March Madness and who will rule college basketball is topic number one right now in the sports world. So why exactly are the Senate, the House, and even the President also talking up another game?
Three big letters: BCS. That’s why.
BCS stands for the college football “Bowl Championship Series”. There may be nothing more controversial in the intercollegiate athletics than the way the football champion is crowned every year.
Unlike all other major college sports, football does not have a series of playoff games that result in the last man standing. Instead they use a complicated formula based on polls to determine team rankings. At the end of the season, the 2 teams with the highest rankings play each other in one of the major bowls games to determine who actually is number one. The other teams ranked below them play in other bowls, but the winner of the top bowl game has always been crowned national champion. The past season it was Florida, which was ranked #1, beating Oklahoma, which was ranked #2, by the score 24-14. Read the story.
Here are some of the stories that will be making news later today:
More child advocacy groups are piling on against Madonna's petition to adopt a four-year-old girl from Malawi. New critics are now accusing the singer of using her money and celebrity status to manipulate the adoption process. A court will decide Friday if Madonna can adopt the little girl whose mother died in childbirth.
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is scheduled to appear in court today in his gun possession case. Law enforcement officials are reportedly considering a plea deal, but say any agreement would require him to serve jail time. Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg with an unlicensed handgun at a Manhattan nightclub last fall.
And President Obama's second pick for Health and Human Services Secretary makes her Senate debut. The Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pension's Committee will hold a hearing on Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius nomination. Sebelius is expected to face questions regarding her pro-choice views.
Here are the big stories we’re following for you today: