Thursday, December 29, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Bringing on the bowl season
Well, Mr. and Ms. Sports Fans and all the ships at seas, it all started to boil down to gravy the weekend of December 17 with the first spate of bowl games being splashed across the sports front.
Things were kicked off that Saturday with some of the, shall we say, lesser bowls. The New Mexico Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the New Orleans Bowl, all debuted on that day.
Don’t you just love the creative thought process which settled on the names of these bowls?
There was a slight lull which encompassed Sunday and Monday and then the pace picked up again on Tuesday (December 20), with a game for the next two days (21 and 22). The Beef O’Brady’s Bowl led off, followed by the Poinsettia and MAACO Bowl.
Then on Saturday (December 24), we started to see the ones which have implications for us, namely the Hawaii Bowl featuring Southern Miss and Nevada.
Although the names of the bowls, which we are skipping over for the sake of brevity in this article, are no less unique and colorful (and meaningful), we must move ahead to December 30 and the Music City Bowl in which Mississippi State appears opposite Wake Forest.
We go then to December 31 for two more SEC entries, Vanderbilt versus Cincinnati in the Liberty at Memphis and Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl facing Virginia.
South Carolina contests Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on January 2 and 10-3 Georgia versus 10-3 Michigan State on that same date in the Outback Bowl.
The next SEC appearance is on January 6 with 10-2 Arkansas against 10-2 Kansas State in the ole Cotton Bowl.
Then, finally, after we are completely saturated with football, we get to the granddaddy of the bowls, the BCS Championship Bowl in ole New Orleans on January 9.
Now, for all of you misguided fans who persist in thinking that LSU is going to take this rubber match, it is still not too late to switch over to the Crimson Tide side.
In this season of all football, let us not forget the less fortunate in our midst and pray and hope that they, too, will find peace, happiness, joy and all the other good things which come from living in a country under God and totally free.
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