If you think participation awards are only for youth sports, think again. This year there are 44 college bowl games including the playoff games. And with 125 Division-1 schools, approximately two-thirds of all college programs had their seasons extended one more month.
You know the arguments. On the negative side:
These shiny bits of plastic have been blamed for creating an entitled generation who learned to expect adulation for the unexceptional on the playing field and later in life.Lisa Heffernan, today.com, august 2015
On the positive side:
A participation trophy can be a symbol of the effort and time a person put into an endeavor or it can serve as a reminder or memento for a sport or activity.Jordon Roos and Brad Strand, physcial and health education america, October 2021
As I tuned into what seemed like a 24/7 parade of bowl contests on ESPN, I wondered, “How valuable is a memento of a 6-6 team playing another 6-6 team in a stadium with more empty seats than a Milli Vanilli reunion concert?” Or as was the case at today’s TaxSlayer Bowl (aka Gator Bowl) in Jacksonville, 10-3 Wake Forest scrimmaged with 5-7 Rutgers (aka Texas A&M), and even students and alumni from the competing schools were few and far between.
Once again the run-up to bowl season was more exciting than the games themselves. Who will play whom? Where will they play? Who will get snubbed? It reminded me of Lewis Black’s 2008 comedy tour, appropriately titled, “Anticipation.” He opens as follows:
This moment, which we are sharing together right now, I promise you, is as good as it is going to get. So, I think we should quit while we’re ahead. It’s been great. Let’s leave well enough alone. There is no moment better than this moment when we are anticipating the actual moment itself.Lewis black, Anticipation, 2008
How do you make the best moment when it comes to college bowls even better? On the Sunday following the conference championship games, have Oprah Winfrey host the televised bowl selection program. I can hear her now as she points to the coaches in the audience. “You get a bowl bid! You get a bowl bid! Everyone gets a bowl bid!”
Best wishes for a happy, HEALTHY and rewarding 2022.
For what it’s worth.
4 thoughts on “The Oprah Bowls”
The Music City Bowl was a good one. I like the games better when I don’t care who wins and there is not an underdog!
As a Rutgers grad I wasn’t particularly excited about their back door emtry into the Gator Bowl. As expected, there were no surprises except for untimely interceptions and offsides. Had to turn it off shortly after the 2nd half began.
Wondered if I was going to hear from you on this one. Thanks for the comment.
Good hearing from you Dr. ESP! Hope your book is progressing.
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