The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

May 3, 2009

HERTZEL COLUMN - Congress should stay out of BCS football mess

MORGANTOWN — Ah, what a week this has been.

The banking crisis is over, the economy back operating at full throttle.

The national debt has been erased and the budget back in balance.

Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are turning a profit.

The swine flu has been eradicated.

Everyone in America is getting a $5,000 tax refund and every Sunday has been proclaimed Easter.

As Louis Armstrong once said, “What a wonderful world.”

What’s that? You say that hasn’t happened?

Can’t be. I mean, if all those problems still exist, how is it that Congress could take time this week to look into that great blight upon American life — the BCS football championship — and threaten the collegiate powers that be with legislation unless they change it to a playoff system?

Despite all the problems Congress has to worry about, Congressman Joe Barton introduced a bill aimed at preventing the NCAA from holding a championship game unless it came out of a playoff.

Joe Barton, by the way, is from Texas.

The Longhorns must be loaded next year.

Now what business Congress has trying to regulate the way college football is run borders upon the absurd.

It is football, folks.

A game, a diversion.

And it ain’t broke.

Should there be a playoff? Of course. Anyone who has seen the thrills that are generated each March knows there should be a playoff.

But the public will make that call, not a group of politicians in pinstriped suits or who reside in Utah, where, it seems, Utah and BYU football spend half their time practicing and the other time complaining about being spurned by the BCS.

Personally, it is my belief that Rep. Barton is right. The BCS ought to drop the “C” because it isn’t really a championship. “Call it the BS system,” he said.

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