Tag:Barack Obama
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:15 am

Barack Obama weighs in on the playoff issue

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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Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:47 pm

VIDEO: Trooper Taylor chest-bumps Obama

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Duting his Auburn team's 2010 run to the national title, Tiger assistant Trooper Taylor became perhaps the most visible wide receivers coach in college football, thanks to all that camera-friendly energy: the nonstop towel-waving, the vehement crowd exhortations, the willingness to chest- or hip-bump any field-departing Tiger player within bumping reach.

So devoted is Taylor to the bump that he apparently couldn't restrain himself even when meeting the Leader of the Free World, as he did at Auburn's visit to the White House yesterday:

There's some suggestion the bump may have in fact been initiated by the nation's Baller-in-Chief, but if so, no doubt it was due to the bump-inducing "bump field" Taylor subconsciously generates around him at all times.

Besides, you can make your own mind up, thanks to this video:

Excellent bump form, Mr. President, sir. To see the official (bump-free) White House video of the event, click here.

HT: The War Eagle Reader.

Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:26 pm

Auburn postpones White House visit

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that hit across five states on Wednesday, the Auburn Tigers have postponed their visit to the White House. The Tigers had been scheduled to visit the White House and President Barack Obama on Friday to celebrate their national championship, but obviously, there are a lot more important things to worry about in the state of Alabama and surrounding areas right now.

There is no word on when Auburn's visit will be rescheduled.

Ironically enough, President Obama will now be making a visit to Alabama to survey the damage caused by numerous tornadoes that have caused at least 249 deaths over a five state area. President Obama has already declared the state of Alabama, the hardest hit by the tornadoes, to be in a state of emergency.

To help out the people of Alabama who have seen their homes and businesses lost due to the storm, text #90999 to "REDCROSS" to make a $10 donation to the relief efforts. 

Photo courtesy of wunderground.com

Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 12:09 pm

Professors ask Justice Dept. to investigate BCS

Posted by Chip Patterson

A group of law and economics professors have pulled together to ask the United State Department of Justice to investigate the BCS antitrust law.

According to the Wall Street Journal , 21 different professionals signed a letter to the DOJ that accuses the BCS of securing access and revenue for its favored members. A copy of the letter was provided to the WSJ , who reported on the professors' argument .

The professors claim that the BCS's control of access to the most important postseason games shields major-conference schools from competition and injures schools in the five non-major conferences, whose champions aren't guaranteed a BCS berth and have never appeared in the BCS title game. Consumers also are being harmed, the professors allege, because college football's lack of a playoff limits output. "Consumers aren't getting what they want," said Dan Rascher of the University of San Francisco.
This is not the first time that efforts have been made to get the government involved with the BCS. Over a year ago the department claimed they were determining whether or not to investigate the BCS, since then there has been no official action taken.

"We have not heard anything from anyone at Justice," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said . "We believe that's because they have concluded that the BCS does comply with the law."

The fairness of the BCS has only come under more heat recently with the firing of Fiesta Bowl president John Junker over allegations of financial improprieties. With more stories leaking out about lavish spending and gifts for BCS bowl officials, the squeaky clean facade of the BCS has been wiped away from their public image.

The Fiesta Bowl scandal is far from completed, and my guess is the events from the last six months may be enough to induce some changes in the structure. But if the BCS' "answer" is to switch out the Fiesta for the Cotton Bowl, there will still be much more work to do before the flaws are fixed. This letter from top law and economics professors won't get the job done alone, but at least it is a start.
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