Blog Entry

Orrin Hatches a plan

Posted on: October 21, 2009 8:56 pm
 

Let's see, the first BCS standings came out. Controversy loomed. Next thing you know something called Playoff PAC launches in Washington, D.C. to reform the BCS. Then the BCS commissioners consider hiring a permanent coordinator.

In the middle of the nothingness, Sen. Orrin Hatch asks the Justice Department to look into the BCS.

Nothing will happen on this, people. Nothing. This is another grandstand move from Hatch. Look, we might someday have a playoff. It isn't going to be soon. As I've told you before, President Obama is fighting a war on two fronts, the economy is trying to rebound. This health care thing is more controversial than college football ever will be.

I don't understand Hatch's unnatural obsession with this subject. He has a long and distinguished career. There has got to be something more important to his constituents. No matter what you're opinion is of the BCS, this bluster from Hatch on the BCS has had to grow tiresome.  

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2009 3:32 pm
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

Hey bonehead....Orin Hatch is a super supremely conservative republican....DUH!!!!



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2009 11:30 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

<span><span><span>
;To be clear, Playoff PAC is not advocating that government meddle in the inner workings of a private game. Nobody is asking Congress to legislate narrower uprights or mandate a fifth down. But there are real-world problems that result from the arbitrary and anti-competitive status quo. They need fixing. In an ideal world, the BCS would reform itself. BCS officials have unfortunately demonstrated their unwillingness to respond to overwhelming public sentiment. Regrettably, the BCS will listen only when addressed by a powerful voice: the people speaking through their elected representatives</span></sp
an></span>




Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2009 11:29 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

<span><span><span>
;To be clear, Playoff PAC is not advocating that government meddle in the inner workings of a private game. Nobody is asking Congress to legislate narrower uprights or mandate a fifth down. But there are real-world problems that result from the arbitrary and anti-competitive status quo. They need fixing. In an ideal world, the BCS would reform itself. BCS officials have unfortunately demonstrated their unwillingness to respond to overwhelming public sentiment. Regrettably, the BCS will listen only when addressed by a powerful voice: the people speaking through their elected representatives</span></sp
an></span>




Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2009 10:25 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

Keep the politics out of the sports blog!



Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2009 7:24 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

Ha... Am i mistaken or didn't the Republicans have 8 years to "get the country going in a positive direction"? That turned out gang-busters didn't it? Wake up AvengersGirl....



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2009 6:25 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

You can rag on Bush for all of that and still keep a straight face with all that Obama is doing? He makes Bush look fiscally responsible. Don't get me wrong, though, I don't want Bush back either. I would like to see someone loyal to the founding principles of freedom and limited government. As evidenced by Hatch and the recent Congressional hearings on Steroids in baseball, none of these guys seem to believe in that. These guys can't help themselves because of their egos and constantly feel like they have to be involved in every aspect of our lives. The free market can decide this BCS matter better than any politician can. As soon as they can figure out how to make more money with a playoff than they do now the colleges will go for it.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2009 2:43 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

I have to ask the question, why would anyone want the government involved in this issue?  So they can make it even worse?  I say let this situation resolve itself, the government does not need to get involved.  I do believe there are more important issues for them to resolve anyways, last I checked.



Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2009 1:33 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

I live in SEC country and we have no problem with the current system.  The SEC championship is a national semifinal and all the other teams battle the whole year to be the team to get completely embarrassed by the SEC champ in the "National Title" game.  All joking aside, we need a playoff badly...the excitement and spectacle of it would be huge (I believe a real title game would rival the Super Bowl).  An 8 team playoff including the 6 BCS conference champs and the best 2 two league champions from non-BCS conferences (Boise St. and somebody else).  In my opinion you should not be eligible for the national title if you can not win your own conference.  There are often cases like this year with Alabama and Florida probably being the best two teams in the country but I think why would it be fair to let the loser of that game into the playoff and possibly come back and win the national title without winning their conference.  I think the BCS is a horrible system because every year at least three teams complain that they should have been the one loss team to play for the title...it is garbage.  I am okay with the government getting involved if it gets us diehard college football fans what we want and really need!



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2009 1:21 am
 

Obama needs a victory

Health care and the economy will not going to be Obama's victories.  Legalizing Pot and fixing the Bowl Championship are his best bet.  I can see him sitting in the box smoking a blunt rooting on Utah against Hawaii (Kona Gold, the real hawaiian punch) New Years Day 2011. Go Obama! Go Obama! Go Obama! Great legacy. 




Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2009 12:49 am
 

Orrin Hatches a plan

The most disturbing part about all of this?  The federal government may actually be the only entity that can create a playoff in football.  At this point, the BCS has such control (and so much money) that there is very little that can be done.  Even if a full fledged campaign were launched to implement a system, it would face an uphill battle, as the BCS would fight tooth and nail to resist the system (they want their money).  Right now, the best we can hope for are tweaks to make the system more fair, but a full fledged playoff is a LONG way off.  Even IF the federal government wanted to work this out, it would not be an overnight process.  I think they should keep the BCS and go the "plus one" formula, and even THAT is a little out of the realm of possibility right now.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com