January 1 is already behind us. Yesterday, there were six college football bowl games, and for the most part, they were duds. It was nice to Michigan send Lloyd Carr into retirement on a winning note, but Florida was a three loss team, an SEC also-ran. And, count me as one of those who doesn’t think Heisman winner Tim Tebow is a bonafide pro. He isn’t.
USC, as expected, handled Illinois, and Georgia made sure that Hawaii would not be the Boise State of 2008. Once again, the BCS got it wrong. The Rose Bowl should have pitted USC and Georgia. Missouri ended a very successful season on a high note with their Cotton Bowl rout over Arkansas and those ugly all red uniforms, and Tennessee won the Outback Bowl. The saddest part was seeing all of the empty seats at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, which leads me to a question. Why Jacksonville? This is not a great football city. They have to cover the corner seats in the upperdeck for the NFL Jaguars and both the ACC Championship Game and the Gator Bowl played to well less of capacity. Could it be time to move both games or at least the ACC title game?
I still long for the days when New Year’s Day consisted of the just the Big Four: Cotton, Sugar, Rose and Orange. Let’s be honest; the Outback, Gator, and Capital One bowls do not belong on New Year’s Day, nor does the Cotton Bowl for that matter. Why not put the Sugar and Fiesta on at Noon and 2 PM respectively; the Rose at 5 PM and the Orange at 8 PM.
Ahh, the good old days.