I’m in an AP Government class in high school and I was recently asked to choose a topic for an upcoming term paper. The only parameters were that it had to be about a bill that is currently in Congress.
My teacher gave me this great link where we could search current bills by key word or phrase. So, naturally I started searching for something that would actually be interesting to write about.
As an NCAA football enthusiast, the first thing that came to mind was to search college football. And there it was. A single yet beautiful result graced my computer screen, “The College Playoff Act of 2009.”
The purpose of the bill is summarized as “To prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, the promotion, marketing, and advertising of any post-season NCAA Division I football game as a national championship game unless such game is the culmination of a fair and equitable playoff system.”
Naturally, I tried to claim this awesome term paper topic, but my teacher (who was a former walk-on offensive lineman at Notre Dame) turned it down muttering something about education and usefulness (typical Fighting Irish).
Although the bill does not specifically say it, I’m sure everyone can see that the purpose of this law is to completely disband the BCS and have some form of a playoff system.
Whining and complaining didn’t work so we took it to the only institution that can push those BCS committee guys around: the United States Federal Government.
Republican Joe Barton from Texas introduced the Bill (I wonder why?). Barton also took up the responsibility of co-sponsoring the bill along with Representative Bobby Rush from Illinois.
The bill has been sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives. What happens from here remains to be seen.
Now the chances of this bill passing are slim at best. Congress supposedly has bigger and better things to worry about. I guess our economy is in a crisis or something. Who knew?
But why didn’t we think of this before? I mean, the whole purpose of our government is to represent what “we the people” want and based on polls from all over the place, the people definitely want a playoff system.
So, let’s hope this is the beginning of something bigger and that we can build on this until finally the BCS debacle is over.
Anyway, keep your fingers crossed and maybe those guys in Washington can get something REALLY important done this year.