Kent Bush: BCS vs. playoff debate comes to Capitol Hill

Kent Bush

It's that time of year again.

The BCS has announced its controversial picks, and two teams will play for the college football national championship while two or three more will claim they are pretenders to the throne.

Once again, Congress is trying to intervene. A bill passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee by a voice vote -- giving plausible deniability to all members who know they shouldn't be wasting time on this issue -- would ban the BCS from marketing the game as a national championship without the use of a playoff to determine the winner.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said he believes the system is unfair and won't change without pressure from Congress.

That proves one thing: The BCS system needs to hire better lobbyists and offer a few more comp tickets to Congressmen.

That tends to make things seem a little more "fair" on Capitol Hill.

What is it with soccer?

Why is it that every instance of hooliganism in sports can be tracked back to soccer? Are they that frustrated that only one guy gets to use his hands?

Recently when Dartmouth hosted a squash match against Harvard (I never thought I would reference a squash match in a column -- this is a big day for me) the fans turned ugly.

There were fans at a squash match? Things must be pretty bad at Dartmouth. At least graduates make a lot of money when they finally escape.

Apparently some of the fans, including soccer team members and fraternity members, began hurling sexual orientation, racial and other crude comments at the members of the Harvard team.

The president of Dartmouth, Jim Yong Kim, said he is very disappointed in the actions of the fans and is looking for a way to prevent future issues.

If this is how they behave at squash matches, it's a good thing they don't have a bowling team.

Big hairy problem

For some reason, researchers in Australia were trying to determine which gene in our DNA was responsible for controlling how curly your hair will be.

One of the leaders in this research has an appointment to meet with a major cosmetics company in Paris in January to discuss the findings.

What other groundbreaking research is being done at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research?

I'm sure if you found out it would curl your hair, if you are genetically inclined, that is.

Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta Gazette in Augusta, Kan.