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Bowl games, bowl games, go away

Saturday, January 7, 2012

It's been a long time coming but I'm officially declaring I've had it with "bowl

season." It's just not doing it for me, and it hasn't been for quite some time. The mystique I used to remember about the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl growing up is gone. Floating away on the sewer stream that is the BCS.

Bowl games used to be important, or so it seemed. I was probably young and naive at the time. Certainly every year one bowl claims to be for "the national title" but even that is seriously flawed. Without a tournament, no one can ever know who the true champion is. It's all speculation, which is what the BCS seems to pride itself on -- hypotheticals and what-ifs.

This year's "title game" will be played Monday, Jan. 9. That's over six weeks since either team played their last game. The big bowls used to be Jan. 1, maybe Jan. 2. Now it's a full week after the New Year. All for the glorification of the game on ESPN. More time to build hoopla and hysteria for the viewing masses. That's why there's 100 other bowl games scattered throught the holiday season - for television ratings.

The demand for college bowl games must be there, I'm just not part of it. Left out again when it comes to the wonders of televised college football.

There was something called the New Mexico Bowl and the Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl was actually something on TV. Don't ask me what happened in those games, I didn't care to find out. How far will these bowls go with its sponsors? I wouldn't be surprised if Ex-Lax put its name on a bowl. I'll let you use your imagination as to what it might be called.

I'm no longer interested in a bowl game if it's not some how attached to a tournament. Not the Gator Bowl, not the Outback Bowl, not the Insight Bowl. Not even the "BCS Championship" game featuring LSU and Alabama. I've already seen that game this year anyway. It was uneventful. And how do I know that Oklahoma State or Stanford wouldn't have beat LSU or Alabama? Because an talking head doesn't think so?

I suppose the bowl games are meaningful for the schools, players and alumni involved -- but that's it. To act like the games are meaningful to anyone else but gamblers is as laughable as the scores in some of these bowls.

The other night West Virginia scored 70 points on Clemson. Was this supposed to be entertaining or impressive? It was neither, and I changed the channel when I saw Clemson hadn't shown up.

Until there's a playoff in place, I can't get on board with any of these bowl games. There's a better way, but first the BCS and NCAA would have to get a clue. I won't hold my breath.

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Zach Jevne
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Zach joined the Daily Reporter staff as sports editor in March 2011. He is originally from Decorah, Iowa. He played baseball at University of Northern Iowa and studied multimedia journalism at Simpson College.