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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: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:26 pm
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Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:57 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

I just threw up. It happens sometimes when I see his name.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:55 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

    Shut up.

Thank you,

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:49 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Dear Mr. President:
For once, I agree with you on something. College football needs a playoff. Every other sport determines its champion with a playoff and it's high time college football entered the 20th century (much less the 21st). Now, with that being said:

Don't open your mouth about this anymore, please. Everything you touch turns to crap. You've accomplished the impossible feat of inheriting a bad economy and made it worse. You constantly try to divide Americans on the basis of class and race. America's reputation on the world stage is at an all-time low. Hopefully in January 2013, you will again be a private citizen and we can rebuild America from the disaster of the last 12 years (see, I'm not being partisan).

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:45 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

What about $4 - $5 Gas. Why is Oboma talking about PLAYOFFS - PLAYOFFS.  College sports are changing all the time. So what is the current system will be different in the future. I ask you Bill Simons "What is Oboma going to do about Jobs, Gas prices and the Wars?"

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:41 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

The last thing that our President needs to worry about is footbal.  He needs to be like the majority of us and not use his leverage to get what he wants because its not going to work for football, just like it hasn't worked for our country.  College footbal will do what is best with college football.  You don't see college football messing with the government happenings.  The last thing fans need is for the president to get involved with college football.  Spend more time on finding out why our gas prices are skyrocketing Mr. President.  While your at it, try to help those military members who you keep cutting and cutting back on!  Working more with less is getting kind of OLD!

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:57 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

I think that POS POTUS should stay out of college football, and atheltics altogether, before he screws this up like he has everything else he touched.  And, if it didn't work out.....he would just blame ol' GW and those "obstructionist" Republicans or the Tea Party monsters. 

Hey...OB.....keep your opinions to yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Don't mess with my college football like you have the economy and the healthcare system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 3:10 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Amazing, finally something I can agree with the POTUS on, I too would like to see an 8 team playoff, but will take a 4 team one as a good start.  

As much as I yearn to see a playoff system, make no mistake it does no better job of determing a national champion then the current system.  Take the team named in the article, the New York Gints, both this past year and in what, 2007?  At the end of the regular season few if any would have said they were the best team in the NFL, yet they got hot (and healthy) at just the right time and went on a playoff run.  It made for some great playoff games and I loved it (well I was pulling for the Pats in the 'Bowl) but are they truly the best team of 2011, I don't think so, just the 2011 champs.  

Still a playoff with the top 16 teams in the country would be a wonderful thing to behold at the end of each college season!!  

Now, like the rest of you said, POTUS get back to work!!  Or in your case have you ever really started since you were elected, how many vacations at taxpayer's expense?  


Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:17 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

Yes - there are 11 conferences.  6 of them are BCS, which only leaves 5 votes.  If the ACC and Big East can't see the writing on the wall that only the SEC, Big 10+2, Pac 12 and Big 12-2 will have a spot in this thing every year and get on board with the other non-bcs conferences and insist everyone get an invite, then they deserve to be fodder along with the others.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:30 pm

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

I agree the BCS is broken and was broken the day this mess was started. But I have a simple question for you.....

If there are 11 conferences, how come all 11 conferences are not represented in this "playoff" fix???

Yes the Sun Belt conference is not the SEC. Yes the MAC is not the Big 10.

But why don't all conferences have a say in this system?

Look at March Madness over the past few years Butler 2 years in a row, VCU, George Mason just to name a few off the top of my head.

In my opinion, every conference should have an equal voice in whatever system comes out of this.

If your team is not part of the process yet in the same division, wouldn't you have a say in it?


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