Less than three weeks away from the start of football practices at colleges and high schools across the Mountain State, these truly are the 'dog days' of summer.
However, you can always count on a well-meaning politician these days to liven up the sports world.
Such was the case this past week when Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who believes he is doing the American public a favor, thrust the Bowl Championship Series into the halls of Congress. However, the veteran Republican politician should rethink his position.
Can there truly be any person out there so naive as to believe that an organization, with the size and scope of the NCAA, that would not have the legal counsel to make sure it is not in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act?
If Senator Hatch and his fellow members of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee really want to expose an organization for violations, all they need to do is visit any of hundreds of gas stations in and around our country's capital.
Heck, when is the last time you have gone to a station here in the Mid-Ohio Valley and seen where it is offering fuel at a lower price than the station down the street or even across town?
Sorry to say this Senator, but you are blaming the wrong people.
The BCS was established by the coaches, school administrators and conference commisioners, as well as the hierarchy of the premier bowls, as a means to ensure that the two best teams in the country play for a 'mythical' national championship.
Whether or not it has accomplished its goal will be debated until the end of time. However, it is the method which is at fault, not the idea. A method that hangs its hat on a pair of polls, both determined by humans, and a series of computer rankings (which few, if any, understand).
Were Oklahoma and Florida the best two teams in the country last year? You could debate that issue forever and it would seem that Sen. Hatch would like to spend that amount of time, and our tax dollars, beating that 'dead horse' in the Senate.
As the new chair of the group of 'university presidents' who oversee the BCS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman again attempted to explain the workings of the organization to the subcommittee as well as on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning show.
The key point that Perlman and every coach, school administrator and conference commissioner I have spoken with brings up when they attempt to explain the system is the fact that the whole contract hinges on the wants and desires of the major bowls. Especially their desire to continue their contracts with the individual conferences that they have enjoyed since the inception of the bowl system.
Is it fair? Probably not. But, then again, neither is the price for the fuel I place in my automobile and I'd much rather have Senator Hatch and his subcommittee apply their talents to solving that mystery.