President Barack Obama took 25 minutes out of his busy day to visit the popular podcast of ESPN’s Bill Simmons. The two talked sports and Obama gave his opinion on a college football playoff system, which he suggested is long overdue.
Obama, who noted that there has been recent talk about a move toward some sort of playoff, said that he would prefer an eight-team playoff for the sport. He admitted that a four-team set-up – which seems more likely if there is change – would be a good start.
“Nothing is more frustrating than, at the end of the season, nobody knows who won,” the President told Simmons.
“And there’s some poll … coaches make a decision. Nobody knows what that means. Because part of what makes sports great, part of what makes March Madness great, the NFL playoffs great, is every once in a while something happens during the playoffs that shows the character of a team.”
Obama smartly went on to cite the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, who struggled just to qualify for the playoffs before eventually getting hot and winning it all. The POTUS said that they would not have been deemed atop any sort of coaches poll at the end of the NFL regular season.
We love that Obama has supported the idea of a playoff for a while now. If anyone can penetrate college football power brokers – mostly, conference commissioners – who for years have refused to budge on the issue, it’s the leader of the free world.
Click on the link below for Grantland’s BS Report page, where you can download the podcast, read the transcript and watch YouTube clips of Simmons’ interview. The portion of the clip in which Obama talks about a possible college football playoff system is below.