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There Must Be More Important Things To Do

David Steele of the Baltimore Sun argues that Congress should get involved and "clean up" college basketball.

He rightly notes that this isn't as big an issue as the war and the economy, but argues that it is bigger than steroids or the Patriots dirty business.

We'd have to disagree. We don't argue that it needs to be cleaned up - there's a lot of nasty business going on, and there has been for a long time, and it disproportionately affects African-Americans, as Steele rightly points out.

What we do heartily disapprove of, however, is the tendency for members of Congress to grandstand when it comes to sports. Thus recently we saw a half-hearted effort to challenge the BCA, spearheaded by representatives of districts which have teams which are not in BCA conferences, and Arlen Specter making lots of noise about the Patriots, all of which will go over well with Eagles and Steelers fans.

There are so many things that need to be dealt with - social security, medicare, infrastructure, trade issues, and the list goes on and on. Basketball could use some attention, but it's about 99th on the list, if that.