Tonight, we will be treated to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, pitting the 7-5 Brigham Young University Cougars (best win: 6-3 over Utah State) against the homestanding 9-3 San Diego State University Aztecs (best win: 21-19 over a not-as-good-as-they-usually-are Boise State team).
The Poinsettia Bowl is one of 35 bowl games being played this holiday season, joining such instant classics as the BBVA Compass Bowl, featuring 6-6 Ole Miss and 6-6 Pitt, the Little Caesar's ("pizza, pizza") Bowl, spotlighting 7-5 Western Kentucky vs. 6-6 Central Michigan, and something called the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, starring 7-5 Arizona State vs. 7-5 Navy.
So now you're joining legions of babbling heads in asking, what's the point?
Here's the point, jackass:
It's actually pretty simple, right?
All summer long, we college football addicts sit around trying - and failing - to convince ourselves that we actually enjoy the marathon snoozefest that is the MLB regular season, all while secretly craving for football of any sort, type or varietal. And now we're supposed to just reject that football, just because it's at the end of the [agonizingly short] regular season, and because the bowl names are stupid, and because the blah-blah media folks tell us that these bowl games are asinine?
I say screw that. Bowl games are awesome. I'd be okay if there were more. Hell, I'd like it if there were more. Open it up to teams that went 5-7, I don't care. I want more teams playing in crazily-named games in nutty locations in oddball stadiums. I want more college football. I'll always want more college football. To not want more college football is what's asinine.
I'd trade a pound of flesh to see UVA scratch out those shoulda-been-wins over Wake and Maryland to go 6-6 and have the chance to play 6-6 Jamaican Institute of Zebra Zoology in the ShamWow Community Cockle Bowl this weekend. Hell yeah I would. You wouldn't?
So I say shine on you crazy diamonds. You Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, shine on. You GoDaddy.com Bowl, shine the heck on. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, SHINE ON!
I guess I'm just not sophisticated enough to understand why MORE FOOTBALL is a bad thing. I sure do wish Virginia were still playing, and I bet I'm not alone.