Circling the bowl -- again

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Judging by what some members of Congress are fixated on these days, America's problems apparently are virtually over.

The economy? Global terrorism? Protecting our borders? Commonsense energy policy? Government corruption? The environment?

All that seems to be in Joe Barton's rear-view mirror. The Texas House Republican still is poking his nose into business where Congress should have no concern -- college football's Bowl Championship Series.

Barton has been flogging this issue for years -- that the BCS is flawed and deprives big-school college football of a genuine national champion crowned through a fair set of playoffs.

True enough. But is really the province of Congress to get involved in the byzantine workings of the BCS?

No. But try telling that to Barton.

He's the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee. In that capacity recently, he called college football officials as witnesses to again tread the worn battleground of this debate.

Now Barton has introduced legislation that would prevent the National Collegiate Athletic Association from calling the BCS title game a "national championship " unless it switched to a playoff system.

"It's like communism," Barton said. "You can't fix it."

Well, the BCS isn't exactly like communism. At least with communism, you know for sure who the winners and losers are.

But not with the BCS, that Bizarro World construct where college football teams with undefeated records can miss out on competing for the national title, while teams that can't even win their own conferences can get a shot.

A 16-team playoff would make so much more sense than the labyrinthine number- crunching that goes into doling out bowl placements. A playoff better ensures that the top teams in the country are pitted against one another, and it naturally would generate more excitement. And it's done on every other level of college football.

Instead, under the current system, we get such gridiron match-ups as Florida Atlantic winning 24-21 over Central Michigan in last season's Motor City Bowl. Who could forget that gripping nail-biter, right? Oh, brother.

A playoff system rightfully would determine a college football champion on the field, not in a voting pool or on a stat sheet.

But that needs to be hammered out by the NCAA, without the meddling of Congress.

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dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/13/09 - 05:51 am
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They're worried about how

They're worried about how much we smoke, how much salt is on our fries, and whether or not we're drinking too much soda. I don't see how this comes as a surprise to anyone. Let's regulate fun! And tack a tax on it too.

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TechLover 05/13/09 - 05:53 am
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A 32 team playoff would be

A 32 team playoff would be better. It would help eliminate the tendency to have certain teams ranked higher due to a bigger conference following, and would allow for all but 3 of the existing bowl games to continue.

shamrock
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shamrock 05/13/09 - 06:33 am
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Congress needs to fix the

Congress needs to fix the economy and not worry about a game! Geezzz .....

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/13/09 - 06:57 am
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The BCS is as goofy as the

The BCS is as goofy as the bowl system and "judging" by the writers. A playoff IS the answer, but that's not the point of this editorial. A congress that has lost it's way is the point. Washing, D.C., need to be emptied and the bureaucrats replaced with people concerned with something other than self enrichment. What are the odds this will happen?

shivas
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shivas 05/13/09 - 07:23 am
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The BCS ranks up there for

The BCS ranks up there for Republicans like gay marriage. Leve them alone, they are trying to find an issue they can be right on. I will, however, support their efforts on reforming the BCS and heading for a play-off system.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 05/13/09 - 08:54 am
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I am sure the College

I am sure the College Football boosters are now hiring lobbists. John Murtha will have every Penn. school in the BCS playoffs next year.

joelee
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joelee 05/13/09 - 09:11 am
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You Ed staff got paper, ink,

You Ed staff got paper, ink, time and obviously nothin' useful to do. I got a acre of sweet corn that needs a side dressin' of soda and hoeing and then you can come back in a couple of weeks and we'll 'lay it by'.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 05/13/09 - 11:18 am
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I do not like the BCS system.

I do not like the BCS system. It does make each and every game count I guess, but still, not a fan. I agree its not something congress needs to worry about though.

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Dan White 05/13/09 - 01:26 pm
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Congress has its nose in

Congress has its nose in everything else. There is no stopping the Federal government's intrusion into every aspect of our lives including managing college football's BCS system of choosing a national champion.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 05/13/09 - 02:25 pm
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Don't worry, Obama will soon

Don't worry, Obama will soon be setting salaries of college football coaches and then he will take care of the bowl system.I think it then will be known as the "Flush Bowl"

jack
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jack 05/13/09 - 03:29 pm
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The BCS ranks up there for

The BCS ranks up there for Republicans like gay marriage. Leve them alone, they are trying to find an issue they can be right on. I will, however, support their efforts on reforming the BCS and heading for a play-off system.
Posted by shivas on Wed May 13, 2009 7:23 AM....kinda like the DIMs pursuit of that all important evil in baseball called steroids?

dont live there anymore
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dont live there anymore 05/13/09 - 06:48 pm
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joelee. You had better get

joelee. You had better get back out to tend your corn. You contribute little to this forum.

mieshel
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mieshel 05/13/09 - 07:52 pm
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TMITM ur answer for every

TMITM ur answer for every situation is OBAMA,, how about new ideas huh? cause that answer is tired.lol

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