Government Reform

Putting the "Pig" in Pigskin


So, what's the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights up to these days? Maybe looking into the competition-distorting consequences of throwing, I dunno, $170 billion-plus at a single insurance company? The are-you-kidding-me antitrust prosecution of Whole Foods for trying to buy the Wild Oats chain? The rights of consumers to buy stuff from Mexico at the cheapest possible price, instead of paying premiums to support the Obama administration's symbolic sops to Big Labor? Nope!

After Congress gets through tackling the economy — assuming it tackles the economy — it will turn its attention to really important matters: college football's Bowl Championship Series. […]

The BCS "leaves nearly half of all the teams in college football at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for the millions of dollars paid out every year," the committee said in a statement. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) also will introduce legislation "to rectify this situation."

Sadly, this is not the first or even second time Congress has expended energy on the BC fucking S. Back in 2003, Orrin Hatch (talk about a "situation" that needs to be rectified!), blew this mighty wind at the onset of another hearing.

You jackass

Many of you may not be aware that when I was in high school, I had a promising future in football. But things didn't work out. BYU already had a half-back, and I couldn't seem to go to my left. Well, some things never change. I still don't go to the left.

But on a serious note, I am pleased that the Judiciary Committee is examining the competitive effects of the BCS because the notion of basic fairness is called into question by the current BCS system. I believe there is value to ensuring fairness in our society whenever we can. And while life may not be fair, the moment that we stop caring that it isn't, we chip away at the American dream.

And the moment Congress takes its nose out of the nation's jockstraps, we may begin to chip away at the daily embarrassment of being represented by the World's Greatest Deliberative Body.