this was originally written 2 years ago. it’s still a valid post. jmh
yeah, exactly, what’s the point of so many useless bowl games with teams that only had a marginal season at best? you go 6-6 and have some sort of fan base that is willing to truck on down the road to pretty much anywhere in the country to see ‘their’ school play. well, then by golly, you get a useless bowl bid to some city where the chamber of commerce and the local pols are all salivating over the amount of coin you are going to drop into their pockets or local economy or more than likely both.
that scenario covers it along with all the tv money that’s doled out to god knows who. not me, sadly. i don’t see a dime. espn and fox. ok, so espn gets some props for all the games on saturday. fox cable, as well, though not as many. then there’s the week night games on espn. fine, i’m all for them, you get to see teams you probably wouldn’t get to see other wise. speaking of which, if it wasn’t for, fox cable, most of the pac 10 games wouldn’t even be on tv. period.
yes, i know. college football, the love of my life is all about the money anymore. it probably always was or maybe not. i’m old enough to remember pre-ncaa days. yeah, the aau, amature ahtletic union. god, what a bunch of blowhards they were. so that flawed system begot, the ncaa, who are now the reigning blowhards on the block. second only to the pac 10 commissioner and his, tutti di capo tutti, the big ten commissioner. yeah, ok, and the sec, big 12, acc, wac, ad naseum. plus the deans of all the div 1 schools, who are so stupid, they think that anything other than what goes down now will result in total chaos in every hall of higher learning from here to martha’s vineyard. do they really think we are all that stupid?
see, it must be all that money. why else would normal, or sorta normal, educated men be so backed up? oh sure, one of my friends is fond of the, it all boils down to the sex or money theory. he has a point. a good one. but somehow i don’t see any of those guys i’ve mentioned getting, well, getting all stupid behind sex anymore or maybe i’m missing something.
so see? it has to be the money. there must be bales of the stuff passed around in board rooms and parking garages on every div 1 college campus on a daily basis. oh, mr commissioner, your bag man, tommy, is here with your dump truck load of untraceable and perfectly clean money. he’s in parking garage 4 on the upper level. shall i call for your driver and your gold plated golf cart? some canapes, and perhaps, a perfectly chilled bottle of 1939, eu di snooty, vino?
the mind roils at all the weird and seemingly just plain stupid stuff those folks deal out every year at this time. the main culprits being, the pac 10 hack and his equal hack, the big ten hack. the other hacks blame them for everything. pure and simple. well, sure, we could do that but ya know the pac 10 ain’t gonna go for it. wink wink. yes, of course, the rose bowl. the grand pops of em all. i love the damn game. it’s the game where i fell in love with the ducks, way back when i was just a kid. the love affair still flourishes to this day. but if the rose bowl went away in favor of some sort of system that gave us college football fans a true national champion, i’d be all for it.
oh, i’m sure the hue and cry from the moneyed rose bowl committee would leave a trail of tears and crumpled old twenties right up to the pac 10’s front door. so what? times change and they needed to be changed in this regard long ago. playoffs in some way, shape, or form. it’s been said before and bears repeating, every major college sport has a playoff system except college football. even women’s softball has a playoff and i’m right there glued to it on the tv. they miss more school than i ever did when i was young and missing school. i mean they play at least 60 games. half of which are on the road. then they end up in oklahoma for what could be a week or more depending on the weather. same for the men’s baseball program. not to mention both of the basketball programs. those kids miss more school than anyone and no one says squat about it. then there’s the soccer programs and golf and track, wrestling and volleyball and tiddly winks, for crying out loud. but those morons in charge say we can’t have a football play off because it will disrupt the schooling of all those fine young men. my god, it’s just pure balderdash. we are spoken to like we are unwanted red headed step children with an IQ of 30.
i’ve had enough. i hope all of you have had enough as well. in the immortal words of roberto duran, no mas. pure and simple. the time has come to not only boycott the crappy bowl games but every other stinking one of them. until the boys with the power and the money realize their power and money is going the way of the dodo. then and only then will things change. i’m not saying let’s blow off college football. even i’m not that crazy. hmmm, well, not yet. just stop watching the bowl games. period. all of them. it’s easy. play with your kids, dog, wife or girlfriend instead. go out and eat or go to the mall or park or bowling alley or take a walk or nap or play scrabble. see? there’s lots of other stuff to do. just do it.