Football, hot dogs, applie pie…and federal intervention

Football, hot dogs, applie pie…and federal intervention

John Peeples

As a life-long, avid football fan, I have decried the myriad injustices of the sport’s championships. There was no excuse for the Jets beating the Colts in 1969’s Super Bowl III. Baltimore’s besting of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V made me sob. I will always lament the “Immaculate Reception” by Pittsburg’s Franco Harris that prevented the Oakland Raiders from playing for the championship that they so richly deserved in the mind of an eleven-year-old child.But, the road to the college football championship(s) has always been even more tumultuous and less certain than the most extreme examples in the NFL.

And, that is why the NCAA’s product is better than the NFL’s.

Despite its commercialization, college football is still a GAME. It is a sacrosanct bastion of childhood loyalties and juvenile emotions. It is a “place” where men who never played football beyond the age of twelve but who limp walking to the bathroom can pretend that they are young and virile.

All of which leads to the inescapable conclusion that CONGRESS MUST ACT! NOW!
Apparently, there is no way that you and I can enjoy our college football diversions without Washington’s intervention. What’s more, the nation’s economy depends on it! Thankfully, the Pronoun-in-Chief’s Justice Department plans to save us from our heretofore pleasant madness:

The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.
In the letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, obtained by The Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that the Justice Department is reviewing Hatch’s request and other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.Importantly, and in addition, the administration also is exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football postseason,” Weich wrote, including asking the Federal Trade Commission to review the legality of the BCS under consumer protection laws.

Query: Will we have to pay a tax for cheering for our home team?

This is America, where, once upon a time, kids used to win and lose without any government assistance. Back then, Washington didn’t own Chevrolet. Looks like they’ll soon own football. Can we hold on to hot dogs and apple pie?

John Peeples (Apologies to MLB and to the previously privately-owned Chevrolet.)

Page Printed from: at January 30, 2010 – 02:26:27 PM CST


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: