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|TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015- "Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it."
Would you describe a bowl game as "essentially an exhibition" and "a
bit of a novelty." I picked a fight with a journo here who used those
terms. I think she actually was on the right track in her description
(which was for Aussies) but I felt it wasn't appropriate. Not sure the
players see it as an exhibition. And coaches do get fired after poor
A bowl game is not an exhibition, not a "friendly."
Starting with when there was only one - the Rose Bowl, which was
designed to be matchup between the best teams from the West and East
Coasts - bowls were designed to settle something, to pit the "best" of
leagues or regions. (Also to stimulate tourism in cities in warm
climates.) Only recently have they lost that purpose, with fifth-place
teams playing sixth place teams in places like Detroit, but in the
minds of the public, bowl games still have much more meaning than an
Australians have to be excused for not grasping the
subtlety. I would simply ask them why, if a Bowl is an exhibition, the
Ultimate Game (to quote Duane Thomas) is called the Super Bowl?
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