There is a new playoff system looming on the horizon, yet the American Athletic Conference is looking to add another bowl to the veritable smorgasbord of postseason destinations. And, folks, there is not a thing wrong with that.
Mike Aresco, commissioner of the AAC, formerly the Big East, told the Tampa Bay Times that his league was looking into carving out its own niche in the conference-owned bowl landscape. The game, possibly to be held at the new Miami Marlins baseball stadium, would be a sort of Pinstripe Bowl South; football played at an outdoor baseball park.
Dr. Fan Huff'n'Puff and Cynical Media Guy won't like this. They think there are too many bowl games already. They think that there is no point to teams going to these meaningless bowl games that they swear they do not watch.
That is quite OK. They do not have to like it. They do not even have to watch.
That is all right, because this bowl game, like every other bowl game, is not for them. This is for the AAC and whatever conferences that it partners with to put on this game. It is for those players, those coaches, those schools and the fans of those schools.
In other words, if you don't like it, don't watch. But also, give us a break from the "too many bowl games" diatribe.
In recent years, deserving teams have been forced to sit at home because they did not have anywhere to go. These are teams that look forward to that "meaningless" bowl game. Perhaps they have been bad for awhile and that game is a chance to taste a little sense of accomplishment. Or, maybe, they are one of the little guys and that game is the only actual recognition they get for a solid season.
Whatever the reason, for a lot of teams, just getting to that point is a victory and having a little hardware and a chance to celebrate their season is nice.
Even if the cynic does not care to watch.
However, there are issues with bowl games. The act of taking teams with losing records that are theoretically a bigger draw over more deserving teams with better records is troublesome. More work has to be done to tweak the selection process to protect the little guys from exclusion.
Depending on which conference the o the league partners with, this bowl could help give teams somewhere to go.
The FBS ranks are swelling, and there are still more to come. The availability of teams for these "meaningless" bowls will be at an all-time high as the newcomers compete. For those who don't care, don't watch.
For those players, coaches and schools? It will be good that they have somewhere to land after a quality season.
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