Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Bowling For Chicken In The Bahamas

If you want to know exactly how stupid college football has gotten, look at this year's bowl schedule.

No, I'm not talking about how TCU and Baylor got shut out of the "playoff". They got cute with this whole "co-champions" nonsense, de-valued their seasons, and paid for it. (and for the record, you can stop argle-bargling about that win over Minnesota any day now. Any. Day. Now.)

Instead, I'm looking at the Popeyes Bahama Bowl, which features an epic throwdown between Western Kentucky and Central Michigan.

Or, to recap: A bowl game sponsored by a New Orleans-themed restaurant will be played in the Bahamas featuring teams from Kentucky and Michigan, neither of whose fan bases have been known to travel to the next state for a bowl game, let alone another country.

Nothing against those programs, mind you. Western Kentucky took down unbeaten Marshall and had a heck of a year. Central Michigan rose up and smote B1G member Purdue in a way that MAC schools are not supposed to. Here's hoping it's a great game, that the kids playing enjoy the trip to the Bahamas, and that a good time is had by all.

That being said: it's going to be played in front of about forty-six people, most of them who are there on free tickets handed out by hotel concierges, and nobody who's playing football should be eating Popeyes until after the season anyway.

So, to recap: small-conference teams whose fan bases don't travel going to the Bahamas, where no one cares about football, to play a game sponsored by a Louisiana fast food company. Somewhere, the former Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl in Shreveport weeps.
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