Fri Jun 26 11:39am EDT
Have you now, or have you ever been, a member of a "Big Six" conference? ...
First, there was Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, working straight from "Political Rhetoric 101" to denounce the BCS back in March:
A Senate antitrust panel plans to investigate the fairness of the Bowl Championship Series at the urging of Sen. Orrin Hatch, who argues the system is not only unfair to schools like the undefeated University of Utah, but "un-American."
Next was Texas Rep. Joe Barton, using what seemed like merely a poor choice of words to describe the BCS last month:
"It's like communism, you can't fix it."
Just an unscripted thought caught on camera and taken out of context? Maybe. But Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, reacting Thursday to the apparent death of the Mountain West's bid for BCS reform, picked up the ball from the Congressfolk and ran with it:
"We basically have a system for college football that too closely resembles the old Soviet Presidium," Calhoun said, referring to the policymaking and governing body of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. "You have a seven-member politburo that's decided if you aren't one of those party members, then you're unable to participate."
"You think back to the old Soviet Presidium, and what happened was you told every person, 'Hey, you aren't going to be able to grow a whole lot. We're going to tell you all you can earn.' That was the approach. ... There's a very, very strong resemblance that unfortunately is a part of college football."
Regular readers know I am quite attuned to the insidious effects of the BCS on the beloved sport and as anxious as anyone to see it fall. But have you no humanity, sirs?