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Political Football

January 13, 2015

The President had played football at a small college and had maintained a lifelong interest in the game.  He was also hoping to attract more voters in the next election.  It was only natural that he would offer his opinion on the team rankings.

The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the polls were playing late in the season.  In the last election the President had lost the Electoral votes of each team’s state by running a close second in a three-way race.  If he could win either state next time, he would increase his mandate.

On December 6 Texas beat Arkansas by a score of 15-14.  The President visited the Texas locker room after the game and presented the coach with a presidential plaque.  Arkansas was obviously disappointed, but, having been defeated on the field, they had no grounds for complaint.  At the end of the bowl season Texas was ranked No. 1 and Arkansas No. 3.  The No. 2 team, which, like Texas, was also undefeated, came from a state which also had not voted for the President in the last election.  Their coach was definitely not happy with the polling system or the President.

But it did not matter.  In the next election Richard Nixon won the Electoral votes of 49 states, including those of Texas, Arkansas, and even Pennsylvania, home of the overlooked Penn State Nittany Lions.  It would be 45 years before the National Championship would be decided by a playoff system.

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