I read an article in today's WSJ that reported that Rep. Joe Barton of Texas is sponsoring a bill in Congress to force a playoff system in college football. The House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Committee is expected to vote on the bill this week, which if passed, would effectively force a playoff system by 2012 (assuming we're still around). How? The legislation would make it an "unfair or deceptive" trade practice for anyone to market or promote a "national championship game" unless the game is "final game of a single elimination playoff system." Nevermind the greater issues at hand such as healthcare, war and the economy (afterall, it's much more fun to talk football). Should (does?) Congress have the authority to impose legislation on college sports?