It's probably best if politicians stay out of football, but when have they ever listened? Congress held hearings in 2009 on the Bowl Championship Series and Barack Obama, shortly after he was elected president, expressed dissatisfaction over how the college game determines a national champion.
But some good has come out of political football. John J. Miller details one case in his new book, "The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football."
Football was facing a crossroads in 1905. The violent nature of the sport led to 18 deaths on the field that year. Calls were increasing to sack the sport.
Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, Stanford and California had quit playing the game. The Georgia state legislature voted to ban football in 1897 after the death of a fullback at the University of Georgia. The governor vetoed the bill only after hearing from the player's mother, who urged him not to outlaw a sport her son had loved.