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Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:15 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

After being elected President in 2008, Barack Obama mentioned that he might use his power to push college football toward a playoff system. A little over three years later, here we are with a plus-one seemingly headed our way shortly, though you can't give the President credit for getting it done.

Though he is aware of the winds of change in the sport, as President Obama sat down for an interview on Bill Simmons' podcast, The B.S. Report, and the playoff subject was broached.
BS: Tell me about the college football playoff system that you once upon a time pushed for.

Obama: Looks like — I hear there’s talk that they’re going to at least start maybe with a four-team playoff, which —

BS: So you’re happy about this?

Obama: Well, I’d rather see it eight teams, but four is a good place to start. I think that gets us on the right trend. Nothing is more frustrating than at the end of the season, nobody knows who won. And what, there is some poll? Coaches make a decision? Nobody knows what that means. Because part of what makes sports great, part of what makes March Madness great, the NFL playoffs great, is every once in a while something happens during the playoffs that shows the character of a team.

Look at the Giants this year. Nobody would have picked them. They wouldn’t have been crowned as champions if you had a coaches' poll at the end of the year. But they made the plays when it counted. 
Well, while the President might like to see the playoff at eight teams right now, not many others do. Which is fine with me. I've long been a proponent of college football having a playoff, and if the conferences are only willing to give me a four-team playoff, that's fine with me. I'll take what I can get.

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Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:31 am

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

I remember Mr. OBammy spouting support for a playoff system during the last presidential election year acting as if he could do something about it if we elected him, HA! You like sports Mr. OBammy? Then I have a phrase you will recognize, "ONE AND DONE"!

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:51 am
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:35 am

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

I clearly remember a time when one of the criticisms of President Nixon was that he never quite seemed to fit in with other folks as easily as do so many politicians. More and more, I look back nostalgically on those olden days. We knew not how good we had it. This guy seems to imagine himself welcome everywhere. No matter how much nearby flesh is frantically trying to make a discrete get-away, this President doesn't get the message. How much longer must I hum the "Barney" theme song to drown out the sounds of his self-regard?

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:44 am

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Amusing all the idiots who say he shouldn't be wasting his time talking about football and he should be working on the economy. While we are at it, he should not be allowed to sleep, go to the bathroom, or eat until he fixes it because after all it only takes one person to fix the economy.  How many of you who make these type of comments work for a company that is not doing well? Maybe you shouldn't be allowed to watch football, have an opinion about anything non-work related until you get your company profitable again.  Idiots.

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:25 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

I appreciate his opinion on college football playoffs.  In fact, his opinion on sports is the highlite of his presidency and I can't help but think that he missed his calling.  He would be so much more effective as the potentate of the NCAA than President of the United States.  Sarcasm aside; WHY is his opinion even a sports story?  I only linked to the story so I could comment because his opinions on ANYTHING rank ZERO on my give-a-sh!t-o-meter and I wanted to say so.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:34 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Its important that the regular season still means something in college football because without that, the rivalries will mean squat.  UNC will play Duke on Saturday in basketball to decide the ACC title (they're TIED).  But what does it mean?  Squat.  The winner will get the top seed in the ACC tournament.  The loser will get the 2nd seed.  They will both be favored in every game until the ACC finals where they'll probably play each other again...for squat.  The winner of that game will get a top seed, the loser will get a 2nd seed somewhere else, where both teams will be favored until the regional finals.  Boy, these regular season and ACC tournament games mean a lot to basketball, eh?

I'm fine with a four team playoff.  I'd can honestly say that nobody can tell if the top ranked team is really better than the 4th ranked team (being 100% sure) since they rarely play each other during the regular season.  But in no way do I want to see a team get lucky/hot at the right time to negate a season where they didn't deserve the championship, and no I don't like the idea of the Giants (who were OUTSCORED DURING THE REGULAR SEASON) getting the Lombardi trophy.  Vince must have been rolling in his grave.  I can see that old clip now with him on the sidelines saying "what the is going ON around here!?!?!?"

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:28 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

I beg to differ sir....I don't believe George Washington or Abe Lincoln took a vacation every other week.

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:10 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

He's taken the same amount of vacations as the REST of our Comander in Chiefs. The have a SPECIFIC amount of days to be in the white house same as you and I have with a work schedule M-f. Same as the kids across the country they go to school 180 days. Hes the MOST watched Pres of all time with all this media coverage now adays that when he sneezes its news. But as far as vacations hes done the same as every one before him.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:31 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Possibly he is trying to nail down his next career. Deciding between the PGA tour, hooking up with an NBA team, or maybe a college football coaching gig? Boundless ego. Hope his choice will come this year and not four years from now. In any event, keeping the officials and stadium help busy for a few extra games will help the unemployment rate if he adds a few zeroes after the actual numbers,

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:31 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Who cares what he prefers?  His opinion on the state of college football is of NO import to me.  I guess if he is busy thinking about football, he can not be introducing any more of his devastating economic policies.

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