Saturday, January 4th
10 am PT, ESPN
Bowl #33: Birmingham Bowl. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs Houston (8-4)
|Hernando de Soto. Where else do you see him in bowl previews?|
Here's how bad this bowl's title sponsor is: I thought that Compass Bowl was the actual name of the bowl. You know, like it has an explorer for a mascot, like Hernando de Soto (not coincidentally, the first European explorer of Alabama). But nope. And neither is it a company that makes, you know, compasses. It's a bank, or kind of is. Now you understand why they're not sponsoring the bowl after this edition.
But, let's digress. Why shouldn't there be a history bowl? They already kind of are anyway. Why wouldn't that be fund to watch and a teaching tool of something besides football at the same time? There have been every other kind of bowl, why not an Educational Bowl?
Vanderbilt and Houston should be playing a bowl on December 23rd, not January 4th. You're not going to watch this unless you're a serious fan of either team. Looks like Houston should win, but because I have a buddy who covers Vanderbilt sports, I'll go with the Commodores, in hopes that even though he's got to cover a 5th rate bowl, they at least win the thing.
I didn't realize compass companies made so much money that they could afford to make up a bowl that was the only college football game played that day. What? It's a bank? Is it an overseas bank? American? Get out, really? Damn, just when I thought we were ditching all these confounded smart phones for a return to old school technology. So, this is a crap ass bowl. Had it been played a week and a half earlier like it is supposed to, it wouldn't be so much of a crap ass game. But it wasn't, so it is. Alabama loves their college football, so it makes sense they host a bowl game. But not in January. Not AFTER the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls. Not on the same day as the friggin' NFL playoffs. Question: If a bowl game is played, and nobody watches it, does it still have a winner? For some delusional reason, Vanderbilt seems to think so.
Sunday, January 5th
6pm PT, ESPN
Bowl #34: Mobile Bowl. Arkansas State (7-5) vs Ball State (10-2)
I can't even justify writing about this bowl. Dave Letterman University wins. Sure, why not?
Guest picker Bob of Arabia:
Can we skip the game and just watch the girly commercials? I don't see Bill Murray or Punxsutawney Phil anywhere, and I haven't rekindled my love for tequila since returning from Anaheim, but I would swear I just reviewed this game. Eh, maybe I fell and hit my head on New Year's Eve, so I'll just fughetabowdit and move on. Alabama loves their college football, so it makes sense they host a bowl game. But not in January. Not AFTER the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls. Not on the same day as the friggin' NFL playoffs. Question: If a bowl game is played, and nobody watches it, does it still have a winner? For some delusional reason, Ball State seems to think so. Man, that seems so familiar.
|Don't drive angry! Better yet, don't drive me to any of these bowl games.|
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