(Originally published in Volume One.)
Did you feel as though in late December and early January, at least a couple college football bowl games were being played on a given day? Bowls have popped-up in Montgomery, Ala., and a baseball-only domed stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., and if your team had a winning record, you had a chance to go. When you consider how schools tend to make money and get plenty of national television exposure on ESPN, you understand how one team that fired its coach (Houston) plays a team considered in disarray (Pittsburgh) in a bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. This is actually considered an honor.