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Kentucky Kernel article

 

While I would argue that these guys could find more productive ways to spend the taxpayer's money, I'll allow that it's probably something that happens every year (or does it?); we just don't necessarily hear about it. It was a great run by the Wildcats and worthy of praise.

 

But something else about it raised my eyebrows:

 

Whereas Coach John Calipari and the University Kentucky Wildcats have brought pride and honor to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which is rightly known as the college basketball capital of the world

 

That last little part is as chock full of hubris and arrogance as you could possibly imagine. I saw somewhere else that this resolution was unanimously passed, which makes me wonder if any legislators from Kansas, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, or anywhere else where they have successful teams, were present?

 

Mind you, I don't necessarily disagree with the sentiment — we do some great stuff in this state in college hoops. But it seems to be little more than pandering on the part of Paul and McConnell (who's a Louisville fan, for Chrissakes) for votes. Are they trying to get their fellow legislators from other states in trouble with their constituents by declaring their state a second banana, at best, to Kentucky?

 

Stuff like this is why politics and sports should not intersect.

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I'd guess that this is really quite common.

 

Bill Text - 112th Congress (2011-2012) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

 

S.RES.361 -- Whereas the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the 2012 Allstate Bowl Championship Series (referred to in this preamble as `BCS') National Championship Game, defeating... (Agreed to Senate - ATS)

 

SRES 361 ATS

 

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

 

S. RES. 361

Congratulating the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team for winning the 2011 Bowl Championship Series National Championship.

 

 

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 31, 2012

 

Mr. SHELBY (for himself and Mr. SESSIONS) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

 

 

RESOLUTION

Congratulating the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team for winning the 2011 Bowl Championship Series National Championship.

 

Whereas the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the 2012 Allstate Bowl Championship Series (referred to in this preamble as `BCS') National Championship Game, defeating Louisiana State University by a score of 21-0 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on January 9, 2012;

 

Whereas this victory marks the second BCS title in the last 3 years and the 14th national championship in college football for the University of Alabama;

 

Whereas the victory by the University of Alabama was the first shutout in any BCS bowl game since the system was created in 1998 and the first shutout in the championship game since the 1992 Orange Bowl;

 

Whereas the 2012 BCS National Championship Game was the 59th postseason bowl appearance and the 33rd bowl victory for the University of Alabama, both of which extend existing NCAA records for the University of Alabama;

 

Whereas the victory by the University of Alabama marks the sixth consecutive BCS national championship for the Southeastern Conference and the third consecutive BCS national championship for the State of Alabama;

 

Whereas the University of Alabama gained 384 yards of total offense in the BCS National Championship Game, while holding the offense of Louisiana State University to 5 first downs and 92 total yards, the second lowest yards of total offense in BCS history;

 

Whereas A.J. McCarron completed 23 of 34 passes for a total of 234 yards without a turnover and was named offensive player of the game;

 

Whereas senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw recorded 7 tackles, including 1 sack, and was named defensive player of the game;

 

Whereas Trent Richardson, winner of the Doak Walker Award, finished with 20 carries for 96 yards and 107 all-purpose yards and scored the only touchdown of the game;

 

Whereas Jeremy Shelley successfully completed 5 field goal attempts, setting a BCS National Championship Game record and tying an NCAA bowl record;

 

Whereas in 2011, the defense of the University of Alabama led the nation in rushing defense, passing defense, scoring defense, and total defense;

 

Whereas 4 members of the Crimson Tide football team were recognized as first-team All Americans by the Associated Press;

 

Whereas the 2011 Crimson Tide senior class compiled a 48-6 record, tying a Southeastern Conference record for class victories;

 

Whereas the leadership of head coach Nick Saban, whose dedication and commitment to excellence instilled in his players a sense of integrity, pride, sportsmanship, and perseverance, inspired both his team throughout the season and the Tuscaloosa community following the devastating losses in the April tornadoes;

 

Whereas President Robert Witt and Athletic Director Mal Moore have brought tremendous academic success and national recognition to the University of Alabama athletic department and the entire university; and

 

Whereas the players, coaches, and support staff of the University of Alabama football team showed tremendous determination throughout the season and brought great honor to the University of Alabama and the State of Alabama: Now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Senate--

(1) commends the University of Alabama for winning the 2011 Bowl Championship Series National Championship;

(2) recognizes the achievements of all the players, coaches, and staff whose hard work, dedication, and persistence helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship; and

(3) requests the Secretary of the Senate to prepare an official copy of this resolution for presentation to--

(A) the President of the University of Alabama, Dr. Robert Witt;

(B) the Athletic Director of the University of Alabama, Mal Moore; and

© the Head Coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, Nick Saban.

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I figured there probably were similar such resolutions trotted out regularly. However, what I didn't notice in that resolution was Alabama being "rightly known as the college football capital of the world."

 

Was there such a proclamation about North Carolina being "rightly known as the college basketball capital of the world" when Duke won a couple of years ago? If so, was the vote unanimous? And how much complaining came from folks in the Bluegrass State over such a proclamation?

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It's unfortunately quite common, as is the hyperbole I think. Some of the bills in the House like this get even more obscure than college basketball. No one takes them seriously, though. I remember there was some light-hearted banter between a few representatives a couple of years ago when they passed one of these for Florida.

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Doesn't matter who's doing it — politics and sports shouldn't mix.

 

So if this action by the Senate (and thier wording) is wrong, do you disagree with Championship teams visiting the White House to be recognized by the President?

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