There’s the economic crisis, two wars, global warming, energy dependence, health care, social security, poverty, AIDS and a national debt bigger than an Alabama defensive lineman.
You name it, the soon-to-be president has an awful lot of awful on his plate. So what would Barack Obama like to do with what little free time he’s likely to have? Take on the most intractable cartel this side of OPEC, that’s all.
The most recent graduate of the Electoral College, who campaigned on a platform of hope and change, is planning to use his influence to offer both to college football fans who prefer a democratic way of deciding a national champion. Twice in the past 10 days he’s raised the P-word in national interviews.
“I think it’s about time we had playoffs in college football,” Obama said during a taped halftime interview during last week’s Monday Night Football game.
He reiterated his point Sunday night in response to the final question from Steve Kroft during a wide-ranging interview on 60 Minutes .
“If you’ve got a bunch of teams who play throughout the season, and many of them have one loss or two losses, there’s no clear decisive winner. We should be creating a playoff system,” said Obama, advocating an eight-team format. “It would add three extra weeks to the season. You could trim back on the regular season. I don’t know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this. So, I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it’s the right thing to do.”
That’s change a majority of American football fans can believe in. However …
No, he can’t.
There is a better chance of getting both chambers of Congress to stand in the Capitol’s dome room linked arm-in-arm and singing Kumbaya after passing a universal health care bill than getting the six BCS conference commissioners to back a legitimate playoff plan.