OMG! Thirty-eight bowl games! Are you kidding? Wives of the world (except for those football fanatics and moms of football players in bowl games)—brace up, stock up and prepare to lose your football crazy men (and sanity) for over a month! But it’s American football. It has to happen .
A Bowl game creates a bridge to the NFL draft picks, but is all that hype necessary? Well, to the promoters, local businesses, and the colleges or universities, as well as the individual players; yes, it is. Does it prove anything? In some cases, maybe; however, in the big picture, I’m not sure. How can the winner of the New Orleans Bowl, the Potato Bowl, the Advocare V100Bowl, or any of the myriad other bowls’ that have 7 and 5 (or worse)record teams have any significance in establishing bragging rights or superiority? How can a conference third or fourth place finisher show that they are competitively worth anything in a “Bowl Championship”? And how does one bowl victor make claims to being better than another bowl victor? It’s money and one more chance to go out a winner, nothing more. Ego? Of course. Isn’t that football? Right on!
It seems the rush to find teams for bowls creates some hurried and weird participants, and provides no credible substantiation of how the teams were chosen. Logic and parity do not seem to be a part of many of the decisions. Most of us scratch our heads at the pairings. We do know personal choice has a great deal to do with the final decision in some cases. This further contributes to the confusion. It would be great if promoters and those in charge gave specific feedback and a list of variables on a point/exponent-based system that determines how a choice is reached. It seems there could be a more equitable and fair system for pairing bowl participants and ultimately creating a bowl rating result that makes sense.
Creating a champion-based system that factors in definite weighted values, including difficulty of schedule, game scores, box scores, school enrollment, team age and size, player skill rankings, and the like could be universally computerized and used by a cut-off date to at least have fair and justly chosen opponents. Also, the system could have A, B, and C, or, X, Y, and Z (or other titles) categories for equitably stacked groups. Then, there could be a worthwhile playoff schedule of the groupings.
There is good football in all the bowl games, but what is proven in an almost empty stadium? Let’s have a truly competitive environment with consequences that make sense. I bet the players are up for it.
The big bowl games are the best for most of us—no doubt. Why? There’s equity, and they are the best grouping of athletes as a whole. Of course other bowls have outstanding players and coaches. Many of these go onto to the professional ranks. However, the big bowl games, like the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the BCS Championship, to name a few, provide a package experience of greater quality. Nevertheless, pick your team and, may the best one win! The mania goes on.