House of Representatives’ Priorities

We are at war in two different countries.  Our economy is the worst since the Great Depression.  Civil liberties are under assault.  There is a virus traversing the world that may well be the pandemic we all fear.  And what are members of Congress occupied with today?

They want to make sure that the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is “fair”

For those who don’t know, the BCS is a complicated process that attempts to crown a National Champion without breaking the previous bowl system.  So, they feed college football scores into a computer, along with poll rankings.  If you don’t understand the specifics already, I’m afraid you’ll still be clueless after reading this article.  Truth be told, I don’t think anyone understands it.

Don’t get me wrong.  I can rail for days against the BCS.  I hate it.  I think it’s a steaming pile of something that comes out of the back end of a male bovine.  But why is this the government’s responsibility?  Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas has even introduced a bill that will stop the NCAA from calling anyone a “national champion” without a playoff.  It’s funny though that the University of Texas was ranked number 3 in the BCS last season, which means they did not play for the national championship.  I’m sure Rep. Barton would have introduced this legislation regardless of that fact, right?  Anyone?

Yeah…I didn’t buy that one either.

A lot of people want a playoff in college football, and I’m near the top of that list.  Heck, that’s one thing that President Obama and I agree on completely.  But why is this even before Congress?  This is not a Congressional matter, and frankly there are more important things to worry about.  Instead, it seems that Congressional football fans are taking advantage of their positions to influence a sport they love, rather than doing the job they are in Washington and are supposed to do.

Of course, most on Congress don’t really know what they job they’re supposed to do actually is.  I’ll give you a hint:  You swore an oath to “support and defend” this old and important document.  Why don’t you guys give it a shot?


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