The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


October 22, 2009

The reality is, BCS not government’s business

I am very upset about something and I want the government to intervene.

I don’t think the competition is fair, I think there is collusion going on, not to mention possible federal antitrust violations.

There is big money involved with this particular event, a competition with which our nation has become obsessed, and I think the cash is being doled out unfairly.

There have been competitive disadvantages, there are inequities in the system and there has been subjective judging of the various competitors’ merits.

Furthermore, I do not believe we should lower the standards of legal and ethical behavior simply because some dismiss this competition as unimportant. The essence of the free market is competition.

The government needs to do something, now.

No, this is not another rant against college football’s Bowl Championship Series, this is about something really important — “Dancing With the Stars.” I’m devastated Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin was voted off the dance floor, or the island, or whatever.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, however, cares much more about the BCS than DWTS. The good senator has launched another volley in his seemingly endless battle with the system that decides major college football’s national champion.

Some of the above statements are lifted directly from a letter Hatch sent to President Obama this week, an exhaustive 10-page missive detailing the faults and foibles of the nearly unfathomable system that annually determines which major college football team is the best in the land.

Hatch, of course, still is smarting because his beloved Utah Utes were left out of last year’s BCS title game, despite being undefeated.

He can rail on about antitrust violations all he likes, but he’s just steamed because his team was shunned.

To which I say, get over it. Life isn’t fair. Deal with it. Maybe Utah was the best team in college football last year, maybe not. In the end it doesn’t really matter.

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