Lots of people don’t like the BCS, and they usually advocate for a playoff system in its stead. There are tons of reasons tossed out on a playoff system’s behalf, ranging from the wise to the mundane to the jealous. But here’s one that you probably haven’t heard, thanks to Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii): The BCS does not provide justice for all, and is thus unconstitutional.
Abercrombie said a system that limits automatic berths to six conferences "is restraint of trade. The automatic qualifiers are still taking care of themselves. I'm saying regardless of what good intentions may be behind this, it's restraint of trade. It's illegal. It's unconstitutional."While you might hear this kind of argument from supporters of a school that didn’t get in, this comes from one whose school did, as Hawaii will face off against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl January 1st. So why the sour grapes - you guys beat the odds and did it!
He said the best way to resolve the matter would be with a playoff system. All other NCAA football levels have playoffs.
Perhaps Abercrombie is a Utilitarian, looking to get the greatest good for the greatest number of people, much like Jeremy Bentham, who said "nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure." Thus the BCS is pain, college playoff system is pleasure? Perhaps it’s not political theory driving Abercrombie’s thought process, but clearly something was going through his mind to discuss a playoff system in the following way:
"It's a way of saying there are 120 schools and we're all equal, except some are more equal than others," Abercrombie said. "Remember from 'Animal Farm?' All pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others. There are special troughs for a few of the conferences, and the other conferences get to be on the outer edges of the farm. And sometime, maybe, if you're real good, we'll invite you up to the main trough. If you have a 120-school association, everyone ought to have their shot."Yeah, pigs. And having solved every other problem our nation faces, Abercrombie is right to take on the next-biggest issue facing us.