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Legislating College Football

I moved to the Dallas metro area a little more than four years ago. Driving past the behemoth high school football stadiums and listening to horror stories of seven-year-olds suffering broken bones during practice reminds me just how important football is to sports fans in this state. With the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs hailing from just down the road in Forth Worth, and the currently maligned Dallas Cowboys located even closer, it’s difficult to go a day without hearing the sport mentioned.

It should come as no surprise, then, when I hear that Republican Representative Joe Barton, of Texas, is sponsoring a bill to change how the college football champion is crowned. The bill’s co-sponsor is Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush, and part of their argument is that teams like the aforementioned TCU do not get a fair shot at the title.

Really? We’re going to ask our elected officials to spend time on this?

Although the bill passed a House subcommittee on Wednesday with bipartisan support, it “still faces steep odds,” according to the Associated Press report.

That’s a relief.

But, still, it’s sad that it took meddling in college football’s business to bring the political parties together. Rep. John Barrow, D-Georgia, said it best in that same AP article, “With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on.”

Here’s hoping that the House subcommittee is the last group to pass this bill.

(set to auto-publish at 8 a.m. CT)

3 Responses to Legislating College Football

  1. Man, sports is such a religion down there, it amazes me. Don’t get me wrong, we sure do like our hockey, but there are extremes for which one has to travel to America to see.

    (I am reminded suddenly of the CBC poll that was done last year for the Greatest Ever Canadian, and one of the 10 finalists was Don Cherry, an iconic Canuck hockey fella. Methinks I criticised too soon!)

  2. Just plain nuts… we should get our money back for wasted time.

  3. Hmm.. I got it.

    Why not stop all sporting events completely in the US until we’re at peace with the world. Even better, until everyone is back to work and there’s no unemployment at all. Even best, until there’s nobody homeless, no healthcare crisis, or need for hospitals because everyone’s healthy.

    Yes, I’m being facetious, but where do we draw the line, and who gets to draw it?

    The problem is, the constituents of these elected officials ARE football fans, and want a fair play-off for national champions in Collegiate Football.
    Currently, there is no fair way to find out who is the national champions of College Football as there is in say, Basketball. Understand that football, especially down South, is BIG business. It creates many jobs, and is a lifestyle for some people, just as Soccer is in Europe.

    IMHO, yes, they should work on this, but more so they should tell the NCAA to figure out how to make it work and get back into more important things.

    Have a wonderful Friday all!


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