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Just a few words on the BCS ...

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... and I mean darn few (for me, anyway).

Most readers of this blog are familiar with my prohibition on mixing politics and sports.  It is a staunchly-held principle with me, and I believe it is a principle well worth defending.  But politicians, bless their self-serving hearts, can't seem to stop trying to turn college football into a political football.

A few days ago, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff announced his intention to investigate the BCS for violation of the Sherman Anti-trust Law with an eye toward filing a federal lawsuit alleging same.


Having read this blog before, you are probably thinking I am going to go on one of my long-winded tirades decrying this action.  You will be pleasantly surprised to find, however, that doing so is a needless waste of my time.  Why?  Because virtually every aspect of this case has been handled competently by others, and frankly, I'll just add my voice to theirs.  Here's how it goes:

  • For the merits of such a lawsuit, Radley Balko has this great piece over at ESPN Magazine.  But he doesn't stop with the merits, he also deals with the risible pandering self-interest arising from the recent players in this effort.
  • CBS's Ray Ratto perfectly encapsulates how the actions of these political types have made it palatable for him (and me) to defend the flawed BCS, if for no other reason than to bollix these putrid poltroons.
  • Finally, Pat at FanIQ has this piece that does a better job of explaining why I am so offended by this crass attempt to mix sports with politics than I could, and in fewer words.  Therefore, I defer to him.

They said it.  I join them all, 100%.  That's all the words I need.