Are you a college football fan? I used to be. That’s right, used to be! For one thing, college football has gotten completely out of hand. It is now driven by bucks, BIG bucks. Then there is the media hype. All in all, the hype, the show-boating, the scandals, the money… these things have driven me away in large part.
And now the time of year is coming when the plethora of bowls begin. I just read that this year there will be 40 different bowl games! Can you believe that? Forty bowl games, requiring 80 competing teams. It seems bowl officials are having difficulty finding enough teams with winning records to fill all the slots. This means that teams with losing seasons still have a shot at being in a bowl.
In 1970, there were a total of eleven bowls, four major, seven minor. In 1970, only the best of the best got to go to a bowl. This made the bowls meaningful, worth going to, or watching, or even listening on the radio.
Today, the thrill is gone. The major bowls, heck, all the bowls are more hype than substance. It’s all being driven by profit. Advertising.
For the sake of the game, I for one think it’s time to cut back on the number of bowl games. W-A-Y back! I’m thinking maybe 15 bowls, tops!
But then again, I do have my quirks.