By Stephen Diener
Before I write one more word here, let the record show that I am an absolute and total college football junkie and would consume it through my veins intravenously if I could. That being said, enough is enough already.
I had a moment of clarity last night as I sat and looked up the score to the DXL Frisco Bowl…yes, the Frisco Bowl. It was a shameful moment really. And that’s when I realized that this has all just become too much, and quite frankly these games have just become totally worthless.
There are 39 bowl games this season…39!! I mean do we really need to see BYU vs Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl? No, it’s pointless. And games like that one are only serving to water down a sport that many already say is broken.
Don’t agree with me? Go ahead and ask Bryce Love, the former Heisman contending running back from Stanford who is leaving his team to skip the Sun Bowl and focus on his next venture in the NFL. He isn’t the only one either, that move has been repeated and replicated now over the past few years by numerous players who had nothing to gain and everything to lose by playing in a meaningless bowl game.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to do away with all bowl games, I’m just saying that the product that the NCAA is serving us is, for the most part, unwatchable and should be cut down by about 80%. Keep everything from December 29th on. Yes, that would also include getting rid of the Pinstripe Bowl where the Hurricanes are playing this December 27th. But again, if you are a Hurricane fan, are you really that stoked to see them play in the Pinstripe Bowl, to begin with?
The sad thing here is that I know I’m wasting energy in my fingers as I type this because there is one reason the NCAA will NEVER do away with these games. And that is the same reason why they do or don’t do anything..Money! Believe it or not, these games make money because of sponsorships, so, unfortunately, these games are here to stay.
Now with all of that in mind, I’m ready to watch the Bad Boy Mowers GASPARILLA BOWL tonight!
By Stephen Diener