (which BTW I’ve written a letter to both US Senators for Georgia imploring them to talk to Mr. Hatch) in that if money is his issue then he needs to just stop. Until the WAC or MWC can consistently fill 80K+ sized stadiums, sell millions of dollars of merchandise, or have TV execs foaming at the mouths to pay tons of money for the rights to broadcast games; his argument is invalid. Perhaps he should reference Stewart Mandel to find out what the people of Montana think about Utah.


  3. Mike In Valdosta

    Wonder what the payout was for that Holiday Bowl…

    Part of me thinks this has something do do with Corch winning 2 of the last 3 after leaving Utah.


  4. sUGArdaddy

    Senator, you heard the rumblings about the Dawgs opening at Michigan in 2010? Right now, just some UM blogs are talking about it.


  5. RedCrake

    Notice the slow language transition that is occurring in these passages. The SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-10, Big East, and Big 12 are no longer “POWER” conferences…now they are “Preferred” conferences.

    Orrin Hatch you sneaky bastard.


  6. The Realist

    Bailout greedy bastards on Wall Street? Okay. Socialize my medicine? I’ll accept that. Have same-sex relations in a men’s room? Who hasn’t? But, tinker with my college football?! This aggression will not stand, man.

    Orrin Hatch, sir, I wish you nothing but bee enemas and a sandy vajay-jay for the rest of your breathing days, which I hope, for your sake, are short considering the bee enemas and all.

    In all seriousness… am I the only one that finds it amusing that the second linked article also includes an approval rating poll that finds a 54.7% DISAPPROVAL rating for Congress? More than half(!) of those polled disapprove of the job Congress is doing, yet the “good” Senator is convening hearings on the legitimacy of the BCS. When do we get to call hearings on the legitimacy of Congress?


    • November 2010, my friend.


    • Dog in Fla

      No can do because of application of the Jesus Loves the Little Children Set Theory Rule, an absolute given that the Venn diagrams of Legitimacy and Congress shall never intersect sung to the tune of:

      Big Money loves up on all the little Congresspeople,

      All the little Congresspeople in the world,

      Red and yellow, black and white, Big Money loves up on all the little Congresspeople,

      All are precious in Big Money’s sight,

      Big Money loves up on all the little Congresspeople in the world,

      Until you can ante up like Big Money, you’ll get no lovin’ from any of the Congresspeople no matter how low their approval rating go.


  7. sUGArdaddy

    Yes, something would have to be worked out with Colorado. We have to have another home game that year.