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Enough with the mediocre bowl games

Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

I'll try to maintain an upbeat demeanor for this column.

It'll be tough, though. I'm still depressed and mopey because I didn't get to see two of the most important bowl games of the year. Of course, I'm talking about the Idaho Potato Bowl and the Beef O'Brady Bowl.

Yep, I missed them both and it'll take awhile for me to bounce back from that devastation.

In all honesty, I thought that the Idaho Potato Bowl was something that I could pick up from KFC, and the Beef O'Brady Bowl was some kind of Arby's special.

Gee, do you think we have a tad too many bowl games out there?

I was thinking of going to the Compass Bowl but I wasn't sure how to get there.

So, how many bowl games are featuring 6-6 teams? Too many.

They are average teams and, after the game, one of the coaches will be able to say that his team is the best 7-6 team in the country while the other coach can probably lay claim to being the best darn 6-7 team in the NCAA.

Why don't we just get rid of some of these bowl games and have a playoff for all 6-6 teams. Call it the Average Joe Not-So-Super Bowl. Only 6-6 teams need apply.

If a team is 6-5 heading into the last game, the coach might tell his team to lose one for the Gipper.

“Guys, we have a chance to be the best average team in this great nation but we need to lose today to get that chance. We will need a maximum, stupendous average performance from you today if we want to lay claim to being a tad above mediocre.”

• So, who is going to have a very Merry Christmas?

Will it be Clint Hurdle? Now that his all-star closer is gone and the Pirates signed a pitcher whose ERA is good if you're playing in a softball league and a catcher who was perilously close to the Mendoza Line last year,

Clint's Christmas, baseball-wise, will be considered mediocre.

I think Todd Haley will have a joyous Christmas as long as he doesn't expect anything from Ben to be under the tree.

Jamie Dixon will have a nice Christmas thanks to all the cupcakes. Not the eating kind. The kind that Pitt has been playing.

Pitt football fans should have a good holiday season. Paul Chryst is staying put, the Panthers late-season surge of one win in a row got them in the Compass Bowl for the third consecutive year.

Or was it two wins in a row? Can't remember. I was just so darn excited by that .500 record and the low-tier bowl bid that goes with it.

I hope that all of you dear readers have the best of holiday seasons. Enjoy each and every minute of the season with your family and friends.




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