Rep. Joe Barton, a U.S. congressman from Texas, is stepping up for Mack Brown, Colt McCoy and all those pissed off fans in the lone-star state.
Barton has decided to take on the Bowl Championship Series, introducing a bill that would abolish the BCS system. This isn’t the first time Congress’ legislation landed in the realm of sports; An inprint was left on baseball with the Mitchell Report, making some change in the process, but is this BCS bill warranted? Sure, the BCS is a faulty system that is incapable of picking the top two teams in the nation, but there is not any illegal action to police here, as there was with steroids in baseball.
An eerie coincidence in the instance is that the congressman happens to be from Texas, the home of the most publicize hosing by the BCS, which happened to the Longhorns when they were bypassed for national championship contention by the same Oklahoma team they defeated 35-45.
My thought is that congress has bigger things on its plate than football right now. A faltering economy, and a host of begging bankers and car companies is where their attention should lye, not with Texas football. Nevertheless, Barton let his feelings on the BCS be heard.
“In some years, the sport’s national championship winner was left unsettled, and at least one school was left out of the many millions of dollars in revenue that accompany the title,” Barton said in a statement. “Despite repeated efforts to improve the system, the controversy rages on.”
While Barton was very vague in his assessment, and didn’t really offer an alternative, to a certain degree, he is right. Something need to be done, but he is very wrong in suggesting congress’ efforts should be placed towards college football and its championship system in such a tumultuous time.
Barton says the bill, which is co-sponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, “will prohibit the marketing, promotion and advertising of a postseason game as a ‘national championship’ football game, unless it is the result of a playoff system.”
USC of 2003, and Auburn of 2004 were cited as championship-caliber teams left out of the national-title picture by the BCS. He made reference to this years undefeated and one-loss teams without implicated himself as a Texas homer.
“This year, we again have two teams with one loss each playing for the ‘championship,’ while two undefeated teams and four additional teams with only one loss will play in bowl games, but none can become ‘champion,’ “