Since mid December, there have been approximately 40 college football bowl games played.
In fact, I think the number counting the National Championship series is well over 40. If you are over 50 years of age, you can remember when the number of bowl games played was less then 10 and they were all played on the last couple of days in December and on New Year’s Day.
Also the teams that played in those games were the best in the country.
The name of those games were household names. The Grand-daddy of them all, the Rose Bowl followed by the Orange Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Sugar Bowl were the top four games and they featured great teams and were great games usually.
Then the land slide started. The Sun Bowl, Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl came along. Things were still under control.
But today, as I look over the bowl schedule, I find the Taxslayer Bowl, the Belk Bowl, San Diego County Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Dollar General Bowl, Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Camping World Bowl, Motel 6 Bowl, and, believe it or not, a lot more.
I don’t even know what most of those names mean. Now, I love football, but the Motel 6 Bowl? And as I watched several of these games, most of the stadium seats were empty. I hope the sponsors got their money’s worth.
Now if I were a player in one of these games, I am sure my attitude would be, a bowl is a bowl. Maybe they are something to brag about someday to the grand kids.
The Motel 6 Bowl!?
Well the college football season is over following a great game as Clemson defeated Alabama for the national championship. However the NFL is just starting its playoff games. I am sure if the length of some of these seasons continues to grow, we will celebrate Easter Sunday and Super Bowl Sunday on the same day.
For those of you who spend hours in front of the television watching bowl after bowl, I would hope that even you can see that a good thing can be beat to death.
And what about the commentators who spend hours analyzing each game, each player, and every aspect of each game. I can’t believe the game I spent much of my life involved with needs all the air time it seems to be getting.
I hope common sense enters the picture and next year we have a LEGO Bowl, a VICTORIA SECRET Bowl, and maybe even a TRUMP Bowl.
The Ol’ Coach
Tony Lamke is a former coach. He has researched the history of Clinton County sports and writes a periodic column for the News Journal. He can be reached at [email protected]