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Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:15 am
Edited on: December 15, 2008 6:14 pm
 

"INSIGNIFICANT BOWL 2008"

Hot off of the heels of our wildly successful "Hate Bowl 2008", it's time to test the mettle of the College Football Bowl Season.  Welcome to "INSIGNIFICANT BOWL 2008".

A number of posters at the Hate Bowl expressed interest in a bowl season contest.  So here's my take on it.  There are 34 bowls this year, meaning SIXTY-EIGHT teams received a bid to a bowl game.  Now let me first say that I'm all in favor of rewarding good performance, but seriously, take a look at ANY 6-6 team and make a good argument to me that they deserve to go bowling.  THAT'S rewarding extreme mediocrity.  Well, that's enough of my rant.  Let's get down to "bidness".

I have listed each and every bowl game below.  My intent is to do this "Heisman" style.  You give me (in order, worst first) the five bowl games you consider to be the most insignificant.  I don't care what your criteria is.  Heck, the Heisman voters don't have a criteria, why should we?  Just rank 'em and spank 'em.  Point totals will be 5 for first place, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, and a single, lousy point for fifth.

As always, we welcome your candid and humorous comments.  Please, just keep 'em clean.    To post your votes, just add a comment to this blog.

And now, here are our party guests (payoffs in parentheses, followed by network).

Saturday, December 20:

Eagle Bank Bowl  Washington DC:  Navy (8-4) vs. Wake Forest (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
New Mexico Bowl  Albuquerque, NM:  Colorado State (6-6) vs. Fresno State (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
St. Petersburgh Bowl  St. Petersburgh, FL:  South Florida (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-6) ($1 million)  ESPN2
Las Vegas Bowl  Las Vegas, NV:  BYU (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5) ($1 million) ESPN

Sunday, December 21:

New Orleans Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Troy (8-4) vs. Southern Miss (6-6) ($325,000)  ESPN2

Tuesday, December 23:

Poinsettia Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Boise State (12-0) vs. TCU (10-2) ($750,000) ESPN

Wednesday, December 24:

Hawai'i Bowl  Honolulu, HI:  Hawai'i (7-6) vs. Notre Dame (6-6) ($750,000) ESPN

Friday, December 26:

Motor City Bowl  Detroit, MI:  Florida Atlantic (6-6) vs. Central Michigan (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN2

Saturday, December 27:

Meineke Bowl  Charlotte, NC:  North Carolina (8-4) vs. West Virginia (8-4) ($1 million) ESPN
Champs Sports Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Florida State (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (8-4) ($2.125 million ) ESPN
Emerald Bowl  San Fransisco, CA:  California (8-4) vs. Miami (7-5) ($750,000 to ACC, $850,000 to PAC10) ESPN

Sunday, December 28:

Independence Bowl  Shreveport, LA:  Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (6-6) ($1.1 million) ESPN

Monday, December 29:

PapaJohns.com Bowl  Birmingham, AL:  Rutgers (7-5) vs. NC State (6-6) ($300,000) ESPN
Alamo Bowl  San Antonio, TX:  Northwestern (9-3) vs. Missouri (9-4) ($2.25 million) ESPN

Tuesday, December 30:

Humanitarian Bowl  Boise, ID:  Nevada (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5) ($750,000) ESPN
Holiday Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Oregon (9-3) ($2.3 million) ESPN
Texas Bowl  Houston, TX:  Rice (9-3) vs. Western Michigan (9-3) ($750,000) NFLN

Wednesday, December 31:

Armed Forces Bowl  Fort Worth, TX:  Houston (7-5) vs. Air Force (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN
Sun Bowl  El Paso, TX:  Oregon State (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3) ($1.9 million) CBS
Music City Bowl  Nashville, TN:  Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Boston College (9-4) ($1.7 million) ESPN
Insight Bowl  Tempe, AZ:  Kansas (7-5) vs. Minnesota (7-5) ($1.2 million) NFLN
Chick-fil-A Bowl  Atlanta, GA:  LSU (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3) ($3 million) ESPN

