You would think that an attorney general, of all people, would understand that life isn't always fair. That sometimes, no matter what you do, you don't end up getting what you want, and no investigation, lawsuit or other frivolous litigation will make you happy.
I don't know Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. He seems like a decent guy. He keeps a personal blog, is on Twitter, Facebook and has a Web site where he explains how he's protecting Utah from crime, fraud, violence, tobacco and porn (yes, he's talking about you, Jenna Jameson).
It seems Shurtleff now wants to protect Utah from the BCS, or at least make sure that Utah is treated equally under college football's much maligned bowl system. On Tuesday he said that he will launch an investigation into the BCS for a possible violation of federal antitrust laws after his undefeated Utes were left out of the national title game for the second time in five years.
"We've established that from the very first day, from the very first kickoff in the college season, more than half of the schools are put on an unlevel playing field," Shurtleff said. "They will never be allowed to play for a national championship."
This is apparently only news to Shurtleff. I can only hope that Utah has no worries in regards to crime, fraud and violence, leaving its attorney general with enough time to wave his red-and-white pompoms and take the BCS to task for not allowing Utah to play in the BCS National Championship Game.
Thankfully, the attorney generals of California and Texas are too busy dealing with more important issues affecting their citizens to raise the concerns of their college football teams, which were slighted by the BCS as well. I'm fairly certain the attorney general of Idaho would have done the same thing if Boise State had won its bowl game. I didn't hear anyone from the state crying when the Broncos finished the 2006 season as the lone undefeated team after beating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl only to finish fifth in the polls.
Saying that the BCS is imperfect, unfair and flawed is about the most clichéd opinion you can have in sports today. Everyone knows the system is messed up -- but it isn't illegal and it doesn't need attorney generals launching investigations about its deficiencies.
Utah wasn't the only team left out of the BCS title game in 2004 when the Utes were undefeated and beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. Auburn went undefeated as well and had to watch USC and Oklahoma play for the national championship. Sure, Auburn fans were upset that their team went undefeated in the SEC and was left out of the title game, but did you hear the Alabama attorney general trying to take down the BCS? No, it's college football. And, like life, sometimes you don't get what you want or think you deserve.
If Shurtleff wants to go after anyone, he should be coming after me and my peers. We're the ones, along with the coaches and assorted other pollsters who are holding Utah back. In 2004 when Utah finished the season undefeated, the Utes still were ranked behind one-loss Oklahoma, which got clobbered by USC in the title game, and one-loss Texas. And when the final polls are released this year, I wouldn't be surprised if the writers and coaches still put undefeated Utah behind one-loss teams such as USC and Texas and the winners of the BCS National Championship Game.
While everyone can agree that the BCS is unfair, most people outside of Utah can also agree that it would be unfair to treat a team that plays the likes of UNLV, Utah State, Air Force, Weber State, Wyoming, Colorado State, New Mexico and San Diego State the same way as one that plays in the Big 12 or the SEC.