You don’t think the D-1 football regular season is meaningful?
The bowl system, as a whole, is the only postseason institution in sports that is less important than the regular season. Neutral-site meetings with alien opponents, which can be secured without winning records in some cases, don’t necessarily cultivate the same passions as annual rivalry contests.
Case in point: Lexington, S.C., November 2006.
Authorities allege that James Walker Quick, 42, bet on the outcome of the South Carolina-Clemson football game with a longtime friend, Richard Allen Johnson, 43. When Johnson apparently declined to pay up after losing the bet, Quick walked out to his truck, grabbed a hunting rifle and shot Johnson once in the chest.
Let’s be honest: When’s the last time the Outback Bowl generated such passion? I don’t care how long two buddies have been drinking; they’ll stop before they commit a felony in the name of most of these games.
Just remember: guns don’t kill people, the regular season kills people.