09 December 2009

Playoffs 2: The Playoffs go to Congress

ESPN | Lester Munson | U.S. House of Representatives readies for hearing on football playoff bill

Federal legislation that could lead to a college football playoff tournament will move a step closer to reality on Wednesday in a hearing before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will consider a bill that would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit any bowl game from calling itself a 'national championship' unless the game is 'the final game of a single elimination post-season playoff system.' The subcommittee is expected to vote on the proposal on Wednesday after a line-by-line consideration of the bill.
Jesus wept.

Are you kidding me? Can anybody honestly say this is relevant business for the United States Congress? What's next, committee hearings on roughing the passer?

As if this was any of Congress' business, establishing a playoff wouldn't make the situation any better.

The article goes on to quote Matthew Sanderson, "a founder of Playoff PAC, a political action committee aimed at electing members of Congress who favor a playoff system." This is a joke, right? This guy actually believes opinions about choosing the nominal champion of an amateur sports league is the relevant criteria for selecting congressmen. I love college football, but GROW UP.

You want to get lobbyists out of Washington? Then have Washington meddle in less shit. Boom. Done.

(Via Curunir @ Distributed Republic)

PS Inspired by that insipient bullshit from Alan Kaufman earlier today, I'm now keeping a list of public figures I do not trust. My general guideline is that if I ever see these people running away from something I will immediately make haste in the opposite direction. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), the sponsor of this asinine foolishness about the BCS, is the next addition to the list. When I have some more people on there — which shouldn't take long — I'll assemble a running master list. In the meantime, the People Never to Trust tag will do.


  1. As a leftist--and therefore one moderately less suspicious of Government Involvement in Stuff and as an avowed football fan ...I can say without qualm that this is entirely asinine even to me.

  2. That's comforting. Good to know it isn't confined to libertarian cranks like myself.