Friday, May 1, 2009

Congress and College Football

This just in from the AP:

Members of Congress are interested in learning more about the Bowl Championship Series and whether it is a fair way of choosing a college football champion.

This is wrong on so many levels.

First of all, Congress being interested in anything besides themselves is unusual. I was friends with a congressman from Florida who, when running for office, told me he would only serve one term. I laughed. He served eight terms. The entire time he was in office he was running for re-election.

Then, Congress actually wants to learn something. "More" is an intruiging choice here since Chief the golden retriever knows more about the BCS than members of Congress ever will.

They are interested in learning more about the Bowl Championship Series. The BCS is an absolute trainwreck of a system for choosing a National Champion. It would be much simpler at the end of football season to kick Ohio State to the curb because they're going to lose no matter their record or ranking, choose the best team from the Pac-10 because they're so arrogant, let the best team from the SEC whip their surfer asses, and take the trophy home to Athens.

Congress is interested in learning if the Bowl Championship Series is a fair way of determining a national championship.

When's the last time anything that came out of Washington was fair?

My mom, bless her heart, is retired and on a fixed income. (Actually, it's a broken income, but there's not enough space here to fix it.) She's looking forward to her stimulus check this month. She asked me if I was getting anything, and I told her absolutely. But what I'm getting isn't fit to print. It reminds me of that Jerry Reed classic, "She Got The Gold Mine, I Got The Shaft".

If Congress knew fair, they'd pass the Fair Tax. They don't do fair, they do politics.

Someone once said, "If pro is the opposite of con, does that mean Congress is the opposite of progress?"

Bear Bryant knew fairness was closely akin to common sense. He showed fairness when, at the 1979 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in Nawlins, he allowed then-ABC commentator Jim Lampley (he of "what's he doing here?" fame) to ask a pre-game question. Lampley's question, fairly asked:

"Coach Bryant, I notice you're not wearing your famous houndstooth-checked hat tonight. Can you tell our audience why?"

The Bear, looking down at Short-Stack, replied: "My mama told me never to wear a hat in the house." Then he walked away.

Fairness and common sense meet at a football game. For the National Championship. In the Southeast, just like it should be.

Amen. Y'all in Washington keep seeking to learn about fairness, get some common sense, and stay away from college football.

1 comment:

Michael Ruffin said...

Besides, they don't have anything more important to deal with....