College Bowl Exhibitions: Do They Matter?

NC NighthawkAnalyst IDecember 27, 2008

Yes! Enjoy the college football bowl season! It’s our last views of live college football until late August 2009.

Oops. Time out!

The following is not want I want to write about today.

I favor a college playoff or tournament over the current Non-BCS and BCS Bowl system. I also conclude that the NFL offers a superior brand of football over the NCAA not only because of superior skills and speed, but also because of its system that determines the actual champion on the field of play via post season playoffs and the Super Bowl.

I don’t want to write about that stuff today.

I could write a lot of negative information and opinion about the college bowl exhibition season. I use the term exhibition, which implies that these games mean nothing on the college conferences standings, which is true.  Conference champions have already been determined.

Hmmmmmm. Not today.

I could also point out that it is  also true that many, if not most, of the 34 bowl games, involving 68 teams, will have no impact on the final BCS standings, which are ultimately based on season-long opinions, based on mythical preseason polls.

However, approximately 10 to 15 of these games potentially impact the BCS Poll.  Then only one game—the BCS Championship Game between Oklahoma and Florida—ideally is the only one that substantially matters. It may be also argued that the bowls involving other one-loss teams (like Texas and USC) may come into play if the Sooners-Gators game is sloppily played and if the outcome is close, especially if settled in overtime.

Ideally, bowl games are rewards for teams and their fans for the team achieving a certain level of success in the regular season. We could argue that the standards of becoming bowl eligible are too low since it allows teams with a record of 6-6 to be eligible.

OK, I have already written more than enough negativity about college bowl games but let’s not go there today. 

The time out is over.

Let’s first throw a lot of positive thinking clichés on the wall and see what sticks.

Today I prefer to view the silver lining in the cloud. Why not look at the college bowl season as a glass half-full, instead of half-empty?

Doing stupid things certainly makes life more interesting. All sunshine makes a desert. Defeat is just a down payment for victory.  No pain, no gain. If at first you don't succeed, try try again. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

And one more: when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad!

Yes! Enjoy the college football bowl season! It’s our last views of live college football until late August 2009.

Yes, college bowl games matter and mean a lot to the individual teams, their families, and their fans (for the most part). Some college bowl contests are very entertaining and offer a few of the best games of the entire season. Bowl games give teams extra practices, more recruiting exposure, and the seniors one more game and, for most, their final football game of their lives.

And college bowl games provide large sources of revenue for universities and their conferences. Perhaps the bad economy will slow down ticket sales, but these bow games mostly sell out quickly.

Want a little poetry? In addition to all the athleticism, conditioning, courage and determination required to excel in any sport, football combines the moves of ballet and battle with the intelligence of a chess master and a military commander.

While most bowl games do not appeal to me, they do matter to certain people.  While the NFL playoffs are much more substantial in terms of deciding the real champion on the field, the college bowl games do matter more than the NFL Pro Bowl and the NFL Preseason of exhibition games.

Sometimes I enjoy a football game just for the pure sport, sportsmanship, skills, fun, and entertainment of it. This happens at every level—Little League, junior high, high school, college, and pros. Sometimes I get too caught up in the notion that to enjoy a game, it must point towards determining the eventual champion.

Winning isn’t everything; preparing and being prepared to win is what matters in context of genuine sportsmanship and the integrity of a game. Be our best and try our best to achieve our goal.

Yes! Enjoy the college football bowl season! It’s our last views of live college football until late August 2009.


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"If it doesn't matter who wins, then how come they keep score?

—Vincent Lombardi


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