Commentary: Congress is no place to fix BCS

Armchair quarterbacking turns principle on its head.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, for instance, disfavors big government, prefers free markets and isn't too keen on liberal notions like wealth spreading.

But, where college football's concerned, the Arlington Republican advocates federal interference, favors penalties for typical big-business maneuvering and prefers wealth spreading to letting the haves have as much as they can get.

It's that dadgum Bowl Championship Series that's driving a few showboats in Congress silly.

After all, playoffs are an American way of sport, and if the football elites won't start one, then federal law must force it on them.

Please don't do it.

The much-maligned BCS, the system of computer and poll rankings by which a national football champion has been determined since the 1998 season, has flaws that even a casual fan can enumerate.

It's a lucrative operation that pays a lucky few conferences some $18 million each for sending teams to major bowls, tosses lesser amounts to those in less prestigious postseason games and rigs the whole thing for the big-dog programs.

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