Thursday, January 5, 2012
Too many bowl games
For me, watching bowl games is not what it used to be.
There are too many and they’re too scattered over too many days.
This year they started Saturday, Dec. 17. They will end Monday night, Jan. 9.
If I counted correctly, there are 35 bowl games.
And what’s up with all these names?
We started with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Then came the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
The next one was one of only two I have watched from start to finish. It came on Christmas Eve and involved the school where I’m sending a good chunk of my money – the University of Southern Mississippi. The Eagles beat Nevada 24-17 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. It was USM’s 12th win – a great season, no doubt.
The bowl names, thanks to the sponsors forking out the money, continue. Mississippi State won the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl last Friday night. Several Bulldog supporters from Marshall County were on hand. I missed it – going to shoot photos at the Holly Springs versus H.W. Byers basketball rivalry.
I watched a bit of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Saturday, which was played just a few miles west in Memphis, Tenn.
Also in late December, there were a couple of my favorite names – the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and the Belk Bowl. Or maybe you watched the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
Then, we get to the so-called big bowl games.
When I was growing up, those were all played on New Year’s Day – the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl.
The times were staggered so, for the most part, viewers could gather around the TV with tons of snack food and watch all of them.
I would start watching football about 11 a.m. and not leave the front of the tube until close to midnight.
It was a great tradition – the best of the best all playing on New Year’s Day.
This year, thanks to the calendar, there were no bowl games on New Year’s Day. Instead we got the last week of the NFL’s regular season.
Then on Monday (January 2) there were three bowl games all kicking off at 12 noon and all three involving Southeastern Conference schools – South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl, Georgia in the Outback Bowl and Florida in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. I do not understand those kickoff times.
There were three other bowl games Monday. The other one I saw from start to finish was the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl between highly-ranked teams Oklahoma State and Stanford.
But there’s more to come, Tuesday of this week through next Monday. A couple of minor ones worked in with the bigger ones are the BBVA Compass Bowl and the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
I love college football, whether in person or on the television. But I have no desire to see all of these bowl games.
The next one I will watch from start to finish is the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.
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