Thursday, January 1:

Outback Bowl  Tampa, FL:  Iowa (8-4) vs. South Carolina (7-5) ($3.2 million) ESPN
Capital One Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Georgia (9-3) vs. Michigan State (9-3) ($4.25 million) ABC
Gator Bowl  Jacksonville, FL:  Nebraska (8-4) vs. Clemson (7-5) ($2.5 million) CBS
Rose Bowl  Pasadena, CA:  USC (11-1) vs. Penn State (11-1) ($17 million) ABC
Orange Bowl  Miami, FL:  Cincinnati (11-2) vs. Virginia Tech (9-4) ($17 million) FOX

Friday, January 2:

Cotton Bowl  Dallas, TX:  Texas Tech (11-1) vs. Mississippi (8-4) ($3 million) FOX
Liberty Bowl  Memphis, TN:  Kentucky (6-6) vs. East Carolina (9-4) ($1.8 million) ESPN
Sugar Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Utah (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1) ($17 million) FOX

Saturday, January 3:

International Bowl  Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  Connecticut (7-5) vs. Buffalo (8-5) ($750,000) ESPN2
Fiesta Bowl  Glendale, AZ:  Texas (11-1) vs. Ohio State (10-2) ($17 million) FOX

Tuesday, January 6:

GMAC Bowl  Mobile, AL:  Tulsa (10-3) vs. Ball State (12-1) ($750,000) ESPN

Thursday, January 8:

BCS National Championship Game  Miami, FL:  Florida (12-1) vs. Oklahoma (12-1) ($17 million) FOX
Posted on: October 24, 2008 11:42 am
Edited on: October 27, 2008 9:46 am
 

HATE BOWL 2008

As the Plain White T's say, hate is a strong word.  A violent word.  But in sports, we don't say we "really, really don't like" teams.  We HATE them.  An interesting take on this is that football "hate" is highly dependent upon a team's success or failure.  Face it.  It's hard to hate FIU or North Texas.  It's easy to hate Florida or Ohio State.

Of course there are a lot of factors that play into football emotions.  Longstanding rivalries, fleeting coaching gaffes, media love, and conference ties (shout out to all of you other SEC homies!) all play into it.  There's also the evolution of the BCS...I don't remember hating so much back when the Cotton Bowl meant something.  The dissolution of bowls as a reward to players and fans has kicked the whole hate thing up a notch.  You know, I've been a Gator nearly my entire 50 years, but I still remember enjoying the fanfare surrounding a classic USC-OSU Rose Bowl or a 'Bama-Penn State Sugar Bowl.  Heck, I even road-tripped to NOLA in '78 just to be in town to experience the latter one. 

But I digress.  Back to the topic.  Hate.

If you're a true-blue college football fan you've GOTTA hate some other team.  It's in the rule book we all get when we sign up, right below the rule about standing up for the National Anthem.  So here's what I've got for you.  Let's settle this post-to-post.  Just who (or whom, I could never get that right) is The Most Hated College Football Team in America.

Here's how it goes.  You give me ONE team.  The one you hate MORE THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN FOOTBALL.  Only one.  I collect yours and a bunch of others submitted by other football fans.  Based on the number of submissions I'll rank them and seed them, and then we'll play them off against each other (in the same manner as those other blogs that rate rock guitar players and scariest movies).  This HIGHLY NON-SCIENTIFIC study will show us two things...who gets the most hate mail and who, given the opportunity of playing against a number of other hated teams, would most of us hate until the end of time.

I'll set a preliminary timeline of collecting the front data until Friday, November 7.  If I'm getting a ton of submissions I'll extend it.  If not, I'll take a couple of days and post the first round of the playoffs. 

So here it is.  I humbly await your best hate.



 
 
 
 
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