Electoral College vs. College Football Playoffs

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Thomas Lavender

I’m not sure – but, here’s a thought.

As we all know, or should know, it’s fall, and college football in the South rules the weekends.  Alabama is still the consensus No. 1 in all the polls, including the College Football Playoff (CFP) poll, the only one that truly counts after mid-season – neither the AP Top 25 nor the Coach’s poll will have a bearing on the contestants vying for the chance to play for the final trophy. 

Strangely enough, even prior to the kickoff of the first college football game, our forefathers chose to establish the first Tuesday in November every four years as the day we face off in a more important college contest, that of the electoral college.  At a college football game where 95% of the attendees (or more depending upon the stadium), a/k/a, fanatics, or fans, are in favor of one contestant, and the outcome is measured by points scored in favor of the winner of any given game, the CFP poll ultimately determines, by some seemingly independent process, the four “best” teams in the country who will compete for the ultimate prize, the National Football Championship.

Now, to the Electoral College, which is also believed by some to be totally disconnected from the popular vote of the participants and by others as totally complimentary of the popular vote.  Here, the concept of the Electoral College was, by many accounts, crafted to achieve a balance of the demographics of the Country and to minimize the likelihood that the urban areas, or the aristocracy, alone, depending upon which version one reads, could determine who ultimately leads the strongest nation in the world.  At best, while potentially, or actually in more than one instance, the Electoral College “Trumps” the popular vote just like the CFP trumps the AP-25 and Coach’s polls.  Meaning, it doesn’t matter who the media or the college coaches think are the best four teams in the Country, or that 3 million more voters think the President should be, the CFP and the Electoral College will ultimately decide.

Like it or not, that’s just the way it is.



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