they’re back. and i’m sure some of you are very happy they are. me? not really but regular readers over the past few years already know this. what’s to like about football games that come, in some cases, 37 days after the regular season has been put to bed for the next nine months? indeed. what’s to like?
especially since ‘bowls are business.’ stewart mandel wrote that a week or so ago in one of his sports illustrated columns concerning the lack of prospects for stanford getting a big time bowl bid, among other things. though things did change. stanford got a nice bid even with their lack of traveling alumni willing to head out to some god forsaken place or another and spend way too much money to sit in some stadium someplace and watch a football game. i get the stanford alums point of view. why indeed?
bowls are business. the money tree time of year for college regents and deans alike all over this once great nation. league commissioners slather all over themselves seeing visions of clean, crisp, unmarked, benjamins dancing in their collective greedy heads. perhaps the most joyous time of the year turned into a greed head’s nirvana.
local pols and chambers of commerce goons fleece the nattering nabobs of the traveling alumni world. fan bases far and wide leave home flush with cash only to have it stripped from them in some inglorious hell hole by bastions of local yokeldoms finest greed headed businessmen cum thieves. god, yes, it’s bcs bowl season. do you hear what i hear? indeed.
yes, kids, once again it’s time for me to ask you to boycott the bowl games. the first part is easy. don’t buy a ticket to the damn games. don’t fill the seats. simple easy. the second is a bit harder. don’t watch the games on the tube. yes, of course, not as easy as it sounds. right? but it is. just don’t turn on the tv when your favorite team hits the airwaves and probably the skids because they haven’t faced any real football action/competition for over a month. about the only action the players will have had is robbing fellow students of their lap tops and local 7-11’s of their daily take. plus, scaring the bejesus out of coeds far and wide. indeed.
ok. alright. you came here to read my picks. so i’ll give them to you. just remember they are for fun and entertainment purposes only. using any of what i write here as a good thing to to take to a sports book or street corner bookie would be the ultimate definition of insanity.
during the regular season i use and go by the oddsmakers point spreads. not this time of year. i’m just picking a winner. also since most bowl games are stinkers at best, i’m only picking nineteen of the thirty-five games, which could shrink once i get into this. some of the bowl turkeys aren’t even worth making fun of. and that, my readers, is a very sad statement. so without further ado…
rock ‘n’ roll.
12/18 new mexico: byu vs utep. the mormons finally get a shot at another holiday travel destination other than vegas after countless trips to sin city this time of year. not the glitz and glamor of the strip but albuquerque has an old west vibe going for it. including the gunfire, just stay off the freeways and you’ll probably be ok. take byu to win.
12/21 beef o’brady’s: southern mississippi vs louisville. the only reson for picking this game is it’s title. what the harold is beef o’brady’s any the ways? there might be some good commercials. did i just say that? take s. miss to win.
12/22 maaco: utah vs boise st. this should be a good game. maybe. utah hit the skids then recovered nicely. boise is still probably smarting from it’s fall from grace. plus coach peterson is out job hunting. he’s already upset about boise st dumping the wac to move to the mountain west while utah and byu have bailed out of that conference. it’s like boise st moved from one sisters of the poor league to a little bit better sisters of the poor league. boise st, do your homework next time. homework just might be the reason none of the big boy conferences want you. hint. hint. at any rate, take utah to win.
12/23 poinsettia: san diego st vs navy. a grandiose fleet week bowl game for san diego just before christmas. as much as i enjoy good san diego st football you have to take navy in this game.
12/27 independence: air force vs georgia tech. take air force in this one, kids.
12/28 insight: missouri vs iowa. a yawner but take iowa.
12/29 alamo: arizona vs oklahoma st. as i’m a pac 10 or 12 homer take arizona here. it might be a good game.
12/30 holiday: nebraska vs washington. another day another game in san diego. if you can fly in do so because the roads in and out of there are usually clogged worse than my arteries. pac 10 or 12 once again. take washington if only for the fact my wife’s orthopod has a kid playing for the huskies.
12/31 sun: miami vs notre dame. notre dame off a so so year but the touchdown jesus faithful do love to travel and spend lots of cash. go with miami and the win.
1/1 capital one: alabama vs michigan st. michigan st got hosed this year but somebody does every year. guess it was their turn. maybe some decent commercials again. depending on who feels like playing after the big lay-off will determine who’s going to win. i’m taking michigan st.
1/1 gator: michigan vs mississippi st. hopefully, state rolls over michigan. take miss st.
1/7 cotton: texas a&m vs lsu. take the aggies of texas to win.
1/9 hunger: boston college vs nevada. only reason i’m doing this game is because of what nevada did this year. take nevada to win.
now for the so called big games.
1/1 rose: wisconsin vs tcu. probably a decent game. tcu will show up to play. hopefully, wisconsin does as well. take tcu.
1/1 fiesta: oklahoma vs connecticut. good game to nap through. make your own pick. i don’t care.
1/3 orange: virginia tech vs stanford. a good game? take stanford to win. pac 10 honk honk.
1/4 sugar: arkansas vs ohio st. the talking heads are already saying this is the best game of the bowl season. it is? take arkansas to win.
1/10 BCS championship: auburn vs oregon. finally, the last game. as much as i love the ducks i really doubt if i’ll even watch this. come on, 37 days after the season is over. get real bcs and ncaa. yeah, like that’s ever going to happen. plus, the fact there are going to more commercials than you can shake the proverbial stick at. i’m not interested in that action at all. what i want to know is how the ncaa can say cecil newton is a crook and his kid knew nothing about it. yeah, right. the ducks have not played well in their last couple of games. very possibly they won’t here either. the first betting line for the game had the ducks favored by 3. that disappeared as soon as someone realized what had happened. probably a typo or a rabid duck fan who now has no job. though a few folks did get in on that action. lucky them because auburn is going to win this ad fest turkey. sadly, for the ducks and the pac 10 or 12. none the less, QUACK QUACK!! yes, take auburn to win.
that’s it. a few good games mixed in with the crapola games. but that’s the usual scenario for the college bowl season. should there be a playoff? probably but i go back and forth on that idea. for one, i think it sullies the regular season. not unlike men’s basketball where nothing much matters during the regular season. what matters, is march. just remember these bowl games really aren’t for you, joe fan. they are about teams getting more practice time and money money money. not that there’s anything wrong with money. i just wish the ncaa and college regents, deans, and commissioners would be more honest about the whole sordid deal. any the ways, is it september yet?