File this story under the category of misplaced priorities.
On Wednesday, a House subcommittee approved a bill that theoretically could lead to a playoff to decide the national championship in the Football Bowl Subdivision (but don't hold your breath).
According to the legislation, the NCAA would be prohibited from promoting a national championship game unless it was part of a playoff.
Yes, the BCS is a mess, and, yes, most fans despise it. We understand the inherent unfairness of the BCS and cries of anti-trust violation. We're certainly aware that this is an emotional issue and that college football supporters are among the most passionate of all sports fans.
Honestly, though, doesn't Congress have more pressing matters to concern itself with?
Recognizing the wonderful job the government does of running the country, the last thing college football fans should want is for it to get involved in their sport.
We like the comment of John Barrow, a Democratic representative from Georgia who said, "With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on."
Predictably, BCS executive director Bill Hancock dismissed the bill, saying, "With all the serious matters facing our country, surely Congress has more important issues than spending taxpayer money to dictate how college football is played."
Hancock is not wrong. Still, he can spare us the sanctimony and smugness. Other than the BCS apologists, he has no supporters.
How coincidental that the bill is sponsored by Texas representative Joe Barton, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Last year, Texas was locked out of the national championship game despite beating Oklahoma, which lost to Florida in the title clash. Enter Barton to appease the most fanatical of Longhorns fans.
Another person who has spent too much time on this issue is Republican senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch wants the Justice Department to investigate the BCS for alleged anti-trust violations.
Well, in the words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise."
Last year, the Utah Utes were outraged they didn't win the national championship despite going 13-0. Hatch picked up their cause. You think perhaps he was trying to curry favor with some Utah voters?
Funny, but no Florida politicians have spoken out against the BCS.
It's difficult to see this bill - which has little chance of becoming law - as anything more than a grandstanding ploy on the part of politicians who love hearing the sound of their own voices (Isn't that about 99 percent of them?)
We wonder if Barton can name any Texas players other than Colt McCoy. We also wonder if Hatch even knows that current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith played for the Utes and was part of a 12-0 team.
Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill, took umbrage with the notion that its supporters have their priorities out of whack.
Said Rush: "We can walk and chew gum at the same time."
Gee, we never knew that about politicians.