By Katie Kieffer
It must be nice to be president. I thought it would be a stressful job in this economy with consumer confidence at an all-time low, our country at war, a swine flu pandemic and multiple national security threats. Apparently I was wrong.
With 32 newly-appointed “czars” to help run the country, President Obama appears to have ample time on his hands for more serious issues like whether NCAA football should convert from a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system to an eight-team college football playoff system.
Is President Obama an expert on football? No. Is football in the constitution under “executive powers”? No. Is Obama feeling political pressure from a certain Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to look into the playoff system? Yes. Hatch is bent out of shape because, under the current BCS system, his school, the University of Utah, doesn’t have an automatic bid to participate in the top-tier bowl games.
Hmmm. Might there be some, cough, bias involved here? If Obama has so much “weight to throw around,” as he tells 60 Minutes in the video below, why does he seem so intimidated by Fox News? A friendly Nerf football summit invite from Sean Hannity shouldn’t cause our President to withdraw in trepidation.
The NCAA already has many layers of leadership and it doesn’t need politicians trying to jump into its kitchen. It’s one thing for the President to state his opinion on college football, but it’s another thing for him to try to use his authority to control it. What is the point of Jim Delany’s role as Big Ten Conference commissioner if politicians with pet teams get to call the shots?
Obama told 60 Minutes, “I don’t know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this.” It might be true that he doesn’t personally know a single serious fan of college football who doesn’t want an eight-team system. However, I personally know many serious college football fans that support the existing BCS system.
The President tries to make it sound like a switch from the BCS system to a playoff system is a no-brainer. It’s more complicated than that and many serious fans are in favor of the current system, where each and every game matters. The existing college football system yields the most meaningful regular season in all of sports. Each and every week there is a wide variety of meaningful games to watch. The biggest disadvantage to a playoff system is that it would diminish the regular season and college football wouldn’t be as enjoyable to watch.
Watch these two videos. ESPN almost always is politically neutral on their T.V. shows, so the passion and debate shown here is unusual. Decide for yourself whether President Obama and other elected officials should get involved and try to control the college football championships. Haven’t we given politicians enough control over our lives already? I’d like to keep my beer and football untouched, thank you.