Letter To Congress: Stay Away From College Football

Josh KleinCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2009

I think most of us can agree on at least one thing.  Maybe not.

College football seems incomplete without a playoff.  Nothing too complicated of course, even a silly plus one scenario which is already basically set up by the BCS bowls could be the answer.

But one thing I think should be clear to all college football fans is that it is up to the NCAA to change it, not Congress.

You see America is in a bit of a crisis as of late, if you hadn't noticed.  The economy is withering, the national debt is sky rocketing, and apparently we are also fighting a war in two different countries.

Now don't get me wrong—I love our country, I love our system, and I think it has worked well or at least been serviceable enough to get this country through drastic times like World War One and Two, the Great Depression, and oh yeah, the '60s.

There is a time and a place for Congress to step in and fix things in our country like health-care, civil rights, or social security.

That being said, and with all due respect, I must take a stand on at least one issue here. 

Congress, stay out of college football. 

Don't you have something better to do, like maybe fix the hundreds of things that are wrong in our economy and society?

It seems that while this country is trying to pass a highly controversial health-care bill and trying to figure out how to provide jobs for thousands of people that are unemployed and at the same time trying to deal with a massive debt to the world, they want to stick their noses in college football's business.

It has been reported that they are hoping to pass a bill that states, "No championship may be decided in any sport without the use of a playoff system," or something to that affect.

That's right—our United States Congress so loves its football that it is going to push real issues aside and focus on fixing college football.

When I heard this, the first thing that came to my mind was, "Are you serious?"  Then a picture of President Obama filling out a bracket entered it.

It gave me shudders.

Fans, players, and the media know that a playoff system would be preferable, but is it really a matter of national concern at the congressional level?  Can college football go on without congress meddling to keep it alive?

Of course it can!

To think that the people that are supposed to be making decisions on health care are the same people that want to provide college football with a playoff system seems absurd to me.  Why don't you stick to your wheel house?

Who's going to filibuster that congressional meeting?  Urban Myer, Nick Saban, anyone?

What a joke.

The problem I have with Congress getting involved is this: where would we draw the line?

Would Congress also be able to review all the on-field rules and judge whether or not a horse-collar tackle should be legal?

Would Congress come out with their own poll at the end of the year to provide for that precious playoff system?

Or to my personal interest, would they review the ending of the Big 12 Chamionship game and declare Nebraska the winner?

But seriously, is it really something we need to have so much that we need to take time away from solving REAL problems?

Is the BCS as big of a mess as S.S.?

You see as far as I can tell, playoff system or not, people will be watching college football.  There will be national champions named and tweaks will be made to the system to make it more "fair."

Someday a Nebraska will beat a Texas, and a TCU will play an Alabama for a national title, and we'll all rejoice because a non-automatic qualifier got their shot.

Maybe someday there will be a playoff system, maybe someday we will have a system without controversy.

Yeah right.

Do you realize that if we have a four-team playoff people will clamour for a six—a six and people will want an eight? 

So on and so forth.

Look at NCAA basketball.  Sixty-five teams get into the big dance tournament and still they want to add thirty more because each year people whine about not getting in.

And it's okay to whine.  You are cheering for that team, you want them to have a shot, but it shouldn't change anything.  And it certainly shouldn't get the government involved.

The BCS may not be perfect, it may not even be good, but it's been good enough with a few tweaks here and there. 

A playoff system may be needed but not so much as to get the government to order it so.

I know people will say that college football is a multi-billion dollar industry that the government should be concerned about.

My answer: why?

Whether they get involved or not it is going to be a multi-billion dollar industry; nothing is going to change that save for another world war.

Why does Congress need to be involved with anything that's sports related unless it breaks the law?

The most involved I want my congressman to be in college football is at his alma-mater's game sipping on a soda in the luxury suite.

Congress, stay out of it.  You have more important things to worry about, at least I hope.


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