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.
MORGANTOWN — Ah, what a week this has been.
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HERTZEL COLUMN: NCAA football is thriving in the digital age
The other day Baylor football coach Art Briles walked into his graduate assistants’ office and had to laugh at what he saw.
“There’s five guys sitting in there — a couple of GA’s and some office personnel — and they all are within a foot and a half of each other and not a one of them is talking to each other,” Briles said, describing the scene “Every one of them is on the phone.”
O’Brien leads WVU baseball past Marshall
Catcher Cam O’Brien made a bid at becoming only the second West Virginia University player to hit for the cycle as the Mountaineers jumped on Marshall early and routed their in-state rival, 10-3, behind strong pitching from Corey Walter and a pair of relievers.
HERTZEL COLUMN- WVU faithful again have a reason to root against Vick
It would be one final indignation, that’s what it would be if Michael Vick were to beat out Geno Smith and win the starting quarterback job with the New York Jets.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Luck open to WVU fans’ suggestions
West Virginia’s fans have spoken, perhaps not verbally but nonetheless have had their voices heard, over the past few years as attendance has fallen at the Mountaineers’ football and basketball games.
Mountaineers ready for slate of rivalry games
Looking to put together a late-season run to get into the NCAA championships, West Virginia faces a pair of midweek rivalry games in a crucial five-game week coming off winning two of three games at Oklahoma.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Summer, Alabama will be used to get WVU’s mind right
The ink had barely dried on the final reports out of West Virginia’s spring practice when thoughts turned forward toward the lazy, hazy days of late summer, days that will bring us into football season with a game that can either change the entire image of WVU football or sour it even further.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Watson tees off a new century at The Greenbrier
You knew this was going to be one of those unpredictable, memorable days when you drove into the Greenbrier Resort and headed to the Old White Golf Course and found the best parking place in the joint.
As Bob Uecker would say, right there in the front rooooow.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules
At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing
The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.
Bussie looks forward to WNBA
On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.
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