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 Post subject: Government by the Idiots -- TMQ Excerpt
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 2:35 pm 
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Ahhh yes I knew TMQ would pickup on the governments bid to regulate all things sport:

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Next Week: Officials Called to Congress to Testify Under Oath About a Pass Interference Call: Hard on Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., threatening congressional hearings into whether the Eagles could be forced to play He Who Need Not Be Named, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, a leading member of the House of Representatives, has announced hearings tomorrow into the BCS selection formula. Two weeks ago, I speculated about what would happen if government got involved in oversight of sports -- Rep. Barton, that was a joke! The BCS formula consistently malfunctions: Oregon slighted while West Virginia advances is this year foul-up. Yours truly has proposed that college football go back to the old smoke-filled-room selection system and simply admit the purpose of the exercise is to maximize ratings and revenue. But however bungling, the BCS is a privately run organization with no relevance to public policy: what possible reason does Congress have for sticking its nose in? Rep. Barton made his reputation as a free-market conservative, the kind of person who believes that government is best which governs least. Unless there's publicity for Rep. Barton involved, apparently.

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