Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mixed blessings

I'm not sure which of the enumerated powers of the Federal Government justifies this:
The political football that is the Bowl Championship Series lands in Congress this week as lawmakers examine whether the system for awarding a national championship is fair...

Several lawmakers are pushing bills on the BCS. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, for example, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a college football game a "national championship" unless it results from a playoff system...President Barack Obama has said he would prefer an eight-team playoff system.

Because, you know, they don't have anything more important1 to be working on...





1 - This is almost a prototypical mixed emotions situation. On the one hand, this is an outrageous usurpation of authority to which Congress has no legitimate claim, there's no philosophical justification for Federal intervention in this issue, and the country certainly faces issues which ought be higher on the priority lists of our elected representatives than the BCS. On the other hand, they're doing less damage when they're grandstanding on issues like this rather than economic issues.

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