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October 01, 2009

Yankees Stadium Will Host Bowl Game: The Big 12 has dropped its affiliation with Shreveport's Independence Bowl and will play a new bowl game at Yankees Stadium that pits its No. 7 team against the Big East's No. 4 team unless Notre Dame takes one of the spots. As if that wasn't exciting enough, the bowl configuration offers what could be the worst 50-yard-line seat in the history of the sport.

posted by rcade to football at 09:00 AM - 22 comments

It sure looks like the worst 50-yard line seat in the history of football. However, a bowl game featuring the 7th best team from the big 12 vs the 4th best from the big east may well be the worst bowl in the history of football. They deserve each other. If it was the 4th best team in Big East Basketball (mens or womens) one could expect a half decent team to show up, but big east football?

posted by pullmyfinger at 10:26 AM on October 01

A bowl game used to be an exciting, fun and interesting event- because there used to be only 5 of them and they actually meant something important.

But thanks to typical American overkill driven by greed, there's a hundred of them now-- and they are all unwatchable tripe. And most importantly, they've all become meaningless.

Even Rutgers makes it to bowl games now. Ridiculous.

posted by The_Special_Juan at 11:47 AM on October 01

They haven't all become meaningless. I think the BCS Bowls have just as much meaning as they had before. Not interested in the other ones? I have an easy solution: don't watch.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:04 PM on October 01

Stoopid Americans. Killing all their overs and such. And why do they want to watch pig guts anyway?

posted by THX-1138 at 02:08 PM on October 01

So sorry to use such a trite and stale commen, but it should aptly be named The Toilet Bowl. This one for real. Yankee Stadium in January? To see two no names? Aptly named indeed...

posted by wildbill1 at 03:18 PM on October 01

Aw gee, New York, just because you couldn't get the NHL outdoor hockey game this year doesn't mean you have to try to steal some thunder from Boston with a meaningless "Bowl" game. Number 7 in the Big 12 vs #4 from the Big East should produce a real thriller. If Notre Dame is in there, there's a lot of NY local interest, what with the Irish thing and all, but still not much quality football.

posted by Howard_T at 03:50 PM on October 01

Even Rutgers makes it to bowl games now. Ridiculous.

I think you meant ridonculous!

Still, this is a game that would've been played somewhere, hard to put the blame on Yankee Stadium for trying to work off some of that construction cost.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:58 PM on October 01

But thanks to typical American overkill driven by greed, there's a hundred of them now-- and they are all unwatchable tripe.

I've seen some damn good games between 6-4 teams, and I've seen some shitty games between undefeated and one-loss teams. Just because you don't have an interest doesn't mean that someone who graduated from, say Baylor doesn't. So unless you're upset that the games are preempting your favorite daytime television or reality show shitfest, if the sponsors are willing to shell out the money and the fans are willing to pay to buy tickets, tell me what's wrong.

I'm far from a right winger but - Am I the only one who's sick of this poster's negativity toward this country?

posted by tahoemoj at 06:41 PM on October 01

I'm far from a right winger but - Am I the only one who's sick of this poster's negativity toward this country?


tahoe, I'm not from the same country as you, but I am also sick of the constant negativity of that poster toward the U.S.A. Basically, he's a condescending asshat.

posted by tommytrump at 06:56 PM on October 01

A bowl game used to be an exciting, fun and interesting event- because there used to be only 5 of them and they actually meant something important.

But thanks to typical American overkill driven by greed, there's a hundred of them now-- and they are all unwatchable tripe. And most importantly, they've all become meaningless.

In the 1940's maybe.

Bullshit. Following the 2008 football season, there were Thirty-Four Bowl Games.

posted by tommytrump at 07:05 PM on October 01

Just because you don't have an interest doesn't mean that someone who graduated from, say Baylor doesn't.

You hit the nail on the head.

I attend Central Michigan University. We have a good football team, but we also play in the MAC. Unless they go undefeated (which is no longer an option this year) they won't sniff a more prestigious bowl, especially not a BCS one.

That doesn't stop me from rooting them on towards a bowl game, and that certainly won't stop me from driving across the country if need be to see them play.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:32 PM on October 01

Basically, he's a condescending asshat.

That's kind of what I was getting at. I'm thinking about having him return all the McDonald's.

No Big Mac for you!!

posted by THX-1138 at 07:50 PM on October 01

Rutgers has been making it to bowl games because they have gotten good. The big east is becoming a dominant football conference - look at its record in the past few years bowls. I'm not happy about the Notre Dame aspect but I won't whine like pullmyfinger and tsJuan.

posted by zyx at 08:57 AM on October 02

I guess you're right zyx. Who could doubt that the 4th best big east team playing the 7th best big 12 team could be anything but an exciting nailbiter. Please accept my most humble, whining apology.

posted by pullmyfinger at 10:40 AM on October 02

I attend Central Michigan University.

Wow, are you all grown up already? It seems like just yesterday you were about 13 or 14.

posted by bperk at 10:42 AM on October 02

Wow, are you all grown up already? It seems like just yesterday you were about 13 or 14.

I know I was just going to post the same thing! Kids, man, you have to watch them every minute or you miss so much.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on October 02

Don't get me wrong pullmyfinger. My point is that the Big East's 4th ranked team could have a pretty good record. Think USF, Cincinnatti, West Va, Rutgers, and Pitt. I don't know much about the big 12 so 7th sounds kinda weak but if they have a really big conference who knows.

posted by zyx at 11:24 AM on October 02

I'm far from a right winger but - Am I the only one who's sick of this poster's negativity toward this country?

No.

posted by mjkredliner at 02:54 PM on October 02

but if they have a really big conference who knows

Um, lets think on this. Big 12. I wouldn't be at all surprised if there are 12 members to this conference. Of course, if they count as well as the Big 10 does, maybe it's more.

Not intended as a slur on you, zyx. Just poking some fun at the Big 10.

posted by Howard_T at 02:55 PM on October 02

So, last year, this game would have been Rutgers/Kansas. That might just have been a fun game to watch, especially if you're from Jersey or Kansas. Two teams who rarely, if ever play and would likely be fairly evenly matched.

And YYM, as a graduate of Miami University, I understand the frustration of MAC schools. Back in the mid-90's, Miami went 10-1 with wins over both Northwestern (the eventual Big 10 Rose Bowl rep) and North Carolina. Carolina finished 6-5 and got a bowl bid, we didn't. Brutal.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:27 PM on October 02

Fight negativity with positivity, not with small-print. What makes 34 bowl games so good? Personally, I like having a lot of bowl games because it means more college football, and I also like the fact that, when all is said and done, the math nerds who come up with the BCS formulas get to exercise even more control over the fortunes of the jocks. Just like Louis Skolnick said they would.

I don't really like watching football in a baseball stadium, but I won't be there, and the place does hold a lot of fans. Probably a pretty big payday for the also-rans. I like that, too: in America, even the losers get lucky sometimes.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:36 AM on October 03

I went to North Texas, a school that broke a three-decade bowl drought when the Sun Belt created the New Orleans Bowl to give its champion a place to play in the post-season. The lower bowl games are important to a lot of schools, particularly outside the BCS conferences.

I would prefer, however, that the non-BCS schools bucked the system and had their own playoff.

posted by rcade at 10:37 AM on October 03

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