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Make Hillary Secretary of State? Rescue the American car industry? Bail out the national banking system? Barack Obama may do all these things and more. But one thing he can't do: mess with college football.

Thus the shock waves when Obama, at the end of an otherwise uneventful debut interview as President-elect, suggested that college football might follow the example of every other major league and college sport in the US, and establish a series of playoffs between the top teams, to produce an agreed national champion.

The furore has yet to die down. "I don't know any serious fan of college football who disagrees with me on this," Obama told CBS 60 minutes. Well, he might start by reading the sports columnists who've been sputtering with outrage at the notion for the past week.

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Question: What's this all about? Is it important? Is it a distraction? Or is it just pre-inauguration banter that means nothing.

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kwsapphire wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
I think there are a lot of people who have suggested that before. The only reason I've heard against it is that there are too many teams, and they'd basically have to play year round to have a real playoff-style tourney. I don't know if that's true or not, but in the end I don't care one way or the other.

I didn't hear the comment (was he saying it as an official press-release? or just as an off-handed remark?) but I'm guessing he was just talking. I seriously hope he's not going to spend any time during his presidency on this. Or if he does, it had better be because he's solved world hunger, poverty, the economic crisis, the global climate crisis, the energy crisis, and ended all wars. Yanno, once we live in Utopia he can poke at College Football rules.

Edited at 2008-11-24 12:24 pm (UTC)
gizzi1213 wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
If Obama wants to meddle in sports let him figure out a way to shorten the hockey play off season! It is nearly as long as the regular season. Maybe it's just me, but I think the sport should be confined to actual WINTER months as it is a winter sport!!!
allhatnocattle wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
If Obama wants to meddle in sports let him figure out a way to shorten the hockey play off season! It is nearly as long as the regular season. Maybe it's just me, but I think the sport should be confined to actual WINTER months as it is a winter sport!!!

When NHL playoffs end, CFL starts. When CFL season ends, the NHL season has just started. It's nice to have sports go all year long.

The Obama College football story is headlines only because the media can't find in real dirt on the guy. They would rather there was a sex scandal or something that will sell papers.
fzun wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Sadly very few people in America actually care about hockey.
nodjnopoint wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
It's just pre-inauguration banter that means nothing. I don't think Obama is going to get involved in how college football playoffs are structured, although he is entitled to an opinion about it. He has bigger fish to fry, so sports columnists really need to sit back down and get back to commenting on outrageous player salaries and citizens having to foot the bill for new sports arenas.
fzun wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
It's probably an opinion more than anything. Although my boyfriend would love to see it happen - he's been calling for it for years.
raptavio wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
My first thought:

It must be a slow news day.
kevynjacobs wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oh good grief. This is news how?

He's entitled to his sports opinion, and he's expressed it. Move on. This is not a serious issue.
mechers wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
With all due respect, there are as many or more sports columnists who loathe the BCS.
derek_cashman wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
The BCS is a flawed and failed concept. The only reason we have it is to prop up the bank accounts of a couple of fat cats. That's a bad reason to keep the program.
polarisdib wrote:
Nov. 24th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
It possibly means that he read The New York Times, wherein through spick and spin, richer and poorer, world going well and world going down the shithole, the sports column is ALWAYS featured on their e-mail list.

--DiB
fmsilk wrote:
Nov. 25th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Who gives a big flying heap of crap what Obama thinks about football anymore than anyone cares what any other spectator thinks of football. Last I knew the President doesn't have a say anymore than anyone else what they do so it's not like he's going to enact legislation to the effect.

For crying out loud -- you guys need more material if this is the only thing you can come up with to talk about.
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