Cassandra heaps well-earned scorn on our President-Elect for his desire to jump into the matter of college football playoffs with both feet because he thinks “it’s the right thing to do”.
I’m more interested in a teeny-tiny factual error in the middle of his comment.
“I think any sensible person would say that 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—that we should be creating a playoff system,” Obama said. “I don’t know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this. So, I’m gonna throw my weight around a little bit. I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Oh come on, now. He knows of no serious opposition to a playoff?
Not Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel?
Not former Texas A&M football coach Dennis Franchione?
You get the point. There are plenty of serious college football fans who don’t want a playoff system and make very good, very informed arguments to back them up. Even marginally-aware college football fans know this. There’s no way that Barack Obama doesn’t know. His comment smacks of his deceit on the evidence for anthropogenic global warming. Anything that refutes his point, and there’s a lot of it, isn’t “serious”. It’s a BS debate tactic that you usually see in small children and Keith Olbermann. Barack Obama debases himself to use it on a subject where he has no real authority anyhow.
It seems, though, that he simply can’t help himself. Instead of saying that he’d rather see a playoff in college football but that he’s going to act like the fan he is because that’s all the power he has, he has to flex his power and tell a whopping huge fib just to put himself back in the Savior role again.