Wednesday, December 10, 2008

U.S. House member takes aim at dreaded BCS

I don't know Joe Barton. I'd never heard about him until a few minutes ago. But he's my new hero. Barton is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas. He's the ranking Republican on the House Engergy and Commerce Committee. And he plans to introduce legislation that would make college football get rid of the BCS and adopt a playoff system to determine its national champion. As Marv Albert would say, "Yes!" I'm typically not much of a hater, but I hate the BCS. It's absurd to have computers and pollsters determining the champion in big-time college football.

President-elect Barack Obama has already come out in favor of a playoff system for college football. Two other Reps., a democrat from Illinois and a republican from Texas, are going to co-sponsor Barton's legislation. It will probably take political pressure or legislation to force those who are getting rich off the BCS to get rid of a system that insults the intelligence of college football fans, players and coaches throughout the nation.

We can always hope.

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