Some Republicans in the Congress want the federal government to manage the college football BCS (Bowl Championship Series) system. Lord help us if they get their way! Can you imagine turning the college football national championship process over to the people who have brought us a $12 trillion national debt, the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle, TSA, billion-dollar bailouts, and so much more?
Yet, here we are in the middle of an economic crisis at home and several brewing crises abroad, and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Rep. Joe Barton of Texas are pushing for the federal government to declare the BCS in violation of federal anti-trust laws and be forced to replace the current system with a federally-mandated playoff series. Sen. Hatch took the lead at an official Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday to “investigate” the BCS.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of the current BCS system either. I don’t buy into this notion that you can plug a bunch of data into a computer, toss it around electronically with a fancy algorithm, and — presto! — you have a verifiable, undisputable “best team” in the nation. That’s nonsense. And, sometimes I agree wtih the results the BCS Brainiacs come up with, and sometimes I don’t.
But this is where I part ways with Sen. Hatch and Rep. Barton (who is pushing this notion in the House) – the solution is NOT to get the feds involved. Why Republicans and Democrats alike continue to think that the federal government is the solution to problems, is beyond me; and with regard to rating college football teams, I can think of no entity less capable of rendering meaningful decisions in this arena, including even what form the rating system should take, than federal bureaucrats. You can also guarantee that if the feds were to become involved, the playoff system would cost taxpayers millions (perhaps even billions) of dollars.
By the way, I am a Southern Cal graduate (BA, 1970); and I vote for USC as the Number 1 team in the nation.