Over the past several years there has been much debate, speculation and outright disgust over two things American: college football and Washingtonian politics. If you watch any news channel or at least ESPN, you know a little something about what I am talking about.
Last year’s college football season, LSU was the best football team. Everyone knew they would play for the BCS National Championship. There was some speculation on who would play against them. As it turned out it was the “Rematch of the Century” and the Alabama Crimson Tide was number 2 in the BCS rankings. LSU had barely won earlier in the season when the two teams played before. Personally, I thought that The Mad Hatter (Les Miles) would squeak out a win. But, the crystal football went to Nick Saban and the Tide.
After that epic rematch there was a huge outcry from the fans. They fans wanted a playoff system. The BCS people got together and said, “Yes, let’s have a playoff system.” The catch was that it was going to take a couple of years to do the research on how to do it.
This year the BCS is in a little bit of a controversy again. There is no question about Notre Dame playing for the trophy, but Alabama, Oregon and Kansas State each had a nice resume this season. Alabama got the nod and everyone seems okay with that. But, what is up with Northern Illinois University? Why them? Why not Georgia or Florida in that game? This time around everyone can at least have the knowledge that a playoff system is coming, so there is not the same kind of outrage. Change is coming.
There are two lessons that I think can be learned from the way the BCS has operated over the last two years. One is for the people and one is for the government.
By the People, For the People
Let me speak plainly. Far more people in this country know every detail about their favorite sports team than know who the Speaker of the House is. This is a sad situation because it seems that too many people are apathetic. If you are angry or upset over an issue it is your right and your duty to make your voice heard. Football is just a game that is played for 60 minutes. The government makes decisions everyday that can impact a generation. It’s time for people to step up, learn and make their voices heard. Just imagine what could happen if the same kind of outrage went to Washington as went to the BCS over LSU vs. Alabama last year.
Government By the People
Far too many elected officials ignore their constituents, I hope, if you are an elected official reading this post, that you will take in what I am about to say to you. You must open your ears and close your mouth a little bit more. Really listen to the people who hired you. If your constituents are taking time out to contact you, please have the courtesy to listen.
If people got so upset over who played in a football game that the BCS decided to change how they do business, can you image what could happen to this country if people spoke out and the government listened? It couldn’t be worse that the situation now.